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Grade 9 to 10 Course Selection Parents 2013 2014

  1. 1. re utuF Year 2 of a Four Year Plan
  2. 2. ISM Graduation Requirements (MINIMUM) – *think of 1 credit = 1 year SUBJECT MIN. REQUIRED # of CREDITSEnglish 4Math 2Science 2Social Studies 2Modern Languages 2Fine & Performing Arts 2Physical Education 2Wellness 1/2IT/Computer Literacy 1/2Electives 6TOTAL 23
  3. 3. After Grade 9? (WHAT YOU WILL HAVE ACHIEVED) SUBJECT CREDITS OBTAINED CREDITS REMAININGEnglish (4) 1 3Math (2) 1 1Science (2) 1 1Social Studies (2) 1 1Modern Languages (2) 1 1Fine & Performing Arts (2) 1 1Physical Education (2) 1 1Wellness (1/2) 1/2 0IT/Computer Literacy (1/2) 1/2 0Electives (6) 0 6TOTAL 8 15
  4. 4. Diploma Options at ISMIB Diploma + ISM High Most Rigorous Offered School DiplomaPartial IB Diploma+ ISM High School DiplomaISM High School Least Rigorous Offered Diploma (still challenging)
  5. 5. International Baccalaureate101“The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond.” ( “IB is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.” — Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Admission, Harvard University “Send us prepared students a la IB…It is the “best” high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.” — Marilee Jones, Former Director of Undergraduate Admission, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. 6. What is the IB Diploma Program? 6 subjects required 3 subjects at the higher level (HL) 3 subjects at the standard level (SL) 1 subject each from groups 1-5 and a sixth subject (from any group) Completion of the EE, CAS, ToK requirements
  7. 7. Partial IB DiplomaSome students might not need or want to do the full IB DiplomaIt is possible for students to study one or more IB subjects (with the rest of their subjects chosen from ISM non-IB offerings)All IB subjects are studied for 2 yearsAn IB certificate is awarded for each IB subject completed successfully (you must complete all internal and external requirements)An IB certificate student does not have to comply with the same rules for the six group choicesChoose one or more subjects from any group, and study it/them at any level
  8. 8. Why do a Partial IB Diploma?Exposure to the challenging and rigorous IB curriculum (in that subject)Colleges will look favorably to any IB certificates you take/achieveYou will be more prepared for your university level coursesA good result in an IB subject will often result in you receiving advanced placement (in that subject)
  9. 9. ISM HS DiplomaThe ISM HS Diploma is a widely recognized HS DiplomaNot many Non-IB courses at ISM (Gr. 11/12)The number of students only taking the ISM Diploma is quite smallWhile it is not the most rigorous program we have at ISM, it is appropriate and accepted for university/college placement in the U.S.
  10. 10. What should I know now?It is quite possible a grade 9 student has no idea (yet) what they want to take in Grade 11 and 12Some decisions students make now can impact future options (IB choices/Post-secondary)Many IB subjects have pre-requisitesCertain subjects (as a result of their strict pre- requisites) require some special care & attention by students/parents during the course selection process
  11. 11. IB Subject Flow (Math)Math placement is determined by exam/test scores, classroom performance and teacher recommendations
  12. 12. IB Subject Flow (Science) Integrated Science 2 is designed to best prepare you for IB Science at the standard (SL) level Any of the full year science classes in grade 10 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) are designed to best prepare you for IB Science at the high (HL) level
  13. 13. IB Subject Flow (Modern Lang.) Students are expected to continue to their modern language from grade 9 into grade 10. Colleges prefer that students stick with one language. Mandarin 2 (grade 9) Mandarin 3 (grade 10)
  14. 14. Anything Else?
  15. 15. IB Subject Flow (English)
  16. 16. IB Subject Flow (English)
  17. 17. IB Subject Flow (English)
  18. 18. Other AdvicePhysical Education Choice Lifetime Activities Team Sports Personal Fitness (new course for grade 10)
  19. 19. Other Advice?Fine & Performing Arts BlockIf you are planning to do an IB Group 6 Arts (Art, Film, Theater [and possibly Design Technology]) in grade 11/12, we recommend that you take Explore Art, Explore Film, Explore Theater and/or Advanced Design Technology in grade 10.Your ElectiveYou are able to choose any ISM course that is offered to Grade 10’s (such as another language, the NEW semestered IT classes, another science class* etc.) Computer Programming Pre IB (Grade 10) IB Computer Science (Grade 11)
  20. 20. What colleges want to see?They want to see that you are challenging yourself to the best of your ability with the courses you select.They want to see the best possible grades you are capable of achieving.This allows them to “predict” how successful you could be at their college.They want to see a well rounded individual that contributes to their high school and community.
  21. 21. Actual Course Selection?WhenThe week of February 18-22WhereAn assigned wellness/ technology class during the weekHowMr. Ayling and Mr. McQueen will walk you through the process…
  22. 22. Before Course Selection?Reflect on what courses you want to takeTalk to your parentsTalk to your teachersTalk to your counselorWhen in doubt, ask questions 
  23. 23. Course Registration
  24. 24. Course Registration
  25. 25. Course FlowGrade 9 Grade 10
  26. 26. Course Registration
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  32. 32. y ou ha nkT Any Questions?