Presentation on theme: "Scholars Academy and IB Diploma Program Miami Beach Senior High"— Presentation transcript:
1 Scholars Academy and IB Diploma Program Miami Beach Senior High Your Home atMiami Beach Senior HighMr. David GuthrieLead Teacher, Scholars AcademyMr. Carlos RodriguezIB Coordinator
2 MBSH Since 2007 Raised school performance grade to an A school US News top ranked MDCPS non-charter/magnet public HSMore than doubled AP participation from 625 to 1585An IB World School85% of IB students have received IB DiplomaImplemented seven career and college prep academiesCompletely remodeled/new facility
3 MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH IS A COMPREHENSIVE, PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT SERVES 2500 STUDENTS Historically, several academies provided specialized instruction to smaller groups of students prior to 2008:Scholars AcademyAcademy of Hospitality and TourismAcademy of Information TechnologyResearch shows that students perform better in smaller learning communities.The existing academies have been extremely popular institutions at Beach High.In , new academies were established within three “schools within our school.”
4 THE NEW BEACH HIGH: SCHOOLS WITHIN A SCHOOL 2008-2009 School of Liberal ArtsSchool of Technical ArtsSchool of Creative ArtsAcademy of Marine and Environmental Science (AMES)Scholars AcademyAcademy of Hospitality and TourismAcademy of Education and TrainingAcademy of Information TechnologyAcademy of Visual and Performing ArtsAcademy of Communications and Digital MediaOther ProgramsAVID ProgramNaval JROTC ProgramIB Program
5 BENEFITS TO AN “ALL ACADEMY MODEL” AT MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH Personalized Learning EnvironmentsAcademic Engagement of All StudentsEmpowered EducatorsAll youth ready for college, careers, and active civic participation.Engaged Community and YouthAccountable LeadersIntegrated System of High Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessments, and Support
6 Feedback on Academic Rigor from Youth Truth Advisory Survey Most of my teachers apply themselves with an enthusiasm about their subject which is contagious, and this really helps me as a student to gain interest and do well in the subject they teach.”“In my school they provide us with AP classes which are college level courses which prepare me for college. And because of this I feel like I'm already a college student and not in high school.”“Having more challenging classes will help me challenge myself in the future and help me understand what I'm against in a career.”
7 IS THE SCHOLARS ACADEMY RIGHT FOR YOU? Students begin college level, Advanced Placement (AP) coursework in grade 9 with options increasing each year.Students may apply for the IB Diploma Program for grades 11-12, or continue with AP and advanced classes.Students must maintain an “unweighted” GPA of 3.0 in the academic core courses of Mathematics, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies.
8 ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES AND EXAMS The core curriculum of the Scholars Academy includes Honors and Advanced Placement courses and exams.AP courses are high school classes that can count for introductory college coursework when students pass an AP exam.AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5 by The College Board. Scores of 3 or higher are considered passing, but many universities require scores of 4 or 5 to earn college credit.AP syllabi must be approved by The College Board, ensuring that AP courses are taught at the same high level nationwide.
10 Miami Beach Senior High has increased access to its Advanced Placement curriculum, while maintaining a pass rate above the Miami-Dade County Public Schools average.
11 Students may apply for the IB Diploma Program during the sophomore year. The IB Diploma is based on taking a series of advanced classes in 6 subject areas with both internal and external tests and assessments. Most classes are two years in length.Students also complete requirements by writing an extended essay, doing community service projects, and completing TOK class.The program highlights development of a well-rounded individual with an “international minded” outlook.The IB Diploma curriculum is highly respected and honored by universities throughout the world.Additional information is available at
12 Programmes : What is the Learner Profile Programmes : What is the Learner Profile? It’s the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.IB learners strive to be:InquirersKnowledgeableThinkersCommunicatorsPrincipledOpen-mindedCaringRisk-takersBalancedReflectiveThe attributes of the learner profile express the values inherent to the IB continuum of international education: these are values that should infuse all elements of the three programmes and, therefore, the culture and ethos of all IB World Schools.IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge.12
13 Students study concurrently: Contents: What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? The curriculum contains six subject groups and a core of three parts.Students study concurrently:three subjects at higher level (240 hours each).three subjects at standard level (150 hours each).all three parts of the core.The IB Learner Profile and the core are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
14 Contents: What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain Contents: What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? There are three core requirementsThe extended essay:4,000 wordsOffers the opportunity to investigate a research question of individual interestFamiliarises students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university
15 Contents: What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? Creativity, action and service(CAS):Encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community serviceEducation outside the classroomDevelopment of the learner profile
16 Contents: What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? Theory of knowledge:InterdisciplinaryExplores the nature of knowledge across disciplinesEncouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives
17 Services: What is special about IB assessment Services: What is special about IB assessment? IB assessment is rigorous, criterion related, consistent and differentiating of student ability.Diploma Programme assessment includes both final examinations and internal assessment undertaken by the teacher to IB criteria and then externally moderated by the IB.All 4,000 examiners are ‘quality checked’ through a process of moderation.The IB undertakes random inspections of schools during exams.Results are published on 5 July for May session and 5 January for the November session.The diploma is graded over 45 points giving ample scope to differentiate student abilityMarks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points.The overall diploma pass rate is broadly consistent year on yearDiploma Programme assessment – principles and practice – available on
18 University recognition: How well is the diploma recognized by universities? The IB diploma is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world togain recognition for the IB diploma:Direct online access for university admissions officers and government officials to syllabuses and recent examination papersA database of university admission policies onRecognition in over 100 countriesRecognition by over 2,000 universitiesSome universities offer scholarships and advanced placement for IB studentsStudents applying to a particular university can access their gradesdirectly from the IB’s secure web site.
20 SCHOLARS ACADEMY students perform at the top of their class at Miami Beach Senior High, and are competitive nationally for college recruitment
21 Scholars Academy graduates have been accepted at:Yale, U Penn, Harvard, USC, Emory,U Chicago, Princeton, Georgetown,Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke, MIT, UC Berkeley,Purdue, Beloit, Fordham, Georgia Tech,Swarthmore, Wisconsin, New College,U Florida, Smith, NYU, Santa Clara, FIU,Tulane, Hampshire, Bucknell, Boston College,Lehigh, Hampton, FSU, Johns Hopkins,Wash U, U Miami, U Michigan, USF,Loyola NO, Drexel, Hartford, St. John’s,Suffolk, U Texas, George Washington, Barry,MDC Honors College, Pratt Institute, NC State,Bowling Green State, Boston University, and many more
22 SCHOLARS ACADEMY ADMISSIONS AND RETENTION: The Scholars Academy has grown to accept approximately 150 incoming 9th grade students. Students must have completed Honors Algebra 1 and Physical Science prior to 9th grade.Once students matriculate into the program, they are required to maintain an unweighted GPA of 3.0 in the academic core courses of Mathematics, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies.Students whose GPAs fall below the minimum standards are placed on Academic Probation, and are expected to meet minimum standards by the end of one year or exit the program.A small number of students exit each year because of family moves or poor academic performance, opening up spaces for determined sophomores and juniors.
23 How can I get an application? Apply online at the school website at: and click on the academies banner and follow the links to Scholars Academy and IB Program.We have tours throughout the semester.If you attend private school please mail your transcripts from 6th-8th grades to:Miami Beach Senior High Scholars AcademyAttn: David Guthrie2231 Prairie AvenueMiami Beach, FL ext2708