Our Mission • The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. • To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. • These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. IB Learner Profile Risk Takers Caring Principled Inquirers Well-Balanced Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Open-Minded Features of an International Education Meaning and importance of culture, starting with one’s own but leading to that of others The study of issues of global concerns An exploration of different dimensions of the human condition International Education is not just: Teaching groups of children with different nationalities Studying history, geography and customs of other countries Arranging for foreign exchanges The Diploma Program 680,000 IB Students Worldwide 2,504 IB Schools Worldwide 132 Countries 717 IB Schools in the USA 15 IB Schools in New Jersey THE CURRICULUM IB Diploma Requirements Take three Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level (SL) courses One course from groups 1-5, and a 6th subject Higher Level Standard Level 240 hours 150 Hours World language exam Grade 11 To Earn an IB Diploma Complete Extended Essay, TOK, CAS Take six courses, and complete all IB Assessments Grading scale 1-7, and is a combination of marks for external and internal assessments Must accumulate 24 points total to receive the diploma The IB Program at LHS Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 English (HL) Spanish, German, French, Italian, Spanish B Spanish/Mandarin ab initio (SL) History of the Americas (HL) 20th Century Topics (HL) Biology (HL & SL) Chemistry (HL & SL) Design Tech (HL &SL) Physics (SL only) Environmental Systems & Societies (SL only) Group 5 Mathematical Studies (SL) Mathematics SL (SL) Group 6 Theater Arts (HL) Visual Arts (SL) Business & Management (SL) Any course from group 3 or 4 Diploma Requirements Theory of Knowledge – TOK is a course unique to the IB program. It is mandatory for every student. Students are helped to consider how they know what they know and to develop habits of reflection in a deeper intellectual experience. TOK involves 100 hours of teaching time. Diploma Requirements The Extended Essay – IB Students are required to undertake an original research paper of 4,000 words maximum. This essay offers the students the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and become acquainted with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. Diploma Requirements Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) CAS is a fundamental part of the IB program. The CAS requirements takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholastics. Each IB student is required to complete 150 hours of community service before they graduate. Comments by University Admissions Officers “ Send us prepared students a la IB….it is the best high school prep curriculum an American School can offer.” (Marilee Jones, Director of Admissions; MIT) “ “IB is a first rate program, one we are familiar with, and it prepares students well for university life.” Fred Hargadon, Director of Admissions; Princeton) Why Universities Value IB Students IB students are prepared for academic success IB students are more likely than others to enroll in and graduate from selective universities. Based on their experiences, IB students possess a broader range of skills that enhance their ability to adapt and contribute to university life. IB students demonstrate a level of emotional and intellectual maturity for managing the demands of challenging coursework and make meaningful contributions. IB students have extensive experience doing independent research and presenting what they have learned through presentations, papers, and other projects. IB students think critically and draw on diverse perspectives that reflect an international outlook. Participation in the IB program shows that students have excelled in multiple and diverse academic challenges and is a strong predictor for success in university.