INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) PROGRAM
AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SECONDARY SCHOOL
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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, designed for highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Conceived 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 several.
The IB diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of six subject groups.
Subject briefs are available at the following address: http://www.ibo.org/university-admission/ib-recognition-resources-and-document-library/#briefs
Group 1: Studies in language and literature
Language A: Literature; Language A: Language and Literature, and Language A: Literature and Performance (an interdisciplinary subject).
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/language-and-literature/
In our school, we only offer Language A: Literature (in English) at both the Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL)
Group 2: Language acquisition
Language ab initio courses are for beginners (that is, students who have little or no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen). These courses are only available at standard level.
Language B courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language. They may be studied at either higher level or standard level.
Latin or Classical Greek coursework provides opportunities for students to study the language, literature and culture of ancient Rome or Greece.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/language-acquisition/
Our school offers French B only at the Standard Level for this group.
Group 3: Individuals and societies
Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History, Information Technology in a Global Society, Philosophy, Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Global Politics, World Religions.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/individuals-and-societies/
Economics (Standard and Higher Levels); History (Standard or Higher Levels) and Philosophy (Standard Level) are offered in our school. More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/individuals-and-societies/
Group 4: Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies (this course meets the Group 3 and Group 4 requirements), Computer Science; Sports, Exercise and Health Science (all of these subjects may be studied at higher level or standard level. Sports, Exercise and Health Science will become a mainstream group 4 subject in 2012 with first examinations in 2014 (at Standard Level).
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/sciences/
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science at both SL and HL levels are offered in our school.
Group 5: Mathematics
Students must study at least one course in Mathematics.
Mathematics courses include: Mathematical Studies at Standard Level, Mathematics at Standard Level, Mathematics at Higher Level, and Further Mathematics at Higher. More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/mathematics/
Our school offers Mathematics at both levels (SL and HL).
Group 6: The Arts
Film, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts. These subjects may be studied at Higher Level or Standard Level. Dance will become a mainstream SL/HL course for first year teaching in September 2011, first examinations in May 2013.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/the-arts/
We offer Music and Visual Arts (at both levels) in this group.
NOTE: Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, including one from Group 6 although instead of a group 6 subject they can choose a second from groups 1 – 5. In our school the choice is from groups 3 and 4.
The programme offers special features in addition to the strengths of a liberal arts curriculum.
- Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and create an Extended Essay of some 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at university. More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/extended-essay/
The grading system used by the International Baccalaureate Organization is criterion referenced. This means that each students performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next. Top grades are not simply awarded "on a curve" to a certain percentage of candidates, but rather reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards equally applied to all schools. Validity, reliability and fairness are the watchwords of the IBO's international examining board. More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/
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