IB PROGRAM BASICS A Guide to the International Baccalaureate Program
IB PROGRAM BASICS A Guide to the International Baccalaureate Program at Winter Park High School Benefits of IB Internationally recognized diploma and curriculum Up to 30 college credit hours possible Most rigorous level of courses available Stresses development of well-rounded, socially conscious and sensitive students Fosters the development of leadership skills, team-work principles, and time management Prepares students for a strong university education Philosophy of the IB Programme The International Baccalaureate Organization was formed to meet the needs of highly motivated students world wide. IBO’s focus on the development of the whole student is emphasized through the structure of the six academic groups, the importance of community involvement, and an independent commitment to education outside the classroom. Six Academic Areas Tangibles and Intangibles… Successful completion of the IB Curriculum include opportunities for: College credit Scholarships Preferred status in the college admissions process. Awarded a separate IB Diploma, recognized internationally College Acceptance Rates University All IB Brown 17% 22% Cornell 28% 51% Duke 22% 36% Emory 42% 82% Florida State 49% 99% Harvard 11% 15% Johns Hopkins 35% 69% MIT 17% 26% NYU 26% 52% US Air Force 12% 68% University of Florida 51% 98% University Recognition Policy Each university sets its own policy for awarding credit for IB scores. These policies are listed on www.ibo.org. Most of the State Universities in Florida award a student earning the IB Diploma 30 college credits, allowing our students to enter with sophomore standing. This is an internationally recognized program qualifying students to apply to universities in over 100 countries. Tangibles and Intangibles… All Pre-IB and IB courses carry honors weight, increasing the possible grade point average. All State of Florida Universities award one additional quality point for grades of C or better earned in IB and AP courses. Honors and Dual Enrollment courses are awarded one half a quality point. Universities to which our IB Graduates have been accepted: Harvard West Point Yale Brown Duke Cornell University of Chicago UNC Chapel Hill Smith NYU Rollins Stetson Flagler UF FSU UCF USF UNF FAU FIT Tangibles and Intangibles… Intangible benefits are numerous. Returning graduates report that the IB Curriculum prepared them for college better than their peers. They are well prepared to write papers, do independent study, and succeed in sophomore level classes. Universities report that students who have completed the IB Program outperform students in other college prep programs. IB or AP? International Baccalaureate Requires studies in 6 subject areas Multiple Assessments over 2 years Fosters well-rounded education with CAS, Extended Essay, TOK One-to-one, teacher-student mentoring Bright Futures Scholarship guaranteed with Diploma Advanced Placement Allows variable course selection 1 time Assessment exam No Community Service required No mentoring sessions provided Bright Futures Scholarship given based on GPA, test scores, community service Why IB? A student in the Pre-IB/IB Program takes all six classes from the IB curriculum. The IB Program has a comprehensive guidance support program designed to help anticipate and meet the needs of its’ students. Each IB student is assigned an IB faculty member as an extended essay advisor. The IB Program has a strict Academic Standards policy which helps maintain a high quality of education. Admissions criteria for the Pre-IB Program Good grades in middle school Good standardized test scores (FCAT) Preferred if Algebra I taken in middle school (if not, Geometry must be taken in the summer before tenth grade) Magnet Application submitted to Orange County Public Schools by Feb 15, 2008 (downloaded at www.ocps.net Departments—School Choice) Ninth grade courses English I Honors Pre-IB Algebra I or Geometry Honors World History Honors Pre-IB Biology I Honors Pre-IB Language foreign to student – French or Spanish – level I Pre-IB Elective chosen from a list of pre-approved courses Tenth grade courses English II Honors Pre-IB Algebra II Honors Pre-IB AP European History (Pre-IB) Chemistry/Physics Pre-IB (1 sem each) Continuation of foreign language choice, level II Pre-IB Elective chosen from a list of pre-approved courses Academic Standards Students are expected to conduct themselves in an honorable manner while on campus or at school-sponsored events. Students and parents will sign an honor code to which students are held. Grades must remain at the C level or above, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students with Ds or Fs during the semester are helped with tutoring and counseling. If Ds or Fs are earned at the semester, students will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program. Admissions criteria for IB Program (11th Grade) No final semester grade lower than a C 75 hours of community service Eleventh grade courses English III IB Pre-Calculus, Math Analysis, or AP Calc AB History of Americas IB Biology II IB or Chemistry IB or Physics IB Continuation of foreign language level IV Sixth subject: Psychology Visual Arts Second Science Twelfth grade courses English IV IB AP Calc AB, Math Studies IB, Math HL IB Contemporary History IB Biology III or Chemistry IB or Physics IB Continuation of foreign language – level V Theory of Knowledge Continuation of Visual Arts or Psychology CAS and Extended Essay CAS and Extended Essay are integral parts of the IB Program and are therefore considered to be as important as completion of assigned coursework. CAS involves 150 hours of pre-approved and documented Creativity, Action, and Service. The Extended Essay is a 4000 word independent work produced by the student with the general assistance of a mentor. IB Exams and Assessments Each course has different types of assessments, some of which are moderated by trained educators located around the world. Students are required to take exams in their five academic courses and in some of the sixth subject area choices. Students take two IB exams at the end of the Junior year. Exams are sent to each IB school from Cardiff and are uniformly moderated by trained educators. Students are encouraged to form study groups to help review for the exams. Mock exams are given when appropriate. IB Diploma The IB Diploma may be awarded if a student accrues 24 or more points, with at least 12 points in the Higher Level courses (English, History of Americas, and science) and 9 in the Standard Level. Notification of the Diploma status comes on July 6 when the IB scores are released on the Internet. Students receive their Florida Diploma upon the successful completion of the IB Curriculum (completion of all IB coursework, CAS, Extended Essay, and specified IB Exams) in May.