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1Welcome to I.B. Information for Grade 9 Parents and Students
2IB Mission StatementThe 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.
4Three SL subjects are studied at standard level – minimum 150 hours Three HL subjects are studied at higher level - minimum 240 hoursThree SL subjects are studied at standard level – minimum 150 hoursAll three parts of the core—extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service are compulsory for diploma candidates and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma programme.
5IB Courses at Western Group 1: English HL or SL Group 2: Spanish: B HL or SL or ab initio SL French: French B SL or HL, French ab initio or Chinese schoolGroup 3: History of Europe HL, Philosophy SL/HLGroup 4: Biology SL/HL, Chemistry HL,Physics SL/HLGroup 5: Math SL/HL, or Math Studies SL(important Math placement pre-test May 20th)Group 6: Visual Arts HL may be offered(HL = higher level SL = standard level)
6IB vs. AP (AP is not offered here) IB is a second diploma with a learner profile, 3 core components…IB has HL and SL courses (with regular reviews of curriculum)IB courses have an inquiry based internal assessment (25%) and exams (75%)IB teachers have mandatory P.D.Advanced placement is only offered course by courseAP courses are equivalent to HLAP grades are based off of exams onlyAP is likely less expensive
7Full vs. Partial IB Full IB (Diploma Student) Partial IB (IB Courses Student)Must take 6 IB courses (3-4HL/2-3SL)Groups 1-5 are mandatory but group 6 (Visual Arts) may be replaced by a second course in another area (ie. language, science, philosophy)Must complete EE, ToK, and CAS over grade 11 and 12May qualify for automatic scholarships, early entrance to university …Bilingual diploma possibleMust complete min. 2 IB courses to the exam levelIf these exams are written in different years, the IB registration fee must be paid twiceYou may drop from full IB to partial IB (only at the end of courses or years)*fees are only paid in exam years (grade 11 and / or 12)
8Other Benefits of the full IB Programme Children’s neural connections are still being “pruned” until they are 20 years old.Seen as the “classic” liberal arts education by post-secondary institutions.A broad – based education will exercise parts of the brain that could otherwise shrink with disuse.If something is difficult (or not a favourite class) one needs to work that part of the brain extra hard before age 20 to maximize its potential for the rest of LIFE.
9Misconceptions of IB “It is only for gifted students.” “I can’t be well-rounded in IB because I won’t have any time for outside interests.”“The homework is WAY more than the regular program.”“There is no flexibility and no choice.”“IB is only for people who want to go to school overseas.”“IB and AP are the same.”
10What full IB students don’t normally have time for: CTS in grade 10 pre-IB yearPhys-Ed after grade 10Other options that are not offered “outside the timetable” the way that band, choir, and art can be offered (Non-IB have 3 options.)3 IB Sciences cannot be taken by full IB students (3rd non-IB Science is sometimes possible).CALM is usually taken on-line during grade 11
11Marks in pre-IB and IB classes Pre-IB classes are pre-requisites for IB classes.Marks in pre-IB and IB classes are generally standardized for each report card to reflect what we believe students would achieve in a regular Alberta program.Students who are expecting to maintain their average from Grade 9 may be disappointed.
12Who should choose IB?Partial IB applicants will want to choose courses that they are VERY interested in & should go with their strengths.Full diploma IB applicants should be motivated students who are not challenged enough in the regular program. They should not be “marks driven” and enjoy looking deeper than required.Partial & Full are evaluated equally for admission.
13Application ProcessStudents apply to the CBE area IB school for their primary residence with a full application (for ours: link from our website or go to main CBE website) due January 14th. For other areas – you may include a transfer request letter to their coordinator.If you live in our IB area but child attends a private school, charter school, or a separate school you may apply directly to Western.If you live outside of Calgary you may apply directly to Western.
14Application Evaluation All IB schools use the same system to rank applications based on marks, extra-curricular activities, well-roundedness, study habits, and global perspective.Results letters are mailed by mid-FebruaryAcceptance letters get sent with information on non-feeder school registration night (7pm March 12), and date for the Math diagnostic test (4 pm May 20th).If not accepted, March 15th is the deadline to apply for transfer for our regular program
15Math Diagnostic TestStudents who are accepted into a full IB programme, or students wishing to take Math IB must write this test in May (French and English tests are both offered).Please bring a calculator, pencil, and ruler.Preparing for the test is not required (Pascal Math contests may help).Recommendations on course placement are mailed quickly (you decide on the course).No entrance exam is required for IB.
16University Recognition of IB Most universities have benefits for IB gradsUniversity of AlbertaCounts a “7” as a 98% for admission.Gives advanced credit for HL and some SL classesGives guaranteed early acceptance (and scholarships) based only on predicted IB grades.University of CalgaryGives advanced credit for HL, up to $8500 automatic scholarship*Both give credit for full IB diplomas*
17What I.B. Students have said… “Grade 11 is the hardest year.”“Try full I.B. to keep your options open.”“First year university was a piece of cake.”“Don’t procrastinate!”
18Application Checklist -Application form-Recent Report Card (from student or school official)-Transcript (from student or school official)-Confidential Teacher Reference (from school official ONLY)-Canadian Birth Certificate Photocopy (or citizenship document)-Transfer Request if WCHS is not the regular designated CBE high school**you may not apply to our IB programme directly if you live in Area I, II, III, or V.
19IB Courses to choose if partial IB Biology SL / HLEnglish Literature HL / SLMandarin ab initio / B SL (offered off campus)Physics SL / HLVisual Arts HLCantonese B SL (offered off campus)Chemistry HLSpanish B SLFrench B SLMath SLSpanish B HLFrench B HL (for French Immersion students)Math HLSpanish ab initioFrench ab initioMath Studies SLWorld History HLPhilosophy SL
20Application Questions Application Questions1. Describe the school related extra-curricular activities in which you have been involved in during junior high.2. Describe your involvement and/or participation in groups or activities outside of school including competitions and volunteer work: for example, Scouts, youth groups, music lessons, Sports, dance etc.3. Outline briefly your plans for post-secondary education after you leave high school and how the IB Programme fits into your future plans.4. Do you have a regular part-time job? _____ No _____ Yes If yes, what do you do?5. Describe your strengths and weaknesses as a learner and your ability to learn and work independently.
21Frequently asked questions… What are conditions for transfer? They should be IB programme reasons or sibling currently attends Western. You MUST apply to your area IB school – there is no need to fill out a Western application.What if I move into your area in the spring? Apply where you live and you may apply for a transfer after you have proof of address (no new IB application is required). If you purchase before Jan. 14, include purchase agreement / rental agreement with application.Can I apply for F.I. IB, but take S.S. and Math in English? No. Can I apply for English IB and still take FLAIB? Yes, with caution.What if I am an elite athlete; will I have time for IB? If school is too easy now…yes.What if I can’t write the May 20th Math test? You will be contacted for a June date.What if I already have Math 10? Science 10? We recommend you still take the WCpreIB courses. Individual situations may apply.