International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB)Program Coordinator: Andrea Mirandae-mail: amiranda[at]ccsd.edu
The IB Diploma Program is a challenging two-year academic program offered to juniors and seniors that prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. Students are encouraged to
ask challenging questions
learn how to learn
develop a sense of self and culture
develop the ability to communicate and understand people from other countries and cultures
grow intellectually, physically, socially, and ethically
IB Diploma candidates study six academic curriculum areas: language and literature, acquired languages, individuals and societies, science, mathematics, and the arts. Current sophomores are eligible to enroll in the full IB Diploma curriculum. The IB courses will comprise most of their schedules for junior and senior year. IB Diploma candidates take 3 HL and 3 SL courses. Higher level (HL) courses require 240 hours of class time (two years) and Standard level (SL) courses require 150 hours of class time (one or two years).
The Diploma Program Core
In addition to their primary coursework, IB Diploma candidates also fulfill three core components that encourage them to participate in creative and service-oriented activities that emphasize the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.
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.
The IB Extended Essay (EE) is an opportunity for Diploma candidates to undertake independent research into an area of interest relating to one or more of the six subjects studied by the student in the Diploma Program. Each student works with a faculty mentor who guides them through the research and writing of the essay. The essay is a requirement to earn the IB Diploma. Academic credit is not awarded for its completion.
The Creativity, Action, and Service program (CAS) encourages students to be well-rounded individuals who actively pursue extracurricular activities with a balance of athletic, artistic, and service-minded pursuits. Students complete approximately 150 CAS hours over the course of their junior and senior years. A faculty member serves as the CAS Coordinator and assists students in balancing, reflecting upon, and managing their CAS program.
Only juniors and seniors may enroll in individual IB courses or pursue the full IB Diploma. Current sophomores who wish to enroll in IB courses are expected to meet with the IB Coordinator to select appropriate classes. Sophomore parents are encouraged to participate in these meetings. Current juniors who are enrolled in Year 1 of an IB course may enroll in Year 2 of that course with the approval of the IB Coordinator.
Many colleges and universities offer advanced standing to students who earn the IB Diploma and achieve specific overall scores while doing so. In addition, most offer credit for individual IB courses if certain minimum scores are attained. Specific information on college credit is available at http://ibo.org/recognition and both the IB Coordinator and Student Counselors are available to provide college counseling with respect to the IB program.