IB Diploma Program (DP) - 11th and 12th grade
The IB Diploma Program is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum, leading to examinations, for students aged between sixteen and nineteen. Based on the pattern of no single country, it is a deliberate compromise between the specialization required in some national systems and the breadth preferred in others. The general objectives of the IB program are to provide students with a balanced education; to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility; and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience.
The IB Diploma program curriculum at Smoky Hill High school consists of six groups with studies in:
Language and Literature: English –this includes the study of World Literature.
Language Acquisition: Spanish, Japanese or Latin
Individuals and Societies: European Hisotry or History of the Americas in 11th grade and History of the Contemporary World in 12th grade
Experimental Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, and Ecosystems and Societies
Mathematics: Math Studies, Calculus (Standard Level and Higher Level)
Sixth Subject: Business, Digital Media, Music, Psychology, Theater Arts, or Visual Arts
Further Requirements: Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) hours
The Extended Essay (EE) is an independent, self-directed piece of research finishing with a 4,000 word paper. This is completed their Senior year with supervision of a selected teacher.
The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course taken second semester Junior year and first semester Senior year explores the relationships among the various disciplines and ensures that students engage in critical reflection and analysis of the knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requires students to take part in a range of student service learning experiences, activities, and projects.
Testing: All IB Diploma Candidates are required to test in one subject from each of the groups. At least three and not more than four of the six subjects are taken at the Higher level, the others at Standard level. Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the Diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay, TOK, and CAS. Bonus points may be awarded for the exceptional essay or performance in Theory of Knowledge.
Questions - contact Mr. Michael Ady, IB DP Coordinator at 720-886-5420