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International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, which meet the needs of motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years.  Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum enabling graduates to fulfill requirements of various national and international education systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many.  The program offers special features in addition to the traditional strengths of a liberal arts curriculum.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.  TOK challenges students to question assumptions about knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop a personal mode of thought, using analysis of evidence expressed in rational argument.  A key element in the IB’s educational philosophy, TOK seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. 
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is a key requirement of the diploma curriculum.  Students are required to earn hours among these three elements in order to develop awareness, concern, and the ability to work cooperatively with others. Students actively work with and for the communities in which they live.
The Extended Essay is another requirement for diploma candidates who must undertake original research and write an essay of 4000 words. Universities particularly favor this component of IB, as it replicates students’ real-life experience on the collegiate level.
Coursework in for International Baccalaureate involves a two-year program that contains six academic areas.  Subjects are studied concurrently, and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning:  the humanities and the sciences.  Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups.  At least three and not more than four are taken at Higher Level (HL), the others are Standard Level (SL).  HL courses represent 240 teaching hours; SL courses cover 150 hours.  By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two-year period.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate

Students may also opt to take individual specific IB courses only, with the aim of earning individual course IB Certificates for each course. All courses offered with the diploma are also available for certificates, though integrated Core components (the most highly-respected components recognized by university programs) are omitted. Certificate coursework for IB still involves Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) course options. HL courses represent 240 teaching hours; SL courses cover 150 hours.

Course Pathways for International Baccalaureate (IB)

The following list of FHS courses represents the course pathways available within each discipline to meet IB Programme requirements successfully. Please contact IB Coordinator Jennifer Gabbard with any questions.

                                        (HL = Higher Level; SL = Standard Level)
Grade 9 English 9 Honors
Grade 10 English 10 Honors
Grade 11 IB English HL, year 1
Grade 12 IB English HL, year 2
Grade 9 Spanish, French, or German II Honors
Grade 10 Spanish, French, or German III Honors
Grade 11 Spanish, French, or German IV Honors
Grade 12 Spanish, French, or German AP/IB V
**French Ab Initio**
Alternative available for students with no prior French language course   
Grade 11 French I Ab Initio/Honors II
Grade 12 French III Honors
Grade 9 AP World History
Grade 10 AP US History
Option 1: History of Europe HL
Grade 11 AP/IB European History
Grade 12 Govt. & IB History HL
Option 2: IB Psychology HL
Grade 11 AP/IB Psychology SL
Grade 12 IB Psychology HL
Option 3: IB Psychology SL
Grade 11 AP/IB Psychology SL
Option 4: Economics SL
Grade 11 AP/IB Microeconomics & AP/IB Macroeconomics
Option 5: IB World Religion SL
Grade 11 Comparative Religions & IB World Religion
Grade 9 Honors Biology
Grade 10 Honors Chemistry
Option 1: Biology HL
Grade 11 Dual Credit Anatomy/Physiology
Grade 12 IB Biology HL
Option 2: Chemistry SL
Grade 11 IB/ACP Chemistry SL
Option 3: Physics HL
Grade 11 AP/IB Physics 1
Grade 12 AP/IB Physics 2
Option 4: Physics SL
Grade 11 AP/IB Physics 1
Grade 12 AP/IB Physics 2
Option 1: Math HL
Grade 9 Honors Algebra II
Grade 10 Honors Pre-Calculus
Grade 11 AP/IB Calculus BC
Grade 12 AP/IB Stats & IB Math HL
Option 2: Math SL
Grade 9 Honors Algebra II
Grade 10 Honors Pre-Calculus
Grade 11 AP/IB Calculus AB
Grade 12 AP/IB Stats & IB Math SL
Option 3: Math SL
Grade 9 Honors Geometry
Grade 10 Honors Algebra II
Grade 11 Honors Pre-Calculus & AP/IB Stats
Grade 12 AP/IB Calculus AB & IB Math SL
Option 4: Math Studies SL
Grade 9 Geometry (or Honors)
Grade 10 Algebra II (or Honors)
Grade 11 Pre-Calculus (or Honors)
Grade 12 Adv. Finite / IB Math Studies
**For Group 6, student choose one of these three options
OR a second choice from Groups 2, 3, or 4**
Music HL or SL
Grade 9 Band, Choir, or Orchestra
Grade 10 Band, Choir, or Orchestra
Grade 11 Band, Choir, or Orchestra & Music Theory
Grade 12 Band, Choir, Orchestra & Music History
Theatre Arts HL or SL
Grade 11 Theatre Arts I & II
Grade 12 Theatre Arts III & IV and Tech Theatre
Art HL or SL
Grade 9 & 10 Any two of the following: Intro to 2D, 
  Drawing I, Intro to 3D, Painting, Ceramics,
  Sculpture, Jewelry
Grade 11 IB Studio Art, year 1
Grade 12 IB Studio Art, year 2
Grade 11 Spring semester
Grade 12 Fall semester

IB Documents

10 Reasons to take IB - Why the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is ideal preparation for university.                               
IB learner profile - The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people...    
IB Diploma Programme flyer - Learn even more about IB.
IB Information NIght Presentation ~ October 2019
Parent Handout from IB Information Night ~ October 2019
IB Information and Course Pathways

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