IB @ Anderson HS

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IB fosters a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn.

What is the IB Diploma Program?

The International Baccalaureate Program is a comprehensive course of study designed for highly motivated students. It is a curriculum studied in the 11th and 12th grades.  IB subjects focus on critical analysis, creative thinking and service learning with a globally minded perspective. This stimulating, challenging program meets standards of international academic excellence and promotes admission to colleges and universities throughout the world. Anderson was authorized to be an IB school in 1991. We're number 628 in the world!

Who is the IB student?

As IB learners we strive to be: inquirers, open-minded, knowledgeable, caring, thinkers, risk-takers, communicators, balanced, principled, and reflective. The IBDP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

What makes IB different?

All IB diploma candidates must complete coursework and take exams in six different areas of study. Students select three courses at the higher level (HL), which involves two years of study at the IB level, and three courses at the standard level (SL), which involves one or two years at the IB level.  DP Curriculum and Core

  1. Native language - English A: Literature
  2. Language acquisition - Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish
  3. Individuals & Societies - History: Americas, Psychology
  4. Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  5. Mathematics
  6. The Arts (film, visual arts) OR another subject from groups 2, 3, or 4.

IB Diploma candidates also complete three additional requirements:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how all areas of knowledge are distinct and connected. It explores how we know what we know and the reliability and validity of all.

The Extended Essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.  Students choose a topic from any content area within IB guidelines, and will develop the essay under guidance from TOK classes and under the mentorship of a supervisor.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)in which students document and reflect on experiences that fulfill specific learning outcomes. This component of the diploma enables students to enhance their personal interpersonal development as a balance to their academic studies.  Students complete a reflective portfolio of creative, active, and service experiences over an 18 month span during their time in full IB Diploma studies.

What is IB Course (formerly IB Certificate)?

Anderson also offers students who live in the Anderson attendance boundaries the opportunity to pursue select IB courses in lieu of the the full IB Diploma. Select Course (certificate) students must complete all coursework and exams for at least two higher level IB courses taken over the junior and senior years. These students are also eligible to complete standard level IB courses in their senior year. The IB Course student does not complete the extended essay or the CAS requirement, nor are they allowed to take the TOK class.

Anderson IB Virtual Course Fair Video 2020