Common IB FAQS
How is the IB Diploma Program different from other high school college prep programs?
The IB Diploma Program is a comprehensive and balanced 2 year high school curriculum. The curriculum includes assessments in six major subject areas, as well as completion of an extended essay, Theory of Knowledge paper and CAS Project. Scores in the subject areas are arrived from examinations as well as students work assessed by both their teachers and outside examiners.
What are the advantages of enrolling in the IB Program?
Recipients of the IB diploma enjoy a high rate of acceptance at leading universities. In addition, some universities offer scholarships to IB graduates. IB Diploma graduates report that their experiences in the IB program have given them the tools to succeed at the university level.
Can any student enroll in an IB program?
Only students enrolled in an IB World School may participate in an IB program. Students apply in December of their sophomore year and are accepted into the program depending on their academic record. Those with an unweighted gpa of 2.50 or higher are eligible to apply. Prior success in subjects that will be taken as Higher Level courses is a must. Participation in AP classes as well as success in AP exams are used in the admission process. The IB Admissions committee reviews each applicant and uses the above criteria to determine a student’s possible success in the program.
Yes, as long as the student meets all the requirements of the IB Diploma program, he/she will meet all the requirements for a state of Florida diploma. The student will also qualify for the state’s Bright future program. If the student withdraws from the IB program before graduation or fails to complete the requirements demanded by the IB Diploma program, then they will need to complete certain state mandated courses such as US Government and Economics.
Can students with special needs, participate in an IB program?
Yes, the IBO has established policies for accommodating students with special needs. See the IB coordinator as soon as possible in order to fill out the forms needed for IB to provide accommodations for those students.
What is an Extended Essay?
The Extended Essay is a 4.000 word piece of original research conducted by each IB Diploma candidate. This research paper is completed during the second semester of the junior year and the first semester of the senior year. The student writes on a topic of his/her interest and is assigned a faculty Extended essay supervisor. They are also allowed outside advice, but it is imperative that the work is the student’s own.
What is Theory of Knowledge?
Theory of Knowledge, TOK, is a philosophy course taken by the student during his/her second semester of his/her junior year and the first semester in his/her senior year. This course allows the student to learn about the different philosophies involved in learning. It also allows the student to interrelate the six subject areas tested in the IB program.
What is CAS?
CAS, stands for Community, Action and Service. As part of the IB Diploma program, the students are expected to participate in activities throughout the two year program in which they show their participation in activities and programs that show their growth and support for their communities (local and global)and help them in becoming a well rounded student.
What characteristics must an IB student possess?
There are 10 qualities that are valued by IB and are stressed throughout the program:
1. Be a thinker- Think critically and creatively. It is not just about memorizing material.
2. Be knowledgeable- Explore concepts and ideas and issues, in and out of the classroom.
3. Be a communicator- Express idea confidently in more than one language.
4. Be principled- Act with integrity and honesty.
5. Be open- minded- Appreciate your own culture and be open to others perspectives.
6. Be balanced- Achieve intellectual, physical and emotional well being for yourself and others.
7. Be caring- Show empathy. Respect the feelings of others.
8. Be reflective- Consider your own experience. Understand your strengths and limitations.
9. Be an Inquirer- Develop a natural curiosity. Show independence.
10. Be a risk taker - Approach unfamiliar situations with courage. Be brave and articulate.
An IB student is one that is not afraid of hard work. You will be expected to not only excel in academics but participate in activities that will make you well rounded, such as sports, clubs and community service.
This is the most rigorous academic program at our school and colleges and universities are aware of it.