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  1. WESTLAKE ACADEMY DP Academic Registration Information for Class of 2021 Mr. Stacy Stoyanoff – Secondary Principal Dr. James Owen – DP Coordinator Mr. Carl Tippen – College Counsellor

  2. What is the IB diploma?

  3. Focus on ASSESSMENT.

  4. The IB “CORE” • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Connects all the IB subjects together TOK Essay and Presentation • Extended Essay (EE) 4000 word college level research paper • Creativity/Action/Service (CAS) Creative Endeavors Physical Activity Service Learning

  5. Earning the IB Diploma • Participate in and complete internal/external assessments for six IB courses: • 3 (or not more than 4) Higher Level (HL) courses • 3 (or 2) Standard Level (SL) courses • Complete Theory of Knowledge (TOK) • Submit an original Extended Essay (EE), • Complete a Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Plan

  6. Earning the IB Diploma 42Exam Points 3Core Points 45Total Points 24Points to Receive Diploma

  7. Bonus Points

  8. The IB Diploma Is NOTthe WA Diploma • Grades in WADP classes are not based upon grades on the IB exams taken in May in Senior Year • It is possible to get the WA Diploma but not the IB Diploma

  9. What courses are available?

  10. WA AP Opportunities Grade 11AP Environmental Science (DP aligned) AP Biology (DP aligned) AP Chemistry (DP aligned) AP Physics (DP aligned) AP Macroeconomics (DP aligned) AP Microeconomics (DP aligned) AP US History (DP aligned) AP English Language (DP aligned)

  11. Why take AP exams • Sitting for a range of AP exams, while following the IB Diploma Programme, is very impressive when making college applications • Performing well on AP exams can give college credit • Just the experience of sitting AP exams is excellent preparation for the IB exams in May of the Senior year

  12. WA 2018 AP Scholars

  13. 4. What to expect in class • Students will be challenged by a rigorous curriculum • To prepare for class students will be expected to do a wide range of reading outside of the classroom • Students will be asked to write a high volume of essays • Summative assessments will generally be in-class exams based on either AP or IB rubric • Students should not be surprised if their grades to begin with are lower than what they are used to

  14. 5. How to survive & prosper in class • Be fully committed to the DP from the very beginning • Ask questions in class • Prepare fully for all assessments • Make the most of teacher feedback • Do not be afraid to seek help and advice from DP teachers

  15. QUESTIONS

  16. Class of 2020Preparing for the Diploma Program & Beyond Course Registration and Information Session

  17. The Keys to Finding Success in High School • Find your passion and get involved • Clubs & Activities • Organization and study skills • Agenda and Planner • Tutorials • A Day Homework • B Day Homework

  18. Helping a Student Plan • Web-based college and career exploration tool • Career and Personality Interest Inventory • Career Exploration • Resume Builder • College & Major Search • Scholarship Search • Summer Enrichment Programs • E-Mail Notification of various events

  19. Register for Naviance

  20. Westlake Academy High School Diploma • Students shall complete all course work identified by State Board of Education to receive Westlake Academy diploma • Earning the Westlake Academy Diploma includes the following: • Completing Foundation High School Program • Selecting an endorsement • Earning an enhancement • Distinguished Level of Achievement • Performance Acknowledgements • Completing the International Baccalaureate requirements • Successful completion of End of Course Exams

  21. High School Graduation Program Foundation High School Program • English Language Arts – 4 credits • Math – 3 credits   • Science – 3 credits                                • Social Studies – 3 credits • Languages Other Than English (LOTE) – 2 credits (same language) • Physical Education – 1 credit • Fine Art –1 credit • Electives – 5 credits TOTAL 22 credits

  22. Endorsement Options An endorsement is a coherent sequence of courses and electives in a specific area of interest • Multidisciplinary (college preparatory) • Arts & Humanities • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

  23. Distinguished Level of Achievement • Distinguished Level of Achievement • WA students on track to earn • Higher performance category high school diploma • Additional Requirements • Foundation Program Requirements = 22 Credits • Select 1 endorsement • 4 Credits in math including Algebra 2 • 4 Credits in science • Will earn 26 Credits

  24. Performance Acknowledgements Students may earn Performance Acknowledgements for outstanding performance in the following areas • Advance Placement exams (3+) • International Baccalaureate exams • PSAT, ACT, SAT scores • State, nationally or internationally-recognized business or industry certification or license

  25. Westlake Academy IB Requirements Westlake Academy students will complete additional courses/projects to satisfy IB requirements. • 2 more credits of a Other World Language (Language B) • 1 credit of Theory of Knowledge • Completion for Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) • Personal Project • Completion of an Extended Essay Students will earn more than 26 credits by end of senior year

  26. STAAR/End of Course Exams (EOCs)

  27. Graduation Plan

  28. Earning Credit • A student earns 1.0 credit when he/she successfully completes a year long course. • Passing requires a minimum of 70 and being in attendance 90% of the time. • A student earns a 0.5 credit by successfully completing a semester long class. • Students must earn a particular number of credits to be promoted to the next grade • 6 credits – sophomore (10 th) • 13 credits – junior (11th) • 19 credits – senior (12th)

  29. Grades • Official – Semester Grades & Year End • Grades earned in 9th – 12th grades are calculated in cumulative GPA • Unofficial – 9 week grades • 100 point scale; We do not recalculate to 4.0 scale • Non-Weighted • Fine Arts, PE, Problems Based Research (PBR), CTE Courses

  30. Class Rank • Westlake Academy is a non-ranking school • Rank in Class – Rank in class is determined by Cumulative GPA and will be provided for the following: • Obtaining automatic admission to Texas public universities based upon uniform admissions policy & in accordance with Texas Education Code • Reported directly to institutions by Westlake Academy staff • Determining Valedictorian and Salutatorian • Outside of the above circumstances, Westlake Academy will not provide class rank

  31. PSAT/NMSQT ACT SAT SAT Subject Tests Standardized Testing 10th Grade Practice SAT 4 Parts English, Math, Reading, Science Optional Writing 2 Parts EBRW & Math Optional Writing Biology Chemistry Physics Math I &II US History (Several Others) 11th Grade National Merit Scholarship Program Max Score 36 Max Score 1600 Max Score 800

  32. Important Dates • September – Westlake Academy College Fair • October – PSAT/NMSQT Exam • December – PSAT/NMSQT Scores Released • January – College Counseling Kick Off Meeting • Feb - May • SAT/ACT Testing • College Counseling Family Meetings • In Class College Counseling Sessions • EOC Exam • AP Exams

  33. Are there any Questions? I look forward to working with your student as they go through the high school experience at Westlake Academy IB World School.