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1 Discovering the DP Looking ahead to plan your future


3 Announcements PP interviews Thursday—be on time!
IB breakfast this Friday—pancakes! Next seminar is 2/11 Cupcake Wars Friday, Feb. 14 Wed., Feb. 26 Course selection forms due to Mrs. Keating by /14

4 How is the DP different from other pre-university academic programs?
DP is a comprehensive and balanced 2-year curriculum and assessment system Requires students to study six subjects and core components across all disciplines Students explore the connections between the six subjects and from an international perspective Students will… Reflect Pursue one subject in great detail through independent research Apply knowledge and skills through community outreach

5 Assessments are done throughout the 2 year program
Work is assessed by the teachers who created the assessments as well as by outside examiners Moderation ensures that student work is assessed using a common standard and it is applied equally to the work of all students.

6 For 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

7 The DP goals provide students with…
A broad and balanced, yet academically challenging, program of study The development of critical-thinking and reflective skills The development of research skills The development of independent learning skills The development of intercultural understanding A globally recognized university entrance qualification

8 Creativity, Action, Service
Graduated involvement that focuses on the 8 learner outcomes Middle School MYP: counted hours HS MYP: two projects per year DP: four goals each year Goals must address all outcomes and each of the three categories -- creativity, action, service – must be represented at least once Students must also have a cooperative project between grades 11 and 12 Current 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.

9 ManageBac subscription
Online subscription service created by former IB students and teachers Management system originally for CAS Expanded to all areas of submissions Must have an address Convenient, paperless, no more “lost” papers!

10 Theory of Knowledge Two year course, based in philosophy
Centered around discussions of the four ways of knowing: sense perception, language, reason, emotion Not about new knowledge acquisition, but rather the consideration of knowledge issues Core of the program How 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

11 Extended Essay The extended essay is:
compulsory for all Diploma Program students externally assessed and, in combination with the grade for TOK, contributes up to three points to the total score for the IB diploma a piece of independent research/investigation on a topic chosen by the student in cooperation with a supervisor in the school chosen from the list of approved Diploma Program subjects, published in the Vade Mecum presented as a formal piece of scholarship containing no more than 4,000 words the result of approximately 40 hours of work by the student

12 EE Support Seminars Support through TOK, junior year
JRT IB website and Library website Classroom instruction by librarians (EE coordinators) Access to VCU and UR libraries and databases; field trip to VCU Subject teacher support Student-chosen supervisor


14 Rigor & Workload IB curriculum is trans-disciplinary, higher order thinking, open-ended-- content AND concept Tests/projects/major assessments monitored through Google Calendar Quizzes not monitored, nor SOL benchmark tests, multi-level classes could encounter difficulties

15 Junior challenges Increased rigor MYP DP Time management
Creativity to discipline Coping with an externally dictated curriculum Time management Balancing fun with work Sports and extra-curricular activities Not procrastinating academic work! Researching colleges SAT in the spring

16 Senior challenges Time management Not giving in to SENIORITIS!!
Course work College applications Jobs, extra-curricular activities Exam preparation Not giving in to SENIORITIS!!

17 Things you need to know…
In 11th grade you are “anticipated” candidates In 12th grade you are diploma “candidates” TOK, CAS and Extended Essay are required components Students will meet with IB counselor, Mrs. Keating, for support in choosing courses See the All About IB booklet


19 Do I have to do the full diploma?
Depends on what your goals are Colleges want the FULL diploma. Your other option is the certificate, i.e. a partial IB experience Yes, you can still potentially earn some credit for the IB exams that you do take, but scholarships, preferential admission is for full diploma candidates


21 IB Diploma students have higher acceptance rates to colleges
Acceptance rates for IB students tend to be higher than those for the general population: University Total Population Acceptance Diploma Candidate Acceptance University of Florida 58.0% 88.9% Virginia Polytechnic Institute 66.0% 80.2% James Madison University 76.9% University of Virginia 39.0% 61.3% University of California, Los Angeles 24.0% 48.5% University of California, San Diego 41.0% 65.6% University of California, Berkeley 50.6% Florida State University 70.0% 94.6% George Mason University 97.5% University of California, Irvine 56.0% 89.9% Presentation Title recommended size is 20 point Trebuchet, all caps. Minimum Title size:18 point Trebuchet, all caps. Can be stacked in two lines if necessary. Maximum Title size 24 point Trebuchet, all caps. © IBO 2003

22 To pursue or not to pursue…?
The full IB diploma is not the best fit for all students; therefore, IB offers another option You can be a “DP course candidate” To earn diploma must have a minimum of 24** points (max is 45) **certain stipulations apply Benefits—a program tailored to your needs Consequences—no longer pursuing the most rigorous coursework available, schools want the full diploma

23 SL or HL? SL—150 minimum hours; HL—240 hours. HL adds more concepts, greater depth IB sets the rule: 3 SL, 3 HL If you want 4 HL, 2 SL the requirements change By fall of your senior year you must have made your final decision of SL vs. HL (where you have an option)

24 Courses *= the year you sit for exam
Senior Junior IB 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* TOK AP Electives if space: Bio, Chem, Physics, US History, Calculus AB/BC, Stats, Env. Science, Music Theory Group 1: IB English 11 HL Group 2: IB French/Spanish DP Year 1 SL/HL Group 3: IB History of the Americas HL Group 4: IB Bio SL/HL or IB Chem SL/HL Group 5: MYP Extended Math or IB Mathematics SL* Group 6: IB Art HL; IB Drama SL; IB Psych SL*; IB Chem SL/HL TOK

25 Junior year exams Students can sit for up to two SL exams their junior year Only those in IB Mathematics and IB Psych will have junior year exams NO other course will be a one year SL exam (IB does not allow more than two 1-year SL courses)

26 Exam dates are unchangeable and
IB Exams Junior year exams: Students taking Mathematics MUST examine as juniors Students taking Psychology MUST examine as juniors Can only take up to two exams as “anticipated candidates” Senior year exams: English, History, Art ALL examine as HL’s Science & Language examine as either SL or HL; Theatre SL only Exams begin in May (2014: May 7, 8 Psych; May Mathematics) Exam dates are unchangeable and non-negotiable

27 Exam Registration Begins in the fall for juniors and seniors
Will be done through seminar Students will select exams and levels (where there is a choice) Parents must sign the registration Registration verification is given to students to sign and due in early November After deadline, you will pay a fine for changes

28 How 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, EE Internal Assessment + External Assessment = final DP course score The requirements and percentages are different in each course Unlike AP where your final exam is the only assessment

29 Results? Scores are released July 6
Scores are sent electronically to colleges based on student request Colleges grant credit differently, see their websites Every year, MYP and DP awards ceremony will be held in November-- the Tuesday before Thanksgiving

30 Achieving the Diploma If student passed both TOK and EE, may achieve with 24** points All CAS requirements have been met No “E” for TOK or EE. Need at least a D Must complete all components of IA’s No grade 1 in any subject No grade 2 at HL No more than one grade 2 at SL Overall, no more than three grades of 3 At 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 subjects Not guilty of malpractice **28 points if four HL exams

31 Which 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 interest Every year colleges and universities revisit their policies and these updates usually result in more credit for you

32 How 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.

33 Recruitment—actively recruiting DP students
Admission—ensuring that the diploma is fully recognized in the admissions process Placement—acknowledging the rigor of IB courses and establishing prerequisites for IB courses that are fair and equitable Credit—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 courses Scholarships—providing scholarships and opportunities specifically for IB diploma students


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