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International baccalaureate 101
International Baccalaureate101

  • Think Globally;

  • Act Locally;

  • Expand Personally

What is ib
What is IB?

Core values


Legal status

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.

Motivated by a missionWe aim to create a betterworld through education

PartnershipsWe achieve our goals byworking together

QualityWe value our reputation for high standards

ParticipationWe actively involve our stakeholders

International mindednessWe embrace diversity

The IB is a non-profit making Swiss Foundation registered in 1968. The activities of the organization are determined by an Act of Foundation approved by the Swiss authorities.

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Not just education but character
Not Just Education…But Character

IB learners strive to be:











The attributes of the learner profile express the values inherent to the IB continuum of international education: these are values that should infuse all elements of the three programmes and, therefore, the culture and ethos of all IB World Schools.

IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge.

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Across grades

IB mission statement



Introduced in 1997

For ages 3-12

Schools must offer the PYP as an inclusive programme for all students

Introduced in 1994

for ages 11-16

Schools are strongly encouraged to implement the MYP as an inclusive programme for all students

Introduced in 1969 for

ages 16-19

Schools may implement the DP as an inclusive programme for all students or identified students

Programme standards and practices

IB learner profile

Across Grades…

The IB continuum inception




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Ib programs comparison

The MYP is:

for students aged 11 to 16

a framework of academic challenge

8 subject groups, plus personal project in the final year

taught in any language

The MYP encourages students to:

understand the connections between subjects through interdisciplinary learning

understand the connections between subjects and the real world

become critical and reflective thinkers

IB Programs Comparison

  • DP

  • Diploma Program

  • The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 – 19, for success at university and life beyond

  • Students will take courses in each of the 6 subject areas and Theory of Knowledge

  • Service to the community

  • Extended Essay

The whole shebang
The Whole Shebang?

Diploma Program

  • Classes from 6 subjects at-will +/or TOK

  • Students who pass earn a certificate and minimal college credit (usually)

  • All of the following requirements must be met:

  • All 6 subjects pursued with coordinating assessments (internal and external)

  • 2 year program @ ACHS

  • TOK

  • Extended Essay (4000 words)

  • CAS (Creativity Action Service)

  • Individual Classes

Language a why
Language A: Why

  • “One of the most effective an humanizing ways that people of different cultures can have access to each other’s experiences and concerns is through works of literary merit” (Salma Jayyusi).

Language a assessment objectives
Language A: Assessment Objectives

  • 1. Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of individual literary works as representatives of their genre and period, and the relationship between them

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which cultural values are expressed in literature

  • Demonstrate awareness of the significance of the context in which a work is written and received

  • Substantiate and justify ideas with relevant examples

  • 2. Analysis, synthesis and evaluation

  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze language, structure, technique and style, and evaluate their effects on the reader

  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in independent literary criticism on both familiar and unfamiliar texts

  • Show an ability to examine and discuss in depth the effects of literary techniques and the connections between style and meaning

Language a assessment objectives1
Language A: Assessment Objectives

  • 3. Selection and use of appropriate presentation and language skills

  • Demonstrate an ability to express ideas clearly and fluently in both written and oral communication, with an effective choice of register and style

  • Demonstrate command of terminology and concepts appropriate to the study of literature

  • Demonstrate an ability to express well-organized oral and written arguments

  • Demonstrate an ability to write a sustained and detailed literary commentary

Language a words
Language A: Words

Year 2 Texts

  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

  • Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel

  • House of Sand and Myrrh - Hanan Al-Shaykh

  • Kitchen    Banana Yoshimoto

  • Blood Wedding Laura Esquivel

  • Poetry by Wislawa Szymborska

  • 2.1 Novel -- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

  • 2.2 Prose (Other than the Novel and Short Story) -- Selected Essays by George Orwell

  • 2.3 Poetry by Langston Hughes

  • Hamlet    William Shakespeare

  • The Importance of Being Earnest  Oscar Wilde

  • Blood Relations Sharon Pollock

  • Master Harold and the Boys Athol Fugard

  • Year 1 Texts

Language a assessment breakdown
Language A: Assessment Breakdown

Internal Assessment (30%)

  • External Paper Component 50%

  • 2 papers

  • Written in exam mode

  • World Literature Assignments

  • 20%

  • 2 papers

  • Written through course

  • Oral Component

  • 30%

  • Individual Oral Presentation

  • Individual Oral Commentary

  • External Assessment (70%)

Language a assessments
Language A: Assessments

Year 2

  • IOP (ongoing throughout semester 1)

  • World Lit Paper 2 assigned beginning of Spring 2012 semester

  • World Lit Paper 1 assigned end of Spring 2012 semester, with revisions over summer, completed paper due early Fall 2012 semester 

  • Individual Oral Commentary to be administered end of Fall 2012/beginning of Spring 2013

  • External paper 1 (commentary) and 2 (essay)

  • Year 1

Advice from previous dp seniors
Advice from previous DP seniors

  • Always take notes - they will help you in class. And keep them from every book.

  • Stay on top of the reading.

  • Don’t procrastinate!! Ever!!

  • Ask for help when you need it - from peers and the teacher.

  • Set up an organizational system and stick to it!

  • Do not read ahead, stay with your class.

  • Ask questions about everything - and questions that will help you understand the book.

  • Get to know your own study habits.

  • Always do your best and ask for help.

  • Stay caught up with the reading and always try to participate in class conversations.

  • DO YOUR HOMEWORK (otherwise you’ll fall behind).

  • Revise, revise, revise! Your essays can always get better.

  • It is important to know all literary terms.

  • If you are overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  • Always work your hardest, and stay caught up in class.

  • Talk to the teacher when you feel overwhelmed. They will understand.

  • Make sure you understand how important the IOP is.

More advice
More advice...

  • Work with your friends - share, compare, and contrast ideas.

  • Don’t assume you know everything when really you don’t.

  • It’s okay to make mistakes, simply learn from them and move on.

  • Practice talking in front of people.

  • Have fun with it and try not to stress.

  • Study buddies. Notes. Use them.

  • Timelines are evil, looming things. Don’t mess with them.

  • Don’t be nervous about doing your IOP. If you took good note on the books, you should be ok!

  • Pick an aspect that interests you and you know about when doing your IOP.

When i think of ib i think of
When I think of IB, I think of…