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Queensbury Union Free
School District
International Baccalaureate Programme
Douglas W. Huntley, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Background and characteristics of IB:
Founded in 1968 as a non-profit educational
foundation
 Strong pre-university curriculum
 Common internal and external assessments
 International Mindedness
 Strong Rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum
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Learner Profile:
Inquirers
Knowledgeable
Thinkers
Communicators
Principled
Open-Minded
Caring
Risk-Takers
Balanced
Reflective
Students must:
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Have strong work ethic
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Embrace learning
Teachers must be:
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Passionate about self-improvement
For students
For their discipline & an interdisciplinary approach
To teach at highest levels
Parents must be:
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Encouraging
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Supportive
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Partners
IB provides opportunities to students in two
ways.
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Students may take individual IB courses and
earn certificates, similar to AP courses.
Students may choose to earn the IB Diploma
in addition their high school diploma.
Advantage of the full IB diploma:
Recognized by colleges around the world
 Students improve upon strengths, confront
challenges
 Learn time management
 Research and writing in all curricular areas
 Center of the hexagon
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The Curriculum
To earn the diploma:
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3 HL courses (2 years)
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3 SL courses (1 year; some
are more than 1 year)
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Complete center of hexagon
Creativity Action and Service (CAS)
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CAS takes seriously the importance of life
outside the world of scholarship, providing a
refreshing counterbalance to academic
studies
150 hours over two years of planning,
implementation, reflection
Some CAS examples:
Designing and implementing service projects
 Individual and team sports
 Expeditions
 Local and international projects
 Helping people with special needs
 Visiting hospitals
 Working with homeless
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Extended Essay:
 4000 word or fewer, original research essay
 Represents research and writing skills
expected by universities
 Researched and written during junior and
senior year
 Opportunity to work with a teacher/mentor
 Opportunity to investigate a topic of special
interest to the student
Theory of Knowledge:
Areas of Knowledge
Natural Sciences
Ways of Knowing
Reason
Emotion
Language
Perception
The Arts

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