Land School is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Land School believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
WHAT IS LAND SCHOOL?
Land School is an IB school located in Salvador, Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil. Our facilities are equipped with top-of-the-line educational technology and resources, and our experienced IB-trained teachers will offer you the most knowledgeable high school experience on your way to the best universities both in Brazil and around the world. Land School has a unique and engaging environment, with well-equipped laboratory, library and sports courts which give our students excellent opportunities to thrive, learn and get ready to pursue their professional dreams. Our very demanding teaching and learning process, pleasant setting and highly qualified staff make Land School an educational point of reference in the northeast of Brazil.
With 350 students doing middle school and high school, Land School students have developed a strong sense of community. That is because our curriculum offers many advantages to them: smaller classes, a wide selection of subjects, career counseling and personalized support from our pedagogical leadership and psychological team.
WHAT IS THE IBDP?
The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a demanding and highly-recognized two-year high school programme which prepares students for a wide range of professional opportunities. It is currently offered in more than 130 countries. This makes IBDP students become part of a greater community that is united by the same IB mission statement: to become “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
The IB standards and practices and the IB learner profile attributes make the IBDP a broad and academically challenging programme that develops reflective and critical thinking students with international mindedness. Since the IB allows for greater geographical and cultural mobility, it will open the doors to leading universities in Brazil and around the world.
Students who want to pursue the full diploma programme will choose their subjects from the six DP subject group framework: three subjects will be taken at standard level (SL) and three at Higher Level. Additionally, students must take the three elements of the IB core:
- The Extended Essay (EE): a 4000-word essay on a topic of the student’s choice.
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK): this subject will foster the students’ critical thinking. They are encouraged to reflect on the nature of knowledge and to discuss and appreciate different cultures, perspectives and areas of knowledge.
- Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS): This element of the core will offer students the experience of extra-curricular activities that will take place outside regular school hours. Students are encouraged to engage in creative, artistic endeavours, sports and community service work. Each CAS strand and experience will give students the opportunity to reflect on their learning process and take action thereof.
WHO ARE THE STUDENTS FITTING THE IBDP LEARNER PROFILE?
Those who choose to pursue the IB Diploma Programme (or the pre-DP with the intention of getting acquainted with the two-year IBDP) are generally young people who have high expectations in life and challenge themselves to reach their goals. They are students who strive for a demanding yet rewarding education that will help them take the next step in their academic life, whether it will be at a Brazilian university or abroad.
The pre-DP period is an introductory semester for students who have finished Grade 9 and want to experience the IBDP subjects, assessment mocks and admission requirements before the programme starts formally in August. During the pre-DP students will do scientific practices, read and analyze literary and non-literary works and take IBDP mock assessments that will prepare them for the future IBDP internal and external assessments. It’s important to know that the pre-DP does not make part of the official IB Diploma Programme, but the assessments will count for the Brazilian curriculum.
THE IB FRAMEWORK
Land School offers the following subjects from the IB subject groups:
GROUP 1 – Studies in Language and Literature
English A: Language and Literature SL / HL
Portuguese A: Language and Literature HL
GROUP 2 – Language Acquisition
English B; SL / HL
Spanish B; SL / HL
GROUP 3 – Individual and Societies
Brazilian Social Studies SL
Business Management SL / HL
Psychology SL / HL
GROUP 4 – Sciences
Biology SL / HL
GROUP 5 – Mathematics
Mathematics: AA SL / HL
GROUP 6 – The Arts
Film SL / HL
Besides the six IBDP subjects (three at Standard Level and three at Higher Level), the full Diploma Programme includes the three elements of the core: CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service), EE (Extended Essay) and TOK (Theory of Knowledge).
HOW TO APPLY (FROM OUR ADMISSION POLICY)
If you are an MYP student from Land School, you will meet the Head of School or IBDP coordinator to create your schedule and education plan. They will help you choose your SL / HL subjects based on your school performance and university expectations.
If you finished Grade 9 at a different institution, you will fill out a form that will be reviewed by the Head of School or IBDP coordinator. You will later receive a letter of acceptance. You may also need to appear for an interview and take an admission or English proficiency exam.
Processing the Applications
The application form must be filled out and submitted together with the required school documents no later than December, before the year that you seek admission.
The application forms will be reviewed in January, before the Pre-DP period starts. The assessment of application forms and school documents is based on the following criteria:
- International school background: if you have attended an international school, or you have received instruction in English before applying for Land School’s IB Diploma Programme.
- Ability and skills: you need to turn in a copy and the original of your middle school report card with your application. If the report card is in a language other than Portuguese, English or Spanish, you need to turn in a translated version of it done by a sworn translator.
- Need:If you have a special need for an education in English, you will need to write a school admission essay in English and attach it to your application.
- Being the right match: how well you match up with the IB learner profile. This will be evaluated through your school admission essay.