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    IB World School
    International Baccalaureate          
     
     
    Diploma Programme         

    Course Catalog

    Group 1-Language 

    IB English Literature HL 1 (1121) - The first year of the two-year curriculum focuses on close reading of three works, examining how authors create meaning through literary techniques. Students begin the year analyzing summer texts and additional 20th and 21st-century readings; the study culminates in an Individual  Oral Presentation of 10-15 minutes based on one of these works. Students then explore four works in translation, exploring the global context of each work through research, discussion, and writing. By the end of the year, students will have created a four-stage written analysis of one of the translated works.  PRE: English 2; CR 5, YO 11

     
    IB English Literature HL 2 (1122) - The second year of the IB English curriculum involves two parts. First, the class conducts a detailed study of several works of various genres. Students are assessed through an extensive oral evaluation which includes a formal oral commentary of poetry and a student-teacher discussion of a work of another genre. The second half of the year is spent reading and analyzing texts of a specific literary genre; students complete two year-end external written exams based on at least two works studied. PRE: IB English HL1; CR 5, YO 12
     
     
    Group 2- Second Language   

    IB French HL 1 (5601) and HL 2 (5602) - This is a 2-year course designed for juniors and seniors after completing French 3, Honors French 3, or Accelerated French. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and the development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to the culture of France and the Francophone countries. IB French is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions,  health, leisure, and science and technology. The students also read and study two works of literature. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May of senior year, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the course. PRE: Accelerated French,  French 3, or Honors French 3. CR 5 YO 11, 12 

    IB Italian HL1 (5603) and HL2 (5604) - This is a 2-year course designed for juniors and seniors after completion of Italian 3, Honors Italian 3, or Accelerated Italian. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and the development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to Italian culture. IB Italian is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. The students also read and study two works of literature. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May of senior year, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the course. PRE: Accelerated Italian, Italian 3, or Honors Italian 3.  CR 5, YO 11, 12 

    IB Spanish HL 1 (5592) and 2 (5593) - This is a 2-year course designed for juniors and seniors after completing Spanish 3, Honors Spanish 3, or Accelerated Spanish. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and the development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to  Hispanic culture. IB Spanish is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. The students also read and study two works of literature. In addition to taking the IB  examinations in May of senior year, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the course. PRE: Accelerated Spanish, Spanish 3, or Honors Spanish 3; CR 5, YO 11, 12 

     
     
    Group 3- Individuals and Societies 
     
    IB Business Management SL (6629) - This business management course is designed to develop students’  knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Students learn to analyze, discuss, and evaluate business activities at local, national,  and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the sociocultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate. Covers curriculum previously taught in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Required grade 12 for AOF students. CR 5, YO 11, 12

    IB History of the Americas HL 1 (2220) - This course is open to any student intending to go to college and specifically meets the IB full diploma requirement for individuals and society (social studies). History of the Americas is a comparative course, which will integrate the histories of Canada, Latin America, and the United States from the 19th Century to the present, as well as World History Topics like The Cold War and 20th Century Wars. This course is designed to promote awareness and understanding of the countries in the Western Hemisphere along with a global perspective. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking,  analysis of primary sources, and historical research. Students in this class should have average to above-average writing skills and above-average or college-capable reading skills. In addition to serving as the first year of the IB curriculum for higher-level Social Studies, this course counts for graduation purposes as one year of United States history. The international perspective in Diploma Programme history provides a  sound platform for the promotion of international understanding and, inherently, the intercultural awareness necessary to prepare students for global citizenship. Above all, it helps to foster respect and understanding of people and events in a variety of cultures throughout the world. PRE: US 1; CR 5, YO 11

    IB History of the Americas HL 2 (2221) - History of the Americas is a comparative course, which will integrate the histories of Canada, Latin America, and the United States from the 19th Century to the present,  as well as World History Topics like The Cold War and 20th Century Wars. This course is designed to promote awareness and understanding of the countries in the Western Hemisphere along with a global perspective. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, analysis of primary sources and historical research. Students in this class should have average to above-average writing skills and above-average or college-capable reading skills. The international perspective in Diploma Programme history provides a  sound platform for the promotion of international understanding and, inherently, the intercultural awareness necessary to prepare students for global citizenship. Above all, it helps to foster respect and understanding of people and events in a variety of cultures throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete the IB Internal Assessment and the IB exams in May. PRE: IB History of the Americas HL 1.  CR 5, YO 12 

     

    Group 4- Experimental Sciences 

    IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL (4494) - The prime intent of this rigorous course is to provide students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies;  one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. Students’ attention can be constantly drawn to their own relationship with their environment and the significance of choices and decisions that they make in their own lives. It is intended that students develop a sound understanding of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, rather than a purely journalistic appreciation of environmental issues.  The approach, therefore, is conducive to students evaluating the scientific, ethical, and socio-political aspects of issues. Students meet for mandatory sessions over the summer. The purpose of these meetings is to complete the Topic 1 material as well as take the topic 1 assessment. An independent research paper is due to complete the IB Internal Assessment, an integral component to the diploma process. PRE: Chemistry with a suggested average of 75 or higher. CR 6, YO 11,12

    IB Biology SL (4490) - This rigorous course intends to provide students with a holistic approach to the study of living things. The specific emphasis is on a practical approach through experimental work where students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Topics of study include cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, and human physiology, along with an additional option. Students will have opportunities to design investigations,  collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers, and evaluate and communicate their findings. All students enrolled in the course are required to complete a 10-hour  investigation resulting in a research paper (internal assessment) as well as the IB exam (external assessment), integral parts of the certificate and diploma processes. PRE: Biology (4403,4405) and  Chemistry (4430, 4440) with suggested averages of 85 or higher and teacher recommendation.  CR: 6, YO 11, 12
     
     
    Group 5- Mathematics

    IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation SL (3370) - The IB DP Mathematics: applications and Interpretation course recognizes the increasing role that mathematics and technology play in a diverse range of fields in a data-rich world. As such, it emphasizes the meaning of mathematics in context by focusing on topics that are often used as applications or in mathematical modeling. Students are encouraged to solve real-world problems, construct and communicate this mathematically, and interpret the conclusions or generalizations. Students should expect to develop strong technical skills and will be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between the theoretical and practical concepts in mathematics. PRE: Algebra 2 &  Geometry with suggested averages of 85 or higher or Algebra 2 & Geometry Concepts with suggested averages of 90 or higher. CR 5, YO 12

     
    Group 6- The Arts
     

    IB Dance HL (7844)- The IB dance course takes a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures—past, present, and looking towards the future. Performance, creative, and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances. The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts orientation to dance. This orientation facilitates the development of students who may become choreographers, dance scholars, performers, or those, more broadly, who seek life enrichment through dance. In addition, the course enables students to understand dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories, and to understand that these practices integrate physical, intellectual, and emotional knowledge; experience dance as an individual and collective exploration of the expressive possibilities of bodily movement; understand and appreciate mastery in various dance styles, traditions and cultures familiar and unfamiliar; recognize and use dance to create dialogue among the various traditions and cultures in their school environment, their society and the world at large. CR 5, YO 11,12 REQUIRED FOR DANCE 4 STUDENTS

    IB Film SL (7846) - The IB film course aims to develop students as proficient interpreters and makers of film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts, and practical exercises in film production, students develop critical abilities and appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical, and global perspectives in film. They examine concepts, theories, practices, and ideas from multiple perspectives, challenging their own views to understand and value those of others. Students are challenged to acquire and develop critical thinking, reflective analysis and the imaginative synthesis through practical engagement in the art, craft and study of film. Students experiment with film and multimedia technology, acquiring the skills and creative competencies required to successfully communicate through the language of the medium. They develop an artistic voice and learn how to express personal perspectives through film. The course emphasizes the importance of working collaboratively, international and intercultural dynamics, and an appreciation of the development of film across time and culture. The Film course aims to enable students to explore the various contexts of film and make links to, and between, films, filmmakers, and filmmaking techniques (inquiry); and acquire and apply skills as discerning interpreters of film and as creators of film, working both individually and collaboratively (action). CR 5, YO 11,12 REQUIRED FOR COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY 4 AND MEDIA PRODUCTION 4 STUDENTS

    IB Music SL (7488) - The IB higher-level music course seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. IB Diploma Programme music students are required to study musical perception and actively listen to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures and the periods. They also develop aural perception and understanding of music by learning about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology, and context. Through the course of study, students become aware of how musicians work and communicate. In addition, the course enables students to enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts; become informed, reflective, and critical practitioners in the arts; understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts; explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place, and cultures; express ideas with confidence and competence; develop perceptual and analytical skills; develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. CR 5, YO 11,12 REQUIRED FOR MUSIC 4 STUDENTS

    IB Theatre SL (7769) - Theatre is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation,  the taking of risks, and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and  life skills; the building of confidence, creativity, and working collaboratively. The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course of study. It gives students the opportunity to make  theatre as creators, designers, directors, and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists. Students experience the course from contrasting artistic perspectives. They learn to apply research and theory to inform and contextualize their work. The theatre course encourages students to appreciate that through the processes  of researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre— as participants and  audience members—they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community, and the world.  Through the study of theatre, students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives,  developing an appreciation of the diversity of theatre practices, their processes, and their modes of presentation. It enables students to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place,  and culture and promotes international-mindedness. CR 5, YO 11,12 REQUIRED FOR THEATRE 4 STUDENTS 

     

     

    Core IB Course for IB Diploma Students 

    IB Theory of Knowledge 1 (9010) & 2 (9011) - The main goal of this interdisciplinary course is designed to encourage students to think critically about knowledge itself and develop an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. Instead of only being focused on what we know, the primary purpose of TOK  is to examine how we know, rather than what we know. What counts as knowledge? How does it grow?  What are its limits? Who owns knowledge? What is the value of knowledge? What are the implications of  having, or not having, knowledge? TOK activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express  their views on knowledge issues, as well as explore international perspectives of knowledge. Ultimately,  students will also acquire an understanding of what it means to know something as an artist, a scientist, a  psychologist, an economist, a historian, a mathematician, a philosopher, etc., no matter where on the planet they are from and how the forms of knowledge acquired are interconnected. CR 5, YO 11, 12