2008-2020 Graduate, IB Diploma Recipient and Valedictorian
My name is Regina Albornoz Velázquez and I was a student at Colegio El Camino for 15 years, from K1 to Senior Year. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to study at an IB school as it completely changed me, not just as a student, but as a person...
During my two years in the IBDP program I learned that my education goes beyond what we see in the classroom and that independent research is just as important. Before, I was totally dependent on my teachers to learn, and the IB approach to learning forced me to use other sources of information in order to have an objective and complete knowledge of my subjects. The syllabus encourages you to question what you are learning and to be a person who turns curiosity into motivation to inquire, learn, and use that knowledge to form your own conclusions and ideas. At the end of the diploma, I realized that my way of looking at the world, even outside of school, changed to one more critical and analytical.
However, the IB program develops you to become a well-rounded student, and this doesn't just involve academics. Through the CAS program, I had the opportunity to contribute to my community by teaching English in low-income schools, participating in environmental programs and being a member of the school's soccer team. All of this helped me improve the way I manage my time and I learned to find a balance between my social and academic life. Thanks to CAS I developed a feeling of duty to my community and my country that I did not have before and that I hope to continue developing at the university.
For future generations and those considering entering the program, I can assure you that it is mentally and physically exhausting, but at the end of the two years you will see that your effort will have paid off. With or without a diploma, the skills you will develop will take you with you and serve you for the rest of your life. Obtaining a diploma is without a doubt one of the most important achievements of my life, and it will help me achieve more in the future. Because of the complexity of the assignments and tasks, I will come to college prepared for that level of academic difficulty, and I feel that my IB education gave me an edge in meeting this challenge.
Thank you Colegio El Camino.
Colegio El Camino 2012-2019
The International Baccalaureate program was the best thing to ever occur to my academic career. Not only did it help me develop important skills that I would be able to apply in my future studies, the lengthy and rigorous nature of the program pushed me beyond my limits of what I believed I was capable of...
Prior to entering the diploma program, I was not aware of how valuable and enriching independent research and study could be. I was always lead to believe that the teacher was solely responsible for the students’ learning, later I discovered this not to be the case, and that my learning went far beyond the material covered in the classroom. Through the production of the internal assessments and the extended essay, I truly experienced what is was like to take information acquired through independent research and classroom learning, and apply it to meaningful projects.
However, not everything the IB taught me was directly related to my academics. With things such as the IB learner profile and the CAS program, I was able to look at my community with a completely new set of lens. I became more engaged with activities, I asked more questions, and for the first time in my life, I was reflecting on how I could make a difference, big or small, within my community. I learned the benefits of effective teamwork, and the importance of perseverance when dealing with long-term projects.
Graduating from the IB, gave me the most extraordinary sense of completion and fulfillment. Not only was I able to successfully finish the program and receive the diploma, I am now a more confident student. I will always look back on these 2 years fondly, and am very eager to see how I am able to apply my IB learnings to my future studies.
2016-2019 Graduate, IB Diploma Recipient
My name is Marcus Galbraith and I graduated from Colegio El Camino in 2019. Through my efforts and the help of some wonderful teachers I was able to obtain the IB diploma. I'm not going to lie, it was a challenge. However, through the challenge, I was able to learn and grow beyond what I thought I was capable of doing. I am currently serving a two year mission. As I got to the mission field...
I soon realized the skills I developed through the IB program came in very handy. I was better equipped than many others. I have great social skills, which helped me reach out to more people. I have developed problem solving skills, which helps me overcome the different problems life will always place before us. I learned to research, work hard, reach goals, think of others and be a good leader. I am better equipped to face life in general. Although I haven’t started university life just yet, I can already tell that I will be far more prepared than the average student. I owe that to the experiences I am gaining both through going through the IB program and now in the mission field. I'm excited for the future and encourage all students to try their hardest to earn the IB diploma. It is well worth the effort.
2016-2018 Graduate, IB Diploma Recipient
I entered El Camino during my junior year, my third year of highschool. You could say I have a foundation on which to base my statements. The two years I spent at El Camino and the things I learned there, not only helped form me into the person I am today, they were also the best two years I could have asked for during a time of vital development.
El Camino is different from any other school I've experienced because of the passion for education that the staff and student body have and goals for high academic achievement. It's at this campus that I understood why the greatest tragedy is teaching someone who has no desire to learn. Regardless of a student's own motivation to study, Colegio el Camino creates an environment which inspires a love for learning in young minds and helps the upcoming generation "learn how to learn".
The IB is a wonderful program which allows a student to excel and flourish. Usually no blood, but very often sweat and tears are shed by both teachers and pupils as they work together to meet the rigorous standards which are set by the external grading of the International Baccalaureate program. Regardless of one's final score in the program, the completion of the curriculum proves incredibly rewarding in ways that may not be obvious at first.
After all is said, one of the things that I loved most about my time at Camino is the accepting nature of the community. The variety in backgrounds, from foreign teachers representing countries in North and South America, Eurasia, and Africa, to students from opposite points of the socio-economic spectrum found in Los Cabos. A diverse school community teaches everyone to be respectful and understanding of each other's culture and way of thinking through first hand experience. When I was around El Camino's community members, I felt at ease knowing that I could express my thoughts and ideas without fear of being judged for being different.
Anyone looking for the best school in the state of Southern Baja California would have a hard time finding anything that can rival the experiences which Colegio El Camino and the IB program provide for both students and their families.
2015-2017 IB Diploma Recipient
I entered the IB program at Camino in my 11th-grade year after having changed schools annually for most of my middle and high school experience. I had never quite found a school where I felt equally comfortable with my classmates, coursework, and the academic environment. That is until I entered Camino.
The small class size and closeness of my peers and professors created a space where I felt responsible and motivated to perform at a high level. I ended up learning incredible organizational skills and time management in my quest to earn the IB diploma. Without the collective struggle and pressure we all felt with the IB program I would not have had the encouragement or necessity to step up my academics and realize my full potential. I am now in my 4th year at the University of British Columbia in Canada and can honestly say that without my experience in the IB program I would have faced a much larger struggle and adjustment in adapting to university life. I am now able to balance my academics, extracurricular/clubs, social life, and part-time jobs while maintaining my grades and sanity. The IB program was a tremendous effort and push for me that ended up paying off through admittance to a top tier university and a much easier experience throughout.