How many courses must I pick? How do HL and SL compare? Who takes TOK? Where does my EE fit into my schedule? How many Pathways will I take? Let’s try and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
How do HL and SL compare? HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. Some courses have specific differences such as content and number of assessments.
How many HL’s do I take? All students seeking the IB Diploma must take three Higher Level courses (and three Standard Level courses). Students choosing not to take three HL courses (referred to as course candidates) must have permission from their counselor and Mr. Campbell as this affects your diploma candidacy. Students may take 4 HL courses with special permission from Mr. Campbell.
What are the other requirements of the IB Diploma? Diploma candidates must complete the six required courses (3 HL, 3 SL) and also in addition must complete the 3 core requirements – 150 hours of CAS outside the classroom, a 4,000 word Extended Essay, and the Theory of Knowledge course.
What are the components of my IB grade at the end of the course? Every class has a series of assessments. All students (diploma candidates and course candidates) are required to complete the Internal Assessments (IA) for each course. IA’s are assessments that are administered here in the building by your teacher, graded by your teacher, then sent to the IB for final grading. IA’s count for anywhere from 20% to 40% of your IB score for that course. All courses (except IB Art) will also have 1 to 3 seated exams in May of senior year referred to as External Assessments. EA’s are sent directly to the IB Organization for grading. There are a few EA’s that occur during the school year in class as well (example, English WA’s).
What courses are available that haven’t run yet at the Academy? There are several courses that are available but are not currently being taught in the building…Computer Science SL, Environmental Science SL, and ITGS SL
What courses are available? All students must choose one course from each of the six groups from the IB Hexagon listed below…
Group 1: Choose between English HL or English SL
Group 2: Choose between Language B HL or Language B SL (Spanish, French, German)
Group 3: Choose between History HL or History SL
Group 4: Choose between Biology HL, Biology SL, Chemistry HL, Chemistry SL, Physics HL, or Physics SL
Group 5: Choose between Math HL, Math SL, or Math Studies
Group 6: Choose between Music HL, Music SL, Visual Arts HL, or Visual Arts SL, OR students may choose to substitute a course from Groups 2-4 from the following list: Biology HL, Biology SL, Chemistry HL, Chemistry SL, Physics HL, Physics SL, Business and Management HL, Business and Management SL, Economics HL, Economics SL, Psychology HL, Psychology SL, Design Technology HL, Design Technology SL, Computer Science SL, ITGS SL, Environmental Science SL
How often do IB classes meet? All IB courses meet 9 days per 12 day cycle. All HL and SL courses meet for a full two years.
Room Assignments for Parent Info Night
History HL/SL – 101
Psychology HL/SL, & Economics HL/SL, TOK – 102
German HL/SL – 104
Spanish HL/SL – 105
French HL/SL – 106
English HL/SL – 109
Biology HL/SL, Chemistry HL/SL, Physics HL/SL, Environmental SL – 110
Mathematics HL/SL/Studies – 112
Knowledge Commons – Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Partnerships & Internships, Pathways, CAS & Extended Essay
Auditorium – General IB Questions
Visual Arts HL/SL – 009
Music HL/SL – 010