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1 Student Testimonials: Jada Neumann, Investment banking analyst
I graduated from the French Immersion International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. I was then accepted to the Commerce program at Queen’s University, and received a Major Entrance Scholarship worth $26K. Currently I work in Toronto as an investment banking analyst, my dream job which I am very happy to have just begun. Further, the ability to transfer credits offers the opportunity to either reduce your initial course load, or to use them as prerequisites to upper-year courses and start off in more advanced and interesting classes than would otherwise have been possible. IB definitely allows you to start with a head up on those who followed the Provincial stream only. With less effort spent on simply learning to handle the increased coursework expectations, time is freed up to take full advantage of the university experience – that being of course socializing and making new friends, extracurricular sports, committee involvement, and career planning. This latter point is where I noticed the biggest difference among university classmates. Those who came from an IB background (as many in Queen’s Commerce did) seemed focused from day one, knowing from the beginning what it would take to achieve future success beyond university; others seemed overwhelmed. Performance in the early years of university is arguably more important than that in the final years, since this is what leads to internships and what is seen by recruiters as early as third year. IB allows you to be ready for those crucial early years.

2 Student testimonials: Dale Unruh, Cdn Coast Guard
French was another huge asset. Another language is always a plus in life, and continuing knowledge of French is always, in my eyes, greatly beneficial. The French IB program continued not only in grammar and writing, but expanded to interrogate literature and present one's own opinions in another language. In College, half of the students are from Quebec or Acadian New Brunswick, and to be able to communicate with them helps tear down that barrier that seems to exist between two languages, whether it's intended to be there or not. I have just recently finished French classes and written the National Bilingual Tests. The solid background I have in the French language, due largely in part to the IB ideal that 'you never stop learning', is a huge asset I intend to improve on and keep up. I do not regret taking part in the IB program. It is a great precursor to any university or career, and can benefit anybody willing to work at it.

3 Student testimonials: Nancy Noren; 2nd yr university
I found that university was actually even easier than IB especially the labs for chemistry. I had already learned about half of the course material so I had a good basic understanding of the course so as to expand with new material. The essays were also very essential especially the extended essay. Being able to perform that level of research and produce a comprehensible essay from it is a very important skill for university especially since most of your essays are about subjects you've never even considered. The time management skills you learn from IB are also essential for university. If you are planning on following the focused path then this is crucial for keeping your sanity. The suggested amount of study time at university per course is two hours a day including homework questions and lab reports. With this and juggling your social life it's difficult unless you had a little 'training'. IB gives you the skills to organize your time so you can fit in your studying and fun time without letting the former slip behind. It's not a guarantee but it does help if you had a year or two of practice. In the short run IB will feel hard but in the long run it really pays off.

4 Diploma Programme Presentation for those considering IB for Grade 12
January 2014 The unique benefits of the DP

5 Contents Refresher Learner profile The Circle The Core
Schedule Grade 12 Challenges? University recognition For your consideration Student testimonials

6 Refresher: What is the IB?
Its roots Its values Motivated by a mission We aim to create a better world through education Partnerships We achieve our goals by working together Quality We value our reputation for high standards Participation We actively involve our stakeholders International mindedness We embrace diversity IB began in 1968 as an effort to provide a consistent, internationally accepted curricula. IB has now grown to over 1,132,000 students in over 146 countries Its mission The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Further resources: The Annual Review including accounts is available on 6

7 Student qualities we encourage: The Learner Profile
IB learners strive to be: Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open-minded Caring Risk-takers Balanced Reflective IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. 7

8 IB content was introduced in Grade 11
Contents: What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? The curriculum contains six subject groups and a core of three parts. Notes: IB content was introduced in Grade 11 Students complete the core over Grades 11 and with guidance and support.

9 The core: What is the heart of the Diploma Programme
The core: What is the heart of the Diploma Programme? There are three core requirements completed over Grades 11 and 12 Creativity Action Service This began as early as the summer after Gr. 10 Meaningful volunteer or personal growth hours 150 hours spread over 18 months Theory of Knowledge A seminar style course based on how we know what we think we know Exploring other cultural perspectives Ends at Semester Break Extended Essay Choose a topic that appeals to you You will receive support from a teacher Page 9

10 Grade 12 : How is your schedule affected?
your courses are throughout the year you will write IB exams in May If you are a Diploma status student, you may have no classes as of April 30th you can earn transfer credits for university excellent preparation for university research, writing and work ethic Page 10

11 Grade 12 : What could a full IB schedule look like?
Semester 1 IB English IB Biology or Physics Computer Science IB Math/ IB French/Français TOK IB History/IB Economics Visual Art Sports Exercise and Health Semester 2 IB English IB Biology or Physics Computer Science IB Math/ IB French/Français IB History/Economics Visual Art Sports Exercise and Health

12 Clarification : Diploma-route students
You continue with the five IB courses and slowly complete CAS and the Extended Essay CAS : Started in the summer after Grade 10 and ends in Spring of Grade 12 EE: Explained in Spring of Grade 11 and submitted in December of Gr. 12 in a subject of your choice and with support from a teacher advisor Students earn a Diploma out of 45 points Each course is worth 7 points Maximum of 3 points combined for TOK and EE UBC study shows that Diploma students earning a 27/45 were A students on their campus. Thinking of studying in the States or in BC? They favour Diploma students. In the States, Admissions Personnel often interview students about the Extended Essay.

13 This is exclusive to the Diploma route students (U of M).
Special scholarships: Diploma students Diploma route Tier system for scholarships: Tier 1 (43 – 44 pts) $2,800 Tier 2 (40 – 42 pts) $2,500 Tier 3 (37 – 39 pts) $2,200 Tier 4 (34 – 36 pts) $1,900 Tier 5 (31 – 33 pts) $1,600 Tier 6 (28 – 30 pts) $1,300 Tier 7 (25 – 27 pts) $1,100 This is exclusive to the Diploma route students (U of M). For your university, pls contact Admissions directly Students also have a larger transfer credit pool

14 Clarification : Course Study route information
Diploma Programme Course Study route Minimum of one IB exam course CAS : not required, but many scholarships seek to reward citizenship, volunteerism and leadership EE: not required but students can choose to do the Extended Essay anyway Diploma Programme Course Study route Students have a smaller transfer credit “pool” Students applying for Advanced Early Admission scholarships are placed in the same group as other provincial students Students still get ahead in individual courses

15 University recognition: How well is the diploma recognized
University recognition: How well is the diploma recognized? The IB diploma is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.   The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. Often you’ll find with IB, you have… great mobility transfer credits special entrance scholarships broad cultural perspectives

16 Diploma Students: Who recognizes your work at home?
University of Manitoba University of Winnipeg Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface Canadian Mennonite University Brandon University

17 Please note: the higher the IB mark, the higher the university grade
Transfer credits: Some more information University of Manitoba: Course min. mark req`d grade given English (HL) B History (HL) B Physics (HL) B Biology (HL) B French or Français (SL) 4 B Chemistry (SL) 5 B Mathematics (SL) hrs assigned Please note: the higher the IB mark, the higher the university grade Please note: different universities have different policies regarding IB. Contact the university you wish to attend to see what it does.

18 Diploma Students: Who recognizes your work out of province
Diploma Students: Who recognizes your work out of province? (non-exhaustive list) Acadia University, NS Bishop's University, QC Brandon University, MB Brock University, ON Capilano College, BC Carleton University, ON Concordia University College of Alberta, AB Dalhousie, NS Laurentian University, ON McMaster University, ON Memorial University of Newfoundland, NL Mount Allison University, NB Mount Saint Vincent University, NS Ontario College of Art & Design, ON Saint Mary's University, NS Simon Fraser University, BC St. Francis Xavier, NS St. Thomas University, NB Acadia University, NS Bishop's University, QC Brandon University, MB Brock University, ON Carleton University, ON Concordia University College of Alberta, AB Dalhousie, NS Laurentian University, ON McMaster University, ON Memorial University of Newfoundland, NL Mount Allison University, NB Mount Saint Vincent University, NS Ontario College of Art & Design, ON Saint Mary's University, NS Simon Fraser University, BC St. Francis Xavier, NS St. Thomas University, NB

19 IB Faculty: How its members help
IB Faculty uses a calendar to make do their best to avoid conflicts with major assessments. IB Faculty is known to be flexible and mindful of IB students’ workloads. IB Faculty coaches and trains for writing and lab work in a way that university professors and their teaching assistants do not. IB teachers create relationships with their students and support them while those students acquire university content in a way many university professors and their teaching assistants do not.

20 IB: But what if… I want to do extra-curricular? Have a part time job?
Enjoy time with my friends? Participate in elite sports/ performing arts, etc.? Balance – regardless of if you’re in provincial stream, certificate route or diploma route, mix a personal challenge with what can handle beyond school. Part-time jobs – maybe 10 hours a week would be a healthy amount. After all, if you prepare more for a course, you may save yourself the time and the cost assosicated with taking it at university! Friends – many of them are in IB with you. They’re more than classmates.

21 For your consideration: Is IB still the right fit for you?
Are you willing to learn or further develop a genuine work ethic? Are you willing to learn further develop time management skills? Are you willing to be diligent in your approach to homework? Are you willing to seek extra help and ask questions? Diploma route students: Are you ready to work on EE and CAS during the summer… it’ll make your life easier!

22 IB: Is it worth it in the end?
Patricia Pittman (1995) Medical doctor Amelia Au (1999) Marketing Specialist Franklin Bristow (2002) Grad Student, Computer Sciences Ian Hall (1995) Wpg’s Environmental Coordinator Deepak Pruthi (2001) Faculty of Medicine Mandy Furney (1998) Archivist Zeineb Soufi (1998) Teacher Carly Tapp (1995) Medical doctor Elizabeth Atkin (2005) 2nd Year Law student Lisa Caulley (2002) Medical doctor David Barchyn (2006) Environmental Engineer Ellen Bees (2001) Teacher Lindsay Porteous (2001) Medical resident Dale Unruh (2006) Canadian Coast Guard Scott McLeod-Arnould (2005) Medical Student Lilly Caulley (1999) Electrical Engineer Jada Neumann (2004) Investment Manager James Debeer (1999) Reverend Esther Hill (2005) 3rd Year Veternarian School Santina Lee (2005) 1st year Medical Student Karen Bees Teacher Elizabeth Matyi Assistant Principal Jordana Buckwold Assistant Principal Diana Bodiroga (1999) Dental Surgeon Heather Zinn Teacher Margaret Carlyle (1987) University professor, French Sharon Blady (1988) MLA MB Legislature Kurt Schulz (2010) 1st yr Eng. U of Ottawa Aaron Corso (2010) 1st yr U of Waterloo Davie Wong (2002) Final yr., Medicine Sakina Soufi (2001) Final year Pharmacy Claire Harland2007) Pharmacy Amy Striemer (2004) Masters student, Queen’s Hugh McFayden (1988) Leader of Opposition, MB Darryl Sterk (1991) Professor, U of Alberta Sarah Beattie (2006) 4th Yr Biochemist Honours Andrew Swan (1988) Attorney General, MB Shahiroz Juma (1995) Advanced Physiotherapist Andrew Steele (1988) Professor Mickey Robertson (1988) Lawyer Janelle Hume (2006) Education student

23 Student testimonials: Letters and visitors…
French was another huge asset. Another language is always a plus in life, and continuing knowledge of French is always, in my eyes, greatly beneficial. The French IB program continued not only in grammar and writing, but expanded to interrogate literature and present one's own opinions in another language. In College, half of the students are from Quebec or Acadian New Brunswick, and to be able to communicate with them helps tear down that barrier that seems to exist between two languages, whether it's intended to be there or not. I have just recently finished French classes and written the National Bilingual Tests. The solid background I have in the French language, due largely in part to the IB ideal that 'you never stop learning', is a huge asset I intend to improve on and keep up. I do not regret taking part in the IB program. It is a great precursor to any university or career, and can benefit anybody willing to work at it. Dale Unruh (2006) Canadian Coast Guard

24 Student Testimonials: Letters and visitors…
I graduated from the French Immersion International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. I was then accepted to the Commerce program at Queen’s University, and received a Major Entrance Scholarship worth $26K. Currently I work in Toronto as an investment banking analyst, my dream job which I am very happy to have just begun. Further, the ability to transfer credits offers the opportunity to either reduce your initial course load, or to use them as prerequisites to upper-year courses and start off in more advanced and interesting classes than would otherwise have been possible. IB definitely allows you to start with a head up on those who followed the Provincial stream only. With less effort spent on simply learning to handle the increased coursework expectations, time is freed up to take full advantage of the university experience – that being of course socializing and making new friends, extracurricular sports, committee involvement, and career planning. This latter point is where I noticed the biggest difference among university classmates. Those who came from an IB background (as many in Queen’s Commerce did) seemed focused from day one, knowing from the beginning what it would take to achieve future success beyond university; others seemed overwhelmed. Performance in the early years of university is arguably more important than that in the final years, since this is what leads to internships and what is seen by recruiters as early as third year. IB allows you to be ready for those crucial early years. Jada Neumann (2004) Investment banking analyst

25 Student testimonials: Letters and visitors…
I found that university was actually even easier than IB especially the labs for chemistry. I had already learned about half of the course material so I had a good basic understanding of the course so as to expand with new material. The essays were also very essential especially the extended essay. Being able to perform that level of research and produce a comprehensible essay from it is a very important skill for university especially since most of your essays are about subjects you've never even considered. The time management skills you learn from IB are also essential for university. If you are planning on following the focused path then this is crucial for keeping your sanity. The suggested amount of study time at university per course is two hours a day including homework questions and lab reports. With this and juggling your social life it's difficult unless you had a little 'training'. IB gives you the skills to organize your time so you can fit in your studying and fun time without letting the former slip behind. It's not a guarantee but it does help if you had a year or two of practice. In the short run IB will feel hard but in the long run it really pays off. Nancy Noren (2009) Science Student at University

26 Ms. Peters 888-0684 (ext. 5031) jpeters@sjsd.net
Questions?: Let’s talk! Ms. Peters (ext. 5031) Page 26


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