International Baccalaureate Diploma Program MVHS Candidate School
Timeline for MVHS Authorization • November 2008: Application Form, Part A • January 2009: MVHS candidate school • January 2009 and ongoing: Teacher training and curriculum writing in subjects • April 2009: Application Form, Part B • Fall 2009: Anticipated Authorization Visit • Spring 2010: Projected Authorization • Fall 2010: IB Authorized School Year Begins
IB History • International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation • Over 1800 IB World Schools exist in over 132 countries • 642 schools offer the Diploma Program in the United States • First school authorized in 1971 • US is part of IB Americas with Canada and South America
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.
Aims and Objectives • To provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education • To promote international understanding • To educate the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth • To develop inquiry and thinking skills, and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically.
IB Learner Profile • InquirersThey develop their natural curiosity, acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. • KnowledgeableThey explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. • ThinkersThey exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. • CommunicatorsThey understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. • PrincipledThey act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.
IB Learner Profile • Open-mindedThey understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. • CaringThey show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. • Risk-takersThey approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. • BalancedThey understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. • ReflectiveThey give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
IB Diploma Curriculum Students study 6 subjects chosen from the 6 subject groups 6th subject can be from the arts or any group of student’s choice Minimum 3 subjects studied at higher level (240 teaching hours) Maximum 3 subjects studied at standard level (150 teaching hours) Core requirements: CAS, TOK, Extended Essay
MVHS IB Diploma Subjects • Group 1: Language A1 • English A1 HL (two year course) • Group 2: Second Language • French B SL / HL (two year courses) • Spanish B SL / HL (two year courses)
MVHS IB Diploma Subjects • Group 3: Individuals and Societies • History Route 2 HL (Required-2 year course) • Psychology SL (one year course) • Group 4: Experimental Sciences • Biology SL / HL (two year courses) • Chemistry SL / HL • Physics SL / HL
MVHS IB Diploma Subjects • Group 5: Mathematics • Math Studies SL (two year course) • Math SL (two year course) • Group 6: The Arts • Music SL (one year)/HL (two year) • Visual Arts SL (one year)/HL (two year) • Can choose a class from a different group
Core Requirements Extended Essay: • 4,000 words • Independent, self-directed research • Familiarizes students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university • Students are supported throughout the process by a supervisor at the school
Core Requirements Theory of knowledge: • An interdisciplinary course that challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases and to develop the ability to analyze evidence that is expressed in rational argument. • One year course taken second semester of 11th grade and first semester of 12th grade. • Internal assessment and essay requirement
Core Requirements Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) • The CAS component raises students’ awareness of community needs and builds confidence in their ability to bring about change. • Creativity includes arts activities, and designing and implementing service projects. • Action includes participation in sports and local and international projects. • Service encompasses community and social service activities. • 150 total hours required; 50 for each component.
IB Assessment • Diploma Programme assessments are high stakes, criterion-related performance assessments • Includes external final examinations in May • Also, includes internal assessments completed in class assessed by the teacher to IB criteria and externally moderated by IB. • Assessments are short answer and essay exams. Multiple choice exams are rare. • Students take their external exams in May of their senior year, unless they are enrolled in a one year SL course in their junior year.
IB Scoring for Diploma • Each subject is given a score of 1 to 7 based on the classroom internal assessments and the external assessment in May. • 5 is typical passing score for college credit • Minimum 24 points = IB Diploma • TOK and EE can earn 3 points toward diploma (must score at least a grade of D in both) • Maximum 45 points for diploma (7 pts x 6 classes + 3pts from TOK/EE) • Specific criteria must be met or will fail the diploma
University Recognition • The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma • Recognition in over 75 countries • Recognition by over 2,540 universities • A score of 30 on the diploma = 30 credits at UC schools • Most IB classes are weighted and earn college credit • IB Diploma candidates automatically make it to the final cut for college admissions for UC • Each University has its own recognition policy for the IB Diploma and Certificate student
What is so special about IB? • Recognized around the world • Focus is on international perspectives of learning and teaching • Insist students fully explore their home culture and language • IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process • IB teachers constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world. • IB programmes enhance students’ opportunities at Universities. • Students can demonstrate what they know both in class and on exams • Educates the whole person – not simply academics • Student centered, inquiry based teaching • Builds student awareness of their role and responsibility towards humanity on a global level
What is gained from all your hard work? • Weighted grades • College credits • High School Diploma • International Baccalaureate Diploma • “An experience of a lifetime” (as reported by former IB students)
Similarities of IB and AP • Both are rigorous programs devoted to educational experience with high performance expectations for students and faculty • Both attract highly motivated students who wish to excel academically • Both receive additional weight in calculating GPA • Both involve highly dedicated and creative teachers committed to their students, disciplines, and profession • Both use external assessments and evaluators to score assessments • Both offer extensive professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators • Both are recognized by most US universities for consideration for college credit or advanced standing
AP consists of independent courses for students who may excel in only 1 or 2 areas AP focuses on breadth of content AP students have only one way to demonstrate knowledge - 1 exam AP exams are multiple choice and short-answer or essay exams Any student may take AP exams; IB students may take AP exams AP teachers work within their discipline; independent of other academic areas AP students form peer groups within individual classes AP recognizes high achievement on AP exams through the AP scholars program IB is a 2 yr well-rounded education program with 6 areas of study, an extended essay, TOK and CAS IB focuses on depth of content IB students have more than one way to demonstrate knowledge – In class assessments and final exam IB exams are all short answer or essay exams Only IB students enrolled in IB courses may take IB exams IB teachers work as a team to connect curriculum across the disciplines IB seeks to create a cohort or peer group around academics Successful IB candidates receive an IB diploma for the full program or IB certificate for individual courses taken Difference between AP and IB
Contact Information • MVHS Principal: Renate Jefferson • IB Coordinator: Alanna Fields • firstname.lastname@example.org • IB Counselor: Melanie Kayrell • email@example.com • More info: http://www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/mvhs/ and click on Programs • International Baccalaureate Website • www.ibo.org