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South Kitsap High School
Port Orchard, WA, USA


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International Baccalaureate Degree Programme

IB

Student Handbook

2015-2016

Revised:

International Baccalaureate Organization

South Kitsap High School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that South Kitsap High School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.



IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org or contact:
 

For information about CAS or the Extended Essay, please contact:
For information about ToK, please contact:

South Kitsap High School - Port Orchard, WA., USA
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE HANDBOOK


2015-2016
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

University Recognition

The IB Program at South Kitsap High School

Planning a course of study

Individual Hexagon Subjects:

Group 1 & Group 2 - Languages

Group 3 - Individuals & Societies

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences

Group 5 – Mathematics

Group 6 – Visual Arts

Enrolling in the I.B. Programme

CAS/Theory of Knowledge

Extended Essay

Deadlines

Academic Honesty

Student Support

Mock Examinations

Results

Legalization

Useful Addresses
Appendices
Acknowledgements:

South Kitsap High School gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the IBO, Texas IB Schools (TIBS), and St. Stephen’s School, Rome for assistance and content in the preparation of this document.



Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
at
South Kitsap High School Port Orchard, WA.,USA

Objectives

 

The objectives for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at South Kitsap High School are:



  • To raise the level of the academic expectation for all students 

  • To raise the rigor and relevance of instruction for all faculty and staff

  • To help reduce the achievement gaps currently present

  • To increase student performance on all state, national, programme, and college entrance assessments

  • To incorporate rigor, relevance, multicultural and international focus of curriculum which will  better prepare students to become life-long participatory citizens of local, national, and international communities of the 21st century



  • To prepare students for their academic and/or vocational futures  

  • To nurture in students a life-long commitment to learning and inquiry

 

 

 



*South Kitsap High School is proud to be an IB Applicant School.

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


INTRODUCTION In 2013, South Kitsap High School realized the potential importance of the International Baccalaureate as a university entrance qualification with an international dimension. Our Application was submitted in 2014 and we became an official IB Baccalaureate Applicant School the same year.
"The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national

education systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many. The programme is available in English, French and Spanish.” (IBO)


THE HEXAGON The curriculum is displayed in the shape of a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the core. Subjects are studied concurrently and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences.

THE IB CURRICULUM

All IB Diploma Programme Schools are required to offer one subject from each of the groups. At least three and not more than four are taken at the Higher Level (HL), while the others are taken at the Standard Level (SL). Successful Diploma Programme candidates meet three requirements in addition to the six subjects. The interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives. The extended essay of some 4000 words offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. Participation in the creativity, action, service (CAS) requirement encourages students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and service projects in local, national and international contexts.


Candidates take exams in six subjects, each corresponding to an area of the hexagon. Each subject is graded on a scale from one point (the lowest) to seven points (the highest). The maximum score is 45 points: 42 from the individual subjects and a maximum of three bonus points available for combined performance in the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge components.
Assessment of student performance takes a variety of forms. In nearly all subjects, some of the assessment is carried out within the school by teachers. Internally assessed coursework is moderated by the IB through requested samples of student work graded by teachers. However, external examinations form the basis of approximately 70% of the final assessment. External assessments are graded by international moderators.
The award of the Diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points with no failing condition. Failing conditions are detailed in Article 12 of the IB Diploma Programme General Regulations (Appendix A).
WHO SHOULD DO THE IB DIPLOMA?

There are two groups of students who should undertake the IB Diploma: those who need it for entrance to the universities of their choice and those who, academically able and motivated, want to undertake a challenging course of study. They must be willing to work hard, and be able to organize their time effectively.


Study for IB examinations may be combined with Advanced Placement in some subject areas.
ENROLLMENT IN THE IB PROGRAMME

Parents and legal guardians of IB candidates in all IB categories (Anticipated and Diploma) are required to read the General Regulations of the IB Diploma Programme (Appendix A). Since this is formal requirement imposed by the IBO on all IB World Schools, it is understood by South Kitsap High School that parents and legal guardians enrolling their children in our IB programme have complied with this requirement and accept the conditions detailed therein.


UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION

IB diploma holders gain admission to selective universities throughout the world. These include prominent institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Heidelberg and Sorbonne. Formal agreements exist between the IBO and many ministries of education and private institutions


USA: The IB Diploma is not required for university entrance in the U.S. However, most universities have developed IB policies that include advanced placement, course credit, and special consideration at the time of admission. In some cases, a full year of university standing is awarded to IB Diploma holders. Recognizing the high standards of the IB programme, admissions officers looked favorably on applicants enrolled in IB courses.
United Kingdom and Ireland: The IB Diploma has been accepted for admission purposes for many years. Except for Foundation Courses in certain universities, a full Diploma (not a collection of Certificates) is required. Offers of admission to a particular department within the given university will be made conditional upon the student's IB results. Offers are based either on total points, or on the results of the three subjects offered at Higher Level.
Canada: The IB Diploma is recognized throughout Canada as an admissions credential. Some of the most selective universities may require it for the admission of students who have been studying outside Canada. Many universities grant credit and/or advanced placement for students with Higher Level certificates.
Continental Europe: The IB Diploma is accepted by most European countries for entrance into their national universities. Some countries require that all exams be taken in the Diploma year. Specific requirements exist for different university systems and university departments. This information should be obtained directly from the relevant Education Ministry or individual university.
Japan: The IB Diploma is not required as an entrance qualification beyond the regular diploma awarded by South Kitsap High School. However, in the past, students have found that the additional work necessitated by the Diploma program has helped them in their university entrance exams and in demonstrating to universities their commitment to their studies.
Other Countries: The IB Diploma is recognized by universities in more than 65 countries worldwide. A complete list is available on the IBO’s official website: www.ibo.org
Important references: IB Handbook on University Recognition and Entrance IB Recognition Policies of North American Universities. These can be found in the Library's IB reference section or in the counselor's office. To find out requirements in any given faculty in UK universities, students should consult The Official University and Colleges Admissions Services (www.ucas.com) and the specific university prospectus in the College Counselor's office. Since policies sometimes change after the date of publication, students and parents should consult university admission offices directly.
THE IB AT SOUTH KITSAP HIGH SCHOOL

In the current academic year (______), there are __ students enrolled in the pre-IB Diploma Programme.


DIPLOMA BONUS POINTS

Up to three bonus points can be awarded for combined performance in the Theory of Knowledge & Extended essay components of the Diploma Programme. Much of the groundwork for bonus points is done in year one, so it is important that junior IB students have clearly articulated goals and the strategies in place for achieving them.


PLANNING A COURSE OF STUDY

Students should take into account their future study and career plans. As previously mentioned, certain selections or omissions from the program will limit study choices in some university systems. Therefore, before they plan their IB program, students should become familiar with the requirements and expectations of the universities in the country or countries to which they intend to apply. They should consult with the College Counselor for information about specific university requirements.


PROGRAM CHOICE

All students should consult the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and the College Counselor before making any final choices. The choice of courses and the levels of courses can often determine where, and in what subject areas, a student will be able to pursue further education. In the second semester of grade 10, the counselor counsels students about course options in grades 11 and 12 (see Appendix B1, pre - registration form). In general, the Counselors seek to allow each student to pursue the courses that interest him or her. However, when the student's preparation or present level of achievement is in doubt, alternative courses or an extra year of preparation may be required. For group 2 Language courses, students should follow the guidelines outlined by the IB (Appendix B2)

At the end of the discussion with parents and student, the Counselor will draw up the student’s final IB program. This will only be changed after further discussion between the student’s parents and the Counselor. The IB Diploma Programme Coordinator will finalize registrations in early October and the deadline for any program changes for IB candidates is set at November 15 of the second year of the IB Diploma.

Information and recruitment for the Diploma Programme will begin as early as the 7th grade to ensure compliance with IB prerequisites.


Proposed IB Course Offerings

Group 1:

English HL *HL refers to Higher Level, which are two year courses.


Group 2

Spanish SL *SL refers to Standard Level, which are one year courses.

Mandarin SL
Group 3

History of the Americas HL




Group 4

Biology HL

Chemistry SL

Physics SL


Group 5

Math Studies SL

Math SL
Group 6

Music SL


Film SL
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS



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CONCURRENCY
Only two SL examinations may be anticipated in the first year. All anticipated exams can be retaken in the Diploma year if necessary. Many students will take all six subjects in the second year.

SAMPLE PROGRAMS
Below are several programs that could be followed by a Diploma Candidate at South Kitsap High School. They are offered only as illustrations of the range of possibilities.
IB COURSE SHEET
Sample

9th Grade

Honors English

AP Human Geography

AP Environmental Science, Chemistry, or Physics.

Geometry or Algebra II (Students must have had Algebra I in middle school)

World Language, Level I or II (Spanish or Mandarin

Three electives (P.E., Health, Fine Arts, Technology)
10th Grade

Honors English

AP European History, AP World History, AP Government

Chemistry, Physics

Algebra II , Math Analysis

Three electives (PE, Health, Fine Arts, CTE)


11 th Grade

IB Language (HL)

IB History of the Americas (HL)

IB Biology (HL)

Pre IB Spanish or Mandarin

IB Math SL or IB Math Studies (SL)

IB Choice (Chemistry, Physics, Music or Film ) SL

IB Theory of Knowledge (spring semester only) - 0 hour class


12 th Grade

IB Literature (HL)

IB History of the Americas (HL)

IB Biology (HL)

IB Spanish or Mandarin (SL)

IB Math SL or IB Math Studies (SL)

IB Choice (Chemistry, Physics, Music or Film) S:

IB Theory of Knoweldge (fall semester only) 0 hour


As our program grows we will add classes to meet student interests and increase choices for IB candidates.

CREATIVITY ACTION SERVICE

CAS is an integral part of the IB Diploma. The IB Organization requires that important educational experiences also take place outside of the classroom. The willingness to be of service to the community is seen as an important complement to the intellectual development of the student. The CAS program at South Kitsap High School continues throughout the Diploma years. The total time involved is approximately two hours per week for two years and a record of work done must be maintained. Participation in each of the three areas (creativity, action and service) is required each year. Each student develops a program in consultation with the CAS Coordinator.


THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is obligatory for every candidate, as it is the key element in the educational philosophy of the IB. This course is not a study of the history of philosophy; its purpose is to stimulate critical reflection upon the diverse ways of knowing and areas of knowledge in order to consider the role which knowledge plays in a global society. Theory of Knowledge encourages students to become aware of themselves as thinkers, to become aware of the complexity of knowledge, and to recognize the need to act responsibly in an interconnected world.


Each student is required to produce one formal essay and one oral presentation on topics related to the course. The essay is written at the end of the course and evaluated by an examiner appointed by the IBO
The presentation is assessed by the TOK teacher according to assessment criteria provided by the IBO. In combination with the grade given for the Extended Essay, up to three Diploma Bonus Points maybe awarded on the basis of this work. It is, however, necessary to obtain at least a D on one of the two components in order to be eligible for the award of an IB Diploma.

Sample TOK Presentation evaluation forms and the prescribed essay questions for May 2014can be found in Appendix D


EXTENDED ESSAY

The International Baccalaureate Organization defines the Extended Essay as "an in-depth study of a limited topic within a subject". This 4000-word essay provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent research at a pre-college level. In general, the skills required to produce a successful essay in any given subject are those the student has been using in the relevant course, plus initiative, enthusiasm and a spirit of intellectual inquiry.


The student should choose to work in the area he or she finds most interesting or relevant, and possibly in an area of strength. For example, students choosing history must be interested in working with primary sources. Those selecting a science topic are advised to undertake experiment-based investigations, rather than library-based surveys. For an Extended Essay in Language A, students should be interested in the independent critical analysis of literary works, whereas in Language B, language/culture can be the focus.
The IBO requires that a teacher from the School faculty supervise the student during the six-month process.
In the beginning of the spring semester of the first year, the IB EE Supervisor leads an extended essay seminar that introduces the principles of academic research. Students then choose a topic and a supervisor and begin to discuss the research question and resources with him/her. By mid-May, the student must submit an Extended Essay introduction, outline and research plan, including a bibliography, to their supervisor. Students should do the bulk of the writing over the summer and have the project completed by the final registration date for IB diploma in November.
In cases where the Extended Essay is not completed by that November deadline, the student may not be permitted to register as an IB Diploma candidate.
The Extended Essay is sent to IB Examiners who evaluate the work. In conjunction with Theory of Knowledge, up to three Diploma Bonus Points may be awarded for the Extended Essay. An essential reference that should be consulted before work begins on the Essay is The Extended Essay Guidelines to be found in the South Kitsap High Library and on-line on the library network.

DEADLINES

Final deadlines set by the School are recognized by the IBO as examination requirements. Coursework, TOK essays and Extended Essays must be sent to a specific examiner as a class set. Failure to submit the required work to the examiner by the deadline results in no grade in that subject or a failing condition for the IB Diploma. The IB Deadlines Calendar for 2009-10 is attached (Appendix E – subject to modification).


ACADEMIC HONESTY

Students are expected to respect IB deadlines and guidelines relating to academic practices. The IB Diploma Programme Coordinator briefs all students on IB policy regarding academic infringements and malpractice (see Section VII E of the General Regulations – Appendix A) at the beginning of grade 11, and personal copies of relevant sections of the IB’s Academic Honesty Guidelines are distributed then. When a potential incident relating to academic malpractice or infringement occurs during the course, the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator will keep a record of the details for future reference, should the need arise. South Kitsap High School ensures that all students are familiar with the need to cite appropriately and approach their studies ethically and with integrity. The school subscribes to a plagiarism prevention service and all IB candidates are required to submit electronic copies of externally assessed papers before submission to the examiner.


STUDENT SUPPORT

The IB Diploma Programme Coordinator is available to advise students and parents at anytime on matters pertaining to the IB. In addition, every student at South Kitsap High School chooses a faculty advisor. Students meet regularly with their advisors throughout the year, and in this way are monitored and supported in meeting deadlines, helped to coordinate the curricular with the extracurricular, and assisted in establishing priorities. The Advisor will inform the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and the Associate Principal of serious unresolved academic problems, or vice versa. Students should see it as their responsibility to maintain positive and open communications with their advisors.


MOCK EXAMINATIONS

Most teachers feel it is advantageous for students to sit for mock exams. These are taken in March, either during lessons or on Saturdays, and are intended to give students some practice with the exam formats. They are also intended to help students recognize their strengths and weaknesses before they attempt the real exams in May, and may provide the basis for the teacher's final predicted grades and/or semester grades.


RESULTS

The IBO issues PIN access codes to enable students to access their own results in July. In addition, results can be accessed by the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at the same time. The official IB transcript is sent to the school at the end of August. Students should collect their transcripts from the registrar. During April, students should complete forms requesting that their results be transmitted electronically to the university or college of their choice. This helps to expedite the acceptance process for applicants, and is a requirement for most North American colleges.


GRADES

IB grades in individual subjects are awarded on a scale of 1 to 7: 7 Excellent 6 Very Good 5 Good 4 Satisfactory 3 Mediocre 2 Poor 1 Very Poor. The maximum Diploma score is 45 points. Twenty four points are usually required for successful completion of the IB Diploma Programme. However, to receive the Diploma, students must also achieve a better than "Elementary" grade on either Extended Essay or in their Theory of Knowledge course, and must compensate for 3 in one Higher Level with a 5 in another, as a minimum of 12 points at HL is required for the award of the Diploma. See General Regulations (Appendix A) for further details.


ENQUIRY UPON RESULTS

When the teacher and student both feel that the mark awarded is significantly below the expected result for the subject, the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator can request an Enquiry upon Results. On rare occasions, the mark awarded may be altered as a result of this inquiry. Where this is not thecae, the IB assesses a fee for this service.


LEGALIZATION

Students from some countries will need to complete the appropriate forms to notify the IBO of the need for legalization documents to be processed in order for their IB Diploma to be accepted in their home countries. Students requiring this service are requested to notify the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator before the final exam session begins. The IBO in Cardiff contacts the appropriate embassy to complete this legalization process. There is an additional fee for this service. A list of countries where legalization is required can be found on the IBO website.


USEFUL ADDRESSES AND REFERENCES

The International Baccalaureate Organization on the World Wide Web: http://www.ibo.org
South Kitsap High School

Appendices
IB Pre - Registration Grade 10

Academic Year _________
Select your courses with care. Also refer to the Courses for the Academic Year __________ below. Assuming your program fits into the master schedule, these will be your courses for next year.
You will receive a copy of your individual schedule at the Orientation in the fall. If you need further assistance selecting your courses, contact the College Counselor.
PRINT IN BLOCK LETTERS. CIRCLE OR RESPOND AS APPROPRIATE:
NAME: _________________________________________________ STUDENT ID: ____________________
ADDRESS: _________________________________________________________________________________

HOME PHONE: ________________________________ CELL PHONE: ______________________________


BIRTHDATE: _____________________________

I would like to enter the two year IB Program in September 2016-2017 Yes / No / Unsure. Indicate your choice of courses below by circling them

.

Group 1:

English HL *HL refers to Higher Level, which are two year courses.
Group 2

Spanish SL *SL refers to Standard Level, which are one year courses.

French SL

German SL


Group 3

History of the Americas HL

Psychology SL
Group 4

Biology HL

Chemistry SL/HL

Physics SL


Group 5

Math Studies SL

Math SL

Math HL
Group 6



Visual Arts SL/HL

N.B. PLACEMENT IN COURSES IS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY THE ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

AND ALSO DEPENDS UPON COURSE SIGN-UPS AND THE MASTER SCHEDULE OF COURSES.
SIGNATURE OF PARENT __________________________________________________DATE ______________

APPENDIX B1 - IB DEADLINES AND DATES (Tentative)
Year 1 (May ______ session)

August Group 4 Project commenced

1st week Semester 2 Extended Essay Seminar

2nd week Semester 2 TOK begins


February GROUP 4 PROJECT WRITE-UP FOR PORTFOLIO COMPLETED
February EE - Contract & Supervisor acceptance letter with topic filed with Coordinator
April EE - Typed bibliography of at least 3 different types of sources & clearly formulated research question submitted to supervisor.
May 1. EE 250 word introduction, outline and evidence of further reading and research to supervisor , FOLLOWED BY

2. EE meeting with supervisor to discuss progress and prepare summer research and writing plan

3. YEAR 1 CAS EVALUATIONS DUE to CAS Coordinator
End of May GROUP 4 LAB PORTFOLIOS DUE TO SCIENCE TEACHERS
Year 2 (May____ session)

September EE - A clearly developed Draft (min. 3000 words): inc. introduction, body with documented sources, and Bibliography in correct form to Supervisor


September EE Returned To Candidate In Meeting With Supervisor

CAS Up-Date To Dean Of Students – Min 75 Hours


October EE Revised Draft (Max 4000 Words)- Including Data, Abstract, Title & Contents Page, Appendices And Bibliography To Supervisor For Final Feedback.

October Math HL/SL Portfolio Assignment 1


November EXTENDED ESSAY DUE: E-Mail Copy As A Word Attachment To JimmyStephens@Roundrockisd.Org Failure To Do So Will Result In Withdrawal From The IB Diploma Program [1ST DRAFT SENIOR ESSAY DUE TO SUPERVISOR]

November Two Hard Copies Of Extended Essay To IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

November LANGUAGE A1 WL ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE

November MATH STUDIES PROJECT DUE


December LANGUAGE A1 WL ASSIGNMENT # 1 DUE
January TOK ESSAYS DUE (To TOK Teachers)

January TOK Cover Sheets Signed And Electronic Copies To IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

January SPANISH A1 FORMAL ORALS
February MATH HL/SL PORTFOLIO COMPLETED

February LANGUAGE A2 WRITTEN TASKS (2) DUE

February ENGLISH A1 FORMAL ORALS

February GROUP 4 SCIENCE PORTFOLIOS COMPLETED

February Spanish B FORMAL ORALS
March SENIOR CAS HOURS COMPLETED – Final Evaluations With CAS Coordinator

March VISUAL ARTS RWB DUE

March FRENCH A2/B FORMAL ORALS

March ENGLISH A2 & FRENCH & SPANISH AB INITIO FORMAL ORALS



March HISTORY COURSEWORK DUE
1st Week April VISUAL ARTS EXAM (EXHIBITION)
May IB WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS BEGIN


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