ISM Graduation Requirements (MINIMUM) – *think of 1 credit = 1 year SUBJECT MIN. REQUIRED # of CREDITS English 4 Math 2 Science 2 Social Studies 2 Modern Languages 2 Fine & Performing Arts 2 Physical Education 2 Wellness/Computer Literacy 1 Electives 6 TOTAL 23
After Grade 9? (WHAT YOU WILL HAVE ACHIEVED) SUBJECT CREDITS OBTAINED CREDITS REMAINING English (4) 1 3 Math (2) 1 1 Science (2) 1 1 Social Studies (2) 1 1 Modern Languages (2) 1 1 Fine & Performing Arts (2) 1 1 Physical Education (2) 1 1 Wellness/Computer Lit. (1) 1 0 Electives (6) 0 6 TOTAL 8 15
Diploma Options at ISM
IB Diploma + ISM High School Diploma
IB Certificates + ISM High School Diploma
ISM High School Diploma
Most Rigorous Offered
Least Rigorous Offered (still challenging)
International Baccalaureate 101
“ 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.” (www.ibo.org)
“ 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
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
IB Subject Grades
Each subject has a different weighting of internal/external assessments and exams.
The maximum score available for the IB Diploma is 45 points (7 for each of the 6 subjects plus an additional 3 for EE, CAS and ToK).
(6 ×7) + 3 = 45
Obtaining the IB Diploma?
The minimum score available for the IB Diploma is 24 points (for the 6 IB subjects)
ToK and Extended Essay of a passing standard
Completion of CAS hours
At least 12 points for HL subject and at least 9 points for SL subjects
Grade Meaning 7 Excellent 6 Very Good 5 Good 4 Satisfactory 3 Mediocre 2 Poor 1 Very Poor
So how are we doing at ISM?
During the 2009/2010 school year, we had 164 seniors in the high school.
Of those 164 seniors, 108 (66%) were awarded the full IB Diploma (out of 109 diploma candidates) while another 56 were awarded IB certificates .
The average subject score was 5.4
10% of the IB Diploma candidates scored 40 or above .
The top score was 43 (out of a possible 45).
The average diploma score was 34 .
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 ‘hexagon’ rules
Choose one or more subjects from any group, and study it/them at any level
Why do IB certificates?
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)
ISM HS Diploma
The ISM HS Diploma is a widely recognized HS Diploma
You would NOT be able to take any IB classes (If you take an IB course, you are registered with the IB and MUST take the IB Exam in your senior year)
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 for university/college placement in the U.S.
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
Math, Science and Modern Languages
IB Subject Flow (Math) Math placement is determined by exam/test scores, classroom performance and teacher recommendations
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
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)
IB Subject Flow (English)
IB Subject Flow (English)
IB Subject Flow (English)
Lifetime Activities : are various sports and activities from around the world. Many of them are individual sports but there are occasional team games. More for those who prefer individual activities and less high pressure competitive situations (Pickleball, Aquatics, Archery, BirdiBall (type of golf), Tennis, Badminton, Frisbee and more)
Team Sports : is a course where students are placed in highly competitive situations on a regular basis. Student will take part in IASAS team sports and others from around the world. More for those students who relish the team environment and competition (Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Touch Rugby, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Cricket, Water Polo and more)
Fine & Performing Arts Block
If you are planning to do an IB Group 6 Arts (Art, Film or Theater) in grade 11, we recommend that you take Intro or Explore Art, Film, Theater in grade 10.
You are able to choose any ISM course that is offered to Grade 10s (such as another language, another computer class, another science class* etc.)
If you are planning to do TWO sciences in Grade 11 (let’s say IB Biology and IB Chemistry) in grade 11, we recommend that you take the related two full year sciences in grade 10 (Biology and Chemistry).
It would be your BEST preparation for IB
One of the two Grade 10 science classes would be your science choice, the other would be your elective choice.
Actual Course Selection?
The week of February 21 st , 2011 (Feb
An assigned computer lab during either your Computer literacy or Wellness class
Mr. Alying and Mr. McQueen will walk you through the process in the computer lab.
HS Course Offerings SY10-11
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 .
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