International Baccalaureate

September 18, 2014
An International
Baccalaureate World School ©
 CIBA has consistently been recognized for its
 National Blue Ribbon School 2006
 Magnet Schools of America Top Secondary Magnet School of
Excellence 2009
 Magnet School of Excellence
 Merit School of Distinction
 Nationally ranked as a top U.S. Public High School by
 September 2014 CIBA was ranked the #1 Best High School in
Connecticut, the # 13th in the Northeast, and the #49th in the
 Newsweek
 Washington Post
 US News and World Report
CIBA Mission Statement
 The Connecticut IB Academy, a public high school
with worldwide academic standards, connects a
rigorous, pre-university curriculum to the world
beyond the classroom by demonstrating the
interrelationships among the academic disciplines,
by promoting international understanding, and by
establishing a balance among academic, artistic,
and social activities in order to produce
responsible, ethical, thoughtful, and informed
citizens who are prepared to be global leaders.
The International Baccalaureate
What is the International Baccalaureate?
 The Primary Years Programme (PYP) (O’Connell Grades
 The Middle Years Programme (MYP) (Grades 6-10)
 The Diploma Programme (DP) (CIBA grades 11-12)
 The Career Related Certificate (CC)
About the Academic Program at CIBA
 Grades 9-10: Pre-IB (to become IB-
Middle Years Programme (MYP) over
the next three years)
 Academic preparation for the
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Programme (DP) in grades 11-12
Video on DP
Beginning of Junior Year
 Students will declare if they intend to be Diploma
 Students are formally inducted as Diploma Candidates
in an Inauguration Ceremony (November 5)
 Students take IB classes (3 HL and 3 SL over 2 years
(except Chemistry) in the Six core areas
What is the IB Diploma Programme?
 Learner Profile
 Six Subject Groups with clearly articulated aims and
objectives & externally moderated exams
Theory of Knowledge
Extended Essay
CAS (Creativity, Action, Service)
Conceptual teaching & learning
Approaches to Learning
International Mindedness
The IB learner profile
 Inquirers
 Open-minded
 Knowledgeable
 Caring
 Thinkers
 Risk-takers
 Communicators
 Balanced
 Principled
 Reflective
International Mindedness
 Education for international mindedness values
the world as the broadest context for learning,
develops conceptual understanding across a
range of subjects and offers opportunities to
inquire, act and reflect.
Approaches to Learning
 Communication
 Social
 Self management
 Research
 Thinking
IB-DP Subject Groups
 Group One: Studies in Language & Literature
 Group Two: Language Acquisition
 Group Three: Individuals and Societies
 Group Four: Sciences
 Group Five: Mathematics
 Group Six: The Arts
 IB Core: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, CAS
CIBA Program of Studies
IB Exams
 The Exams are in May of the Senior Year for all 2-year
May of Junior year for 1-year courses
Each subject exam is over two days
Exam dates are in the Student agenda planner
Students are scored on the exams internally (predicted
score) and externally by the IB
They are scores on a scale of 1-7
3 is passing; most colleges require a 4 or 5 for credit
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
 Interdisciplinary course that requires student to
think about how we know, and what we know
 It ties the work in all of the disciplines together
 Students are scored in TOK on a scale of A-E
Extended Essay
 In their Junior Year students research and write a 3000
word paper on a topic about which they are passioate.
 Extended Essay (EE) is scored on a scale of A-E
internally and externally.
 The IB combines the TOK and EE scores and assigns
them a value of 1-3. Students must have a 2 on TOK/EE
to earn the Diploma
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
 ALL CIBA students must complete CAS in order to
graduate with or without the IB Diploma
 Students must design and complete a CAS Project that
brings together their academic learning, their personal
interests and international mindedness to
demonstrate real world application of their learning.
 This is completes an INDEPENDENT student-driven
project. Parental involvement is not permitted.
 Students must also complete service learning hours.
Students earn the IB Diploma by
 Completing 3 HL courses and passing the external
exam with a minimum score on each and a
minimum combined total number of point for all
 Completing 3 SL courses and passing the external
exam as above
 Completing and receiving a satisfactory score on
the Extended Essay and Theory Of Knowledge
 Completion of CAS requirements
How does CIBA do?
 Students who are NOT Diploma Candidates
also take the IB Exams -most take 4 or 5
 60-70% of CIBA students attempt the full
diploma ( we want 100% to attempt)
 Of those, 60% achieve it
 Those who do NOT attempt the full
Diploma average about a 4 on each exam
DP Students better prepared for University
 Educator David Conley and EPIC research team
find IB Diploma Programme students better
prepared for university
 “When they reported their early experiences at
university, all the Diploma Programme (DP) students
agreed that they were academically adjusted “the
moment they stepped on campus”. They indicated that
they were not intimidated by the heavy workload
required of them in college honors courses. The
Diploma Programme, they cited, taught them how to
balance coursework and manage their time. ”
College Credit for IB Exams
Each college and university sets its own
policy for awarding college credit for IB
exams. (just as it does for AP)
 Go to the admissions office page of the
college or university in which you are
interested and examine their requirements.
 a 2014 CIBA graduate has received 24 college
credits from Boston University for achieving
the IB Diploma (a year of University)
Examples - NYU
 IB Credit
 Credit and/or advanced standing is typically awarded
for grades of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
(IB) higher level examinations taken before
graduation. No credit will be awarded for tests taken
after the completion of high school. In order to receive
credit, you must have official score results sent directly
from the International Baccalaureate Organization to
the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Stanford University
 A maximum of 45 quarter units of transfer and test
credit may be applied toward the undergraduate
degree. Only higher level IB exams with scores of 5 or
higher, in the subjects listed below, are eligible for
credit. Subjects not listed on this chart are not eligible
for IB credit. Scores of 5 or higher on language IB
exams fulfill the language requirement. If Stanford
courses are taken below the level of the placement
course, the corresponding IB units will be removed.
Courses taken below the level of placement are
considered duplicating courses.
 Credit for Previous Study - International
Baccalaureate (IB)
 MIT recognizes and gives credit for high scores on
certain Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate
examinations, based on appropriate documentation.
What can CIBA parents do?
 Support their students by ensuring a quiet place for
 Support their students in time management. The
average amount of written homework per night is
about 2 hours
 Students often procrastinate on long-term
assignments resulting in late nights.
 Students should be reading, studying and reviewing
about an 30-45 minutes (total) each night ain addition
to written work.
What can CIBA parents do?
 Try to ensure that your student gets adequate sleep.
 Sleep-deprived students perform poorly in class and
on the exams.
 Ensure that they are in school unless sick.
 Participate in the PAC activities to support students
during stressful times (mid-terms, finals, IB exams.
Other important items
 We MUST have your email address(es).
 The Newsletter and important announcements are
sent via html email to you through School Messenger
 We CAN send you emergency announcements and
information of closings, early dismissals via SMS IF
you provide us with a phone number capable of
receiving text messages.
 You will also receive a school messenger phone call if
we have a closing, late opening or early dismissal.
Other Important Items
 PLEASE, PLEASE – if your family qualifies for free
and/or reduced lunch, APPLY (even if your child
doesn’t want to eat the café food)
 They are eligible for breakfast at EHHS. Well
nourished students are focused and alert.
 ADDITIONALLY – the % of students eligible for F/R
lunches makes CIBA eligible for grants and even
individual students at CIBA eligible for
scholarships that are ONLY awarded to students in
schools with a certain % of F/R lunch
The MOST important support from
CIBA parents?
My contact information:
Mrs. Caryn W. Stedman, Principal
[email protected]
For IB information:

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