Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalized world, requires critical thinking skills and a sense of international mindedness, something that International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program students learn to know and understand.
About International Baccalaureate Organization
In 1965, in Switzerland, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) set out to establish a program of studies that would assure quality educational standards for students studying in international schools throughout the world. Today the International Baccalaureate Program is offered at 2,744 schools in 138 countries. The Curriculum and Assessment Center in Cardiff, Wales, is responsible for continuously updating the curriculum, developing examinations, assessing student work, training teachers, and evaluating the program with input from IB teachers worldwide.
What is the Salt Lake City School District Preparatory IB Program?
The Salt Lake City School District Preparatory IB Program is designed as an academically challenging program to prepare students, in grades ninth and tenth, for success in the IB Diploma Program.
What is the IB Diploma Program?
The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, in grades eleventh and twelfth, for success at university and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
IB Diploma Program students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.
In addition the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
Students take written examinations at the end of the program, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole program and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Program student can be awarded is 45 points.