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IB Diploma Programme

IB Diploma Programme

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM (DP)

 

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The curriculum

 DP students must choose one course from each of five subject groups delivering a breadth of knowledge and understanding in:

1.  Language and Literature (HL):  English Courses

2.  Language and Acquisition (World Language) (SL): Spanish and French

3. Individuals and Societies (HL): Contemporary History (C.H.) and History of the Americas (HOA)

4.  Sciences: Biology (HL & SL), Chemistry (HL & SL), Physics (SL)

5.  Mathematics: Analysis and Interpretations (SL)

6.  Arts (HL & SL): Visual Art, Music (Chorus/Band), Theatre, Film Studies, Psychology, Sports Exercise

 

DP courses can be taken at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL).

  1.  At least three, and not more than four, are taken at HL (240 teaching hours), while the remaining  courses are taken at SL (150 teaching hours).
  2. SL courses ensure students are exposed to a range of disciplines that they might otherwise opt out of.
  3. HL courses allow students to spend more time with subjects they are more interested in by exploring options in addition to the SL core curriculum.

 

The Diploma Programme core

  • 1.)Extended Essay (EE)- Requires students to engage approximately 40 hours of independent study.  This is a 4000-word research paper that all Diploma Candidates write on a specific topic of their choosing. Work begins in the junior year and is completed senior year.
  • 2.)Theory of knowledge (TOK)- Develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • 3.)Creativity, activity, service (CAS)- emphasizes helping students to develop their own identities in accordance with the ethical principles embodied in the IB mission statement and the IB learner profile.
  •  CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.

 

Assessments

  1.  Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners.
  2. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
  3. The grades awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).
  4. Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on TOK and the EE.
  5.  The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the CAS requirement.
  6. The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points. Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject’s curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations.

 

How Do You Earn an IB DP Diploma?

All assessment components for each of the six subjects and the additional Diploma components must be completed in order to qualify for the award of the IB Diploma. The IB Diploma will be awarded to a candidate provided ALL of the following requirements have been met:

1. CAS requirements met.

2. The candidate has earned at least 24 points out of the total possible 45 points..

3. There are no “N” grades or “E” grades for TOK, EE or for a contributing subject.

4. There are no “1” grades for any subject/level.

5. There are at most two “2” grades earned (HL or SL)

6. There are at most three “3” or lower grades earned (HL or SL).

7. The candidate earns at least 12 points on HL subjects (or the highest three HL grades for those who have 4 HL courses).

8. The candidate earns at least 9 points on SL subjects (candidates who register for two SL subjects must earn at least 5 points).

 

Benefits of IB Programmes

  1. Students experience college-level classes with support appropriate for high school students.
  2. Studies reveal that participation in advanced classes, including IB courses, improves ACT/SAT scores and achievement in college.
  3. Students who participate in the IB programmes have a higher rate of admission to elite universities and graduate at higher rates from college institutions.
  4. No IB grade inflation over time—colleges know that IB students are well prepared for college level work
  5. The IB Programmes are available in over 3000 high schools in the world and are widely recognized by universities and scholarship programs.
  6. The IB Programmes often leads to extensive free college credit since testing fees for Diploma Candidates are paid by the school district.
  7. IB courses use multiple assessments to measure student mastery rather than rely on one test at the end.
  8. IB courses promote not only critical thinking but inquiry and communication skills, global awareness, and teamwork—all key components for success in college and in a competitive job market.
  9. The IB Programme is dynamic and diligent in its attempts to keep pace with a rapidly changing world; to make programmes more accessible to students with varied interests and needs; and to improve curriculum, assessments, and services.
  10. The IB Programme promotes balance in its students.
  11. The Programme rewards students for balance in their course selection and participation in extracurricular activities and service projects.
  12. The IB Programmes allows students to pursue their passions by allowing for some flexibility in course selection and rewarding them for their in-depth study of topics of interest and for time devoted to interests outside of the classroom.

 

Typical Junior Diploma Schedule

 Class 01: Year 1 of HL Course: IB English III

02: Year 1 of HL Course: IB History of the Americas Class

 03: Year 1 of HL Course: (Arts)

Class 04: SL or 4th HL course: World Language (French/Spanish III)

 Class 05: SL or SL Prerequisite: Math

 Class 06: SL or SL Prerequisite: Biology

 Class 07: Elective: IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

 

Typical Senior Diploma Schedule

 Class 01: HL: IB English IV

Class 02: HL: IB Contemporary History II

 Class 03: HL: This is determined from Junior Year course selections

 Class 04: World Language (French/Spanish IV)

 Class 05: Additional IB SL Course: Math

 Class 06: Additional IB SL Course: Science

Class 07: Elective: IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

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