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Transition to IB
Transcript of Transition to IB
Junior Year at BTHS
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
IB Learners strive to be
Biology HL (2 year course)
Chemistry HL or Physics HL (2 year course)
English HL (2 year course)
Math SL (2 year course)
History SL (1 year course)
Spanish SL (1 year course after Spanish 3)
6 Core Classes
Juniors may take up to 2 exams (most often, History and Spanish)
All students test in Biology, Chemistry/Physics, English and one other subject during Senior year (4-5 exams total)
Remaining courses include Learning Labs for History and Spanish, Theory of Knowledge, electives, and LEAP (leadership and personal growth)
Creativity, Action, Service
Theory of Knowledge
Center of the Hexagon
3 Other Diploma Requirements
Encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service
Learning through experience outside the traditional classroom
Development and practice of learner profile characteristics
Students must complete approximately 150 hours of creativity, action and service between the first day of junior year and January of their senior year
Explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines
Encourages an appreciation of other cultural perspectives
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course begins in May of Junior year, after the IB History Exam, and continues through first semester of Senior year.
During their Senior year, students will complete a TOK essay (1,200-1,600 words) based on one of 6 prompts. They will also complete a group presentation on a topic of their choosing as part of their internal assessment.
Student-designed research paper to investigate a question of individual interest.
Maximum 4,000 words.
Familiarizes students with independent research and writing skills expected at a university.
Students begin working on their Extended Essay (EE) in second semester of Junior year and finish by December of Senior year.
"High school is like a marathon. Junior year is the part close enough to the end of the race that you should be sprinting."
- BTHS Graduate
45 Possible Points:
7 possible points per IB course (grade includes both internal and external assessments)
3 additional points for TOK/EE performance
Minimum of 24 points for IB Diploma, with other criteria. (BTHS students averaged 33 points in 2013.)
Getting the IB Diploma
Policies vary by school. Ask now, as you start visiting schools, about their
IB recognition policy!
University Recognition Policies
September CAS activities begin
September-June: IB Courses begin, IAs begin
February/March: Students select EE topics
March: HSPA exams (not IB related, but important); EE advisors assigned
May: History, Spanish and/or Math IB exam; TOK course begins
End of summer: 1st version of EE due
September-April: IAs completed in all IB courses
October: Group 4 project completed in school; Progress updates for EE/CAS sent home to parents
December: Final version of EE due
January: 150 hours of CAS due; TOK essays and presentations submitted
April: IAs submitted for external moderation
May: IB exams
July: IB scores posted online
September: IB diplomas arrive at BTHS and scores arrive at colleges
November: Brunch for graduates and families - IB diplomas distributed
What to do now...
Find out what classes your student is taking next year and how many IB exams they will take each year.
As you start talking about specific colleges, research their IB recognition policies. Remember that being a diploma candidate is considered the most rigorous academic program by most schools.
Talk to your students about what they are interested in doing for CAS hours. Students must show commitment to some ongoing activities and plan some of their own projects.
Remind your children that grades are not the only thing that matters. Their worth as a person is not determined by their grades. Through IB at BTHS, they will become...