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Transcript of Everything IB
It's good that you're here.
You're lucky to be at one
of 2,365 schools in the world
to offer the IB Diploma
Learning *how* to think
rather than what to think -
it's not just memorization
spitting out facts
IB students are...
IB gives you
the option of...
You're about to receive an internationally-recognized,
world class education.
Besides being helping you to be much more prepared for college than your peers, IB will grant you great opportunities for earning college credit.
College credit policies for IB may include offering
to diploma candidates,
credit or special placement
HL and SL courses
as well as
specifically for IB students, and
Most colleges offer individual credit for 4s or 5s on HL exams.
from a Full IB Diploma - and that's just in the United States.
Former IB students from Hilhi always say that they are way more prepared for the demands of college than their peers who took AP or regular classes.
So you've decided to take either IB Honors or try for an IB Diploma.
Typically, you'll want 3 HL courses and 3 SL, though 4 HLs and 2 SLs are also allowed. You'll need English, a foreign language, math, science, social studies, and either an art or an additional science.
Plan to take at least 3 IB courses by the end of senior year. It doesn't matter if they're SL or HL or what kind they are. For instance, you're free to take both art and theatre, or 2 math classes.
Theory of Knowledge class is a requirement for both. Make sure it's in your schedule for both your junior & senior year.
Everyone in either program needs to be in an IB advisory.
You should still take as many HLs as possible because you will receive better college credit for them.
Try to take at least one SL class junior year. Otherwise, you'll have to take 6 tests senior year, which is really difficult!
If someone you know wants to be in IB Honors or the diploma program and is not in an IB advisory, badger them into talking to their counselor; otherwise, they could
miss crucial deadlines.
Also, by being in an IB advisory, you aren't forced to complete the same activities as other junior advisories. You'll get time to work on more important things, like CAS.
You're required to do a separate focus program, including a senior project and any other graduation requirements for that focus program. Make sure you have all the electives you need in your schedule,
Do you know the requirements of these two programs?
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in 3 IB classes as well as complete Theory of Knowledge and CAS requirements. You are not required to do an extended essay.
IB Test Scoring
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Excellent. Often the only score accepted for credit by Ivy League & other competitive schools.
Very good. The likely minimum score for credit for individual SL classes.
Good. The most common minimum score for credit for individual HL classes.
Satisfactory. The average score needed per exam to earn an IB diploma.
Mediocre. Typical minimum score for HL credit at community colleges.
Poor. Receiving them on exams can be an obstacle to getting the diploma.
Very poor. Will not allow you to receive a diploma.
You either pass CAS or you don't; it doesn't have a grading scale.
<1% of people get the maximum score of 45, but 80% of people receive their diploma.
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Theory of Knowledge & Extended Essay
You can earn up to 3 extra points from a combo of your EE & TOK scores.
*On IB exams, don't score any 1s, or get more than 3 scores less than 3.
*Score at least a 24 overall
*Get at least Ds on both TOK & the Extended Essay.
*Don't get any 2s on HL exams, or more than one for an SL.
*Score an average of 4 pts on your HL exams.
*Score an average of 3 pts. on your SL exams.
*Get at least a D on either TOK or the Extended Essay.
*Don't get more than one 2 on an HL exam, or more than 2 2s on an SL exam.
*Get at least 11 pts. on HLs (14 if you're taking 4 HLs)
*Get at least 8 pts. on SLs (5 if you're taking 2 SLs)
So what makes IB different?
Virginia Tech College Study
At the end of their freshman year of college,
of students from IB schools had GPAs >3.0, compared with
of former AP students and
of non-IB and non-AP students.
Your teachers have to go through special training to teach and appropriately grade IB classes. They're some of the most helpful and dedicated teachers in the school.
IB 20th Century
IB History of
Mrs. Van Patten
IB Theory of Knowledge
IB Math Studies
IB Math [Calculus]
Your classes will be a lot more difficult than non-IB classes. You will have about 2 hours of homework per night. Time and stress management will become key.
Your hardest classes will be your Higher Level courses (HL); you'll have them both junior and senior year, and at the end of senior year, take exams based on all of that material.
Standard Level IB classes (SL) are only one year long, either junior or senior year, and you'll test in them at the end of the year that you take them.
A Small Learning Community
Like in your MYP team, your classes will generally have the same people in them, especially if you're doing Full IB.
What is CAS?
Creativity, Action & Service is IB's way of making sure you're a self-aware, good person that does things with his/her life besides studying and homework. You document goals that you're trying to achieve with evidence that you actually completed them, and write reflections about how your participation changed your life.
Most people that are involved in a normal amount of sports, after school activities, clubs, hobbies, and community service work are able to get almost all their CAS hours for things that they were already planning to do.
*Total of 150 hours between senior and junior year
*At least 4 completed goals per year, including a
long-term goal with special requirements.
*Must meet all of the 8 learning outcomes.
*Must be contained in a portfolio.
*Must include equal parts of creativity, action, & service.
The CAS portfolio
This is where you put all your CAS documentation. While it should be neat and professional, the exact format should be personalized. For IB Diploma candidates, it's externally assessed.
pen or pencil?
decorated or plain?
your choice! :)
What counts as a CAS activity?
*You plan it in advance.
*You can reflect on your progress during and after the activity.
*You have evidence to show that you took part in the activity.
*You meet at least one of the learning outcomes.
*You're working toward a goal.
*You're receiving payment for it
*Repetitive work *Family duties
*A passive pursuit
*Unsupervised by an adult
*Could cause division between groups in the community
The Goal Process: Creation to Completion
The Long-term Goal
Sil will usually set due dates at the end of quarters or semesters for specific requirements. If you don't meet due dates, you'll fail advisory. If you fail advisory too many times, you can't graduate on time. There will be a formal presentation of your CAS journal in the winter or spring of senior year. CAS journals are officially due during the spring of senior year, but make sure to constantly update it!
Step 1: Think of a Goal
Example: Steve wants to learn to play the guitar. It will involve creativity, undertaking new challenges, and showing perseverance and commitment in activities.
Step 2: Approve it
Steve can either download a CAS Planning and Implementation form off of Hilhi's website or can get a form from Sil. He gets the form, then he fills it out and has Sil sign it.
Step 3: Record Approx. Hours
Steve records in his portfolio the approximate amount of hours he spends practicing the guitar, doing maintenance on the guitar, taking guitar lessons, watching (or even making) YouTube videos that teach the chords to certain songs, and eventually, performing for his little cousin's birthday party.
Steve includes a picture of his guitar, some broken guitar strings, copies of email communication with his guitar teacher, sheet music that he practiced playing, audio and video recordings of practices as well as performances, copies of receipts from purchased guitar picks, etc.
Step 5: Write Reflections
Steve periodically reflects on what he's learned about the guitar and himself and his ability to remain committed to learning to play it. He reflects on his performance at his cousin's birthday party and how she is now inspired to play a musical instrument. He also writes about how his goal is and isn't turning out as expected.
He explains how he's become more confident in himself and
how he now values undertaking challenges more than he
did before, and how he can apply what he's
learned about himself to other
Step 6: Finish up
Steve writes a 1 page final reflection following the final reflection question guide, summarizing the importance of the goal and how completing it changed him. He makes sure all of his evidence and reflections as well as his approval form are organized in his CAS Portfolio PowerPoint.
Sil is the CAS coordinator. She can answer any questions about CAS, suggest potential goals, and approve goals.
You can find her in her office (in the DM building) or in the theatre.
You can meet with her during Spartan Time, after school (by appointment only,) or
for a quick chat between classes.
While any or all of your goals can last for both your junior and senior year, the official Long-term Goal is your most important goal. It has special requirements.
You should demonstrate leadership in this goal, multiple learning outcomes and two of the CAS aspects (Creativity, Action, & Service.) It should be larger in scope than your other goals and therefore feel more like a group project than your other goals.
1. Increase awareness of strengths and areas for growth.
2. Undertake new challenges.
3. Plan and initiate activities.
4. Work collaboratively with others.
5. Show perseverance and commitment in activities.
6. Engage with issues of global importance.
7. Consider ethical implications of your action.
8. Develop new skills.
Stuck on how to "engage with issues of ethical importance" and/or "consider the ethical implications of your actions"?
Join Model United Nations.
This club attends a conference where high school students from all over Oregon model UN proceedings, with each school representing one or more countries. You research beforehand particular global issues and then debate about them in committee sessions. Contact Mr. Goodwin in
SS2. It's more fun than it sounds.
Participate in a school play.
Write a short story or poetry.
Design a brochure.
Learn to play the piano.
Make an IB Survival Guide for
next year's Juniors
Improve your cooking or baking skills.
Make a meal plan to keep yourself healthy
Plan or design an event
Learn a new language
Take long walks on the beach
Go ice skating with friends
Try to walk & bike rather than drive
Earn driver's license
Working on a car
Going to the gym
Organize a charity concert
Join Link Crew
Join NHS or Key Club
Be a Mentor for a middle school student
Spread awareness about a preventable issue
Be an Outdoor School Counselor
Knit hats and donate them
Tutor someone in math
The Extended Essay
The EE is an in-depth research paper that answers a specific research question you come up with in less than 4000 words and in about 40 hours of work. It allows you to develop and show off your research, writing, creativity, and critical thinking skills in a formal essay. It's due after winter break of your senior year, which means you have from right now until then to work on it. You get to choose a supervisor (who is a teacher that is knowledgeable about your chosen subject area, so if you want to write an essay on English literature you'd ask Mrs. Clements, Mrs. Thomsen or Mrs. Denny.) Your supervisor will help and give you advice throughout the process, especially with your research question.
Select a subject you have interest in.
(either literature, society/culture, or the language itself)
Business & Management
Peace & Conflict Studies
Classical Greek or Latin
Informational Technology in a Global Society
Our IB Biology department got special permission from IB to extend the due date for their extended essays so that they can use their science fair projects for their Extended Essays, so Biology is a good subject to choose.
Get a supervisor.
Pick someone who is knowledgeable about your subject area. If you're unsure, ask Sil for suggestions. They will hopefully be a teacher you communicate well with. Be sure to ask nicely!
Read the Extended Essay handbook guidelines about your subject area.
Think of interesting topics in your subject area, then choose one.
You may want to discuss your ideas with your supervisor before deciding.
Come up with a Research Question that fits with your topic.
One of your supervisor's primary goals is to aid you with this step, so make sure to utilize him or her for help. This is a very important step in the EE process.
Begin your analysis, research, and/or experimentation.
Develop an outline for your paper.
Continue your research, analysis, and/or experimentation.
Revise and edit.
Your supervisor may read and comment on one of your drafts. Have your friends read over it too and make suggestions.
Reread the assessment criteria. Make sure your paper fulfills all of them.
Dos & Don'ts
1. Title page
Provide a brief title that shows the focus of your essay. Don't use your research question as your title, though you may put it on the Title Page.
An abstract sets the tone for your essay, and clearly states the research question, how the investigation was undertaken, and the conclusion(s) of the essay.
3. Table of Contents
This page outlines the main sections with corresponding page #s. It also indicates the structure of the essay.
The research question and the thesis should be clearly put into context and spelled out.
5. Body and development
This is the longest & most important section. In it, you develop and support your thesis. It shouldn't contain irrelevant biographical, descriptive, or narrative details.
7. References & Bibliography
Make sure to keep note of your sources throughout your research so that you'll have an accurate References & Bibliography section.
Your conclusion should be clearly stated, relevant to the research question, substantiated by the evidence you've presented, and indicate issues, unresolved questions, and new questions that have emerged from research.
Examiners aren't required to thoroughly read the appendix, so make sure all important info is in the body of your paper.
Remember, only Full Diploma Candidates have to do the Extended Essay. IB Honors students are in luck!
Do not do all the research and writing of your paper during winter break of your senior year. Your extended essay grade could make or break your chance at the IB diploma.
Choose a topic you're actually interested in.
Read examples of essays in your subject area.
Have friends look over your essay draft to offer you advice.
What will get you the highest score
It's clearly stated in the introduction & focused appropriately for answering it within the word limit.
It puts the research question in context and shows the topic's significance.
A range of sources are used and/or data is collected. Material is well-selected.
Knowledge & Understanding
Shows very good knowledge & understanding and clearly and precisely locates the investigation in
an academic context.
Ideas are presennted logically, coherently, and clearly. Essay develops a reasoned and convincing argument.
Clear and precise language is used, and terminology is used accurately.
It is clear and consistent with the RQ & evidence, & includes unresolved questions when appropriate.
Layout, organization, and appearance follow a standard format.
The essay shows clear evidence of intellectual initiative, depth of understanding, & insight.
It clearly states the RQ, how the investigation was undertaken, and the conclusion(s) of the essay.
EE grades by %