IB Course Descriptions

IB Diploma Programme Core Curriculum

The IB Core course consists of the three components below.  IB Diploma students will take the course during the Junior and Senior years.  IB Scholar and Academy students will take Year 2 of the course.

 

Theory of Knowledge (ToK) – 501 – Year 1 / 502 – Year 2

In contrast to other courses, which strive to teach subject specific knowledge, this course focuses on students as knowers, and asks them to step outside their perspective to consider knowledge issues.  Students will analyze the different ways they can know things, such as through senses, language, reason and emotion.  Empowered with an understanding of their point of view, students will learn to integrate different disciplines, comparing how scientists, historians, linguists, ethicists, mathematicians, and others, create and acquire knowledge.  Through discussions, journal entries, essays and oral presentations, students will demonstrate their critical thinking skills by examining the relationships of various areas of knowledge. Students will learn to think about the lens through which they view intellectual problems, encouraging a richer understanding of the unity and diversity of knowledge.

Grading:           AP / IB / CCP Weight                

Grade Level:     11-12                                                  

Time Frame:     2 Years            

Credits:            0.5 Credits – Year 1 / 0.5 Credits – Year 2

 

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) – 545 – Year 1 / 546 – Year 2

CAS takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, seeking to counterbalance the academic demands of the school curriculum.  Participation in CAS encourages students to share their interests and special talents while developing awareness, concern and the ability to work cooperatively with others.  The IBO’s goal of educating the whole person and fostering more caring and socially responsible attitudes comes alive in an immediate way when students reach beyond themselves and their books.  CAS will develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.                        

Grade:              11-12                                                  

Time Frame:     2 Years – CAS activities are completed within and outside of school hours

Credits:            0.0

Extended Essay (EE)

The extended essay encompasses independent, self-directed research culminating in a 4,000-word paper.  Students have the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest chosen from any of the IB subjects with the support, advice, and guidance of an IB teacher supervisor. 

Grade:              11-12                                                  

Time Frame:     2 Years – The Extended Essay is completed within the Theory of Knowledge course.

Credits:            0.0

 

IB Diploma Programme Subject Group Curriculum

 

Group 1: Language A

 

IB English Literature (HL) – 505 – Year 1 / 506 – Year 2

IB English HL promotes a lifelong interest in literature and an expanded cultural understanding through the study of and participation in literary criticism in a variety of genres and contexts. Students will practice detailed analysis of written text that leads to excellent oral and written skills of expression. Students will demonstrate a clear command of language for commentary on personal and critical response to literature, effective style and rhetoric, relationships between and among works, and structured argumentation.  This course is a two-year program which concludes with students completing the IB Exam.  The course includes required literature by IB which demands emotional and intellectual maturity of students.

Prerequisite:    English II, Honors English II, or American Studies

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                

Grade:              11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years            

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB English Language and Literature (HL) Year 1 / Year 2

Language and Literature introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non-literary genres. In addition to the formal analysis of texts, students will explore the ways in which medium, perspective, and culture impact meaning and interpretation. Students will engage in a variety of written, spoken, visual, and creative ways to demonstrate their learning. This course is a two-year program which concludes with students completing the IB Exam. The course includes required literature by IB which demands emotional and intellectual maturity of students.

Prerequisite:    English II, Honors English II, or American Studies

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                

Grade:              11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years            

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Literature and Performance (SL)

The literature and performance course will focus on the interaction between the literary skills of close reading and writing, and the aesthetic elements of creating performance to express learning and meaning. In this exciting, creative process, text is viewed from different angles in a way that goes beyond what is characteristic of literary, arts, or humanities studies as single disciplines. The course seeks to develop intellect, imagination and creativity. It encourages intercultural awareness through a study of texts from more than one culture, and draws on theory and techniques of social sciences to interpret and depict the human experience. This course includes required literature which demands emotional and intellectual maturity of students.

Prerequisite:    English II, Honors English II, or American Studies

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     1 Year

Credit:              1.00

 

Group 2: Language B

 

IB French Ab Initio (SL) – 549 – Year 1 / 550 – Year 2

Ab initio French is an intensive two-year language course that is an accelerated version of the normal three-year high school sequence. The course will provide students who have little or no experience in French with the skills necessary to handle everyday situations in a French-speaking environment. The focus of the course is on “real” communication within the four primary skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Most of the activities will be embedded in culturally authentic materials from a variety of sources and media, i.e. authentic literature, movies, news and magazine articles, popular music and other realia. Students will learn how to communicate effectively with other French speakers in practical and social situations. Upon completion of ab initio, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-low.

Prerequisite:    No previous French Credit. 1-3 years in non-French World Language recommended

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB French B (SL) – 565 – Year 1 / 566 – Year 2

IB French B (HL) – 567 – Year 1 / 568 – Year 2

French Language B HL/SL gives students the opportunity to reach a high level of proficiency in the four primary skills of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Most of the activities will be embedded in culturally authentic materials from a variety of sources and media, i.e. authentic literature, movies, news and magazine articles, popular music and other realia.  The very nature of French B is such that it challenges us to consider our role in the international community and explore issues of internationalism.  Those seeking to take this course at the HL level will need to distinguish themselves from their counterparts in degree of refinement with regard to both grammar control and overall expression.  The IB French B language student will be assessed in a variety of ways to display both performance ability as well as language proficiency.  Upon completion of year 1, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-mid. Upon completion of year 2, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-high.

Prerequisite:    French III

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB German Ab Initio (SL) – Year 1 / Year 2

Ab initio German is an intensive two-year language course that is an accelerated version of the normal three-year high school sequence. The course will provide students who have little or no experience in German with the skills necessary to handle everyday situations in a German-speaking environment. The focus of the course is on “real” communication within the four primary skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Most of the activities will be embedded in culturally authentic materials from a variety of sources and media, i.e. authentic literature, movies, news and magazine articles, popular music and other realia. Students will learn how to communicate effectively with other German speakers in practical and social situations. Upon completion of ab initio, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-low.

Prerequisite:    No previous German Credit. 1-3 years in non-German World Language recommended

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB German B (SL) – 561 – Year 1 / 562 – Year 2 

IB German B (HL) – 563 – Year 1 / 564 – Year 2

German Language B HL/SL gives students the opportunity to reach a high level of proficiency in the four primary skills of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Most of the activities will be embedded in culturally authentic materials from a variety of sources and media, i.e. authentic literature, movies, news and magazine articles, popular music and other realia.  The very nature of German B is such that it challenges us to consider our role in the international community and explore issues of internationalism.  Those seeking to take this course at the HL level will need to distinguish themselves from their counterparts in degree of refinement with regard to both grammar control and overall expression.  The IB German B language student will be assessed in a variety of ways to display both performance ability as well as language proficiency.  Upon completion of year 1, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-mid. Upon completion of year 2, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-high.

Prerequisite:    German III

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Spanish Ab Initio (SL) – 541 – Year 1 / 542 – Year 2

Ab Initio Spanish is an intensive two-year language course that is an accelerated version of the normal three-year high school sequence. The course will provide students who have little or no experience in Spanish with the skills necessary to handle everyday situations in a Spanish-speaking environment. The focus of the course is on “real” communication within the four primary skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Most of the activities will be embedded in culturally authentic materials from a variety of sources and media, i.e. authentic literature, movies, news and magazine articles, popular music and other realia. Students will learn how to communicate effectively with other Spanish speakers in practical and social situations. Upon completion of ab initio, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-low.

Prerequisite:    No previous Spanish Credit. 1-3 years in non-Spanish World Language recommended

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Spanish B (SL) – 539 – Year 1 / 540 – Year 2 

IB Spanish B (HL) – 559 – Year 1 / 560 – Year 2

Spanish Language B HL/SL gives students the opportunity to reach a high level of proficiency in the four primary skills of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Most of the activities will be embedded in culturally authentic materials from a variety of sources and media, i.e. authentic literature, movies, news and magazine articles, popular music and other realia. Spanish B challenges us to consider our role in the international community and explore issues of internationalism. Those seeking to take this course at the HL level will need to distinguish themselves from their counterparts in degree of refinement with regard to both grammar control and overall expression. The Spanish B student will be assessed in a variety of ways to display both performance ability as well as language proficiency. Upon completion of year 1, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-mid. Upon completion of year 2, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate-high.

Prerequisite:    Spanish III

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Chinese Ab Initio (SL) – Year 1 / Year 2

IB Mandarin Chinese Ab Initio is a course provided for students that have limited or no knowledge about the Chinese language. Throughout the course, students will not only be able to learn the language basics, but will also be explore in different depth about the Chinese culture: festivals, customs, lifestyles, etc. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to communicate effectively on topics related to everyday life, such as hobbies, family, friends, visit other countries, school life, and some simple current global issues, including pollution, technology. Upon completion of the course, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate low.

Prerequisite:    No previous Chinese Credit. 1-3 years in non-Chinese World Language recommended

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

 

IB Mandarin Chinese (SL) –Year 1 / Year 2

IB Chinese SL (& HL) (Language B) is a two-year program that follows guidelines from the International Baccalaureate. IB Chinese (SL) is the first year in the IB Chinese program. The course covers a range of topics through listening, speaking, reading and writing, to continue to improve their skills and to enhances students’ learning experiences. Authentic materials and realia will be regularly introduced to the students to help them make connection between what they learn and what real-life scenarios would be like, and how to handle some of those situations in target cultures. Upon completion of the course, the anticipated proficiency level is intermediate low-mid.

Prerequisite:    Chinese III or Chinese Ab Initio

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

 

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

 

IB History of the Americas (HL) – 529 – Year 1 / 530 – Year 2

History of the Americas is a 2-year course designed to fit the International Baccalaureate program.  The course is designed to have students reach a higher level of learning and become true historians.  Year 1 topics will focus on the United States revolution, revolution of Haiti, nation building in the United States, Mexican-American War, emergence of America in global affairs, the role of Canada in WWI and the impact of WWI on the United States and Canada.  Year 2 will focus on the causes and effects of 20th century wars including: WWI in Europe, WWII in Asia and the Americas, Spanish civil war, Chinese civil war, guerilla warfare in Vietnam, USSR and Afghanistan, and the origin, nature, challenges, achievements and impact of the civil rights movement before and after 1945. The American Government requirement for graduation is earned during year two of this course.

Prerequisite:    2 Required Social Studies Credits

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                

Grade:              11-12  

Time Frame:     2 Years            

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

 

IB Psychology (SL) – 527

There are three main components to the IB Psychology SL course, which is taught in one year in Dublin City Schools.  The first component involves the study of Biological, Cognitive, and Sociocultural approaches to understanding human behavior.  The second component involves replicating an experiment for their Internal Assessment.  The third component involves a study of abnormal psychology, in an attempt to understand the causes and subsequent treatments of mental illnesses such as depression, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                 

Grade:              11-12

Time Frame:     1 Year                          

Credit:              1.00    

IB Business Management (SL) – 503

The IB Business and Management course is designed to develop an understanding of business theory, as well as an ability to apply business principles, practices and skills. The application of tools and techniques of analysis facilitates an appreciation of complex business activities. The course considers the diverse range of business organizations and activities and the cultural and economic context in which business operates. Emphasis is placed on strategic decision-making and the day-to-day business functions of marketing, production, human resource management and finance.

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                 

Grade:              11-12

Time Frame:     1 Year                          

Credit:              1.00    

 

IB Environmental Systems & Societies (SL) – 525 

IB Environmental Systems and Societies is a course firmly grounded in both a scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function, and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. As a result of studying this course, students gain a holistic perspective on environmental issues and will become equipped with the ability to recognize and evaluate the impact of our complex system of societies on the natural world.

Prerequisite:     Biology is recommended

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                             

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:      1 Year – 2 Periods          

Credit:              2.00

 

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

 

IB Biology (HL) – 517 – Year 1 / 518 – Year 2 

IB Biology HL allows students to develop a broad understanding of biology principles related to several core areas of biology including Cells, Chemistry of Life, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution and Human Health and Physiology. IB Biology allows students to investigate issues that have a global impact such as climate change, energy usage, deforestation, and the ethical implications of biotechnologies such as cloning and genetic engineering. IB Biology incorporates a variety of instructional methods including lecture, cooperative learning, research and laboratory exercises. There is an emphasis on investigation and experimental design in which students will formulate hypotheses, design and conduct controlled experiments, draw conclusions and communicate their results.

Prerequisite:     Biology and Physical Science or Chemistry are recommended        

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                                         

Grades:             11-12  

Time Frame:      2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

 

IB Chemistry (SL) – 519 – Year 1 / 520 – Year 2

IB Chemistry SL gives students an introduction to chemical concepts, makes them familiar with materials at an atomic level and prepares them for higher scientific studies. Investigations of chemical phenomena are set in a global context so that students develop an understanding of the way in which chemistry affects people throughout the world. This course also gives students an awareness of how scientists work and communicate with each other through practical applications. Students learn and apply a body of knowledge and methods and techniques to develop experimental design and use investigative skills. Students also learn the value of effective communication and collaboration and how to use technology to convey scientific information. Topics include: quantitative chemistry, atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, energy, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, redox processes, organic, and data processing. One optional topic in either materials science, biochemistry, energy, or medicinal chemistry will be covered.

Prerequisite:     Physical Science and Biology are recommended

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                                         

Grades:             11-12  

Time Frame:      2 Years                        

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Chemistry (HL) – 521 – Year 1 / 522 – Year 2

IB Chemistry HL is 2-year, experimental science course that emphasizes the acquisition and analysis of data in the chemical sciences. It is intended for students who wish to obtain a strong background in chemistry. The class covers traditional topics that would be learned in a first-year college chemistry course, with additional topics found in organic chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology courses. Students interested in medical fields would benefit from the exposure these additional topics would provide. Topics that are covered include data processing and analysis, stoichiometric relationships, atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, energy, kinetics, equilibrium acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry. One optional unit in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, materials or energy will also be covered. As a result of the rigor and depth of the information presented, colleges may grant credit based upon the marks earned on the IA (internal assessment) and the IB exam given in the second year in May.

Prerequisite:          Biology and Physical Science or Physics are recommended

Graded:                    AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                                  

Grades:                    11-12      

Time Frame:          2 Years                                      

Credit:                      1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Physics (SL) – 523 – Year 1 / 524 – Year 2

IB Physics SL is a 2-year course designed to introduce students to the laws of physics, the experimental skills required in physics, and the social and historical aspects of physics as an evolving body of knowledge. Course topics include: measurement; mechanics; thermal physics; waves; electricity and magnetism; atomic and nuclear physics; energy and power; and astrophysics. This course will develop students' experimental and investigative scientific skills. To meet this aim, over 40% of a student's classroom time is devoted to performing practical (laboratory) work that covers a range of topics and skills. *Students interested in taking the IB Physics (HL) course would supplement IB Physics (SL) Year 2 with blended learning components from the HL course topics.

Prerequisite:          Algebra II, Biology and either Chemistry or Physical Science are recommended

Graded:                   AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                

Grades:                    11-12

Time Frame:          2 Years  

Credit:                      1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Design Technology

IB Design Technology focuses on analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. The creative tension between theory and practice is what characterizes design technology within the DP sciences subject group. Inquiry and problem-solving are at the heart of the subject. This course requires the use of the DP design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution. A solution can be defined as a model, prototype, product or system that students have developed independently.

Graded:                   AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                

Grade:                      11-12

Time Frame:          2 Years                    

Credit:                      1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

 

IB Computer Science (HL) – 548

The IB Computer Science curriculum provides a rigorous framework for the exploration of problem-solving using computers. Students are expected to master the JAVA programming language and appropriate object-oriented software design techniques equivalent to the first programming course offered at many colleges. Each student will develop a Program Dossier to demonstrate mastery of the basic computer science techniques. Students will sit for the IB Computer Science exam in the spring. This course will also prepare students for the AP Computer Science exam. Topics to be covered include programming design and methodology, data types and structures, procedures and functions, arrays, algorithms, and the societal implications of computer technology.

Prerequisite:          AP Computer Science Principles is recommended

Graded:                   AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                

Grades:                    11-12

Time Frame:          2 Years                    

Credit:                      1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SL)

IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science is a 1-year, experimental science course that focuses on the form and function of the human body. It is intended for students who want a foundation in how the body performs during physical activity, developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the tools and techniques to analyze performance. The course studies the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition within the context of sports, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of topics to gain valuable exposure to the health and medical fields, as well as carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. Data will be gathered using both analog and digital devices, with the analysis of collected data being performed using spreadsheets and graphing software. Topics that will be covered include anatomy, exercise physiology, energy systems, movement analysis, the physics of the human body and sports (forces and mechanics) skill in sports, and measurement and evaluation of human performance. Two optional units in optimizing physiological performance, the psychology of sports, physical activity and health, and nutrition for sports, exercise and health will also be covered.

Prerequisite:          Biology, Chemistry

Graded:                   AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                

Grades:                    11-12

Time Frame:          1 Year – 2 Periods

Credit:                      2.00

 

Group 5: Mathematics

IB Mathematics (SL) – 508 – Year 2

Mathematics SL is for students who desire a sound mathematical background in preparation for future studies. The course introduces challenging mathematical concepts without the rigor of higher-level mathematics. Throughout the course and its assessments, there will be great emphasis on the development of strong problem-solving skills. Topics to be studied will include algebra, functions, trigonometry, matrices, vectors, statistics, probability, and calculus. A graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite:          IB Math SL Year 1

Graded:                   AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                                  

Grade:                      12

Time Frame:          1 Year                                        

Credit:                      1.00

IB Mathematics (HL) – 510 – Year 2

Mathematics HL is a two-year course designed to enhance and extend the analytical and technical abilities of students with good mathematical competency. Students enrolled in HL Mathematics will probably pursue mathematics in university settings as needed for careers in physics, engineering, scientific research or mathematics in its own right. The purpose of the course is to develop an appreciation of rigorous mathematics and the cultural influences within it, as well as to develop a working competency in doing challenging mathematics including topics such as algebra, functions, trigonometry, vectors, statistics, probability, calculus and differential equations.

Prerequisite:          IB Math HL Year 1 or AP Calculus AB or BC

Graded:                   AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                

Grade:                      12

Time Frame:          1 Year                      

Credit:                      1.00

IB Math Studies (SL) – 512 – Year 2

Mathematical Studies SL is for students who possess the fundamental skills of geometry and algebra. The course is designed to provide students with a study of practical applications for mathematics that they will encounter throughout their life experiences. Through an investigative and discovery approach, students will use their previous mathematics knowledge while exploring such topics as algebra, logic, probability, functions, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, financial mathematics and differential calculus. A graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite:          IB Math Studies Year 1

Graded:                   AP / IB / CCP Weight                                                

Grade:                      12

Time Frame:          1 Year                      

Credit:                      1.00

IB Further Mathematics (HL) – 528 

Further Mathematics is a two-year course that builds on the content explored in IB Mathematics HL and requires students to use a wide range of analytic and technical skills.  The course focuses on several different branches of advanced mathematics to encourage students to appreciate the diversity of the subject and to provide students with the opportunity to form an overview of the characteristics that are common to all mathematical thinking, independent of topic or branch.  Students will continue to work with series and differential equations and study new topics including geometry, sets, relations and groups, statistics and probability and discrete mathematics. 

Prerequisite:     AP Calculus BC or concurrently in IB Math HL Year 2

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                             

Grades:             12

Time Frame:      1 Year  

Credit:              1.00

 

IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) – 507 – Year 1

This course is intended for students who wish to pursue studies in mathematics at university or subjects that have a large mathematical content; it is for students who enjoy developing mathematical arguments, problem solving and exploring real and abstract applications, with and without technology.

Prerequisite:     Algebra II or Honors Algebra II

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                             

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:      2 Years

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) – 509 – Year 1

This course is intended for students who wish to pursue studies in mathematics at university or subjects that have a large mathematical content; it is for students who enjoy developing mathematical arguments, problem solving and exploring real and abstract applications, with and without technology.

Prerequisite:     Honors Precalculus

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                             

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:      2 Years

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (SL) – 511 – Year 1 (Offered in 2020-21)

This course is designed for students who enjoy describing the real world and solving practical problems using mathematics, those who are interested in harnessing the power of technology alongside exploring mathematical models and enjoy the more practical side of mathematics. The HL course will include new content, including statistics. It is intended to meet the needs of students whose interest in mathematics is more practical than theoretical but seek more challenging content.

Prerequisite:     Algebra II or Honors Algebra II

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                             

Grades:             12

Time Frame:      1 Year  

Credit:              1.00

IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (HL) – 513 – Year 1 (Combined with SL in 2019-20)

This course is designed for students who enjoy describing the real world and solving practical problems using mathematics, those who are interested in harnessing the power of technology alongside exploring mathematical models and enjoy the more practical side of mathematics. The HL course will include new content, including statistics. It is intended to meet the needs of students whose interest in mathematics is more practical than theoretical but seek more challenging content.

Prerequisite:     Algebra II or Honors Algebra II

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                             

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:      2 Years

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

Group 6:  The Arts or Electives

 

IB Music (HL) – 515 – Year 1 / 516 – Year 2

IB Music HL is a rigorous 2-year music course investigating four basic strands of music: perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation. The Higher-Level course is designed for the music student who has a background or major interest in music performance. This student may intend to pursue music at the university or conservatory level, perform in a professional band, or have the skills to perform at an advanced level. At the end of the second year, the higher-level music student must sit for the IB exam and submit materials for the external assessment. Music theory is the foundation of the class and all IB students must understand musical form, structure and analysis.

Prerequisite:     Music Theory or Instructor Permission

Graded:             AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grades:             11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years            

Credits:            1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

IB Theatre (SL) – 551 – Year 1 / 552 – Year 2

IB Theatre (HL) – 557 – Year 1 / 558 – Year 2

The IB Diploma Program Theatre course is a multifaceted, internationally-minded theatre-making course of study. It gives you the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. IB Theatre emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. Theatre traditions, practitioners and performances from a wide variety of world cultures are studied. No prior experience in theatre is needed and no participation in theatre outside of class is required. The only difference between HL and SL is one assessment; HL and SL are the same course in every other respect. Assessments are project-based.

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grade:              11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years            

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

 

IB Visual Arts (SL) – 531 – Year 1 / 532 – Year 2

IB Visual Arts (HL) – 533 – Year 1 / 534 – Year 2

IB Visual Arts is a rigorous two-year course focusing on three areas of art studies: art making through a personal exhibition of art, research through a comparative study, and practice through a process portfolio. The IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to researching and comparing visual arts from a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, visual arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.

Prerequisite:    Art Foundations, Drawing and/or Painting highly recommended

Graded:            AP / IB / CCP Weight                            

Grade:              11-12

Time Frame:     2 Years            

Credit:              1.00 – Year 1 / 1.00 – Year 2

*Selection of the IB Standard Level or Higher-Level courses will be determined by both Diploma requirements and student commitment. The two-year course is assessed according to IB criteria, which will be available to students at the onset of the course. Students will supply some materials.

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