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International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

What Is The International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) was founded in 1968 by teachers at the International School of Geneva with the goal of providing students a balanced education that can facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, as well as promote international understanding.  The IB offers four educational programs for students from age 3 to 19.  IB programs are in almost 5,000 schools in over 150 countries around the world.  (www.ibo.org) 

 

2. The IB Mission Statement

“The International Baccalaureate® 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 organization 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.”

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3. The IB Program at CCHS

The IB program at CCHS is divided into Pre-IB Diploma Program (Pre-IB) and Diploma Program (DP).  Students are in Pre-IB in 9th and 10th grade and in the DP in 11th and 12th grade.  The Pre-IB courses are designed to prepare students for the rigor and types of assessments in the DP.  In the DP students are required to take 2 year courses in 6 subject areas, take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, complete an extended essay (research paper) of 3,000 to 4,000 words, and complete experiential learning through Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS).  In their courses students will participate and be graded in internal and external IB assessments.  These assessments are factored in to their final subject area grades which determine if they earn their IB diploma. 

4.  What Makes an IB Student?

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IB Students:

·         Are striving to exemplify the traits of the above IB Learner Profile

·         Are highly motivated to complete rigorous coursework

·         Think globally and act locally by being engaged in their school and local community

·         Are leaders in and out of the classroom

·         Are balanced time managers

·         Set ambitious goals and are relentless in their pursuit of excellence

·         Are resilient

5.  Benefits of IB

·         Internationally recognized program

·         Rigorous and internationally standardized curriculum that is viewed favorably by university admissions

·         Potential college credit based on subject area scores

·         Florida Bright Futures Scholarship ACT/SAT test score requirement is waived for students who earn the IB Diploma

·         Proven to strengthen time management skills and encourage critical thinking

·         Builds research and essay writing skills

·         Develops student’s personal, social, and professional interests inside and outside of the classroom

·         Program supports in place such as: tutoring, study sessions, family potlucks, student socials, scholarship opportunities, and informational seminars. 

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