3Announcements PP interviews Thursday—be on time! IB breakfast this Friday—pancakes!Next seminar is 2/11Cupcake Wars Friday, Feb. 14 Wed., Feb. 26Course selection forms due to Mrs. Keating by /14
4How is the DP different from other pre-university academic programs? DP is a comprehensive and balanced 2-year curriculum and assessment systemRequires students to study six subjects and core components across all disciplinesStudents explore the connections between the six subjects and from an international perspectiveStudents will…ReflectPursue one subject in great detail through independent researchApply knowledge and skills through community outreach
5Assessments are done throughout the 2 year program Work is assessed by the teachers who created the assessments as well as by outside examinersModeration ensures that student work is assessed using a common standard and it is applied equally to the work of all students.
6For these reasons the IB Diploma is recognized by colleges and universities around the world as a superior education, preparing students to succeed at post-secondary institutions
7The DP goals provide students with… A broad and balanced, yet academically challenging, program of studyThe development of critical-thinking and reflective skillsThe development of research skillsThe development of independent learning skillsThe development of intercultural understandingA globally recognized university entrance qualification
8Creativity, Action, Service Graduated involvement that focuses on the 8 learner outcomesMiddle School MYP: counted hoursHS MYP: two projects per yearDP: four goals each yearGoals must address all outcomes and each of the three categories -- creativity, action, service – must be represented at least onceStudents must also have a cooperative project between grades 11 and 12Current activities such as sports, music lessons, religious training, such as for confirmation or bar/bat mitzvah, count; there just has to be a goal/rationale behind the activity.
9ManageBac subscription Online subscription service created by former IB students and teachersManagement system originally for CASExpanded to all areas of submissionsMust have an addressConvenient, paperless, no more “lost” papers!
10Theory of Knowledge Two year course, based in philosophy Centered around discussions of the four ways of knowing: sense perception, language, reason, emotionNot about new knowledge acquisition, but rather the consideration of knowledge issuesCore of the programHow do we know what we know?How is knowledge produced?What is the difference between belief and knowledge?What are the implications of knowing or not knowing
11Extended Essay The extended essay is: compulsory for all Diploma Program studentsexternally assessed and, in combination with the grade for TOK, contributes up to three points to the total score for the IB diplomaa piece of independent research/investigation on a topic chosen by the student in cooperation with a supervisor in the schoolchosen from the list of approved Diploma Program subjects, published in the Vade Mecumpresented as a formal piece of scholarship containing no more than 4,000 wordsthe result of approximately 40 hours of work by the student
12EE Support Seminars Support through TOK, junior year JRT IB website and Library websiteClassroom instruction by librarians (EE coordinators)Access to VCU and UR libraries and databases; field trip to VCUSubject teacher supportStudent-chosen supervisor
14Rigor & WorkloadIB curriculum is trans-disciplinary, higher order thinking, open-ended-- content AND conceptTests/projects/major assessments monitored through Google CalendarQuizzes not monitored, nor SOL benchmark tests, multi-level classes could encounter difficulties
15Junior challenges Increased rigor MYP DP Time management Creativity to disciplineCoping with an externally dictated curriculumTime managementBalancing fun with workSports and extra-curricular activitiesNot procrastinating academic work!Researching collegesSAT in the spring
16Senior challenges Time management Not giving in to SENIORITIS!! Course workCollege applicationsJobs, extra-curricular activitiesExam preparationNot giving in to SENIORITIS!!
17Things you need to know… In 11th grade you are “anticipated” candidatesIn 12th grade you are diploma “candidates”TOK, CAS and Extended Essay are required componentsStudents will meet with IB counselor, Mrs. Keating, for support in choosing coursesSee the All About IB booklet
19Do I have to do the full diploma? Depends on what your goals areColleges want the FULL diploma.Your other option is the certificate, i.e. a partial IB experienceYes, you can still potentially earn some credit for the IB exams that you do take, but scholarships, preferential admission is for full diploma candidates
22To pursue or not to pursue…? The full IB diploma is not the best fit for all students; therefore, IB offers another optionYou can be a “DP course candidate”To earn diploma must have a minimum of 24** points (max is 45) **certain stipulations applyBenefits—a program tailored to your needsConsequences—no longer pursuing the most rigorous coursework available, schools want the full diploma
23SL or HL?SL—150 minimum hours; HL—240 hours. HL adds more concepts, greater depthIB sets the rule: 3 SL, 3 HLIf you want 4 HL, 2 SL the requirements changeBy fall of your senior year you must have made your final decision of SL vs. HL (where you have an option)
24Courses *= the year you sit for exam SeniorJuniorIB English 12 HL*IB French/Spanish DP Year 2 SL/HL*IB World Topics HL*IB Bio SL/HL * or IB Chem SL/HL*IB Math Studies SL*IB Art HL*; IB Drama SL*; or Chem SL/HL*TOKAP Electives if space: Bio, Chem, Physics, US History, Calculus AB/BC, Stats, Env. Science, Music TheoryGroup 1: IB English 11 HLGroup 2: IB French/Spanish DP Year 1 SL/HLGroup 3: IB History of the Americas HLGroup 4: IB Bio SL/HL or IB Chem SL/HLGroup 5: MYP Extended Math or IB Mathematics SL*Group 6: IB Art HL; IB Drama SL; IB Psych SL*; IB Chem SL/HLTOK
25Junior year examsStudents can sit for up to two SL exams their junior yearOnly those in IB Mathematics and IB Psych will have junior year examsNO other course will be a one year SL exam (IB does not allow more than two 1-year SL courses)
26Exam dates are unchangeable and IB ExamsJunior year exams:Students taking Mathematics MUST examine as juniorsStudents taking Psychology MUST examine as juniorsCan only take up to two exams as “anticipated candidates”Senior year exams:English, History, Art ALL examine as HL’sScience & Language examine as either SL or HL; Theatre SL onlyExams begin in May (2014: May 7, 8 Psych; May Mathematics)Exam dates are unchangeable andnon-negotiable
27Exam Registration Begins in the fall for juniors and seniors Will be done through seminarStudents will select exams and levels (where there is a choice)Parents must sign the registrationRegistration verification is given to students to sign and due in early NovemberAfter deadline, you will pay a fine for changes
28How is my final IB score tallied? Performance in each subject is graded on a scale of 1 point (minimum) to 7 points (maximum)A maximum of 3 points could be awarded for combined performance in TOK, EEInternal Assessment + External Assessment = final DP course scoreThe requirements and percentages are different in each courseUnlike AP where your final exam is the only assessment
29Results? Scores are released July 6 Scores are sent electronically to colleges based on student requestColleges grant credit differently, see their websitesEvery year, MYP and DP awards ceremony will be held in November-- the Tuesday before Thanksgiving
30Achieving the DiplomaIf student passed both TOK and EE, may achieve with 24** pointsAll CAS requirements have been metNo “E” for TOK or EE. Need at least a DMust complete all components of IA’sNo grade 1 in any subjectNo grade 2 at HLNo more than one grade 2 at SLOverall, no more than three grades of 3At least 12 points of 24 points must be in HL subjects (4 HL students must earn at least 16 points on HL subjects)At least 9 points earned on SL subjects (2 SL students need at least 6 points on SL subjectsNot guilty of malpractice**28 points if four HL exams
31Which universities recognize the IB Diploma? Over 2,500 universities in over 75 countries are currently on a list; however, that is not all!See or contact your college/university of interestEvery year colleges and universities revisit their policies and these updates usually result in more credit for you
32How is the IB diploma recognized? It varies from school to school, but the common thread is this: the institutions make it apparent that they understand and appreciate the DP student as well as the rigor of the program itself.
33Recruitment—actively recruiting DP students Admission—ensuring that the diploma is fully recognized in the admissions processPlacement—acknowledging the rigor of IB courses and establishing prerequisites for IB courses that are fair and equitableCredit—providing detailed info on courses for which credit is possible based on IB exam scores; understanding and recognizing TOK & EE and the content of both SL and HL coursesScholarships—providing scholarships and opportunities specifically for IB diploma students