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We are excited to offer this internationally
recognized curriculum to our community and to our students through the support
April 19th, 2013
inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to
live together - black, white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew,
Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu - a family unduly separated in
ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart,
must learn somehow to live with each other in peace. ... The large house in
which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighbourhood into
a world-wide brotherhood"
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The World House essay , published in 1967
The IB Diploma Programme provides a rigorous academic experience for students in their grade 11 and 12 years that prepares them for success in university and beyond. This comprehensive and challenging program teaches students critical thinking, writing and research skills and requires that the students develop a community mindedness and value for others.
|If you are self motivated, organized, interested in
being challenged and have a commitment to succeed then the Diploma Programme
could be for you. Hard work, diligence and time management are important skills
to have when working on the IB Diploma. The course work requires that you are a
competent reader and an effective communicator. You will be asked to problem
solve and to think critically and to become involved in the community.
Here is the Learner Profile that the IBO suggests fits the typical IB student - it is a list of attributes that may describe you only partially, but these descriptors are things we want our students to grow towards.
Academic Honesty and Malpractice.- please read! We always assume the best of our students and want to assist them in any way so that they can be successful. The preceding hyperlink takes you to an IBO document that outlines the scope of malpractice and how we can all help students honestly achieve their academic goals.
What courses do I take?
To receive an IB Diploma you must complete 1 course from each of the following subject groups* –
1. Languages (English Literature, offered at two levels)
2. Second Language (French, offered at two levels or Spanish ab initio)
3. Individuals and Society (Economics or History offered at two levels. History SL is also offered in French)
4. Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Mathematics (offered at three levels)
(offered at three levels)
6. The Arts (Music, Theatre, or Visual Art)
(please see the Course Selection Book for more detailed descriptions of each course)
Three of the six must be taken at the Higher Level and three are taken at the Standard Level. Higher Level courses require 240 hours of study and will be completed over 3 semesters (grade 11 and 12) while the Standard Level courses are 150 hours in length and will be completed over 2 semesters. You should note that a regular Academic course at Citadel will require 110 hours of study.
* students may replace a group 6 subject (The Arts - Music, Theatre, Visual Art) with a second group 4 course.
Do I write exams in these courses?
Yes. You will write
one exam at the end of grade 11 in
one of the Standard Level courses (either French or Economics. French
Immersion students are encouraged to take SL History in French) and then you will write exams in the remaining courses at the end of grade 12. The exams are all marked
externally by examiners from all over the world. This is what makes the IB
Diploma so unique and so valuable – students from around the world are measured
against the same criteria which provide a clear bench mark of success. IB exams are written in May.
IB exams are written in May.
Tell me more about assessment and evaluation.
Each of the IB courses is evaluated on a scale from 1 – 7 (7 being excellent). To receive the IB Diploma you must achieve a total score of 24 points over the six courses you take – in other words an average of 4 in each of the courses. In addition, you must complete requirements of the CAS program, TOK course and Extended Essay (see below). The maximum number of points available to a student is 45 which includes a possible 3 bonus point from the Extended Essay and TOK course.
While most of the mark you achieve is derived from
externally marked exams, the teachers also mark you on lab work, oral
commentaries, major essays, portfolios and day to day course work. These internal assessments are
designed to meet criteria established by the IBO, so you are prepared to write
the exams. They are also assessed by external examiners.
They are also assessed by external examiners.
Does the Diploma require anything else?
Yes. There are three central elements to the IB
Diploma Programme. They are -
Is there an opportunity to take only one of the IB courses?
Please note that these Certificate courses will only
be made available if there is room in the class. Students who receive a
certificate do not complete the Extended Essay, TOK or CAS requirements. Students who are interested in the
Arts may take an IB credit in Music, Theatre or Visual Art.
Students who are interested in the Arts may take an IB credit in Music, Theatre or Visual Art.
What would my course selection look like over my 3 years at Citadel?
example – if you are a math/ science student
Math 10 pre IB
French 10 pre IB
History 10 pre IB
* an official IB exam is written in grade 11
What are the benefits of the IB Diploma?
Programme is a comprehensive international curriculum with an emphasis on
critical thinking, intercultural understanding, citizenry and extracurricular
activities. Students are exposed to a
broad range of subjects, but study several subjects in great depth. The
ultimate benefit of this program is that IB graduates are literate, articulate,
adaptable, confident young adults with expertise in at least two languages and
a global understanding of issues.You
may be interested to read an essay composed by John Messenger about the
intrinsic values of
this programme. In
addition to just wanting to participate in this excellent program, many
students take the IB Diploma to improve their chances of university admission
and scholarship. Graduates of the IB Diploma Programme
consistently perform well at university. Because of this, the IB Diploma is
recognized by a growing number of universities in