2 What is IB??The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a program for college-bound students focused on international-mindedness and critical thinking skills
3 How can MHS students participate in IB? The Diploma Program runs during a student’s junior and senior years. Many of MPS’s upper level courses are IB courses.Students may participate in three ways:*Participate in the full IB Diploma ProgramTake any IB course and earn a certificateTake any IB course for the experience (.3 & .4 level classes)
5 An IB Diploma candidate said: “The Diploma encouraged me to work harderfor my academic goals. It’s great to already feel prepared for college and willing to take on the tasks ahead of me.From this program, I also became skilled at time management. School and sports can be a lot to juggle at times; however, it is possible if you stay positive.In addition, I have made new friends. It’s great to know someone is always there for you and going through the same things.”- Gabby Mott, MHS Class of 2009Michigan State University Freshman
6 Once at college, another IB DP student said: “The IB courses greatly prepared me for the rigor of college courses. I was not able to ‘slack off’ my senior year of high school and am a better student now because of it.IB also prepared me as an independent student. At college, students are expected to take responsibility for assignments and due dates in; IB expected this as well.I am extremely grateful for the experience of the IB program. I recommend it to any student willing to challenge themselves and prepare for a bright future.”- Chelsea Arbury, MHS Class of 2009Loyola Sophomore
7 A Class of 2010 Reflection“Well I did what I set out to do… I got my Diploma” I also received 3 credits for my English and 4 credits for my biology scores. I took a language placement test and waived my world language requirement.Add this to what I learned about myself and IB was more than worth it. I can’t wait to see what else IB will offer me in college: time management, stress relief and a tough academic schedule.”*Jon Ahearn DP Class of 2010UM Freshman
8 Another graduate said… “I originally chose to go for the IB diploma because I would have taken the challenging courses anyway, and the added bonus of the experience and recognition from colleges was something I wanted.But the largest impact the past two years has had on me is the personal growth and broader world perspective I now have. I would not have these today without the IB diploma experience.Kathryn Wieber DP Class of 2010.CMU Centralis winner
9 What is the advantage of participating in the IB Program? What is the benefit to students? • It is a college-prep program with a liberal arts focus. *IB is recognized globally by universities and colleges. • Many universities and colleges give college credit for IB certificates and diplomas earned. • There is an intercultural connection in each of the IB courses. • Students are prepared for college level study.
10 The curriculum contains six subject groups together and a core made up of three separate parts. The Diploma Program:Students take six IB classes - one in each area and pass the test for eachThree are Standard level (SL) classes (usually one-year classes).Three are Higher level (HL) classes (two-year classes).Students complete the core of the program —Extended Essay; Theory of Knowledge; and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).
11 MPS IB Course Offerings Group 1 - Language A1• World Literature 1 & 2 (HL)Group 2 - Second Language• French (SL/HL)• German (SL/HL)• Spanish (SL/HL)Group 3 - Individuals & Society• History of Americas/World Topics (HL)World Topics (SL)• Psychology (SL)• Business Management (SL)Group 4 - Experimental Sciences• Biology (HL senior year only)Org./Env. Chemistry (SL)• Physics (SL/HL)Group 5 - Mathematics & Computer Science• Math Studies 1 & 2 SL - .3 pathway(Adv. Algebra and Pre-Calculus)• Math HL 1 & pathway(Adv. Algebra/Trig. And AP/IB Calculus BC)Group 6 - The Arts• Visual Art (SL/HL)• Musical Perspectives (SL)• A second course in groups 1-5The Core• TOK• CAS• Extended Essay
12 The Core of IB The Theory of Knowledge course The Extended Essay Creativity, Action, and Service projects
13 ToK Scholar*Starting in the fall of 2012, students will be able to earn certificates in each of the IB Core requirements. *Students who earn all three (ToK, Extended Essay, and CAS) will be “ToK Scholars” and will be recognized on a plaque in the school.
14 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) TOK is similar to a practical philosophy class. It encourages critical thinking and writing skills. Core questions that shape the class are:How do you know what you know?*How do others know what they know?Is Truth absolute? What would it mean if all truth was relative?
15 Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Participation in the school’s CAS program:encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work.fosters students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.
16 The Extended EssayThe extended essay:offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest.familiarizes students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words.
17 Midland High School IB Diploma Graduates! Class of 2009: Jen Paul, Amy Langhorst, Joshua Ratledge, Sarah Truong, Gabrielle Mott, Michael Pierfelice, Chelsea Arbury, Angelica JuarbeClass of 2010: Kathryn Wieber, Jon Ahearn, Rita Morse, Rebecca Roper, Kyle Kay,Denise Sirias, Brad Riedinger, Kami Andridge, Steven Koblinski, Ginger Stockton, Kevin Joffre, David Shull, Hillary Cleckler
18 Class of 2011 & 2012 ToK class at A.B. Dow Home and Studio ashd
22 An IB Diploma parent said: “This program transformed my daughter from an average student to a student with enormous passion for learning and achievement.She also learned an tremendous amount about time management, life balance and perseverance. In addition, she received at least 14 credits to fulfill several elective requirements at the UM.”Marsha Langhorst, IB parent Class of 2009
23 What is the Learner Profile What is the Learner Profile? It’s the IBO mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.IB learners strive to be: Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open-minded Caring Risk-takers Balanced ReflectiveIB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge.
24 The IBO mission: We are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education. Mission StatementThe International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate andlifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.