The multiple benefits of choosing an IB school like Agora Sant Cugat International School
When it comes to our children’s education, we want to offer them the best for their future, we want them to have all the opportunities available to them and to be able to achieve whatever they set their minds to. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a good key to open all those doors.
The IB at Agora Sant Cugat International School has numerous advantages and benefits, but before going into detail, let’s explain what this Baccalaureate programme consists of: the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a pre-university course which is aimed at pupils aged between 16 and 19, and requires all pupils to learn at least one additional language (currently IB® educational programmes are offered in three languages: English, French and Spanish) and has a high level of demand that offers great results, so much so that there are certain studies that indicate that DP students access university and higher education at a higher rate than students who do not take the programme.
Language learning is important for success in today’s increasingly globalised world: “Learning a language takes motivation and time, and the key is listening and reading” says the popular Canadian polyglot Steve Kaufmann. At our school we know that languages are fundamental, which is why we dedicate effort, time and passion to teaching them from an early age.
Advantages and benefits of IB
- Achieve greater adaptability and mobility for students: the IB programme offers the opportunity to succeed anywhere in the world, enabling students to achieve their goals in an international context.
- Obtain a prestigious education: the IB is a highly regarded and globally recognised programme. It is endorsed and accepted by the world’s leading universities.
- Learning to develop critical thinking: this is very necessary and highly valued in today’s world. Through our school’s IB programme, we encourage students to be active, creative and community-minded, encouraging them to be reflective and independent thinkers. The report “Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce” by the consultancy firm McKinsey has revealed that in the next decade new forms of personal and professional development will be necessary and in high demand, including the improvement of digital and intrapersonal skills (emotional management and social skills) and the improvement of high-level cognitive skills (creativity, critical thinking and decision making), so education must look to this near future.
- Communication without borders: studying the IB programme allows pupils to communicate effectively with people from different cultures and countries, with the cultural richness that this brings. “At Agora Sant Cugat we work every day to ensure a comprehensive education for our pupils, including the transmission of values and work habits which are fundamental to their formation as people. We want them to be provided with all the tools and skills they need during their time at our school to be able to live successfully in a globalised world,” argues the Director of Agora Sant Cugat International School, Vicenç Gandol.
- Being more open-minded, tolerant and respectful: learning different languages and cultures, interacting with other students from different parts of the world helps to develop a more open mind, to be more tolerant and more respectful.
- Multicultural education: the International Baccalaureate builds and reinforces a sense of identity and awareness of one’s own culture and that of others, fostering the development of and respect for human values.
- It makes for more creative people: IB stimulates students’ curiosity and eagerness to investigate, as well as encouraging their spirit of discovery and the pleasure of learning and applying knowledge in a wider variety of areas: “People (and therefore students) will be more creative when they are motivated by the interest, satisfaction and challenge of the work itself rather than by external pressures”, argues psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Theresa Amabile in the book ‘How to kill Creativity’, Harvard Business Review, September 1998).
Such is our confidence in the possibilities offered by the IB that we are also an authorised IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) school and have also applied for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) so that we can offer IB academic programmes to all other stages of education, encouraging and embedding in children from an early age the values of IB schools, based on improving teaching and learning through high quality international education programmes.