2IB ProgramFor the past year, Gunn High School has been exploring the possibility of becoming an International Baccalaureate school.
3IB OverviewThe IB program of education was created in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, as an academic program to challenge students and to connect internationally their education.
4IB OverviewThe coursework is accomplished during a student’s junior and senior year of study and students are challenged in six different subjects of which three must be Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).
5IB OverviewIn addition, the students are required to take Theory of Knowledge (TOK), write an Extended Essay (EE) and perform 150 hours of service through Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).
6IB Overview Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is the core of the IB program. TOK requires students to reflect on their roles as knowers.
7IB Overivew Extended Essay (EE) 4000 word essay on any topic that covers one of the subject areas.Student works with advisor on the essay.
8IB Overview Creativity Action Service (CAS) Creativity Action Service Student performs 150 hours, approximately 50 hours in each field.The service work asks students to plan, do and reflect.
9IB OverviewIn the three HL and three SL courses, the students are scored on a 1-7 scale with 4 representing a passing score. To receive an IB Diploma, the student must earn a combined score of 24.
10IB Overview Students will receive three bonus points for EE and TOK. Score of 30 or better allows for students to receive special consideration from many universities.UC System30 points=30 unitsUSC30 points=20 units
11IB OverviewAcademic institutions worldwide accept the IB as excellent preparation for college level work.
12IB and APWhile both IB and AP programs are challenging and similar in the fact that passing scores on the tests allow for a student to receive college credit, they are different in their approach.
13IB and APThe IB program has more of an international and interdisciplinary perspective and is considered by many to have a broader spectrum and greater depth in the way it covers material. Also, the IB program is much more recognized internationally by universities than the AP program.
14IB and APIB has an assessment model than includes the teacher. AP is strictly the test in May.IB uses a model where both the teacher and the test are used to arrive with the final score.Teacher Assessment (40%)Exam Assessment (60%)
15Why IB at Gunn?We feel the IB program would be a good fit for Gunn High School. Our school already has an international community and perspective and our students are well prepared for the rigors and the challenges of IB.
16Why IB at Gunn?We also like the approach IB has towards education. Many teachers at Gunn have gone to IB conferences and have found that IB is much deeper in the way students learn and they like the fact that IB emphasizes on “what students know” rather than what they don’t know.
17Gunn Research on IBWe have had over 20 teachers representing every department in school attend conferences and/or visit schools
18Gunn Research on IBWe have had discussions with or visited the following IB schoolsCapuchinoSequoiaCoronodoMission ViejoGranite BayBerkeleySan Jose AcademyScotts Valley
19Gunn Research on IBOver the past year we have had numerous teachers attend workshops and visit IB schools
20Gunn Research on IBTo a person, everybody has been impressed with approach to education that IB fosters.
21Gunn Reseach on IB Positive Observations about IB Interdisciplinary approachSignificant writing componentCommunity Involvement with a service learning componentTeachers play an integral part of student’s assessment (40% of it is based on teacher assessment, 60% on the exam)Teaching students to “think”
22How Would IB Look at Gunn We look to offer a program that will expand options for our students.Our goal is to design a program that will be accessible to all studentsIn our research, every math lane at Gunn could lead to an SL Math class.
23How Would IB Look at Gunn? In the beginning the approach would be more in the Humanities (English, Social Studies, Languages, Theatre) as possible High Level courses.Math and Science would be Standard Level (other courses would be available in SL such as Languages).
24When could the program start? The earliest the program could start at Gunn would be with either the Class of 2013 or 2014.Gunn High School can begin the application process this summer.IB Accreditation takes at least one year.
25Next Steps IB application process Continue having teachers visit schoolsContinue having teachers attend conferencesDevelop IB curriculumIdentify and recruit potential students
26IB Link www.ibo.org For more information about IB, go to Click on Diploma ProgrammeClick on University Recognition