THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

Annie Wright is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the prestigious IB Diploma Programme to juniors and seniors.

What is IB?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme,established in the 1960s and recognized as the worldwide gold standard of education, provides an academically challenging and balanced program of study to talented and motivated 11th and 12th graders around the world.IB coursework balances subject breadth and depth with a concern for an understanding of the connectedness of disciplines and intentionally fosters international mindedness. Its reputation is based on rigorous external assessments which emphasize the development of the whole student: physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. For more information, visit www.ibo.org.

Why do IB at Annie Wright?
Annie Wright School believes an IB education and an Annie Wright diploma will prepare graduates to compete and excel in university and, more importantly, in a global society. The mission of International Baccalaureate aligns with and expands the mission of Annie Wright School. Inparticular, IB has translated its mission into a Learner Profile of ten characteristics which inspire and motivate the work of students and teachers. IB learners strive to be inquiring, thoughtful, expressive, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, risk-taking, and reflective.
Also, participation in IB coursework gives distinct advantage to students in the college admission process. Universities around the globe recognize the rigor and value of an IB education (see IB Testimonials on the back page). As evidence, students are asked on the common application (the application form used by most students and accepted by most universities in the United States) whether they are IB Diploma candidates, a sign of the value placed on this distinction by U.S. universities. In 2003, applicants to major universities throughout the U.S. were accepted at a rate of, on average, at least 20% higher than applicants with no IB experience. Many universities will also award academic credit for successful examination results in specific subject areas or after completion of the full IB Diploma.

How does IB work?

International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates are expected to do IB coursework in six major areas, including literature, acquired languages, social studies, the experimental sciences, mathematics and an elective of either the arts or an additional course from one of the other subject areas. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level; the others, at standard level. The Diploma Programme has three additional Core requirements intended to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply what they learn in personally and socially meaningful ways. These requirements include a 4,000-word research-based extended essay on a subject of the student’s choice; a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course that examines the nature of knowledge and different ways and kinds of knowing; and a requirement called Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) which includes participation in personally and socially relevant activity beyond the classroom and, in many cases, beyond the school for a continuous period of 18 months.IB examinations are held at the end of the two-year program and are marked by external examiners around the world.Some standard level courses may be examined at the end of the first year. Internal assessments are administered and marked by classroom teachers over the two years; samples of those are “moderated” by external examiners to assure consistency and quality of assessment.
Who can participate in the IB Diploma Programme at Annie Wright?

All Annie Wright 11th and 12th graders may choose among three options of study:
•  Take IB courses as part of the regular course of study at Annie Wright but take no comprehensive IB examinations;
•  Take IB courses and comprehensive IB examinations in some subjects (called Course candidates);
•  Take IB courses and comprehensive IB examinations in ALL subjects and complete the Core requirements (called Diploma candidates).
In the 11th and 12th grade years at Annie Wright Upper School, all students will do IB coursework and receive recognition on their transcripts for these courses whether or not they are involved in the Diploma Programme examinations. The IB Diploma is awarded to students who sit for and pass comprehensive exams in May of their senior year and complete all other Diploma requirements. Students who take IB examinations in some IB courses,called Course Candidates, receive a transcript and score report from IB after examinations are scored. IB Diplomas and course candidate transcripts are issued by IB and sent to the candidate and a college of the student’s choice in the summer after graduation.




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