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IB Course Selection

for grade 10's going into grade 11

Angela De Jong

on 5 December 2018

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Group 1 = English
HL English - Language & Literature
This course uses a wide variety of texts, genres and media.
Greater focus on language than a traditional English Literature course, but not excluding literary analysis.
Topics include language and power, media institutions and pop culture.
Includes both written and oral assessments.

IB Students must choose one subject each from groups 1-5, and one additional subject from the arts (group 6) or another group.

At TFSS, the additional course is chosen from group 3 or 4 if Visual Arts is not selected
as long as both courses are not HL

Three subjects are studied at the higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL).
Group 2 = French
Group 3
English HL
English SL (new)
SL French
Allows students to continue to develop fluency in a second language.
Includes both oral and written assessments.

SL French will be completed in the anticipated year (grade 11).

English HL
English SL (new)
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Business HL
Economics SL
Geography SL
Business HL
Economics SL
Geography SL
SL Physics
SL physics extends your knowledge of grade 9 and 10 topics of electricity, motion and optics
Also includes environmental physics, thermal physics, nuclear physics, quantum physics


Visual Arts HL and SL
Student-centered and free expression - students choose what to create.
Traditional and Digital media are both possible - and no previous Art experience is necessary.

Recommended for students pursuing architecture, animation, and design as portfolio submission is a requirement.

In addition to the six exam subjects, all IB diploma students take Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in first semester of grade 12.

The aim of TOK is to help IB students become effective critical thinkers, with a greater goal being to develop IB learners:
internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
HL Business Management
Emphasis is placed on strategic decision-making and the day-to-day business functions of marketing, production, human resource management and finance.
Links between the topics are central to the course, and promotes a holistic overview of business activity.

This course is often described as a mini-MBA program - it explores all facets of business including decision-making processes and how these decisions impact on and are affected by internal and external environments.

SL Economics
This course introduces students to the basic economic concepts of scarcity and resource allocation through a solid foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and development economics.
Students will gain deeper understanding of globalization and how economic theory can be used to explain decisions made by households and businesses alike.

Recommended for students who anticipate studying economics or a related field.

Please note that Economics is a limited enrollment course- it is limited to one class.

IB History prepares students for university by teaching critical thinking, document analysis, academic research and essay writing skills - all transferable to any post-secondary program from engineering to medicine... it's not just for History teachers!

HL History:
History of the Americas and World History
Focus on 20th Century Warfare, Legendary Dictators and International Relations


Along with HL Business Management, HL History is most likely to result in transfer credits at university.
HL Biology
Wider variety of topics, and greater depth of coverage than SL
More opportunities to develop lab design skills
Major topics include Human Health & Physiology, Genetics and Biochemistry


SL Biology
General survey of biological concepts
Less focus on Biochemistry and Genetics


4 basic concepts run throughout both courses: Structure & Function; Universality vs. Diversity; Equilibrium Within Systems; and Evolution.

HL Chemistry
Same topics covered as SL Chemistry, but much more detail (especially atomic structure & bonding).
A lot more math than SL Chemistry.
More opportunities to do labs.


SL Chemistry
General overview of chemistry concepts.
Less detail in every unit.


Chemistry ties well with either of the other sciences, and is a good choice if you like science but aren't sure what you want to study in university.
SL Mathematics
Recommended preparation for students pursuing studies in chemistry, biology, economics, psychology and business administration.
This course is for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly.

Emphasis on advanced functions, calculus, statistics and probability.

This course will be split over two years in grade 11 and 12 to allow students to practice skills in grade 12 before applying to post-secondary programs.

Grade 11- MHF 4U7
Grade 12- MCV 4U7
More than 200 million people speak French - it is the ninth most commonly-spoken language and the second most widely learned foreign language (after English). Knowledge of French can also make it easier to learn other languages!
The IB programme at TFSS has many expenses including:
annual fees to IBO
student registration fees
exam registration fees
IB teacher training and professional development
mailings and shipping costs
classroom resources not covered by Ontario textbooks.
online support for the Extended Essay
Important Dates from Guidance:

December 11-January 15 MyBluePrint window

Please submit a signed verification form to your homeroom teacher by
January 15th

NEW- SL Computer Science

Computational thinking lies at the heart of the course and is integrated with other topics such as databases, modelling and simulation, web science, and object oriented programming. This will be supported by practical activities including programming.

Please note that Computer Science is a limited enrollment course- limited to one class.


IB fees for DP ($1350 per year):
Collected each year starting in April for the following school year.
All payments due by October.
Payment plan available:
$270 April
$270 May
$270 June
$270 Sept
$270 Oct
Fees may be paid in full at any time between April & October.
Sample Timetable 1: Two Experimental Science

HL English: Language & Literature
SL French
HL Business Management
HL Chemistry
SL Biology
SL Mathematics
Sample Timetable 2: Two Individual & Society

HL English: Language & Literature
SL French
HL History
SL Economics
HL Biology
SL Mathematics
Sample Timetable 3: Visual Arts

HL English: Language & Literature
SL French
HL History
SL Physics
SL Mathematics
HL Visual Arts
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