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Welcome to the Robert E. Fitch International Baccalaureate Programme

Kelley Donovan -- IB Diploma Coordinator  -- kdonovan@groton.k12.ct.us

IB Program Overview

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma program at Fitch High School is not just a collection of classes with the letters IB in front of them -- rather, we offer grade 11 and 12 students a true program with an emphasis on individual student development –courses are integrated with each other and interdisciplinary in nature.  They are designed to cultivate and nurture the qualities in students that are identified in the I.B. Learner Profile.

IB Learner Profile 


http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/fd82f70643ef4086b7d3f292cc214962/learner-profile-en.pdf

Inclusive rather than exclusive

I.B. Diploma classes offer students multiple ways for students to show what they know, rather than multiple choice exams.  Students complete collaborative projects, oral presentations, papers, inquiry-based experiments, and work products that mirror what they will experience in the challenging fields they hope to enter after college.   IB written examinations, given in May of students' senior year, are designed to showcase what students have learned.

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Multiple Paths to the Diploma

Students need to decide they would like to pursue the IB Diploma when they select courses in their sophomore year of high school. The following tables illustrate the various paths that students can take, beginning in grade 8, to get ready to enter Diploma Program as juniors.

Students interested in all careers EXCEPT engineering (note -- doubling up of math or science is NOT required for this pathway)

 

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

 

Algebra 1

Algebra 2

IB Math Studies SL 1

IB Math Studies SL 2

Spanish 1 every day

French 1

every day

Spanish 2

French 2

Latin 1

Spanish 3

French 3

Latin 2

IB Spanish SL 1

IB French SL 1

IB Classical Studies (Latin) 1

IB Ab Initio Spanish 1

IB Spanish SL 2

IB French SL 2

IB Classical Studies (Latin) 2

IB Ab Initio Spanish2

 

Integrated Science or Biology

Geometry

IB Biology 1

IB Chemistry 1

IB Sport Exercise Science 1

 

IB Biology 2

IB Chemistry 2

IB Sport Exercise Science 2

 

 

Band or Choir

Honors 10 Chemistry or

Biology

IB Elective (a second science can count here)

IB Elective (a second science can count here)

 

Freshman Academic Seminar

Band or Choir

Theory of Knowledge 1 0.5

Theory of Knowledge 2 0.5

 

History 9

History 10

IB History of the Americas 1

IB 20th Century World History 2

 

English 9

English 10

IB English 1

IB English 1

 

Health and PE

PE 0.5

Band or Choir

Band or Choir

 

 

Elective 0.5

Elective 0.5

Electives 0.5

 

IB Electives include: AP/IB Psychology, Information Technology in a Global Society,Business Management, Visual Arts, Theater Arts, or an additional science.

Students Interested in Engineering:This pathway requires doubling up in math and science courses in grades 9 and 10.

 

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Algebra 1

Algebra 2 Honors

Honors

Geometry

IB Math HL 1

IB Math HL 2

Spanish 1 every day

French 1

everyday

Spanish 2

French 2

Latin 1

Spanish 3

French 3

Latin 2

IB Spanish SL 1

 IB French SL 1

IB Classical Studies (Latin) 1

IB Ab Initio Spanish 1

IB Spanish SL 2

IB French SL 2

IB Classical Studies (Latin) 2

IB Ab Initio Spanish 2

 

Integrated Science or Biology

Honors Pre-Calculus

IB Biology 1

IB Chemistry 1

IB Sport Exercise Science 1

AP Physics 1

IB Biology 2

IB Chemistry 2

IB Sport Exercise Science 2

IB Physics 2

 

Elective

Honors 10 Chemistry

or Biology

IB Elective (a second science can count here)

IB Elective (a second science can count here)

 

Freshman Academic Seminar

Elective

Theory of Knowledge 1 0.5

Theory of Knowledge 2 0.5

 

History 9

History 10

IB History of the Americas 1

IB 20th Century World History 2

 

English 9

English 10

IB English 1

IB English 2

 

Health and PE

PE 0.5

 

 

 

 

Elective 0.5

Non IB Electives 1.5

Non IB Electives 1.5

 IB Electives include: AP/IB Psychology, Information Technology in a Global Society, Business Management, Visual Arts, Theater Arts, or an additional science.


What do you need to check in your child’s school schedule?

 If you’re a parent of an incoming 8th grader,check your child’s schedule for language everyday and Algebra 1.

 If you’re a parent of an incoming 9th grader, your child should be in Spanish or French 2, or in Latin 1.

 


Intrinsic Benefits of an IB Diploma Program Education

  • ·    Inquiry-based learning rather than rote memorization
  • ·    Classroom activities are focused on teamwork and cooperative learning, not lectures.  Students are involved, whenever possible, in choosing their own topics and projects. IB coursework demands depth of exploration rather than coverage of a wide range of superficial facts.
  • ·    Character development: the IB Diploma Program consistently produces concerned, globally aware, compassionate and mature intellectual risk-takers and leaders.
  • ·    Curricula is held to international standards and revised with global teacher input in5-year curriculum cycles.
  • ·    IB course assessments emphasize real-world products.
  • ·    IB language components produces students who can read and write in their second language.
  • ·    IB cultivates time management skills and a balanced approach to life – students are required to take some of their courses at a standard level and some at a higher level
  • ·    IB coursework fosters critical thinking skills and an understanding of how personal and cultural bias can impact how we view the world and other people in it.

 


Extrinsic Benefits of an IB Diploma Program Education

While many of our staff, students, and parents are aware of the intrinsic value of an IB Diploma education, some may be less aware of some of the extrinsic values, such as enhanced admissions opportunities at schools such as Brown, Providence College,the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Naval Academies.. The chart below shows the college acceptance rates of Diploma students vs. the total population of applicants.

 Admissions to most popular schools and Graduate Rates of Diploma Students

 Information Below taken from 2011 Survey of IB Students in the US (http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/12ca22e438df4a65b4c92e42b70b10ea/globaldpdestinationsurveyus.pdf)

 

University or College

IB Diploma Candidates Acceptance Rate

Total Population Acceptance Rate

University of Florida

82%

42%

Florida State University

92%

60%

Brown University

18%

9%

Stanford University

15%

7%

Columbia University

13%

9%

University of California – Berkeley

58%

26%

Harvard University

10%

7%

New York University

57%

30%

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

71%

51%

University of Miami

72%

30%

Cornell University

31%

18%

Duke University

28%

16%

University of Pennsylvania

24%

14%

Yale University

18%

7%

University of Central Florida

90%

47%

Boston University

70%

58%

University of California – Los Angeles

48%

23%

University of Virginia

64%

32%

UNC Chapel Hill

63%

32%

Princeton

16%

8%

 

Additionally, with the rising costs of a college education being of major concern to our students and families, it might help to know that IB Diploma students graduate within 4 years of matriculation at nearly twice the rate of the general population of matriculating students.

 Overall graduation rates of Diploma vs. Non-Diploma Students at four-year postsecondary institutions.

(2005 DP group US)

(http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/ib-research/dp/nscpostsecondaryfullreportfinal.pdf)

 

2004 Diploma

4 year

2004

Nationally

4 year

2004

Diploma

6 year

 

2005 Nationally

6 year

All 4-year institutions

74%

38%

87%

56%

Public

70%

31%

86%

54%

Private

81%

52%

89%

64%

 

Opportunities to earn significant amounts of college credit for the full diploma (the equivalent of one-full YEAR of credit) are available at the following schools (more schools are listed at http://www.ibo.org/university-admission/recognition-of-the-ib-diploma-by-countries-and-universities/)

  • American University of Paris (in the US)
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Barry University
  • Barton College
  • Bryn  Mawr
  • Clark University
  • Drake University
  • Drew University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Franklin College
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Mount Holyoke
  • Sarah Lawrence
  • Smith
  • Tufts University
  • University of California system
  • University of Florida

 

 Additionally, schools in the UK and Canada will admit Diploma Candidates to their 3-year BA/BS programs.

These are just a few of the schools that offer course credit of up to two semesters for IB classes. (Many more are listed at http://www.ibo.org/university-admission/recognition-of-the-ib-diploma-by-countries-and-universities/).

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • Bates College
  • Bennington College
  • Bowdin College
  • BYU
  • Brandeis
  • Bryan University
  • Bucknell
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Cornell University
  • Connecticut College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Purdue University
  • Ithica
  • MIT
  • RPI
  • NYU
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • UMASS
  • UCONN

Where our Fitch Diploma students have matriculated in the past few years:

 


·     UCONN Honors Program
·     Savannah College of Art and Design
·     Northeastern University
·     University of Vermont
·     New York University
·     University of Liverpool, UK
·     School of Art Institute – Chicago
·     Princeton
·     Yale
·     Dartmouth
·     Tulane
·     University of California – Davis
·     Fordham University
·     College of Charleston
·     Boston University
·     United States Coast Guard Academy
·     Penn State
·     Purdue
·     Connecticut College


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