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      Student and Parent Guide
      2009-2010 Academic Year

   Mrs. Amy Hartjen, IB Coordinator
   Mr. Anthony Capuano, Principal

                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction                                     2

Course and Internal Assessment Descriptions      3-6

TOK, EE and CAS                                  7-8

Teacher Directory                                9

Sample Internal Assessment Profile               10

Fees                                             11

Awarding of the IB Diploma                       12-13

Academic Honesty                                 14-15

Academic Honesty Signature Page                  16

Acknowledgement Page                             17

Welcome to the Willow Canyon International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The IB
Program is a college preparatory program with a comprehensive and challenging
liberal arts curriculum, leading to examinations in the junior and senior years. The
program is designed for the academically talented student who is willing to work
conscientiously in a structured academic setting.

In partnership with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a non-profit
educational foundation based in Switzerland, Willow Canyon High School offers the IB
Diploma Program for students in the final two years of high school. After mastering a
common, worldwide, college-preparatory curriculum and sitting for highly respected
assessments, the IB Diploma holder can gain access to the world’s leading universities.

IB students must complete a prescribed curriculum and take exams in the following

      Group 1: Language A – native language – English Higher Level (HL)

      Group 2: Language B – second language – Spanish (HL), Spanish (SL), or French
       Standard Level (SL)

      Group 3: Individuals and Societies – History of the Americas Higher Level (HL)

      Group 4: Mathematics – Math Studies (SL) or Math (SL)

      Group 5: Experimental Sciences – Biology (HL), Biology (SL) or Chemistry (SL)

      Group 6: The Arts – Theatre Arts (SL)/(HL)

      Elective – Psychology (SL) can be taken in place of Group 6.

IB students must also satisfy the three core components to be eligible for an IB

      Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
      Extended Essay (EE)
      Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)

IB Course Descriptions and Internal Assessment Guidelines

Language A (English HL):
All of the Willow Canyon IB Diploma students are required to study English. This
course promotes oral and written communication skills and respect for the literary
heritage of the English language while providing a complementary international
perspective through a world literature component. The range of texts studied in
English is broad. Students grow to appreciate the wealth and subtleties of the
language in a variety of contexts. An implicit goal of the course is to engender a
lifelong interest in literature and a love for the elegance and richness of human

      Major IB Internal Assessments for English

          o Two Oral Exams

             The first oral exam is administered in either the spring of the
             junior year or fall of the senior year. Students prepare a 10-
             15 minute oral literary analysis of prescribed literature.

             The second oral exam is administered in the senior year and
             is an oral commentary based on prescribed literature. After a
             20-minute preparation time period, each student will
             individually record a 15-minute oral commentary. The
             student may use notes taken from the 20-minute preparation
             time, and the English teacher may prompt the student as

      Two World Literature Papers:

             The first world literature paper of 1,000 – 1,500 words is a comparison
             between two works of world literature studied in class and will be
             started in the students’ junior year and completed during their senior

             The second world literature paper, also between 1,000 and 1,500
             words, is completed in the senior year and is an analysis of at least one
             world literature selection studied in class. Students have 3 choices: a
             comparison of two works, a creative writing piece such as a poem or
             play, or a written commentary on a passage selected by the student and
             approved by the teacher. This paper is due in January.

             Important note: For both world literature assignments, the students are
             graded individually, the teacher must pre-approve the topic, and there
             can be no duplication of topics or duplication of previous English

Language B (French SL, Spanish SL)
All IB Diploma candidates study and take examinations in a second modern language.
Willow Canyon High School students study Spanish or French. The principal aim for
this subject is to enable students to speak and write in Spanish or French in a range of
contexts and for a variety of purposes.

Major IB Internal Assessment for the Second Modern Language

During their senior of language study, all IB students will complete a taped,
individual, oral assessment by late February. This oral exam consists of a prepared
presentation followed by an interview and conversation with the teacher in the
modern language on a topic relating to a cultural aspect. Students may use notes.

Individuals and Society (History of Americas HL):
IB History is a higher-level course with a two-year block integrating the histories of
Latin America, Canada and the United States with the 20th Century World Topics. The
first year of the block will focus on the causes, practices and effects of war, the rise
and rule of single-party states, and the Cold War. The second year of the block will
concentrate on the Americas: United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and
South America.

Major IB Internal Assessment for History

A historical evaluation research project, demonstrating an in-depth study of a
historical subject, is completed in the fall of the senior year and due in December.
The historical evaluation research project must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

Experimental Sciences (Biology HL)
All Willow Canyon will take Biology HL as their experimental science. This course will
promote an understanding of the concepts, principles, and applications of its
respective discipline; also, students acquire an appreciation of the methodology of
experimental sciences in general. Students develop practical laboratory skills and
practice collaborative learning by means of an interdisciplinary group project.

Major IB Assessments for Experimental Sciences
Higher Level sciences require 60 hours of documented* laboratory experiments. Up to
15 of these hours can be used for the Group 4 Project. The Group 4 Project is a
collaborative, outside-of-class assignment, integrating chemistry, biology, and
physics. The Group 4 Project is assigned in the fall of the junior year and is due in
February of that same year.
  Important note: Students must keep and submit accurate lab books with complete
write -ups over the two -year sequence of each experimental science course. All IB
science teachers submit the students’ lab books to the IB examiner in January of the
senior year. Perfect attendance is critical in science due to the labs and the
collaborative nature of the class.

Mathematics (Math Studies SL)
Math Studies SL is a one-year block that integrates concepts in Algebra, Geometry,
Trigonometry, Statistics, and Differential Calculus. Students will also study financial
mathematics, probability and logic. Students will complete IB Math Studies during
their junior year. This will be the only class that students will sit for exams their
junior year.

Major IB Assessment for Math Studies

All IB students will write a mathematical project, a statistical study of less than 2000
words utilizing appropriate mathematical methods and language to investigate a
hypothesis of special interest. Students use graphs and charts to display data. An
example is “Analysis of the Frequency of Colors Occurring in Bags of M & M’s or
Skittles.” The mathematical project is due in February.

Mathematics (Math SL)
IB Math SL: Mathematics SL is a course for students who already have a strong
mathematics background in Algebra and Geometry. The course will focus on seven
topics within mathematics, namely: Algebra, Functions and Equations, Circular
Functions and Trigonometry, Matrices, Vectors, Statistics and Probability, and
Calculus. The aims of the course focus on an appreciation for mathematics in the
multicultural and historical viewpoints.

Major IB Assessment for Math SL
Students will create a portfolio that is a collection of two pieces of work assigned by
the teacher and completed by the student during the course. The pieces of work must
be based on different areas of the syllabus and represent the two types of tasks:
• mathematical investigation
• mathematical modeling.

IB Electives – Theatre Arts SL/HL, Psychology SL, Business
Management SL, or Chemistry SL

Theatre Arts
IB Theatre is designed to introduce students to the dual purposes of theory and
criticism and to an assortment of dramatic theorists and critics responsible for
shaping and forming the world of theatre. Students will be helped to understand the
nature of the theatre by studying it and by experiencing it through their senses, their
bodies and their emotions.

Major Assessments for Theatre Arts

Standard Level
Students will participate in a major production from auditions through rehearsals to
performance. Journaling will occur daily resulting in a research base for analysis.
Students will also complete a portfolio that will consist of a 3000 word reflection on
learned garnered in Theatre Arts focusing on three areas: performance skills, theatre
production and critical responses to external productions.

Higher Level
Students studying theatre arts at the higher level will participate in a major
production from auditions through rehearsals to performance. Journaling will occur
daily resulting in a research base for analysis. Students will complete a portfolio that
will consist of a 4500 word reflection on learned garnered in Theatre Arts focusing on
three areas: performance skills, theatre production and critical responses to external
productions. Lastly, students will complete an individual project which incorporates
all knowledge and analysis as well as applying it to support a student’s theory.

Psychology SL
IB Psychology is the study of historical, social and cultural influences on human
behavior. Students study in depth the psychodynamic, learning, cognitive and
biological perspectives.

Major IB Internal Assessments for Psychology

Students complete a simple experiment that is an introduction to quantitive research
methods. This assignment is a 1,500-word document and is due to IB in March. An
example of a topic for this project follows: “An Analysis of the Cognitive Differences
Between a Novice and an Expert Chess Player.”

Chemistry SL
This course is an experimental science. It will focus on the physical and chemical
properties, equations, and reactions. Students will also examine states of matter,
chemical bonds, kinetics, equilibrium, oxidation, and organic chemistry. There is a
focus on experimentations and analysis.

Major IB Internal Assessments for Chemistry
Standard Level sciences require 40 hours of documented* laboratory experiments. Up
to 15 of these hours can be used for the Group 4 Project. The Group 4 Project is a
collaborative, outside-of-class assignment, integrating chemistry, biology, and
physics. The Group 4 Project is assigned in the fall of the junior year and is due in
February of that same year.
  Important note: Students must keep and submit accurate lab books with complete
write -ups over the year of each experimental science course. All IB science teachers
submit the students’ lab books to the IB examiner in January of that year.

TOK, EE, and CAS: The Core of the IB Curriculum

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
The TOK course is central to the educational philosophy of the International
Baccalaureate Program. TOK challenges students and their teachers to reflect
critically on diverse Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge. The TOK program is
composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these questions is “How
do I, or how do we, know that a given assertion is true, or a given judgment is well

Major IB assessments for TOK

A TOK essay of 1,200 to 1,600 words (from the IB prescribed yearly title list) is due in
mid-February of the student’s senior year. Additionally, a 10-minute individual or
group TOK presentation is required. The presentation must focus on a contemporary
issue where students apply the TOK Ways of Knowing / Areas of Knowledge
principles or concepts. Students may present in a variety of creative formats such as
lecture, skit, simulation, or game.

Extended Essay
The extended essay is defined as an in-depth study of a focused topic within a
subject. Its purpose is to provide candidates with a unique opportunity to engage in
personal research in a topic of their own choice. This will lead to a major piece of
writing in which they communicate their ideas in the form of a reasoned argument.
Emphasis is placed on the process of engaging in personal research, on the
communication of ideas and information in a logical and coherent manner, and on the
overall presentation of the extended essay in compliance with IBO guidelines. Many
of these general issues, such as the way in which information is handled, the level of
analysis and the quality of argument, are assessed through the general assessment
criteria. This is reflected in the relative weighting of 2:1 between the general and
subject assessment criteria.

Extended Essay Summary:
    Required for an IB Diploma
    Individual work of 4,000 words (maximum length)
    Follows all IB guidelines for format, topic choice and timeline
    Contains documented sources, both oral and written
    Subject advisor supervises the content area of the essay
    Narrowly focused topic chosen from the more general IB subject areas in the
    Essays externally assessed by IB appointed evaluators

The purpose of the CAS requirement is to ensure that each IB Diploma candidate gives
of him/herself for the betterment of the world around him/her. Activities that answer
the question, “Is it a creative, action, or service activity” with a “yes,” will probably
qualify. At Willow Canyon High School, popular CAS activities include music or
theatre (creativity), sports (action), and service projects through school clubs such as
Interact and National Honor Society (service). Students need to earn 50 hours in each
of the CAS areas for a total of 150 hours. Students begin to log their hours in the
junior year and must complete the CAS requirement by early April of the senior year.
Students have a complete CAS handbook with the appropriate forms needed for IB
verification purposes. CAS activities need to be pre-approved by the WCHS CAS
Coordinator, Mr. Michael Kaufman. Please see the CAS Handbook for additional

Teacher Name       Subject           Email Address

Amy Hartjen        IB Coordinator

Michael Kaufman    CAS Coordinator

Melissa Daub       Biology 

Elizabeth Maki     Chemistry

Barbara Kyle       French  

Andrew Engwall     English 

Jennifer Metheny   Math SL 

Renee Hill         Math Studies

                   History of the
Michael Eagen              
                   TOK and
Caroll Swinney             
                   Theatre Arts

Sherri Plath       Spanish 

Sample for One IB Diploma Student from 2001

                                            “The Emotional Conflicts of Love and
   English A World Literature Paper I       Truth” (using Madame Bovary &
                                            Oedipus the King)
                                            The Corruption of Politics and Its
   English A World Literature Paper II      Revelation of Evil (using The House of
                                            the Spirits)
   English A Oral         Close reading     “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats
                                            Skit illustration major conflict in
   English A Presentation
                                            Woman Warrior
   French B Portfolio Example               Claude Debussy
                                            Discrimination in French-Speaking
   French B Oral Presentation
                                            “The Potsdam Conference and its
   History of the Americas Project
                                            Influence on the Cold War”
   Group 4 Project (Biology)                Slime Molds
   Biology Lab Portfolio Example of 1 of
                                            Owl Pellet Observation
   the 60 required labs:
   Physics lab Portfolio Example of 1 of    Factors that Affect the Deflection of a
   the 40 required labs:                    Cantilever Lab
                                            A Study to See if the Location of a
   Math Studies Project                     Gymnastics Meet, Home or Away,
                                            Affects the Performance of a Gymnast
                                            “How do beliefs about the world, and
   TOK Essay                                beliefs about what is valuable,
                                            influence the pursuit of knowledge?”
   TOK Oral Presentation                    Causes of Terrorism
                                            Genetic Variations Among Termites
   Extended Essay                           (Reticulitermes flavipes) from
                                            Different Geographic Locations
                                            Creativity-pit orchestra for school
                                            musical; Action-tennis team; Service –
   CAS Activities Examples                  various service projects through
                                            National Honor Society and Interact

Student/Parent IB Test Fees Cost Estimate

IB exam registration is completed in late September of each school year. Parents
must have the exam fees paid by the first week in October every year. Fees are

Any changes in candidates’ details after the initial registration deadline will have
additional fees.

IB students take tests in all IB subjects studied. TOK and Extended Essays are project
and essay based submissions. Students do not take an exam but their work is
submitted to IB for examination.

       Junior Year: Most students sit for    Senior Year: Most students will sit
       one exam in their junior year.        for five IB Exams, submit their TOK
                                             projects and their Extended Essay.
       Description        Fee                Description         Fee
       Registration Fee   $129.00            Exam Fees (5)       $88.00 X 5
       Exam Fee (1)       $ 88.00

       Total              $217.00            Total               $ 440.00

*The IBO does increase fees from year to year. Estimate based on the 2008-2009
school year.


All IB students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program have all IB exam
fees waived. Any other IB students with extenuating circumstances may also qualify
for partial financial assistance with fees. Families requesting partial assistance with
fees must notify the IB Coordinator in writing by early September of each year.

The Awarding of IB Diplomas and/or IB Certificates
The IBO awards IB Diplomas and Certificates after all IB exams and assessments have
been graded.

In the beginning of each year, students may view/print their IB exam grades from the
IB Net system. Each student will have a PIN to enable him/her to access this
information electronically. The printed Diplomas and Certificates arrive at school in
late August.

Diploma subjects are graded on a scale of 1 point (minimum) to 7 points (maximum).
Normally twenty percent of the assessment for each diploma subject is internally
assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IBO. A maximum of three
points may be awarded for combined performance in Theory of Knowledge and the
Extended Essay. The maximum total diploma point score is 45.

The successful candidate receives an official IB diploma and an accompanying results
document, which shows the total diploma score, the subject grades and any points
awarded for the combination of Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.

The diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score reaches or exceeds 24
points provided:

      Grades have been awarded in the six subjects of the Diploma Program.
      A course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) has been followed and the TOK
       assessment requirements have been met.
      An Extended Essay has been submitted and assessed.
      The candidate has engaged appropriately in creativity, action service (CAS)
      There is no grade of 1 in any higher level (HL) subject.
      A candidate with 24, 25, 26, or 27 points does not have a failing condition.
      A candidate with 28 points or more has only one failing condition.
      The final award committee has not confirmed the candidate as guilty of
       malpractice, defined as the attempt by the candidate to gain unfair advantage
       in any assessment component.

Failing conditions:

The diploma will not be awarded if the candidate’s results contain any one of the
following failing conditions:
     An elementary grade for both Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the extended
     A grade of 2 in any higher level (HL) subject
     Each grade of 3 in a higher level (HL) subject not compensated by a grade 5 or
       above in another higher level (HL) subject
     Two or more grades of 2 in any standard level (SL) subject
     Four or more grades 3
     Two or more grades 3 with a grade 2 at standard level (SL)

A candidate who does not fulfill the requirements for the award of the diploma will
receive a certificate indicating the results obtained in individual subjects.
Certificates are not available for the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge or CAS.

Seniors fill out IB transcript requests in May. The IBO will send official IB transcripts
to only one college/university, at no additional cost to the student. IB students
generally have a college schedule of classes when IB grades are released in July. At
that time, IB students are advised to contact their college advisor and request an
appointment to re-evaluate the schedule of classes to possibly update courses in light
of IB performance.

If students require additional official IB transcripts, please contact:

IB North America Office                                 Telephone: 212-696-4464
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1600                         FAX: 212-889-9242
New York, NY 10115                                      Email:

The IB Diploma provides students from all countries with an educational credential
that is understood by universities anywhere. IB assessment is varied and authentic
and if it is to be recognized for credit and placement at the university level, it is
critical that the work being assessed be the best work possible, authentically
produced by the IB student. With the increased use of the Internet, there are many
readily available sources of information easily accessible to students. According to
the Academic Honesty guide published by the IBO, “…many students incorrectly
believe that because the Internet is in the public domain and largely uncontrolled,
information can be taken from websites without the need for acknowledgement.”
This is far from the truth, and students must know that all work turned in for
assessment, be it for IBO, or university classes, “must be based on the candidate’s
individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged“
(IBO 4). Failure to acknowledge the work of others could result in not earning credit
as well as other consequences.


IB regulations define malpractice as “behavior that results in, or may result in, the
candidate or any other candidate gaining an unfair advantage in one or more
assessment component.” Malpractice includes:

Plagiarism: The representation of the ideas or work of another person as the
candidate’s own.

Collusion: The support of malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s
work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another.

Duplication of work:
The presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or
diploma requirements. For example, “if a candidate submits the same or very similar
piece of work for an in-depth study in history internal assessment and for an extended
essay in history, this would be viewed as malpractice. However, it is perfectly
acceptable for a candidate to study one aspect of a topic for internal assessment and
another aspect of the same topic for internal assessment and another aspect of the
same topic for an extended essay.”

Any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the
results of another candidate (for example, taking unauthorized material into an
examination room, misconduct during an examination, or falsifying a CAS record).


In IB classes, cheating/plagiarism will result in a loss of credit for the assignment for
which the cheating/plagiarism occurred and, of course, a disciplinary referral.
Repeated offenses may result in suspension and removal from the IB program. Please
refer to the DUSD Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for further
information regarding policies on cheating/plagiarism.

According to the IBO, “if a candidate is found guilty of malpractice in the production
of one or more of several assignments for a component, the candidate is not eligible
for a mark based on his or her performance in the remaining assignment for the
component: no grade will be awarded for the subject.” Most importantly, “an IB
diploma, or a certificate, may be withdrawn from a candidate at any time if
malpractice is subsequently established.”

Please make sure that you understand fully what cheating/plagiarism is and how it
can be avoided in your schoolwork. Please share this with your parents and/or
guardians so that they are aware of and understand these policies. We want you to
succeed in all of your academic endeavors, whether they take place at Willow Canyon
or later at the university. Full comprehension and compliance with the
cheating/plagiarism policy will prepare students for the rigorous research and other
coursework they will encounter in current and future academic settings.


I have read and understand the Willow Canyon IB Program Academic Honesty Policies.
I further understand that violation of this policy could result in a loss of credit, or
removal from the WCHS IB Program. I understand that as an IB student:

   1. I will oppose each and every instance of academic dishonesty.
   2. I will not request, receive, or give aid in examinations, tests, or quizzes.
   3. I will not request or receive un-permitted aid in class work, homework, or in
      the preparation of any work that is to be used by a teacher as the basis of
      grading. This would include allowing another student to read my work or to
      read the work of another student before turning in the assignment without
      teacher approval.
   4. When I put my name on a homework assignment, I attest that all of the work
      on the assignment is my own in origin and content.
   5. On all research papers and essays, I will carefully cite all external sources. I
      will not represent someone else’s work as my own. I will do my very best to
      learn from my teachers the clear distinctions between appropriate research
      and plagiarism, intentional or unintentional.
   6. I will not use “study aids” such as Sparks Notes, Cliff Notes, or other materials
      such as movie/video versions of a work of literature in lieu of reading the
      assigned reading for a course.
   7. I will give prompt and confidential notification to the appropriate faculty
      member or the IB Coordinator if I observe academic misconduct in any class.

I am aware that adhering to this policy will allow me to turn in quality work that I
produced independently and of which I can be very proud.

(Please print)

Student Name

Student Signature                               Today’s Date

Parent/Guardian Name

Parent/Guardian Signature                       Today’s Date

Parent and Student Acknowledgment Page


The IB Diploma Programme is an incredible opportunity, but it is also going to be more
rigorous than anything the students have experienced before in their academic
careers. As a parent, it is important that you assist your student in maintaining the
academic success that they have experienced so far in high school. Please make sure
you have read through this guidebook with your student. Students will also receive
copies of the subject guides for each of their IB course. These will give you detailed
information about the courses. Your student is going to be learning amazing new
things over the next two years, encourage them to talk to you about what is going on
in their classes.


You are about to embark on something that is unlike anything you have done in your
school experience. Your success starts with you. Your parents and teachers can assist
and support you, but it is up to you to make sure you are doing what needs to be
done. Please make sure you have read through this guidebook as well as your subject
guides and are familiar with the expectations for each of your IB courses.

Parents and Students please sign below acknowledging that you have read through the
guidebook and are familiar with the expectations of the IB Diploma Programme.

___________________________________                               ________________
Student Name                                                      Date

Student Signature

___________________________________                               ________________
Parent Name                                                       Date

Parent Signature


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