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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