IB Courses are either Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL).

All Diploma Program (DP) subject areas, whether studied at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL) are integral to the program.  The philosophy of the IB DP is that students should engage with a range of subjects while being able to explore specific areas of personal interest in greater depth.

 

Standard level courses are not watered down versions of higher level courses.

 

In most cases, SL and HL courses consist of the same educational aims and foundational syllabus components.  HL courses typically also include a range of optional elements.  The assessment objectives are the same for both course types, and all IB exams are marked and standardized with the same level of rigor. 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS

One of the most unique aspects of an IB education is the Internal Assessment (IA).  The IA provides a practical or real-world application of the material studied in the course. 

Internal Assessments are evaluated locally by the course teacher.    Samples of work are then externally graded by IB moderators around the world.   Assessments typically contribute between 20% and 30%  of the student’s overall IB grade.  The IA is given even more consideration in courses with a major practical component, such as in Visual Arts and Music.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTS

External assessments are graded externally by IB moderators.  In most courses, the external assessments are the examinations students take in May.  

 

Some courses have written assignments, exhibitions and performances that are graded externally as well.  

SCALE FOR IB SCORES

7 = Excellent

6 = Very Good

5 = Good

4 = Satisfactory

3 = Mediocre

2 = Poor

1 = Very poor

N = No grade

Potential New Courses for 2022-23

Business Management HL

Group 3 2-year Course

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The business management course is designed to meet the current and future needs of students who want to develop their knowledge of business content, concepts and tools to assist with business decision making.  Students will examine how business decisions are influenced by factors that are internal and external to an organization and how these decisions impact upon a range of internal and external stakeholders. Emphasis is placed on strategic decision-making and the operational business functions of:

  • human resource management

  • finance and accounts

  • marketing

  • operations management

IB assessments include:

  • three exams in May of the second year

  • a research project about a real business issue or problem facing a particular organization using a conceptual lens 

Sports, Exercise & Health Science SL

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Group 4 1-year Course

This course explores the science underpinning physical performance and provides the opportunity to apply these principles. The course incorporates the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. Students cover a range of core and option topics, and carry out experimental investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This course is good preparation for courses in college related to sports fitness and health, and serves as useful preparation for employment in sports and leisure industries.

IB assessments include:

  • three exams in May 

  • an investigation (lab) and write-up 

Theatre SL 

Group 6 1-year Course

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This course gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process of inquiring, developing, presenting and evaluating. Students have the opportunity to study play texts and formulate a vision for the design and theoretical staging of the entire play text for an audience. Students also collaboratively create and perform an original piece of theatre (lasting 13-15 minutes) created from a starting point of their choice. The piece is presented to an audience as a fully-realized production. 

IB assessments include:

  • production proposal

  • research presentation

  • create and perform an original piece of theatre (lasting 7–10 minutes maximum)

Environmental Systems & Societies SL 

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Group 3 or 4    1-year Course

This course is both a scientific exploration of environmental systems and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. As a result of studying this course, students will become equipped with the ability to recognize and evaluate the impact of our complex system of societies on the natural world.  Topics studied include ecosystems/ecology, biodiversity, conservation, water and soil systems, and climate change.

IB assessments include:

  • three exams in May 

  • an investigation (lab) and write-up 

CURRENT IB COURSES

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Core Element 2-year Course

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Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a core element undertaken by all full diploma students.  It is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge.  It plays a special role in the DP by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, to make connections between areas of knowledge and to become aware of their own perspectives and those of the various groups whose knowledge they share.   The overall aim of TOK is to encourage students to formulate answers to the question “how do you know?” in a variety of contexts, and to see the value of that question.  This allows students to develop an enduring fascination with the richness of knowledge.

IB assessments include:

  • one essay on a title chosen from a list of six prescribed titles.

  • one exhibition to the class 

English Literature HL

Group 1 2-year Course

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B English HL is a two-year course.  This course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In Language A: Literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.  

Students completing this course will have a thorough knowledge of a range of texts and an understanding
of other cultural perspectives. They will also have developed skills of analysis and the ability to support
an argument in clearly expressed writing.

The IB assessments include:

  • Prepared oral response on the way that one work originally written in the language studied and one work studied in translation have approached a common global issue.

  • Guided analysis of unseen literary passage/ passages from different text types.

  • Comparative essay based on two literary works written in response to a choice of one out of four questions.

  • Written coursework component: 1,200–1,500 word essay on one work studied.

Language Acquisition

French SL & Spanish SL 

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Group 2   2-year Courses

The IB DP language B course provides students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language and to promote an understanding of other cultures through the study of language.

The IB assessments include:

  • One writing task from a choice of three

  • Listening and reading tasks

  • Individual oral assessment

History of the americas HL

Group 3  2-year Course

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The DP history course is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility.  The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills as well as gaining factual knowledge.  It involves a challenging and demanding critical exploration of the past.

The IB assessments include:

  • a historical investigation into a topic of the student’s choice

  • source-based paper based on the move to global war

  • essay paper on the Cold War and authoritarian states (20th century)

  • essay paper based on the history of the Americas

Psychology SL

Group 3  1-year Course

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The IB Diploma Program standard level psychology course aims to develop an awareness of how research findings can be applied to better understand human behavior and how ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry. Students learn to understand the biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior and explore alternative explanations of behavior.

The IB assessments include:

  • a report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student

  • short-answer responses and an essay on the three levels of analysis (biological, cognitive and sociocultural)

  • an essay response to an option

Biology HL 

Group 4  2-year Course

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Biology is the study of life.  By studying biology in the Diploma Program, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other.  Students have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings.

Students will study:

Core

1. Cell biology

2. Molecular biology

3. Genetics

4. Ecology

5. Evolution and biodiversity

6. Human physiology

Additional higher level topics:

7. Ecology and conservation

IB assessments include:

  • individual investigation (lab) and write-up

  • 40 multiple-choice questions

  • data-based, short answer and extended response questions

Biology SL 

Group 4  1-year Course

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Biology is the study of life.  By studying biology in the Diploma Program, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other.  Students have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings.

Students will study:

Core

1. Cell biology

2. Molecular biology

3. Genetics

4. Ecology

5. Evolution and biodiversity

6. Human physiology

Additional Option

7. Neurobiology

IB assessments include:

  • individual investigation (lab) and write-up

  • multiple-choice questions

  • data-based, short answer and extended response questions

PHYSICS SL 

Group 4  1-year Course

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Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.  Besides helping us better understand the natural world, physics gives us the ability to alter our environments. This raises the issue of the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic and environmental implications of the work of physicists.

Students study:

Core

1. Measurements and uncertainties

2. Mechanics

3. Thermal physics

4. Waves

5. Electricity and magnetism

6. Circular motion and gravitation

7. Atomic, nuclear and particle physics

8. Energy production

Option:

Engineering physics

IB assessments include:

  • individual investigation (lab) and write-up

  • 30 multiple choice questions

  • short answer and extended response questions (Core)

  • data- and practical-based questions plus, short answer and extended response questions on the option

MATHEMATICS ANALYSIS & APPROACHES SL 

Group 5  2-year Course

Precalculus/Calculus

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The IB mathematics standard level (SL) course focuses on introducing important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques.   Students apply the mathematical knowledge they have acquired to solve realistic problems set in an appropriate context.

Students will study the following topics:

1.  Number Algebra

2.  Functions and equations

3.  Geometry and trigonometry

4.  Statistics and probability

5.  Calculus 

IB assessments include:

  • an individual exploration - a piece of written work that involves investigating an area of mathematics

  • short-response questions based on the whole syllabus

  • extended-response questions based on the whole syllabus

MATHEMATICS APPLICATIONS AND INTERPRETATION SL 

Group 5  1-year Course

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The IB DP Mathematics: applications and interpretation course recognizes the increasing role that mathematics and technology play in a diverse range of fields in a data-rich world. As such, it emphasizes the meaning of mathematics in context by focusing on topics that are often used as applications or in mathematical modelling. To give this understanding a firm base, this course includes topics that are traditionally part of a pre-university mathematics course such as calculus and statistics. Students are encouraged to solve real-world problems, construct and communicate this mathematically and interpret the conclusions or generalizations.

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Students will study the following topics:

1.  Number Algebra

2.  Functions and equations

3.  Geometry and trigonometry

4.  Statistics and probability

5.  Calculus 

IB assessments include:

  • an individual exploration - a piece of written work that involves investigating an area of mathematics

  • short-response questions based on the whole syllabus

  • extended-response questions based on the whole syllabus

VISUAL ARTS HL/SL

Group 6  2-year Course

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The IB Diploma Program visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries.  It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers.  In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.  The course is designed for students who want to go on to further study of visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

IB assessments include:

Comparative study

  • 10–15 screens which examine and compare at least 3 artworks, at least 2 of which need to be by different artists

  • 3–5 screens which analyse the extent to which the student’s work and practices have been influenced by the art and artists examined

Process Portfolio

  • 13–25 screens which evidence sustained experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of art-making activities

Exhibition

  • A curatorial rationale

  • 8–11 artworks

  • Exhibition text (stating the title, medium, size and intention) for each artwork

MUsic SL  

Group 6  1-year Course

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The IB Diploma Program standard level music course seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.   IB Diploma Program music students are required to study musical perception and actively listen to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures and time periods.  They also develop aural perception and understanding of music by learning about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology and context.  Through the course of study, students become aware of how musicians work and communicate.

IB assessments include:

  •  Students select samples of their work for a portfolio submission.

  • Students submit an experimentation report with evidence of their musical processes in creating and performing in two areas of inquiry in a local and/or global context.

  • Students submit a collection of works demonstrating engagement with diverse musical material from four areas of inquiry.