Introduction to the Diploma Programme

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Introduction to the IB Diploma Programme at Codrington School

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The mission of the Codrington School is to empower all children and adults within the community to become internationally minded learners who embrace and respect academic excellence and a love of life long learning and who exemplify the traits of the IB Learner Profile.

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Welcome and Welcome Back to the IB Diploma Programme at Codrington

But First a Quick Quiz:

But First a Quick Quiz How many subjects do you have to take to gain a diploma at IBDP? How many higher and how many standard do you need to take? How many points do you need to get a diploma? Is it always the case that with 24 points you get a diploma? Does everyone take the diploma programme ? How many words is the maximum for the extended essay? Approximately what percent of each subjects final mark is made up from internal assessment? Name all the different aspects of the Learner Profile.

The IB Continuum:

The IB Continuum PYP MYP DP All programmes require application, authorization and evaluation processes. All programmes require age-appropriate moderated criterion-referenced assessments. All programmes require inclusion of international-mindedness in the curriculum (Learner Profile). Culminating project Exhibitions (PYP 8) Personal Project (MYP 5) Extended Essays (DP 2) Transdisciplinary initiatives Themes Areas of Interaction Theory of Knowledge Action in communities Action component of unit Community service project CAS

The Diploma Hexagon:

The Diploma Hexagon The IB Learner Profile and the core are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme .

The Curriculum Choices:

The Curriculum Choices

Entrance on to the Course:

Entrance on to the Course Codrington Students from MYP5 must: have passed the IB MYP Personal Project and successfully completed the School’s Community and Service requirements To ensure access to an IB Diploma Higher Level course , a student must have studied the subject in MYP 5 and gained at least an end of year level 5 or equivalent. To ensure access to an IB Diploma Standard Level course , a student must have gained at least an end of year MYP level 4 (or equivalent) in the last year that he/she studied the subject. English Proficiency: to be able to access the curriculum Each student needs to make sure that they have full acceptance on the course from each teacher and they are signed off prior to the course commencing. External Candidates : For those students coming to the IBDP programme from other schools it is important to have past reports and examination results (e.g. CXE or GCSE) in order to help with choices of subjects and levels. For CXE/GCSE a C would be needed for a standard level course and a B or above for higher level courses .

Assessment in the IB Diploma :

Assessment in the IB Diploma There are a maximum of 7 points available for each of the six required elective courses; in addition, there are 3 points available for the combination of TOK and the Extended Essay. This makes a maximum total of 45 points. Source – IBDP Handbook

How Can I achieve the Diploma?:

How Can I achieve the Diploma? In general, score at least a 4 in each subject, or 24 points or more in total. Will 24 points guarantee a Diploma? – Even if you have more than 28 points there are conditions in which you will not gain a Diploma. Mr Piers

Conditions to Obtain the Diploma:

Conditions to Obtain the Diploma

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Mr Darryl The aim is to obtain a diploma, however a certificate is still an immense achievement and can lead on to further education possibilities. Just make sure that you do not get a certificate when you really should have got a diploma.

How Can I get those extra 3 points?:

How Can I get those extra 3 points? Assessment is based solely on two pieces of work: 1) The ToK Essay on a prescribed title (1200-1600 words). 2) The ToK Group Presentation (approx. 10 minutes per student). This is supervised and assessed by a teacher in the school. The final grade is then sent to the IB. Theory of Knowledge Theory of Knowledge is a course centered around the question “How do we know?” Students are taught to seek out knowledge through critical thinking and analysis of the Ways of Knowing of Perception , Emotion , Reason and Language .

Extended Essay : :

Extended Essay : 4 000 words of independent research Regionally-based topics are encouraged Supervised by a school mentor About 40 hours of work Predicted grade by school Marked by external examiner

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Failing Conditions (F or F*) If a student scores 1. ‘E’ in both components he/she will automatically fail the Diploma (F) 2. ‘E’ in one component he/she will require 28 points to pass the Diploma (F*) 3. ‘E’ in one component he/she will be awarded 1 point (+1 F*)

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS):

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Involvement in artistic pursuits Involvement in sport Involvement in community service Supervised activities with reports

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Meet deadlines, be organised, manage time, academic honesty, hard work..

Meet Deadlines:

Meet Deadlines This is the key to success All homework Internal Assessments

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DP2 2012 Subject Set task Assessment / responsibility Sept 03-07 07 10 24 24-28 History ToK EE Math Language B Spanish IA History final submission Essay from past prescribed list Draft 1 formally submitted IA Project - draft 1 Interactive Oral 1 DP students / subject teachers / EE supervisors Oct 01 15 Week starts 29 ToK Math Language B Geography Start to write prescribed essay IA Project – final submission First draft of prescribed essay is handed in. Interactive Oral 2 Submission of internal assessment DP student / subject teachers Nov 02 All subjects Registration of candidates for May 2013 exams DP Coordinator 05 19 23 26-29 A1 English ToK ToK EE Language B Written assignment submitted (1) Second draft is handed in and final practice recording. Final recorded presentation Draft 2 submitted Interactive Oral 3 DP student / Subject teachers / EE supervisors Dec 03 03-07 07 13 A1 English Lang B / ab initio EE ToK Written assignment submitted (2) Mock Oral Examinations Submission of 2 hard copies and 1 electronic final copy to supervisor. Submission of final essay by students DP student / Subject teachers / EE supervisors

What Happens at the end of the Diploma Programme?:

What Happens at the end of the Diploma Programme ? Universities consider the IB Diploma to be one of the most demanding secondary school curricula, offering ideal preparation for post-secondary studies. A student's participation in IB courses is, therefore, a very important consideration in admission decisions. It is to a student's distinct advantage to have completed IB courses, but especially so if the student is completing the IB Diploma. - CURT (College & University Task Force), July, 2009

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Source: ibo . For further state recognition policies see http://www.ibo.org/diploma/recognition/recognitionpolicy/

And of course there is Graduation:

And of course there is Graduation

Conditions for the Codrington Diploma:

Conditions for the Codrington Diploma Codrington School Honours Diploma Participation in six courses, each from a different subject group, during DP 1 and 2 (other than TOK) An average score of 21 points or more across all six courses over the two years No score lower than a ‘2’ in any course in DP2 Satisfactory participation in the Service component of CAS (equivalent hours to those required for IB Diploma candidates). Creativity and Action are optional. Minimum 90% attendance in each course over the two years Codrington School Diploma Participation in six courses during DP 1 and 2 (other than TOK) An average score of 18 points across all six courses over the two years Satisfactory participation in the Service component of CAS (equivalent hours to those required for IB Diploma candidates). Creativity and Action are optional. Minimum 90% attendance in each course over the two years

Promotion from DP1 to DP2:

Promotion from DP1 to DP2 To be promoted from DP1 to DP2, at the end of the first year of the IB Programme a student must be meeting the requirements of the Codrington School Diploma; this includes meeting the required attendance in each course. DP 1 – Now until Christmas First Interim Report Half Term End of Term interview with DP coordinator and Head of Secondary to monitor level of work and also applicability of taking full Diploma Programme . If it is believed that the student would be best served with the certificate programme , some Higher level subjects could be dropped to standard level.

Recollections of an IB student:

Recollections of an IB student

That’s it now go off and enjoy yourselves as Codrington DP students:

That’s it now go off and enjoy yourselves as Codrington DP students

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Please Read through this Handbook and also the General Rules and Regulations for IB Diploma Students.. After this you will need to sign the contract and return it to the DP coordinator. If you have any questions about the information in this booklet, please contact the DP coordinator – Miss Armelle Next – Students with Mr Darryl and Mr Piers. Break then students will meet individual teachers for final sign off on subject choices and levels.