International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Futuro Verde is excited to have been accepted and recognized as a candidate school* (as of March 1, 2016) for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The 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 Centro Educativo Futuro Verde believes is important for our students.

“The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”  IB learner profile

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is IB?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1968 and currently offers four programs: IB Primary Years Program (PYP); IB Middle Years Program (MYP); Diploma Program (DP); and IB Career-related Program (CP). The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is an assessed educational program, designed for students between 16 and 19 years old. The program is currently offered by nearly 3,000 schools in more than 140 countries, has the reputation of high educational standards and is widely encouraged and accepted by universities around the world. (


“An IB education is unique because of its rigorous academic and personal standards. IB programmes challenge students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth. The IB aims to inspire a lifelong quest for learning hallmarked by enthusiasm and empathy.”  What is an IB education? (2015)

What is the IB diploma program (IBDP)?
The IB diploma is offered during the final two years of a student’s school career. At the center of the IB diploma program lies three core subjects: creativity, action, service (CAS); theory of knowledge (TOK); the extended essay. These three subjects are not only studied alongside the student’s other subjects, but permeate those more traditional subject areas. There are six subject groups with students generally studying one subject from each group: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; the arts. Students study a minimum of three (maximum of four) subjects at higher level (HL), with the remainder at standard level (SL). Diploma candidates are required to take a combination of internally and externally assessed assessments as well as produce substantial pieces of coursework.
What are the key features of the IBDP?
Taken from:

  • centres on learners
  • develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
  • works within global contexts, helping students understand different languages and cultures
  • explores significant content, developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding that meets rigorous international standards.
What are some of the benefits to students of the IB diploma program?
Taken from:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world
Why would IB and Futuro Verde be a good fit?
When Futuro Verde was first founded, offering one of the IB programs was always one of the aims. It is therefore not coincidence that the school’s mission and learner-focused progressive pedagogical methods are already closely aligned with those of IB. Futuro Verde is committed to working closely with IB during the next phase of the application process to ensure all requirements are met.  
What’s the process to becoming an IB World School offering the diploma program?
Having been accepted and recognized as a candidate school the next stage is submitting the request for authorization by October 1, 2016. Until this time Futuro Verde will be working hard to implement the action plan that was compiled by a committee including: Lural Ramirez, Director; Stuart Millar, IB Coordinator (designate); Hilda Castellanos, Operations Manager; Sonya Danchik, Board Vice President; Khalida Lockheed, Founder. The intention is to implement the diploma program in February, 2018.  

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Centro Educativo Futuro Verde 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 Centro Educativo Futuro Verde 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 

As a student, the IB taught me how to deal with high expectations and to perform always at my very best. As a teacher, it opened my eyes to the opportunity of transdisciplinary integration and purposeful learning. I am excited that Futuro Verde students might benefit from the IB program and become critical thinkers ready to help the communities around them!” Trini Cubillos

3rd/4th grade teacher, Futuro Verde