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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is a challenging two year pre-university course of studies taught from an international perspective.

The Program:

The Diploma Program is suited to any academically ambitious high school student who seeks to attend university. This comprehensive two-year program is delivered in grades 11 and 12, after students normally complete a pre-IB program in Grade 10. The program culminates in a series of international examinations written in six academic subjects chosen by each student—one subject from each of the following groups which correspond to the principal domains of knowledge:

Group 1 - Language A - literature courses in the student’s first language

Group 2 - Language B - a second language such as French, Spanish

Group 3 - Individuals and Society - subjects such as history and economics

Group 4 - Experimental Sciences - subjects such as physics, chemistry, and biology

Group 5 - Mathematics

Group 6 - The Arts or one Elective- subjects such as music and visual arts, and theatre arts, or one elective from Group 3 or 4.

The student’s choices must include three courses taken at the Higher Level (HL), comprising 240 teacher-student contact hours, and three courses taken at the Standard Level (SL), comprising 150 teacher-student contact hours. Most subjects are taken over two years.

The IB Diploma is about more than the six subjects that students study. At its heart are three core requirements that are integral to the curriculum and make the IB Diploma program unique. These three requirements are:

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course—an interdisciplinary course designed to develop habits of critical reflection, clarity of thought, and moral judgment

The Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) program—a minimum of 150 hours of participation in creative programs, athletics or other physical activities, and community service

The Extended Essay (EE)--a 4000-word piece of original research on a topic chosen by the student with the guidance of a teacher supervisor.

Schools which offer the IB Diploma Program are required to encourage a global view, international understanding, and respect for others; important goals in all subjects. Students may opt to study for IB certificates in individual courses. Students who do this are obligated to fulfill the Nova Scotia High School Graduation Requirements.

Diploma Graduation Requirements:

The assessment of each student’s work in each of the chosen six subjects includes a comprehensive final examination, completed in May of the student’s final year. TOK is assessed on a paper written by each student, and the Extended Essay submitted for external assessment as well.

In addition, each subject has a course work component which is assessed internally by the subject teacher. There is an emphasis throughout the IB program on oral and written communication, extensive reading and the nurturing of critical thinking.

The Nova Scotia Department of Education is pleased to confirm that students who successfully complete all of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma requirements will thereby earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma.

Please note that students who decide to leave the IB program will be required to meet Nova Scotia graduation requirements. Those students will, of course, be given credit toward those requirements for the IB courses they have successfully completed.

Pre – IB Grade 10

Students at Sydney Academy who wish to pursue either the IB Diploma or the IB Certificate are required to take, in their area of interest, pre-IB courses at the grade 10 level. Pre-IB courses available to potential IB students at Sydney Academy are offered in the following subject areas:

Math Pre-IB*

English Pre-IB

Science Pre-IB

Instrumental Music (for IB students)

French Pre-IB

History Pre-IB

Art 10 (for IB students)

 

* Pre IB Math runs over the two semesters.

If a student does not opt for the entire IB program, she/he can fulfill their course complement from other courses offered at Sydney Academy. Some examples of additional courses offered at Sydney Academy in grade 10 are art, drama, keyboarding, geography, physical education, and music. A more exhaustive list is available in this booklet.

IB Courses for Grade 11

Students who merit advancement in the IB program after a successful pre-IB year have the following IB course offerings in their first year of IB (i.e. their grade 11 year).

English IB 11

French IB 11

History IB 11

Biology IB 11

Spanish 11 ab initio SL

Adv Math 12 (for IB)

Chemistry IB 11

Physics IB 11

Art IB 11

Instrumental Music IB 11

TOK IB 12

Economics IB 11

   

Math IB 11

 

As in grade 10, there are other courses offered in a multitude of disciplines for the student who is not taking the IB Diploma.

IB Courses for Grade 12

In their final year at Sydney Academy, meriting students who are pursuing the Diploma or Certificate path have the following IB course selection. It is during this year that the deserving student declares, in consultation with their teacher and the IB Coordinator, whether they will be writing their external IB exams at the standard (SL) or higher (HL) level. The grade 12IB courses run on a full year schedule.

English IB 12 HL

French IB 12 SL/HL

History IB 12 SL/HL

Biology IB 12 SL

Spanish 12 ab initio SL

Math IB 12

Chemistry IB 12 SL

Physics IB 12 SL

Art IB 12 SL/HL

Instrumental Music IB 12

Economics IB 12 SL/HL

Math Studies IB 12 SL*

*This course will be offered only if sufficient numbers warrant.

IB Extended Essay 12

IB Extended Essay 12 (Advanced, ½ credit)

The Extended Essay (EE) is requirement for all students who seek to complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. IB Extended Essay 12 has recently been added to the suite of IB credit courses. The extended essay is a research paper on a topic of interest chosen by the student from one of the approved subjects in the IB Diploma Program. The essay is to be no more than 4000 words. The aims of the extended essay are to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • pursue independent research in depth on a focused topic

  • develop research and communication skills

  • develop the skills of creative and critical thinking

  • experience the excitement of intellectual discovery

As in the previous grades, there are other courses offered in a multitude of disciplines for the student who is not taking the full IB Diploma.

The Benefits of an IB Diploma:

The ultimate benefit is that IB Diploma graduates are literate, articulate, confident young adults with an understanding of global issues and other cultures.

University admissions and scholarship committees are increasingly taking into account an applicant’s entire school record, not just marks. The IB diploma Program’s emphasis on citizenry and extracurricular activities speaks aptly to those criteria.

The IB Diploma graduates receive excellent recognition from universities’ admissions offices in Canada, the USA and abroad. This recognition in Canada includes early acceptance, advanced standing and eligibility for special IB scholarships as well as traditional university scholarships. Many Canadian universities have established dedicated IB admissions staff to recruit and advise IB Diploma graduates. Please refer to university websites for policies regarding IB.

IB Diploma graduates consistently perform well once at university with many advancing to postgraduate programs. Typically diploma holders bring to university a capacity for in-depth study, strong writing skills, and knowledge of how to research a topic and express their opinions. They will also have a strong sense of their own culture and identity, as well as the ability to communicate in two or more languages with people who have a different perspective of the world.

Bilingual IB Diploma and the Integrated French Program

Sydney Academy offers students an Integrated French Program. To obtain the Integrated French Certificate, students must successfully complete the French Language Arts course in grades 10, 11, and 12, as well as one other course at each grade level where the language of instruction is French (a total of six credits of study in French).

This certificate is open to all students with an interest in French, as well as students from immersion, Integrated French and Francophone backgrounds.

It is possible to earn both the International Baccalaureate Program diploma and the Integrated French Certificate.

French second language students can receive the Integrated French Certificate and the IB

Diploma or IB Certificate by successfully completing the courses listed below in Options A or

B.

Option A

1. In Grade 10, two Integrated French or pre-IB courses offered in French, including

one French language arts course and one other course taught in French from the

approved offerings in the Social Studies, Personal Development and Career Education

or Arts Education areas of the Public Schools Program.

2. The IB French B higher level course

3. One other approved grade 11 or 12 PSP Integrated French course offered in the

grade 11 or grade 12 year

For IB Diploma students only, one of the following two options:

a. The Theory of Knowledge essay, oral presentation and some TOK activities

completed in French and the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) journal, essay and

some CAS activities completed in French

b. The Extended Essay completed in French

Option B

1. In Grade 10, two Integrated French or pre-IB courses offered in French, including

one French language arts course and one other course taught in French from the

approved offerings in the Social Studies, Personal Development and Career Education

or Arts Education areas of the Public Schools Program.

2. The IB French B standard level course

3.One IB standard level course offering in the areas of Social Studies, Personal

Development and Career Education or Arts Education, offered in French

For IB Diploma students only:

A. One other approved grade 11 or 12 PSP Integrated French course offered in

the grade 11 or grade 12 year

AND

B. One of the following three options:

iv. The Theory of Knowledge essay, oral presentation and some TOK

activities completed in French and the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

journal, essay and some CAS activities completed in French

v. The Extended Essay completed in French

vi. Another approved grade 11 or 12 PSP Integrated French course

offered in the grade 11 or grade 12 year

For IB Certificate students:

Two other approved grade 11 or 12 PSP Integrated French courses offered in the grade 11 or

grade 12 year.

INTEGRATED RESOURCE PROGRAM

The Integrated Resource Program at Sydney Academy is open to special needs’ students leaving junior high school. Inclusionary at its center, the Integrated Resource Program requires 18 full credits for graduation, each tailored to individual student strengths and challenges. Teaching models of the program include pull-out, co-teaching, and in-class integration. Appropriate course selection and volunteer work placement are some components designed to enhance personal development, functional literacy, and job potential, so as to achieve effective transitioning beyond high school.

 

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