HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME GUIDE 2019/2020 - ACS International Schools

 
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME GUIDE 2019/2020 - ACS International Schools
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME
GUIDE - 2019/2020
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME GUIDE 2019/2020 - ACS International Schools
CONTENTS

Page 3: Introduction
•   Graduation Requirements

Page 4-5:        The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
•   The Curriculum                                      •       Assessment
•   University recognition                              •       Subject Selection

Page 6-7:        AP - Advanced Placement
•   The AP International Diploma (APID)                 •       AP Capstone: AP Seminar and AP Research

Page 8-10:       English
•   Choices in HS English Grades 9, 10, 11, 12          •       English 9
•   Transitional English 9                              •       English 10
•   English 10 - Advanced                               •       Transitional English 10
•   English 11                                          •       English 12
•   AP English Language & Composition                   •       AP English Literature & Composition
•   IB English A Literature, SL/HL                      •       IB English A Language & Literature, SL/HL
•   IB English B, SL/HL                                 •       Creative Writing & Media
•   Academic English

Page 11-17:      Mathematics
•   Maths Course Placement                              •       Intergrated Maths 1 - Standard/Core
•   Intergrated Maths 2 - Standard/Higher/Core          •       Intergrated Maths 3+ (not available until 2020/21)
•   Geometry                                            •       Geometry Advanced
•   Additional Mathematics (elective)                   •       Algebra 2 and Advanced
•   Business Mathematics                                •       Probability and Statistics
•   AP Statistics                                       •       Precalculus
•   Applied Mathematics                                 •       AP Calculus/Calculus
•   IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (Grade 11   •       IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (Grade 11
    Only)                                                       Only)

Page 18-20:      Science
•   Choice Guide in HS Science Grades 9, 10, 11, 12     •       Science 9
•   Science Investigation                               •       Science Communication
•   Biology                                             •       Physics
•   Chemistry/Chemistry B                               •       Human Biology
•   AP Chemistry                                        •       AP Biology
•   AP Physics 1 and 2                                  •       IB Physics, SL/HL
•   IB Biology, SL/HL                                   •       IB Chemistry, SL/HL
•   IB Environmental Systems & Society, SL              •       IB Sports, Exercise & Health Science, SL

Page 21-23:      Social Studies
•   World History I & II                                    •     United States History (with AP US History)
•   Economics                                               •     AP Human Geography
•   AP United States History                                •     AP European History

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Page 21-23:        Social Studies con’t/d....
•   AP Psychology                                       •       AP Economics, Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
•   AP Microeconomics                                   •       AP Macroeconomics
•   IB Business & Management, SL/HL                     •       IB Economics, SL/HL
•   IB History, SL/HL                                   •       Psycology/IB Psychology, SL/HL
•   IB Geography, SL/HL                                 •       Global Studies - Elective

Page 24-28:        World Languages
•   French 1                                            •       French 2
•   French 3                                            •       French 4
•   AP French                                           •       IB French B, SL/HL
•   German 1                                            •       German 2
•   German 3                                            •       German 4
•   IB German ab initio, SL                             •       IB German B, SL/HL or AP German
•   Spanish 1                                           •       Spanish 2
•   Spanish 3                                           •       Spanish 4
•   AP Spanish                                          •       IB Spanish B, SL/HL
•   Mandarin 1                                          •       Mandarin 2/IB Mandarin ab initio 1, SL
•   Mandarin 3/IB Mandarin ab initio 2, SL              •       Japanese 1
•   IB Japanese ab initio, SL                           •       IB Japanese A Literature, SL/HL
                                                        •       Other IB Languages - Grade 9 & 10

Page 28-31:        The Arts - Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts
•   Drama/Drama 2                                           •     IB Theatre, SL/HL
•   Jazz Band                                               •     High School Singers
•   Chamber Ensemble                                        •     High School Music
•   IB Music, SL/HL                                         •     Visual Arts and Pathways
•   Art 1, 2, 3                                             •     AP Studio Art
•   IB Visual Arts, SL/HL                                   •     Computer Game Design 1
•   Film 1, 2, 3                                            •     Yearbook

Page 32:           Computer & Information Technology
•   Java Programming                                        •     Topics in Computer Science
•   AP Computer Science Principles                          •     AP Computer Science A
•   IB Computer Science, SL/HL

Page 32-33:        Physical Education
•   Physical Education - Grades 9 & 10                      •     Health 9 and Health 10
•   Fitness for Life                                        •     Sports Science
•   IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science, SL

Page 33-36:        Appendix A: Electives
Page 37-38:        Appendix B: High School Planner and Course Choice Guidelines
Page 39-42:        IB or AP Q&A and University Placements

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INTRODUCTION                                                   Credit requirements include a minimum of 20 credits
                                                               including:
This curriculum guide outlines the course and credit
requirements for graduation from ACS Cobham                    •   English: 4 credits from 4 consecutive courses in
International School.                                              English
                                                               •   Mathematics and Sciences: 6 credits (a minimum of
In addition to earning a High School Diploma, with                 2 in each area)
credits from various subjects (see High School Planner-        •   Social Studies and World Languages: 6 credits
Appendix A,) students have the opportunity to earn                 (a minimum of 3 in Social Studies and 2 in one
the International Baccalaureate Diploma if they choose             language)
to follow the specific combined requirements outlined          •   Fine Arts: 1 credit from drama, theatre, singers, jazz
by the IB. Alternatively students could take Advanced              band, chamber ensemble, Art 1, 2 & 3, computer
Placement courses and examinations offered by the                  media and high school music
College Board. Students may also take a combination            •   PE: Grades 9-12 (1 credit per year in 9th and 10th
of IB Courses, Advanced Placement and regular                      grade)
courses. This curriculum guide also provides students
and parents with course descriptions, including length         An Honours Diploma is awarded to graduates meeting
of course, credit and where applicable the course              additional requirements: 24 credits, B average and no
prerequisites, to help you make informed, student-             grade lower than a C or 3.00 GPA
appropriate selections. We aim to meet all students
requests but, inevitably, limitations in class size and
the schedule may prevent some students from taking
all of their first choice elective courses or certain course
combinations.

Further detailed information regarding the Cobham
curriculum, standards and academic policies can be
found at: http://acscobhamcurriculum.weebly.com

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
All students who meet the credit requirements graduate
with the ACS International Schools College Preparatory
High School Diploma. Courses that meet 3 or more
periods per week for one year earn one credit.

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THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ASSESSMENT
(IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
                                                             Students complete assessment tasks in the school,
Life in the 21st century requires critical-thinking skills   which are either marked initially by teachers and then
and a sense of international mindedness, something           moderated by external moderators or sent directly
that International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma               to external examiners. Students also take written
Programme students learn to know and understand. The         examinations, which are marked by external IB
IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically-         examiners, in May of the second year.
challenging and balanced programme of education, with
course work as well as final examinations that prepares      Grades in each subject range from 1-7 and up to 3
students for success at university and life beyond. The      points more can be earned for the Extended Essay and
programme is normally taught over two years and has          Theory of Knowledge.
gained recognition from the world’s leading universities.
                                                             The diploma is awarded to students who gain at
Students are expected to have a minimum GPA of
                                                             least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of
2.00 in Grade 10 and meet the specified course pre-          performance across the whole programme (for instance,
requisites, in order to qualify for the full IB Diploma.     12 points in 3 Higher Level subjects) and to satisfactory
                                                             participation in the three core requirements.
THE CURRICULUM                                               The highest total that a Diploma Programme student
                                                             can be awarded is 45 points.
IB Diploma Programme students study six courses -
usually three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard
Level (SL). Students must choose one subject from each
of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in
languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and
mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject
chosen from group 6, or the student may choose
another subject from groups 1 to 4. Depth is ensured by
requiring 3 or 4 subjects at Higher Level.

In addition the programme has three core requirements
that are included to broaden the educational experience
and challenge students to apply their knowledge and
understanding:

1. The Extended Essay (EE) requires students to
   engage in independent research through an in-depth
   study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject.
2. Theory of Knowledge (TOK). This course cultivates
   the capacity of students to critically reflect upon the
   foundational presuppositions of their other subjects
   of study and thus, to think for themselves. The key
   question of the course is: “How do I know?” TOK
   distinguishes eight areas of knowledge in which to
   ask the question. They are mathematics, the natural
   sciences, the human sciences, the arts, history,
   ethics, religious knowledge systems and indigenous
   knowledge systems. By collaboratively inquiring into
   foundations of knowledge in these area, the course
   seeks to develop the character of each student as it
   is exemplified in the IB learner profile.
3. Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requires that
   students actively learn from the experience of
   doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students
   can combine all three components or do activities
   related to each one of them separately.

The Extended Essay, CAS and TOK courses are now
available as single subjects, available to students
who are not taking the full IB Diploma. See the IB
Coordinator for details.

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University Recognition
The IB diploma is a passport to higher education and it is considered to be among the most challenging and demanding
university preparation courses that students can take.

Subject Selection
Students must select a subject from each group. Three subjects are taken at Higher Level and three at Standard level.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Most students take English, but other languages can be offered if there is sufficient interest. Recent examples include
Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, and Swedish. In addition, students may study independently Language A: Literature
as a self taught/school-supported subject, at Standard Level only. Recent examples include French, Korean, Polish,
Spanish and Thai.

Group 2: Language Acquisition

English B-HL/SL. Students who select English B must also select a Language A if they are full diploma candidates.
French B, German B, Spanish B HL/SL, Japanese, Mandarin or German ab initio SL. In addition, a few students will
study other second languages, as a B subject. Please contact the IB Coordinator if interested.

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Economics, History, Psychology, Geography, Business and Management SL/HL, Environmental Systems and
Societies-SL only also counts in Group 4.

Group 4: Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies-SL (also counts in Group 3),
Computer Science, Sports, Exercise and Health Science- SL only.

Group 5: Mathematics

Mathematics - HL/SL

Group 6: Arts

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts-HL/SL, or another subject from Groups 1-4.

In addition, students must take a Theory of Knowledge course, write a 4000 word Extended Essay on a topic of
interest within a chosen subject, and complete over a hundred hours of CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) over
two years.

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Advanced Placement (AP)                                     Many universities and colleges in the US and Canada
                                                            offer credit and/or advanced placement for students
Students may gain credit for the High School Diploma        scoring a 3 or above. At least 3, but preferably 4, AP
by taking AP courses. ACS Cobham offers more than           courses and examinations taken in the Senior year
20 AP courses; all are one year in duration. Most AP        are considered to fulfil the matriculation requirements
courses culminate in an exam administered during the        of universities in the UK. Offers will vary depending
2-week AP testing period in May. The exam dates are         on the university or the course. Students applying to
set by the College Board and students taking an AP          UK universities with AP’s must also have the High
course should be aware that, according to ACS Cobham        School Diploma and take the SAT Reasoning test
policy, they are required to take the course exam in        to be considered eligible. For individual university
May.                                                        requirements see the College Board AP Recognition
                                                            website.
AP courses are fast-paced university level courses
requiring strong reading skills and a commitment to         Students should note that most AP courses have
independent learning. A high level of self-direction is     prerequisites; please see the course descriptions for
assumed. Students should note too that the format           details. Students and their parents will also be asked
of the AP exams is a combination of multiple-choice         to sign a contract confirming that they understand the
questions and free response, and that the final AP score    level of study and commitment required as well as the
is a result of the one 2-part exam at the end of the        mandatory nature of the exam at the end of the course.
course. A score of 3 on an AP examination is generally      AP Courses at ACS Cobham include:
the equivalent of a C in a college course.

 1. Languages                                               2. Mathematics
 English; Language and Composition                          Calculus AB/BC
 English; Literature and Composition                        Statistics
 French; Language and Composition
 German; Language and Composition
 Spanish; Language and Composition
 3. History & Social Sciences                               4. Sciences
 European History                                           Physics 1 and 2
 Human Geography                                            Chemistry
 Microeconomics                                             Biology
 Macroeconomics
 US History
 Psychology
 5. Electives
 Computer Science
 Studio Art
 AP Seminar
 AP Research

The Advanced Placement International                        •   Subject Area 1: Languages
                                                            •   Subject Area 2:Mathematics
Diploma (APID)                                              •   Subject Area 3: History and Social Sciences
                                                            •   Subject Area 4: Sciences
The APID certifies the achievement of successful
                                                            •   Subject Area 5: Electives
AP candidates and is recognised by a number of
universities around the world. It was designed to
                                                            Students do not formally apply for the APID. It
accommodate American and international students at
                                                            is automatically awarded to any AP student who
high schools in the US or abroad who are applying to
                                                            successfully completes the diploma criteria and resides
universities outside the US.
                                                            outside the US. Students who meet the criteria and live
                                                            in the US will be awarded the diploma certificate if they
To qualify for the APID students must earn AP grades of
                                                            request their AP examination results to be sent to a
3 or higher on four AP exams in three of the five subject
                                                            university overseas.
areas listed below. Students must take a total of 2
exams in 2 different languages (Subject Area 1) either a
science or a mathematics exam and one or more exams
from any subject area not already used.

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AP Capstone: A New Diploma
Programme                                                        or international topics, and concepts from other AP
AP Capstone is an innovative new diploma program                 courses. Sample topics or themes include:- Education,
that gives students an opportunity to apply critical             Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, Revolution.
thinking, collaborative problem-solving, and research
skills in a cross-curricular context. AP Capstone is             Assessment: Students are assessed through two
built on the foundation of a new, two-year high school           through-course performance tasks and a written exam.
course sequence - AP Seminar and AP Research - and
is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth,              AP Research = 1 credit
discipline-specific study provided through AP courses.           The second course in the AP Capstone experience,
It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative            typically taken in grade 12, allows students to
scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-            design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based
based decisions.                                                 investigation on a topic of individual interest. Through
                                                                 this inquiry and investigation, students demonstrate
For more information about the AP Capstone diploma               the ability to apply scholarly understanding to real-
programme go to http://www.collegeboard.org/ap-                  world problems and issues. Students further the skills
capstone.html, or see Mrs. Briggs, the AP Co-ordinator.          acquired in their AP Seminar course by using research
                                                                 methodology; employing ethical research practices; and
AP Seminar = 1 credit                                            accessing, analysing, and synthesizing information to
This foundational course, typically taken in grade 11,           build, present, and defend an argument.
provides students with opportunities to think critically
and creatively, research, explore, pose solutions,               Assessment: Students are assessed through
develop arguments, collaborate, and communicate                  culminating performance tasks:
using various media. Students explore real-world
issues through a cross-curricular lens and consider              •   Academic thesis paper (approximately 5,000 words)
multiple points of view to develop deep understanding                with a defined structure.
of complex issues as they make connections between               •   Public presentation, performance, or exhibition and
these issues and their own lives. Students read articles,            oral defence of research and presentation
research studies, and foundational and philosophical
texts; listen to and view speeches, broadcasts, and
personal accounts; and explore artistic and literary
works to gain a rich appreciation and understanding of
issues.

Teachers have the flexibility to choose appropriate
themes that allow for deep exploration based on
student interests, local and/or civic issues, global

   AP Capstone Curriculum

                                            AP SEMINAR
                                             Team Project & Presentation
                                             Research-Based Essay & Presentation
   AP Capstone Diploma                  ™
                                             Written Exam                                 AP Seminar and
                                                                                          Research Certificate             ™

                                            AP RESEARCH
    Students who earn scores of 3 or                                                      Students who earn scores of 3 or
                                             Academic Thesis
    higher in both of the AP Capstone                                                     higher in both of the AP Capstone
                                             Public Presentation & Defense
    courses and on four additional                                                        courses but not on the four
    AP Exams of their choosing will                                                       additional AP Exams will receive
    receive the AP Capstone Diploma™.                                                     the AP Seminar and Research
                                            4 AP COURSES & EXAMS
                                            (Taken at any point throughout high school)   Certificate™, signifying successful
                                                                                          performance in those courses.

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English                                                       Only when they have reached a suitable level of English
                                                              competence, determined by their teacher, can these
Choices in HS English for Students Coming into                students move into a native level class.
Grade 9
                                                              Choices in HS English for Students Coming into Grade
ACS Cobham offers a single option for Grade 9 native          10
English speakers in order to give students a year of
experience in HS before choosing to take the Advanced         Those who have completed English 9 will usually
or Regular paths in Grade 10. English 9 will maintain         progress into English 10. Those students currently in
a suitable level of challenge to prepare students to          English 9 will have the option to progress into English
continue into English 10 Advanced if that is deemed an        10 Advanced or to switch to English 10 if advised
appropriate choice.
                                                              Transitional English 10 is for non-native speakers
At the end of English 9, there are two paths for native       whose level of English is deemed by the ACS English
level English students to follow. English 10 Advanced is      Department not yet sufficient to join a native level
for those who wish to continue to take IB or AP English       class. Only when they have reached a suitable level
courses in Grade 11. English 10 allows students to            of English competence, determined by their teacher,
continue into English 11.                                     can these students move into a native level class. The
                                                              usual progression from Transitional English 10 is into IB
N.B. English 10 Advanced is a challenging pre IB/AP           English B.
course. Those HS students who wish to be admitted
to this course are required to demonstrate sufficient         English 9 = 1 credit
English skills and, more importantly, a good work             English 9 is designed to develop students’ English skills
ethic in English 9. Therefore English 9 students must         and to prepare them for the demanding courses they
understand from the outset that their attitude and            may take in Grade 10 and beyond. This course combines
performance in Grade 9 will be considered for admission       the study of both literary and non-literary texts taken
to English 10 Advanced. The following factors may             from a range of sources. Students will develop their
be taken into account: work ethic, class performance,         writing and speaking in a variety of genres with
standardised test scores, academic integrity.                 emphasis placed on academic writing, speaking and
                                                              analytical skills. English 9 will maintain a suitable level of
Transitional English 9 is for non-native speakers             challenge to prepare students to continue into English
whose level of English is deemed by the ACS English           10 Advanced if that is deemed an appropriate choice.
Department not yet sufficient to join a native level class.

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Transitional English 9 = 1 credit                           to student writing. In addition to literature, music,
Transitional English 9 is a course for second language      video, advertisements, and illustrations will be used
students of English whose language skills are still         to develop media literacy skills. Critical thinking skills
developing towards near-native level. This course is        will be exercised and developed through the writing
taken instead of English 9 and is a mandatory course for    tasks described above and through class discussions in
those students whose level of English is deemed by the      response to the selected readings.
school to require an EAL teaching approach. The course
employs a wide range of strategies to help students         English 12 = 1 credit
develop their key speaking, listening, reading & writing    In English 12 students analyse literature and
skills to support them in all their English needs.          nonfiction, and learn to write effectively in different
                                                            forms. Students read texts from a variety of genres.
English 10 = 1 credit                                       Writing skills will be developed through a series of
English 10 develops students’ key English skills,           activities through vocabulary, routine composition of
combining a core of literary study with strands of non-     analytical and evaluative essays, large and small group
fiction analysis, vocabulary, and grammar. English 10       discussions, grammar instruction, and the composition
provides an engaging and supportive programme that          of a research paper.
allows students to develop their abilities with guidance
and structure. Emphasis is placed on readings from a        AP English Language & Composition = 1 credit
wide range of text types and development of students’       AP Language and Composition (AP Lang) pursues
writing and speaking skills.                                the study of rhetoric by considering how and why a
                                                            speaker communicates a message to her audience.
English 10 Advanced = 1 credit                              Students work almost exclusively with non-fiction texts
Prerequisite: B or above in English 9 or equivalent         covering many centuries of literary tradition and a wide
                                                            range of styles from elevated prose to colloquial stuff,
English 10 Advanced combines the study of literary and      including the array of media confronting us today. As
non-literary texts from a range of sources to prepare       well as developing the ability to focus on the language
students for first language IB and AP English courses.      of the text to develop cogent analysis of arguments,
Students develop writing and speaking skills in a           students also practice the skills of rhetoric in their own
variety of genres with emphasis on academic writing,        compositions.
speaking, and analytical skills. English 10 Advanced is
a requirement for students planning to take IB English      The AP Language program is designed to provide
A: Literature, IB English A: Language and Literature,       its students with “exit- level proficiency” in first
AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and          year college and university composition courses.
Composition.                                                The program is reading and writing intensive, and
                                                            preparation, attendance, and participation are essential
Transitional English 10 = 1 credit                          for success.
Transitional English 10 is designed for “English as
an Additional Language” (EAL) students—non-native           AP English Literature & Composition = 1 credit
speakers of English whose language skills are still         AP Literature and Composition (AP Lit) pursues the
developing towards near-native level. This course           study of literature by considering what qualities give
is taken instead of English 10 and is mandatory for         literature its literariness. The essential question of AP
students whose level of English is deemed by the            Lit is what themes are generated through which literary
school to require an EAL teaching approach. Transitional    devices? Students read stories, plays, novels, poetry
English 10 employs a wide range of strategies to help       from the classical era and from the 17th to the 21st
students develop their key speaking, listening, reading     centuries, in both elevated and contemporary language.
and writing skills, and provides support for students in    A heavy emphasis is placed on English Literature, and
their English needs across the curriculum.                  readings are supplemented with critical essays.

                                                             In addition to excellent discussion and composition
                                                            skills, analytical and critical thinking skills and the
                                                            ability to make complex and relevant connections
                                                            between the worlds of fiction and our own corporeal
                                                            existence are demanded by class work. The AP Lit
                                                            program is designed to provide its students with “exit-
                                                            level proficiency” in first year college and university
                                                            composition courses. The program is reading and
                                                            writing intensive, and preparation, attendance, and
                                                            participation are essential for success.

English 11 = 1 credit
Students analyse literature and non-fiction, and learn to
write effectively. Students may read novels, plays, short
stories and poetry. Vocabulary skills will be developed
as students explore words from their readings.
Grammar instruction will be pursued in response
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IB English A Literature, SL/HL = 1 credit                     four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading
IB English A Literature is a Group 1 component of the IB      and writing. These language skills will be developed
Diploma designed for native level speakers of English.        through the study and use of a range of written and
English A Literature considers texts from different           spoken material from everyday oral exchanges to
cultures and time periods with attention to language,         literary texts.
technique, and context. Students learn to draft analytical
responses at a high level, both in writing and oral
                                                              Creative Writing and Media = 1 credit
presentations. Students who are fluent in the English
language and who demonstrate good study habits are            The ACS Creative Writing and Media course is aimed
strong candidates for IB English A Literature. Major          at students who want to study the conventions and
IB assessments include two oral presentations, one            practices of creative writing expressed through various
literature in translation essay, and two exam essays.         forms of electronic media. Examples include writings
                                                              such as poetry, the short story, drama (including
IB English A Literature, SL/HL = 1 credit                     screenwriting) and media such as television and radio,
IB English A Literature is a Group 1 component of the IB      film and video (including documentaries), and digital
Diploma designed for native level speakers of English.        communications. Our class will publish virtual portfolios
English A Literature considers texts from different           that interweave the art of design with the craft of story
cultures and time periods with attention to language,         telling that we can share and celebrate with others.
technique, and context. Students learn to draft analytical
responses at a high level, both in writing and oral           Academic English
presentations. Students who are fluent in the English         This course provides help and support for those
language and who demonstrate good study habits are            students with EAL needs. Students who are in
strong candidates for IB English A Literature. Major          Transitional English may take this course, which
IB assessments include two oral presentations, one            provides them with the opportunity to develop their
literature in translation essay, and two exam essays.         English language skills across the curriculum. This
                                                              course is taken as an elective class.
IB English A Language and Literature, SL/HL = 1
credit
IB English A Language and Literature (IB Lang/Lit) is
a Group 1 component of the IB Diploma designed for
native level speakers of English. The content of IB Lang/
Lit is divided between a study of language (in its cultural
contexts and in the context of mass communication)
and literature (six major literary works studied in depth).
The course uses texts chosen from a variety of sources,
genres, and media. IB Lang/Lit may be chosen as an
alternative to Language A Literature, and has a similar
level of difficulty and an equivalent workload.

IB English B, SL/HL = 1 credit
English B is a two-year IB English course designed for
students who have English as a second language but
who have had significant previous experience of the
language. Grade 11 and 12 students whose language
skills are still developing towards native level will be
placed in this English course.

It may be studied at either Higher or Standard Level.
The main focus of the course is on development of the
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Mathematics
The 2019-20 academic year is one of transition in the maths department. Starting from 2019, the IB have
updated their maths courses: IB Maths Studies no longer exists. The two options are Mathematics Analysis and
Approaches (SL and HL) and Mathematics Applications and Interpretation (SL and HL). In 9th Grade, Integrated
Mathematics (IM) courses are being introduced to replace the traditional Algebra 1 and Geometry courses.

Student placement into these courses will be based on current math pathways, pre-requisites, and where relevant,
placement tests, standardised test scores and teacher recommendations.

Who will be impacted?

See the following charts below:

•   Students entering 9th Grade will have IM choices only.
•   Students entering 11th Grade will have the new IB options.
•   Students entering 10th and 12th Grade will stay on the traditional course pathways to complete their current
    programmes.

                            Grade 8       Grade 9             Grade 10            Grade 11          Grade 12

           Class of 2020                                                                            Current IB Courses
           (Grade 11 this                                                                           AP Courses
           year)                                                                                    HS Dip. Courses

           Class of 2021                                                          New IB Courses    New IB Courses
           (Grade 10 this                                                         AP Courses        AP Courses
           year)                                                                  HS Dip. Courses   HS Dip. Courses

           Class of 2022                                      Traditional         New IB Courses    New IB Courses
           (Grade 9 this                                      Pathways            AP Courses        AP Courses
           year)                                                                  HS Dip. Courses   HS Dip. Courses

           Class of 2023                  Integrated Math 2   Integrated Math 3   New IB Courses    New IB Courses
           (Grade 8 this                  Integrated Math 1   Integrated Math 2   AP Courses        AP Courses
           year)                                                                  HS Dip. Courses   HS Dip. Courses

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Grade 9        Grade 10        Grade 11         Grade 12
                  Mathematics Pathways for
                  Current 9thand 10th grade
                                                                              IB Analysis HL   IB Analysis HL
                  students.
                                                              Probability
                  (Classes of 2022 and 2021)                   and Stats
                                                Algebra 2                      IB Apps HL       IB Apps HL
                                                Advanced

                                                              Pre Calculus      AP Calculus
                                                                                 AB/BC/
                                                                                 Regular
                                                                                 Calculus

                                                 Geometry      Algebra 2                        AP Calculus
                                                                               AP Statistics
                                                 Advanced      Advanced                             AB

                                                                                                    AP
                                                                               Pre Calculus       Calculus
                                                                                                   AB/BC
                                                 Geometry      Algebra 2
                                                                               Probability
                                                                                                AP Statistics
                                                                                and Stats

                                                                               IB Analysis
                                                              Algebra 2 and                    IB Analysis SL
                                                              Geometry or          SL
                                                                Additional
                                                                  Maths
                  HS                                                                            IB Apps SL
                                                  Algebra 1                     IB Apps SL
                  Course
                  AP
                  Course                                                        Algebra 2/         Math
                  IB                                           Geometry            Math          Electives
                  Course                                                         Electives

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Grade 8             Grade 9         Grade 10        Grade 11         Grade 12
                                                                                               IB Analysis HL   IB Analysis HL

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                  Mathematics pathways
                  for students going                                                            IB Apps HL        IB Apps HL
                                             Mathematics 3 +                    Integrated
                  Into 9th Grade in 2019
                                                                               Mathematics
                                                                                    3+              AP
                                                                                                  Calculus
                                                                                                  AB/BC/
                                                                                                  Regular
                                                                                                                     AP
                                                                Integrated      Integrated                         Calculus
                                       Integrated              Mathematics 2   Mathematics 3    AP Statistics   AB/BC/ Regular
                                      Mathematics 1
                                                                  Higher          Higher

                                                                                                                      AP
                                                                                                Pre Calculus
                                                                                                                  Calculus AB

                                                                Integrated      Integrated
                                                                                                Probability
                                                               Mathematics 1   Mathematics 2                     AP Statistics
                                                                                                 and Stats
                                                                 Standard        Standard
                                       Grade 8 Math
                                                                                                IB Analysis
                                                                                                                 IB Analysis SL
                                                                                                    SL
                                                                Integrated      Integrated
                   MS                                          Mathematics 1   Mathematics 2
                   Course                                          Core            Core           HS Dip            HS Dip
                                                                                                 Course(s)         Course(S)
                   HS
                   Course
                   AP
                   Course                                                                        IB Apps SL       IB Apps SL
                   IB
                   Course
Grade 11          Grade 12
                  Mathematics Pathways
                  for Current 11th Grade        IB HL             IB HL
                  students.
                  (Class of 2020)
                                                AP
                                              Calculus
                                           AB/BC/Regular
                                              Calculus

                                            AP Statistics     AP Calculus AB

                                                                   AP
                                            Pre Calculus
                                                               Calculus AB

                                             Probability
                                                               AP Statistics
                                              and Stats

                                                IB SL              IB SL

                  HS
                  Course
                                              IB Maths           IB Maths
                  AP                           Studies            Studies
                  Course
                  IB
                  Course                   Algebra 2/ Math
                                                              Math Electives
                                               Electives

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Integrated Mathematics 1 = 1 credit                        This course is for students who have completed
                                                           Integrated Mathematics 1 or equivalent and who hope
Integrated Mathematics 1 formalizes and extends            to study IB Mathematics Analysis and
the mathematics that students learned in the middle
grades. Students will study functions, equations (linear   Approaches or IB Applications and Interpretations at
and non-linear), inequalities, and perform geometric       Standard Level or AP Courses
constructions. Integrated Mathematics I uses properties
of theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and      Integrated Mathematics 2 Core
extend understanding of geometric knowledge from           Pre-requisites: IM 1 or Algebra 1 and/or Placement
prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together   Test/ Class Grades/ MAP Scores
the algebraic and geometric ideas studied.
                                                           This course is for students who have completed
Integrated Mathematics 1 Standard                          Integrated Mathematics 1 or equivalent and who
Pre-requisites: Maths 8 or Pre- Algebra or Placement       hope to study IB Mathematics Applications and
Test                                                       Interpretations at Standard Level or Math Electives in
                                                           Grades 11 and 12.
This course is for students who have completed
Grade 8 Mathematics or equivalent and who hope to          Integrated Mathematics 3+
study IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or            (NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2020-21)
Applications and Interpretations at Standard Level or AP   Pre-requisites: IM 2 or Algebra 1 (grade A) and
mathematics courses.                                       Geometry Advanced (A), teacher recommendation,
                                                           teacher recommendation or Placement Test
Integrated Mathematics 1 Core
Pre-requisites: Maths 8 or Pre- Algebra or Placement       Integrated Mathematics 3 provides opportunities to pull
Test                                                       together and apply the accumulation of learning from
                                                           previous mathematics courses, with content grouped
This course is for students who have completed Grade       into four critical areas, organized into units. Students
8 Mathematics or equivalent and who hope to study          apply methods from probability and statistics to draw
IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretations at         inferences and conclusions from data. They expand their
Standard Level or Math Electives in Grades 11 and 12.      repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational,
                                                           and radical functions. Students bring together all of
Integrated Mathematics 2 = 1 credit                        their experience with functions and geometry to create
                                                           models and solve contextual problems. This course
Integrated Mathematics 2 focuses on quadratic              meets the requirement of an Algebra II or equivalent
expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their     credit for graduation.
characteristics and behaviour to those of linear and
non linear relationships from Integrated Mathematics       Geometry = 1 credit
I organized into critical areas or units. The need for     Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1
extending beyond the set of rational numbers arises
and real and complex numbers are introduced so that        This is a medium-paced course which introduces
all quadratic equations can be solved. The link between    students to the geometrical properties of plane figures,
probability and data is explored through conditional       from the basics of lines and angles to right triangle
probability and counting methods, including their          trigonometry, quadrilaterals and other polygons,
use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of       and circles. There is less emphasis in this course on
similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle     deductive reasoning and proof, while there is more use
trigonometry and connects to quadratics through            of co-ordinate geometry than in the advanced course.
Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with their quadratic
representations, round out the course.                     Geometry Advanced = 1 credit
                                                           Prerequisite: A grade or higher in Algebra 1
Integrated Mathematics 2 Higher
Pre-requisites: IM 1 or Algebra 1 and/or Placement         This is a faster paced course which includes such topics
Test/ Class Grades /MAP Scores                             as lines and planes, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals and
                                                           other polygons, the Pythagorean Theorem, right triangle
This course is for students who have completed             trigonometry, circles, areas of plane figures, volumes
Integrated Mathematics 1 or equivalent and who hope        of solids, similarity and congruence. Special emphasis
to study IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or IB      is given to proper mathematical notation, deductive
Applications and Interpretations at Higher Level or AP     reasoning and formal proof.
Courses

Integrated Mathematics 2 Standard
Pre-requisites: IM 1 or Algebra 1 and/or Placement
Test/ Class Grades/ MAP Scores

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Additional Mathematics (elective) = 1 credit               Probability and Statistics = 1 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or Grade 9 of a Core Studies       Prerequisite: A minimum of a ‘B’ in the second
course                                                     semester of Algebra 2 or permission of the instructor.

This course is specifically designed for Grade 10          This course is seen as a solid introduction to Statistics
students who have previously followed an integrated        and lays the groundwork for further study at the AP
maths course. There are 2 levels to this course: regular   level. Students will explore data by observing patterns
level for those students who are anticipating the non      and departures from patterns. This study will be
IB or AP route, and Advanced Level for those intending     enhanced by an efficient use of the statistical menus
to take either IB Maths Studies or Standard Level. This    on the graphing display calculator and exposure to
course covers the essentials of geometry, statistics       statistical software packages. It will be seen that the
and probability, and right triangle trigonometry, which    course is highly practical as students will develop skills
are necessary to make a successful transition to IB        that enable them to produce statistical models that
Mathematics in Grade11. This course is normally taken      relate to real world situations.
with Algebra 2. Students taking Algebra 2 Advanced
should choose Geometry or Geometry Advanced                AP Statistics = 1 credit
instead of this course if they are aiming for IB higher    Prerequisite: Ideally students will have a minimum of a
level maths or AP.                                         ‘B’ in Algebra 2 or have satisfactorily completed a full
                                                           credit in the Probability and Statistics course.
Algebra 2 = 1 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra 1                                    The purpose of this course is to introduce students
                                                           to the major concepts and tools for collecting,
This is a medium-paced maths course which reviews          analysing and drawing conclusions from data. A basic
and builds on concepts learned in Algebra 1. Students      understanding of probability theory provides the
learn to think logically, and to work with equations       necessary tool to anticipate and recognise distributions
in various ways, building on techniques acquired in        formulated under a chosen statistical model. Statistical
Algebra 1. This class is suitable for those who have       inference is used as a guide in the choice of appropriate
taken Algebra 1 and a year of Geometry. This class is      models. Students will be able to show an efficient
designed to prepare students to take AP Statistics,        use of the statistical menus on the graphing display
IB Math Studies or IB Standard Level Math. It is not       calculator and will be exposed to computer statistical
adequate preparation for IB Higher Level Math.             software packages.

Algebra 2 Advanced = 1 credit                              Precalculus = 1 credit
Prerequisite: Geometry Advanced and Algebra 1 grade        Prerequisite: An A or B grade in Algebra 2 Advanced or
A.                                                         an A grade in Algebra 2.

Algebra 2 Advanced is a fast-paced, challenging            This is a challenging and rigorous preparatory course for
mathematical course that is designed to prepare            those students that wish to study AP Calculus either at
students for IB Standard and Higher Level Mathematics,     school or at college. The course will cover functions,
and AP Calculus. The course builds upon techniques         graphs and practical applications, trigonometry, limits
introduced in Algebra 1, such as factoring, radicals,      and an introduction to calculus. Further topics in
coordinate geometry, descriptive statistics, and           discrete mathematics and data analysis may also be
quadratic equations. These, as well as additional topics   covered.
such as functions, trigonometry, exponential functions
and logarithms, are developed at a much higher level       Applied Mathematics = 1 credit
than in the standard Algebra 2 course.                     Prerequisite: Algebra 1. Grades 9 and 10 students may
                                                           not take this course.
Business Mathematics = 1 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 or 2                 This course allows students to explore, discovery and
Note: Grade 9 and 10 students may not take this            problem-solve real world situations with mathematical
course. Nor may it be taken in conjunction with IB/AP      applications. The activities are accessible for all
Mathematics courses.                                       students, as they offer a wide range of contexts
                                                           and relate to a broad spectrum of the mathematics
A classic Algebra-based, practical business math           curriculum content, such as arithmetic, algebra,
course covering an introduction to accounting, finance,    geometry, data handling and probability. The course is
insurance, statistics, and taxation as well as many        assessed through individual and group course work.
consumer-math and personal finance applications.
Metrics and foreign exchange rate conversions will
be included to help students deal with international
transactions in the global market.

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AP Calculus (AB) = 1 credit
Prerequisite: A satisfactory completion of a full credit of
IB HL1 or a minimum of a ‘B’ in Pre-Calculus.

This is a demanding college level course where topics
in differential and integral Calculus are introduced
intuitively and then developed at increasing levels
of rigour. Students are expected to demonstrate the
efficient use of technology in solving problems and
be able to communicate the mathematical solution of
problems both orally and in well written sentences.

Calculus = 1 credit
(Combined with AP Calculus)
The calculus course follows the AP Calculus syllabus,
and is taught simultaneously, but to an honours level
standard rather than AP standard.

IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches = 1 credit
Pre-requisites: HL: Algebra 2 Adv (grade B+)
+ Geometry Advanced (grade B-), and teacher
recommendation ; SL: Algebra 2 (grade A) and
Geometry (grade B+) and teacher recommendation.
Analysis and Approaches at SL and HL is appropriate
for students who enjoy developing their mathematics
to become fluent in the construction of mathematical
arguments and develop strong skills in mathematical
thinking. They will also be fascinated by exploring
real and abstract applications of these ideas, with and
without the use of technology.

Students who take Mathematics: Analysis and
Approaches will be those who enjoy the thrill of
mathematical problem solving and generalization. This
subject is aimed at students who will go on to study
subjects with substantial mathematics content such as
mathematics itself, engineering, physical sciences, or
economics for example.

IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation = 1
credit
Pre-requisites HL: Algebra 2 Adv (grade B) + Geometry
Advanced (grade C) and teacher recommendation; SL:
Algebra 2 and geometry or additional maths (at passing
grades) and teacher recommendation.

SL and HL is appropriate for students who are
interested in developing their mathematics for
describing our world and solving practical problems.
They will also be interested in harnessing the power of
technology alongside exploring mathematical models.
Students who take Mathematics: Applications and
Interpretation will be those who enjoy mathematics
best when seen in a practical context. This subject is
aimed at students who will go on to study subjects such
as social sciences, natural sciences, statistics, business,
some economics, psychology, and design, for example.

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Science                           Grade	
  9                                        Grade	
  10                                                              Grade	
  11                                                 Grade	
  12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             IB	
  Bio	
  
                                                                                                                                                                 IB	
  Bio	
  1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             HL/SL
                                                                                          Biology
                                                                                                                                                                     AP	
  Bio                                              AP	
  Bio	
  

                                                                                                                                                                 IB	
  Chem                                                IB	
  Chem
                                                                                      Chemistry                                                                         1                                                    HL/SL
                                       Science	
  9                                      A
                                                                                                                                                                       AP	
            AP	
  courses	
  are	
  1	
            AP	
  
                                                                                                                                                                                       year	
  in	
  length	
  and	
  
                                                                                                                                                                      Chem             can	
  be	
  taken	
  in	
            Chem
                                                                                      Chemistry                                                                                        grades	
  11	
  or	
  12

                                                                                         B
                                                                                                                                                                     IB	
  Phys                                             IB	
  Phys
                                                                                                                                                                           1                                                 HL/SL
                                Biology,	
  Physics
                                      or
                                                                                         Physics                                                                       AP	
                                                   AP	
  
                                  Chemistry	
  A
                      Admission	
  to	
  these	
  courses	
  in	
  gr.9	
  is	
                                                                                      Physics                                                Physics	
  
                      dependent	
  on	
  criteria	
  of	
  aptitude	
  
                      and	
  effort.
                                                                                                                                                                        1                                                      2

                                                                                    Science	
  
                                                                                    Communication                                                                                                                           IB	
  Env
                                                                                    /Investigation                                                                   IB	
  Env
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Science
                                                                                    Can	
  be	
  taken	
  in	
  Gr	
                                                 Science
                                                                                    10-­‐12                               Any	
  of	
  the	
  Gr.	
  10	
                                                                     SL
                                                                                                                          science	
  courses	
  can	
  
                                                                                                                          lead	
  to	
  IB	
  Env Sci or	
  IB	
  
                                                                                                                          Sports	
  Science                             IB	
                                               IB	
  Sports	
  	
  
                                                                                             Human	
  
                                                                                             Biology	
                                                                Sports	
  	
                                          Science	
  
                                                                                             Elective                                                                Science                                                   SL
                                                                                       Can	
  be	
  taken	
  in	
  
                                                                                          Gr	
  10-­‐12

Guide to Choices in HS Science for Students Coming
into Grade 9                                                                                                             Guide to Choices in HS Science for Students Coming
Science 9 is the best course for the majority of HS                                                                      into Grade 11 and 12
students. It is a balanced course encompassing Biology,                                                                  Students may choose between IBDP, IB Certificate,
Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. This                                                                      AP or Regular Honours classes in 11th and 12th grade.
provides students with a strong foundation in all                                                                        IBDP and IB certificate are two-year courses. AP and
four science disciplines and will give them enough                                                                       Honours are one-year courses. Entry into IB or AP
experience of these different disciplines to inform their                                                                biology, chemistry or physics requires the successful
selection of science courses in grades 10-12. Biology,                                                                   completion of a pre- requisite course (see notes in
Physics or Chemistry A are available in 9th Grade for                                                                    course descriptions). Environmental Science and Sports
highly able and motivated science students, allowing                                                                     Science do not require a specified prerequisite.
them flexibility in science pathways leading to IB and
AP.                                                                                                                      Science 9 = 1 credit
                                                                                                                         Prerequisite: The successful completion of Science 8 or
These courses are demanding honours level courses                                                                        equivalent.
and admission to this class is not automatic. In order to
be eligible for this pathway, students need to be able to                                                                Science 9 consists of quarter-long courses in Biology,
demonstrate high levels of interest, aptitude and proven                                                                 Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science. The
performance in science. Admission will be decided on                                                                     course builds on the middle school science and follows
a combination of factors, which include high grades                                                                      the spirit of NGSS. The focus is on the concepts
in science from grade 8, standardised test scores e.g.                                                                   that cut across the sciences and the development of
MAP, Grade 8 teacher recommendation, motivation and                                                                      scientific practices within the context of each of the
work habits in science class.                                                                                            disciplines taught. These include the interpretation and
                                                                                                                         use of models; the design, collection and interpretation
Guide to Choices in HS Science for Students Coming                                                                       of data; the way in which structures of systems relate
into Grade 10                                                                                                            to their functions; and the communication of science.
Students must take one science class in Grade                                                                            Strong emphasis is placed on laboratory and fieldwork,
10, although they can take up to three. If they are                                                                      inquiry based tasks and critical thinking.
considering taking biology, chemistry or physics at IB
or AP level in 11th and 12th grade, they must take the
Grade 10 named course (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics)
as a prerequisite. There are 2 options for chemistry:
Chemistry A, which is standard progression towards
IB, or Chemistry B, for students aiming for the more
challenging AP chemistry course.
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Science: Investigation = 1 credit                           required. This serves as an adequate pre-requiste for IB
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Science 9.          chemistry.
Note: This elective course is only open to students in
Grades 10-12.                                               Chemistry B
                                                            Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and
This course is designed to develop the practical and        of Science 9 or equivalent, or by special application.
critical thinking skills of students who enjoy laboratory   Students should be concurrently studying Algebra 2
and fieldwork and problem solving. Students who             (adv).
take this course may take regular science courses or
science electives afterwards. It is NOT a prerequisite or   This is a challenging and rigorous preparatory course
sufficient preparation for AP courses or IB courses.        specifically designed for those students who wish to
                                                            study AP Chemistry,or who to wish to study chemistry
Science Communication = 1 credit                            at a higher level in the future. Emphasis is placed on
Note: This elective course is only open to students in      the abstract concepts of chemistry and the use of
Grades 10-12.                                               mathematics to solve chemistry problems. The practical
                                                            side of the course will reinforce these concepts in
This course is designed to develop the communication        addition to building and developing the techniques and
and critical thinking skills of students with respect to    skills needed to work independently within a laboratory
contemporary scientific issues. Units include Infectious    environment. Much of the teaching of both theory and
Diseases, The Universe, Material Science and Medicines      lab will take place through guided inquiry. Chemistry B
& Drugs; the exact content of each unit will depend         is recommended for students able to cover material in
upon the individual students’ interests and topical         substantial detail and at a fast pace.
issues present in the media. Students will communicate
their findings through presentations, video production,     Human Biology = 1 credit
information articles and debate. Students who take          Note: This elective course is only open to students in
this course may take regular science courses or science     Grades 10-12.
electives afterwards. It is NOT a prerequisite or
sufficient preparation for AP courses or IB courses.        Human Biology is an advanced elective taught over a
                                                            one-year period. It presents the anatomy of the human
Biology = 1 credit                                          body with a focus on human-biology related issues.
Pre-requisites: Successful completion or current            Laboratory work and dissections are a requirement.
enrolment in Algebra 1, completion of Science 9 or          Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate
equivalent, or by special application.                      understanding of cell biology and the human body
                                                            systems. Strands include the cell; matter, energy,
Regular Biology includes the study of cellular structure    and organisation in living systems; and behaviour of
and function, genetics, evolution, ecology, along           organisms.
with plant and human physiology. Through inquiry
of activities and laboratory, students develop an           AP Chemistry = 1 credit
understanding of essential biological principles. In the    Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Chem B or
laboratory, an emphasis is placed on recognition of         equivalent level course and Algebra 2 (adv).
variables, data collection and processing, analysis and
evaluation.                                                 AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a two-
                                                            semester college introductory chemistry course taken
Physics = 1 credit                                          by chemistry majors during their first year. The key
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and      concepts and related contents that define AP chemistry
of Science 9 or equivalent, or by special application.      are organised around six underlying principles called the
                                                            Big Ideas and seven Science Practices. The full details of
Regular Physics is intended to be a precursor to            these can be found on the College Board website.
pursuing the subject at IB or AP level, so it is mostly
aimed at 10th graders who performed well in Science         AP Biology = 1 credit
9 gaining at least a B. It covers a broad range of topics   Prerequisites: At least a B in regular Biology.
in physics; mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism,
waves and nuclear physics, but at a level only requiring    AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a two-
basic algebra and graphing skills. No trigonometry or       semester college introductory biology course taken by
calculus are required.                                      biology majors during their first year. After showing
                                                            themselves to be qualified on the AP exam, some
Chemistry = 1 credit                                        students, in their freshman year, are permitted to
                                                            undertake upper-level courses in biology or to register
Chemistry A                                                 for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Unit
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and      topics in the course include: molecules and cells; cellular
of Science 9 or equivalent, or by special application.      energetics; heredity and evolution; molecular genetics;
Chemistry A is the standard honor level course. It aims     evolutionary biology; organisms and populations;
to build a strong foundation in the subject through         structure and function of plants and animals; and
the use of inquiry activities, contextual problems          ecology.
and practical work. Topics include atomic structure,
bonding, redox reactions, kinetics, stoichiometry and
acid/ base theory. Basic algebra and graphing skills are
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AP Physics 1 = 1 credit                                       include: statistical analysis; cells, the chemistry of life;
Prerequisites: The successful completion of the Regular       genetics; ecology and evolution; and human health and
Physics course in grade 10 or 11 with at least a B.           physiology.

This is a 1 year course designed to permit students in        IB Chemistry, SL/HL = 1 credit
high school to gain college credit and/or placement in        Prerequisites: At least a B in regular chemistry course is
physics by taking courses in school at the introductory       required for entry.
level most commonly offered at college and university.
After showing themselves to be qualified on the               Chemistry is an experimental science that combines
AP exam, some students, in their freshmen year,               academic study with the acquisition of practical and
are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in             investigational skills. It is often called the central
physics or to register for courses for which physics is       science, as chemical principles underpin both the
a prerequisite. Topics include: kinematics; Newton’s          physical environment in which we live and all biological
laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of           systems. The Diploma Programme chemistry course
particles, linear momentum; oscillations; gravitation;        includes the essential principles of the subject but
rotational motion; electrostatics; conductors and electric    also, through selection of an option, allows teachers
circuits.                                                     some flexibility to tailor the course. The course
                                                              allows students to develop traditional practical skills
AP Physics 2 = 1 credit                                       and techniques and to increase facility in the use of
Prerequisites: The successful completion of AP 1              mathematics, which is the language of science. A single
Physics course in grade 11.                                   internal assessment is undertaken in the form of a ten
                                                              hour individual investigation.
This is a 1 year course designed to permit students in
high school to gain college credit and/or placement in        IB Environmental Systems and Society, SL = 1 credit
physics by taking courses in school at the introductory       Prerequisites: Successful completion of Grade 10
level most commonly offered at college and university.        Biology or equivalent, i.e., Chemistry or Physics with
After showing themselves to be qualified on the               at least a ‘C’ and demonstrated proficiency in basic
AP exam, some students, in their freshmen year,               arithmetic functions, use of descriptive statistics, use
are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in             of standard scientific notation, using and constructing
physics or to register for courses for which physics is       charts, column graphs, histograms and pie charts to
a prerequisite. Topics include: Thermodynamics; fluid         display and interpret data, use of the scientific method
statics and dynamics; electric force, field and potential;    and lab report writing.
DC and RC circuits; electromagnetism; geometric
and physical optics and quantum, atomic and nuclear           This is a standard-level, two-year trans-disciplinary
physics.                                                      course that can be used to meet IB requirements
                                                              for group 4 experimental sciences and/or group 3
IB Physics, SL/HL = 1 credit                                  individuals and societies. Topics include: The modern
Prerequisites: The successful completion of Regular           environmental movement; Environmental perspectives;
Physics in Grade 10 or equivalent with at least a grade       Ecosystems; Systems theory; Biodiversity; Conserving
B.                                                            biodiversity; Population dynamics; Resources as
                                                              natural capital; Energy resources; Water resources;
Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental           Soil resources; Food resources; Succession; Pollution
sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself from     management; Climate Change. This is a rigorous IB
the very smallest particles—currently accepted as             Diploma Course. Students looking to complete credit
quarks, which may be truly fundamental—to the vast            requirements in science only should take Environmental
distances between galaxies. The Diploma Programme             Science.
physics course includes the essential principles of the
subject but also, through selection of an option, allows      IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science, SL = 1 credit
teachers some flexibility to tailor the course. The course    Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Biology,
allows students to develop traditional practical skills       Chemistry or Physics 10 with a C or above.
and techniques and to increase facility in the use of
mathematics, which is the language of science. A single       This course is taken over two years. The Sport Exercise
internal assessment is undertaken in the form of a ten        and Health Science course incorporates the disciplines
hour individual investigation.                                of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and
                                                              nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport,
IB Biology, SL/HL = 1 credit                                  exercise and health. A combination of syllabus content
Prerequisites: At least a B in regular Biology is required.   and experimental work provides the opportunity for
                                                              students to acquire the knowledge and understanding
This is a 2 year course in which all the students cover       necessary to apply scientific principles and analyse
common ground in Grade 11 and then split in Grade             human performance. The curriculum provides excellent
12 into Higher or Standard Levels. Strong emphasis            preparation for university courses including those
is placed on laboratory and fieldwork, data collection,       specifically related to Sport, Sports Science or Physical
analysis and evaluation. In addition the students carry       Education.
out a science project of about 10 hours duration. Topics
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