IB @ Anderson HS
What is the IB Diploma Program?
Who is the IB student?
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
- Native language - English A: Literature
- Language acquisition - Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish
- Individuals & Societies - History: Americas, Psychology
- Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- 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.