Forum Academy offers a three-year program devoted to fulfilling the Panamanian Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) requirements for high school graduation, and in 2015 became the country’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) World School operating outside of Panama City. The Academy’s mission is to ensure that these rural students have access to the education they need to succeed. Computer technology, sciences, and English are at the center of the school’s rigorous curriculum, designed to prepare its students for professional careers in Panama’s growing economy.

Acceptance into Forum Academy is based on proven performance, aptitude testing, teacher recommendations, and interviews. Equal opportunity is given to both boys and girls, and all students live on campus free of charge. 39 students from 23 middle schools throughout Coclé were accepted into the inaugural class.



Forum Academy is fully accredited by Panama’s Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) to offer the three year Bachelor of Science curriculum. This traditional high school diploma is recognized throughout Panama. More information can be found here.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

In 2015 Academia Forum was officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We are now able to offer the renowned IB Diploma Program (DP), often considered the gold standard for high school education. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer the children of Coclé this world class curriculum.


What is the IB Diploma Program?

The IB Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.


What does the curriculum look like?

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

The DP core consists of three required components and aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

There are different courses within each subject group that students must choose from. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

For more information about the curriculum, please visit