Presentation on theme: "International Baccalaureate Program"— Presentation transcript:
1International Baccalaureate Program Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School officially became an IB school in April 2007, along with 9 other schools in NSThe first IB Diploma Students graduated in June 2009
2IB stands for International Baccalaureate What is IB??IB stands for International BaccalaureateThere are IB schools all over the world. IB was first developed as a response to diplomats being posted all over the world and a need for a common curriculum with rigorous academic standards.
4IB 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.To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
10The Six Groups Group #1 Language A1(English) Group #2 LanguageB (French)Group #3 Individuals & Society (History)Group #4 Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)Group #5 MathematicsGroup #6 The Arts (Visual Art) OR 2nd subject from Grp #4
11CORE COMPONENTS Extended Essay 4000 word research essay Theory Of Knowledge (TOK) Integration of knowledge from all subjectsCreativity/Action/Service (CAS) hours in each section
12IB Course Offerings at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School Group #1 English HLGroup #2 French HL/SLGroup #3 History HL/SGroup #4 Biology SL, Chemistry HL/SL, Physics HL/SLGroup #5 Math SL (referred to as “Calculus Math)Group # 6 Art HL
13Pre Diploma Courses Grade 9 Grade 9 Pre Diploma courses are designed to build skill levels in each subject. The same curriculum is covered. The goal is to bring students to a high level of academic achievement i.e. Written work in language arts, problem solving in mathematics, language skills in french, etc.
14Grade 9 Academic vs Pre Diploma The academic program is exactly the same in both flows. The only difference is students in the Pre Diploma class are grouped into one classroom.
15Grade 10 Academic vs Pre Diploma English 10Math 10History/Geo 10Science 10Art/Drama/MusicPAL 11Free choicePre DiplomaEnglish 10 PDMath 10 PDHistory 10 PDAdv Bio 11 or Adv Physics 11Art 10 or Adv Chem 11French 10 PDAdv Math 11
16French Immersion vs Pre Diploma French Immersion students remain in immersion classes for Francais 9, Science 9 and Social Studies 9, and are grouped into the Pre Diploma courses for English and Math.
17French and IB???Diploma students enrolled in the IB Diploma program in grades 11 and 12 can complete requirements to receive a bilingual IB Diploma. French must be taken at the Higher Level and the research essay must be written in French.
18And the results are in!!!!How did 2009 IB students at Dr. J. H. Gillis compare to the rest of the WORLD????????????????
19World Pass RateThe last 5 years shows world pass rates which range between 78 and 83%Dr. J.H. Gillis pass rate in May 2009 was 93.3%
20How did Dr. J.H. Gillis do compared to other NS IB students?? We are #1
30Fact vs MythIB students cannot take a B.Science or Engineering because they cannot take all 3 sciences???False Science and Engineering programs require 2 sciences for entrance, not 3
31Math SL is not acceptable for University Science/Engineering Programs FalseMath SL is referred to as the “Calculus” math, some students do decide to enroll in Calculus 12 in the second semester of grade 12
32IB students did not get credit for IB courses at University FalseYesterday I had 4 IB Diploma Students return, they had attended St. F.X., Dal, Mt. A., and Queen’sAll had been given credit for at least one 6 credit or two 3 credit courses
33IB students have so much work they cannot be involved in sports or extra curricular activities FalseThis year both our student council President and Vice-President were IB students. Many IB students are on student council committees, varsity sports such as basketball, hockey, soccer, softball, curling, etc. etc.
34There is a better chance at scholarships if students do better in the advanced and regular programs FalseIn the last two years IB students have received more scholarship offers than non-IB students
35IB students do not fit into the “regular” school IB students do fit into the regular school. The only difference is that they are in classes which run over a two year period as opposed to a one year period as most students. Otherwise they fit into the school the same as everyone else does.
36IB is elitistFalseIB strives to create global citizens who have a well rounded course of studies.The students I have dealt with over the past few years are the furthest thing from elite
37IB Marking is too easy? IB Marking is too hard? FalseIB is quite fair. Things are marked all over the world and many “checks” are put in place during the marking processIB is as fair as any other marking systemLast year our predictions were very accurate!!!
38If a student takes IB certificates it will mess up their entire High School Program FalseCertificate students like other students must plan carefully for their High School courses.Students have successfully managed as many as 5 certificate courses, and as little as 1 certificate course
39St F X does not support IB Did anyone attend graduation last year????This is certainly false, St F. X. is a strong supporter of the IB Program
40IB is only for very bright students FalseIB students should have the qualities discussed earlier, but it is more important to be well rounded than extremely capable in just one area
41You have to be an athlete to do CAS Certainly false. The emphasis in CAS is to try things that a student has not tried, improve upon an activity they are involved in
42Major scholarships have been lost because students are in IB FalseThe opposite is true – many scholarships are realized because students take IBThis year’s Loran Award winners in NS are all IB Diploma students
43Universities give extra points for IB courses Finally………….TRUE!!!Universities give many different incentives to IB students, one of them is extra points in the admissions process
44Why do IB??? University Preparation Global Economy Admissions AdvantagesUniversity Credit for HL coursesDevelopment of well rounded studentsLearn to manage time
46Application Process for PreDiploma There are 4 easy steps:1. Complete an essay explaining why you would like to enroll in the program.2. Have Grade 8 Math and English teachers complete the recommendation form.3. Attach your most recent report card.4. Forward your essay, report card, and cover sheet to Mrs. Mary MacDonald, Dr. J. H. Gillis Regional High School