The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Tucker High School
A tradition of excellence and expanding opportunity.
IB Coordinator: Harman Dhaliwal
The most rigorous course of studies offered to the students of Tucker High School is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. This program of advanced internationally recognized syllabi and external examinations offers a comprehensive and world-class education during the last two years of high school. The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s universities.
Students who wish to undertake the full IB diploma program must complete courses in each of the groups shown above and earn a total of 24 points on three higher and three standard level examinations. (All six examinations are graded on a scale of 1 to 7 so the maximum examination total is 42 points.) Diploma candidates also take a seminar course called “Theory of Knowledge”, write an extended essay, and must complete at least 150 hours in the areas of creativity, action, and community service. Students who complete all of the above IB courses and requirements and satisfactorily pass the related IB examinations receive, in addition to their high school diploma, the IB Diploma.
The IB program is excellent preparation for college level work. In addition, when making admissions decisions, colleges look very favorably upon the IB program as indication of a student’s level of motivation and ability to perform in a rigorous and challenging program. Studies on the acceptance rates of IB Diploma students show that these students have higher acceptance rates at colleges in the United States. Like the Advanced Placement program, many American colleges give course credit or advanced standing to a student who earns a satisfactory score on an IB examination. General information about university recognition of the IB can be found at http://www.ibo.org/ibna/recognition/ and recognition/credit policies for specific colleges and universities can be found at www.ibo.org/country/US/index.cfm. Students who are interested in the IB program should consult the IB Coordinator and their counselor.
A suggested general sequence of courses for students who seek to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma is listed on the following pages for your reference. Each student’s IB Diploma program is planned to meet the individual student’s needs, strengths, and interests.
Students who complete advanced placement, college-level, or courses required for an International Baccalaureate Diploma shall be deemed to have completed the requirements for graduation under these standards provided that they have earned the verified credits as required of students earning either a standard or an advanced studies diploma.
Why take IB?
- · College Credit up to 18 credits for some schools (that’s your 1st year of College)
- · Integrated curriculum
- · Class cohorts
- · IB staff and IB coordinator (personalized scheduling and faculty support)
- · International benchmarking
- · Varied assessments
What’s Unique in IB?
Theory of Knowledge (TOK):
The focus on TOK is studying what we know in the various fields of knowledge and how we know it (e.g. Connotation of the n-word, Can blind people have dreams? Is violence inherent?)
Scholarly research paper in which each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest –based on college standards (a resource for college)
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS):
Students participate in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service in order to develop themselves, the school, and its community – an organized system ready for your resume/college
Producing an event is that memorable every year and part of your community hours (CAS)
u Sciences - hands on lab; using equipment that is not offered to other Tucker students, for assessments – you choose your topics and can obtain research funds, IB science fair
u Psychology – Assessments (choose your own topic to conduct experiments)
u Art – Hands on activities with different forms of media (e.g. abstract, cubism, expressionism)
u History – American Literature examined from an International Perspective; Socratic Seminars; not restricted to singular perspectives; collection of human experiences within history
u Literature – Themes of identity, complexities of nature, world literature (includes international film studies), mature (college level) themes, character criticism, questioning societal values
u Math – Assessments (allow you to choose your own topic for study), enhanced IB Math text book, lenient grading, collection of math (allows you to prepare for the SATs)