IB Diploma Prep/DP
Diploma Programme Course Descriptions*
*Information in course descriptions is from the International Baccalaureate Subject Guides
Diploma Programme subjects are two year courses of study
IB World Literature
This course is designed to be rigorous college preparatory curriculum that will follow a challenging reading list including both classical and modern literary works from diverse cultures. Among the aims of the course are:
Students will continue the systematic and progressive development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the Spanish language at an accelerated level. In year 1 of the course, students will reinforce the skills learned in their previous Spanish course. In year 2 of the course, students will master more complex grammatical structures and verb tenses. Throughout the two-year course, which will be conducted entirely in Spanish, students will continue exploring and expanding their knowledge of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Among the aims of the course are:
IB Spanish Ab Initio
This course is offered to students in the Diploma Programme who have not had previous Spanish language learning experience prior to entering the DP. As in the IB Spanish course, students in the Ab Initio option will develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be placed on mastering basic vocabulary and acquiring acceptable pronunciation. The language ab initio course, albeit at a basic level, seeks to develop intercultural understanding and foster a concern for global issues, as well as to raise students’ awareness of their own responsibility at a local level. The aims of the Ab Inito course are those of the IB Spanish course.
Year 1 of the IB History course follows topics in 20th century world history and will focus on the development of writing and analytic skills. The framework and emphasis of the class will raise important questions about our society, our ideas about the past, and inquiry into the importance of the past to understanding the world of today. We will study events of the past 100 years from the rise of Hitler and the devastation of world war, to the hopes and dreams associated with revolution.
The goal of Year 2 of IB History is to achieve an awareness and understanding of the countries in the Western Hemisphere. Students will be exposed to common experiences in the Americas through comparative analysis of cultural, political, social, and economic issues. In an effort to encourage international awareness and understanding by promoting the achievement of people living in diverse places and different times we will study a variety of topics including but not limited to the following:
Among the aims of the History course are:
This course will focus on biology and the chemical reactions that occur within living organisms. During the two years, students will be required to do at least 60 hours of laboratory work, some of which will have to be completed outside of the classroom hours. Students will be expected to:
IB Mathematical Studies
This course is for students who already possess knowledge of basic concepts, and who are equipped with the skills to apply simple mathematics techniques correctly. In addition, this course offers the skills to explore math concepts in a broader sense, and its real-life applications. In Year 2 of the course, students are expected to demonstrate complex applications of math concepts. Among the topics covered are: logic and probability, functions, statistics, introductory differential calculus, financial mathematics. The two-year course will develop skills in interpreting and using appropriate mathematical terms and notation, organizing data in a variety of forms, formulating mathematical arguments clearly, and more.
Among the aims of the IB course are:
IB Visual Arts
The Diploma Programme visual arts course enables students to engage in both practical exploration and artistic production, and in independent contextual, visual and critical investigation, with option A students focusing more on the former and option B students on the latter. The course is designed to enable students to study visual arts in higher education and also welcomes those students who seek life enrichment through visual arts.
Among the aims of the course are:
Theory of Knowledge
The Theory of Knowledge course is a central element of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The course is unique in that it is inquisitive in nature, rather than acquisitive. That is, it is not designed to impart new information so much as it is designed to explore the origins and limitations of what students have already learned – in other courses as well as through their personal life experiences. Because of the nature of the course, class discussion makes up an integral part of the curriculum. Due to the extensive amount of work required in the six subject area courses, homework will not be a major feature of this course. However, limited time outside of class will be required of students to prepare for class discussions and complete writing assignments.
Among the aims of the TOK course are: