Minnetonka High School
The Mission of the International Baccalaureate Organization
The International Baccalaureate Organization
aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring
young people who help to create a better and more
peaceful world through intercultural understanding
and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools,
governments and international organizations to
develop challenging programmes of international
education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across
the world to become active, compassionate and
lifelong learners who understand that other people,
with their differences, can also be right.
The IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programmes is
to develop internationally minded
people who, recognizing their
common humanity and shared
guardianship of the planet, help
to create a better and more
peaceful world.
IB learners strive to be
• Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills
necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence
in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will
be sustained throughout their lives.
• Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have
local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth
knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced
range of disciplines.
• Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically
and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and
make reasoned, ethical decisions.
• Communicators They understand and express ideas and
information confidently and creatively in more than one language and
in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and
willingly in collaboration with others.
• Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense
of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups
and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and
the consequences that accompany them.
IB learners strive to be
• Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures
and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and
traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed
to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to
grow from the experience.
• Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the
needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to
service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others
and to the environment.
• Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with
courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to
explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate
in defending their beliefs.
• Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical
and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves
and others.
• Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning
and experience. They are able to assess and understand their
strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and
personal development.
Are students able to take just one
or a few IB classes without
taking the full program?
Absolutely!
IB is a full program, and is its most
powerful taken as a program, but you
can choose even just one course.
Of our IB students, 84% take just one or
more IB classes.
What does it mean to be an
International Baccalaureate
courses student?
You are a curious, motivated student
who has chosen to take one or more
classes from a rigorous program of
study recognized around the world as
evidence of the depth of your skills
and your readiness for college
What does it mean to be an
International Baccalaureate
diploma student?
You are a curious, motivated student
who has chosen a rigorous program of
study where you will earn your regular
MHS high school diploma and seek a
second, the International
Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, that is
recognized around the world as
evidence of the depth of your skills
and your readiness for college
The Diploma Programme Curriculum Model
The Diploma Programme Curriculum Model
Literature
Language & Literature
Literature & Performance
Chinese-Mandarin
French
German
Spanish
History of Europe & the
Modern Middle East
Business & Management
Economics
Psychology
Math Studies
Mathematics
Further Mathematics
Biology
Physics
Sports, Exercise, & Heath Science
Music
Visual Arts
The Diploma Programme Curriculum Model
Two levels of IB courses—
standard level (SL), one-year
courses, and higher level (HL),
two-year courses
Chinese-Mandarin SL & HL
French SL & HL
German SL & HL
Spanish SL & HL
Biology SL & HL
Physics SL
Sports, Exercise, & Heath Science SL
Literature HL
Language & Literature SL
Literature & Performance SL
History of Europe & the
Modern Middle East HL
Business & Management SL
Economics SL
Psychology SL
Math Studies SL
Mathematics SL
Mathematics HL
Further Mathematics HL
Music SL
Visual Arts SL & HL
The Diploma Programme Curriculum Model
Two levels of IB courses—
standard level (SL), one-year
courses, and higher level (HL),
two-year courses
Chinese-Mandarin SL & HL
French SL & HL
German SL & HL
Spanish SL & HL
Biology SL & HL
Physics SL
Sports, Exercise, & Heath Science SL
Students can freely choose
IB courses as long as they
have completed the proper
prerequisites
Literature HL
Language & Literature SL
Literature & Performance SL
History of Europe & the
Modern Middle East HL
Business & Management SL
Economics SL
Psychology SL
Math Studies SL
Mathematics SL
Mathematics HL
Further Mathematics HL
Music SL
Visual Arts SL & HL
The Diploma Programme Curriculum Model
A student interested in the full
diploma programme takes one
course from each area of the circle,
choosing three or four HL courses
and two or three SL courses
Chinese-Mandarin SL & HL
French SL & HL
German SL & HL
Spanish SL & HL
Literature HL
Language & Literature SL
Literature & Performance SL
History of Europe & the
Modern Middle East HL
Business & Management SL
Economics SL
Psychology SL
All Central Elements are required for
the full IB diploma programme
Biology SL & HL
Physics SL
Sports, Exercise, & Heath Science SL
Math Studies SL
Mathematics SL
Mathematics HL
Further Mathematics HL
Music SL
Visual Arts SL & HL
The Central Elements of the Diploma Programme
The Central Elements of the Diploma Programme
Theory of Knowledge:
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TOK stimulates critical
reflection on knowledge
and experience
Students attempt to answer
the question “What do I
know, and how do I know
that I know it?”
The course is placed in the
junior year for full diploma
candidates with extensions
into senior year English and
history courses and nurtures
the student through the
transition into the IB
program
The Central Elements of the Diploma Programme
The Extended Essay:
(up to 4,000 words)
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Written in an IB subject
under study junior year on a
topic developed with a
faculty advisor, this essay
acquaints diploma
candidates with the kind of
independent research and
writing skills expected by
universities.
The project begins in the
spring of junior year in
TOK class, and students
often complete a rough
draft by the start of summer
vacation.
The Central Elements of the Diploma Programme
Creativity, Action, and
Service: (CAS)
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Creativity: The artisanal,
literary, musical, visual,
and performing arts and
crafts
Action: Physical activity
Service: Community
service
CAS Learner Outcomes
• Increase awareness of personal strengths and
areas for growth
• Undertake new challenges
• Plan and initiate activities
• Work collaboratively with others
• Show perseverance and commitment in activities
• Engage with issues of global importance
• Consider the ethical implications of one’s actions
• Develop new skills
CAS Learner Outcomes
• Students work on each outcome through one or
more CAS activities over the two years of the
program
• Students choose one or more activities each year
in each of the three areas—creativity, action, and
service
• Students verify their CAS work through reflections,
interviews, and other evidence— such as pictures,
programs, and staff verification—appropriate to
each student’s activities
International Baccalaureate
What sets IB courses apart?
IB courses often connect together with respect to curriculum
topics.
IB courses are noted for their writing across the curriculum as
well as class presentations.
IB students must develop their own ideas in their writing and
presentations as well as through class discussion.
IB science students develop and conduct their own laboratory
experiments.
IB math students write math papers.
All IB courses possess an international education component.
IB students and teachers keep the IB learner profile in mind
as they work together toward their shared goals.
International Baccalaureate
What sets IB schools apart?
 There are currently 3,503 IB schools located in 144 countries.
 There are currently 2,375 Diploma Programmes offered
world-wide in 143 countries.
 Minnetonka High School is among the 1,233 Diploma
Programmes offered in the Americas region.
 By the year 2020, there will be more than 12,000 schools
offering IB Programmes, and there will be 250,000 IB
students in the Diploma program taking 1 million exams each
year.
 IB students are motivated, engaged learners who earn
college degrees at rates and with GPAs exceeding their
counterparts who were not fortunate enough to have been
part of the IB.
International Baccalaureate
What sets IB programs apart?
Students must complete “internal assessments” in each IB
class, the scores of which combine with the IB exams to give
the student an IB grade of 1 through 7.
Students earn the IB diploma with a score of at least 24
points.
IB assessments are “moderated” by IB examiners, where a
sample of each internal assessment and IB exam is regraded by senior IB examiners. Student scores can thereby
be raised or lowered based on that re-grading.
Students are examined in a variety of ways which include
oral presentations and interviews, lab work, artistic
performance, papers that are written and revised, objective
exams in science only, and writing under timed conditions.
International Baccalaureate
How are IB and AP Similar?
The potential for college credit is high. Just like Advanced
Placement, though, that credit is determined by the institution
you attend and is based on the exams that you take and the
scores you earn. Check college credit policies by searching
your favorite university’s website and entering IB credit policy
and AP credit policy in the search bar.
 Blocks of credit usually equivalent to about one year of
college credit are often available to students who earn the IB
diploma.
 IB-specific scholarships are available at many institutions.
Both IB and AP courses qualify for weighted grades. We preweight those grades and assume that you will earn the required
3 on the IB and AP exams that match your courses.
Both IB and AP are well known by colleges as excellent
preparation for university work.
What the IB Program Does Well
• develops key skills and content knowledge
systematically over multiple years
• results in key skills being developed progressively from
year to year in order to foster intellectual maturity
particularly during the senior year, through semiindependent projects and papers as well as the extended
essay
• promotes intellectual coherence by helping students
better understand the nature of disciplinary knowledge and
thinking in the context of complex, important problems and
tasks
• helps students make connections among disciplines
through classes such as Theory of Knowledge
Main Finding in EPIC’s Standards
for College Readiness Study*
“What is perhaps most notable about our findings is the degree to
which IB standards were found to be related to the kinds of key
cognitive strategies that our previous research points to as being
so important for success in colleges and universities. We have
learned that it’s not enough for students to study content in
isolation; they must use their content knowledge to solve
problems, make conjectures and inferences, and think deeply about
the big questions of the disciplines. The IB standards seem to be
particularly well suited to achieving these aims.”
– David Conley, Educational Policy Improvement Center at the
University of Oregon
*For more complete information, see http://www.ibo.org/
announcements/succeedincollege.cfm and http://epiconline.org/
MHS IB Student Statistics
• World-wide, between 78 and 80% of students who
attempt the diploma each year earn it
• At MHS, 91% of our diploma students have attained
the IB diploma
• This year, we have 30 seniors going for the full
diploma and 56 juniors going for the full diploma
• 441 additional students are taking one or more IB
courses this year here at MHS
• 329 juniors and seniors are taking at least one IB
course and at least one AP course this year
IB AND COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
Source: IB Students Destinations Survey, 2011. Find the survey’s full results at http://www.ibo.org/recognition/resourcesanddocumentlibrary/moreresources/index.cfm
What’s Next?
Students choose IB courses
or the full IB diploma
program before registration
ends on February 22. This
allows students the greatest
flexibility and choice.
Before you choose, though, . . .
What’s Next?
Some Suggestions
1. Talk with family and friends
2. Think about yourself as a learner and your
goals regarding your high school education
3. Talk with your guidance counselor. Like all
IB teachers, all MHS counselors have been
IB-trained
4. If you’re thinking about the full diploma
program, visit Dr. Swanson in the Guidance
Office to investigate and ask questions
5. Check out our IB website at
minnetonka.k12.mn.us/academics/ib and the
IBO website at www.ibo.org.
What’s Next After That ?
If you’d like to sign up for individual IB courses, consult your family,
read the Skipper Log, ask your current teachers, talk with friends,
consult your Guidance Counselor, and/or talk with Dr. Swanson
about possible choices. We’re all here to help.
If you’d like to sign up for the full IB Diploma Programme, contact
Ann Swanson
AP, High Potential, & IB Coordinator
952-401-5897
[email protected]
To make an appointment, call 952-401-5811
or swing by the Guidance Office
The World is Yours!
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