10TH GRADE IB
INFORMATION MEETING
Introductions:
Ms. Beth Groeneman, IB
Diploma Coordinator
Student and Parent
Panelists
10TH GRADE IB INFO MEETING
AGENDA
• What are the advantages in taking
advanced courses?
• Information about IB – diploma
and certificate
• What a student’s next steps
should be
• Q and A with current students,
teachers and parents
WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE STUDENT?
ADVANCED COURSES AND YOUR FUTURE
Students benefit in three ways:
1. Students learn to do college level coursework
while still in high school, making the college
transition easier.
2. They become more attractive candidates to
colleges in the admissions process
3. They may get credit or advanced standing by
scoring well on AP or IB exams
AP COURSES AT B-CC
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SOME QUICK BACKGROUND ABOUT
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA
Founded in the late 1960’s as an
internationally recognized high school
diploma credential for students living
abroad who wanted to return to their
own country for university.
Currently recognized as a highly
rigorous secondary school diploma –
most IB students stay in their own
countries for college.
IB DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
Take courses and
exams in the 6 IB
subject groups
Complete 3 core
requirements
International
Baccalaureate
Diploma
IB DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
English
Chinese,
French,
Spanish,
Arabic
Biology,
Chemistry,
Physics,
Enviro.
Euro.
History
Music, Film, Art,
Theatre, Psychology,
Anthropology, extra
language or science.
Math (3 levels)
IB’S CORE REQUIREMENTS
Theory of Knowledge: How do you know what
you know?
Extended Essay: 4000 words (written in a
class) on a researchable topic of your
choosing
Creativity, Action, Service: CAS is IB’s way of
making sure students stay engaged in the
larger world
DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE?
Students can choose to follow all six academic
courses plus the core work (ToK, Extended Essay,
and CAS hours) for an IB diploma, or
Students can pick one or more IB courses for an IB
certificate – this is a pattern similar to AP.
Certificate students may not take ToK, or Extended
Essay and they don’t perform CAS hours
Inside the classroom, diploma and certificate students
do the same work
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IB
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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IB
THE DECISION PROCESS
Because the decision about
advanced courses is made by
the student (with support from
families), the next two months
should be an information
gathering process for the
student.
THE DECISION PROCESS: SUPPORTS
AP/IB open houses at lunchtime in
late January
Electives fair in early February
Website course bulletin (under
construction!)
Individual student meetings with
IB coordinator
THE DECISION PROCESS: MANY INFORMAL
CONVERSATIONS!!
Parents
Current juniors and seniors in
classes
Current teachers
Current teachers of AP and IB
courses
Counselors
IB diploma coordinator
FAQ’S ABOUT MYP AND THE DIPLOMA
PROGRAM
Q. Can I register for the diploma
program or courses if I don’t
complete my Personal Project?
A. The Personal Project is very valuable
in the diploma program, as it gives a
student the opportunity to learn
something in depth and complete a
project over time – but if you don’t
complete the project you can still be a
diploma program student or take
individual courses.
FAQ’S ABOUT REGISTERING FOR IB
COURSES
Q. Are there prerequisites for courses?
Do I need a teacher recommendation?
A. There are some course prerequisites
for both AP and IB courses (Math,
Foreign Language)
Students at B-CC make up their own
minds regarding participation in
advanced courses. Because the choice
is student-driven, it’s important to gather
as much information as possible.
FAQ’S ABOUT IB EXAMS:
Q. When do IB exams happen?
What are they like? Are they
mandatory?
A. IB exams – which are mandatory happen at the end of the course
sequence (which can be two years
long). IB exams have multiple choice
sections in science only, short
answer sections in some subjects,
and choices of essay questions.
FAQ’S ABOUT COLLEGES AND THE IB
Q.Do students who do well on IB
exams get college credit?
A. Every college has its own
policy about credit, but generally,
students do get credit for good
scores on all higher level exams
and some standard level exams
FAQ’S ABOUT COLLEGES AND IB?
Q. I’ve heard that IB is great for
students attending college outside
of the US but for students staying in
the US it’s not as good – is this
true?
A. US colleges recognize the rigorous
work that IB diploma candidates do
and admit them to their colleges at a
higher rate than non-diploma
candidates.
WHAT ABOUT COLLEGES AND THE IB?
MOST POPULAR COLLEGE CHOICES
University/College
IB Candidates
Acceptance Rate
Overall Acceptance Rate
1. University of Florida
82%
42%
2. Florida State Univ.
92%
60%
3. Brown University
18%
9%
4. Stanford University
15%
7%
5. Columbia University
13%
9%
6. UC Berkeley
58%
26%
7. Harvard University
10%
7%
8. New York University
57%
30%
9. Univ. of Michigan
71%
51%
10. Univ. of Miami
72%
30%
WHAT ABOUT COLLEGES AND THE IB?
MOST POPULAR COLLEGE CHOICES
University/College
IB Candidates
Acceptance Rate
Overall Acceptance Rate
11. Cornell University
31%
18%
12. Duke University
28%
16%
13. Univ. of Pennsylvania 24%
14%
14. Yale University
18%
7%
15. Univ. of Central Fl.
90%
47%
16. Boston University
70%
58%
17. UCLA
48%
23%
18. UVA
64%
32%
19. UNC-Chapel Hill
63%
32%
20. Princeton University
16%
8%
FAQ’S ABOUT IB AND COLLEGES
Q. How do IB diploma candidates find out
what colleges offer to them in terms of
special programs, credits, and
admissions?
A. There’s a regional IB college fair for
current IB 11th graders and 10th students
signed up for the diploma program that will
take place on April 20th . About 150 colleges
from the US and abroad will be there to
recruit diploma candidates.
FAQ’S ABOUT IB
Q. I’ve heard that IB is great for students
interested in humanities, languages, and
social science, but not strong for science
and math. Is that true?
A. Not exactly for math – IB Math HL has BC
Calculus as a pre-requisite. For science
there are some differences between AP and
IB sciences – but the biggest difference is
that an IB diploma candidate probably won’t
take more than two science courses in 11th
and 12th grades.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT – IB
DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE?
Students interested in learning more about
IB and meeting with Ms. Groeneman, turn
in the information sheet with contact
information
Students wishing to take some IB courses
or the IB diploma, must meet with Ms.
Groeneman to design an IB program and
have her sign off on the registration card
before turning it in
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT - AP?
Students planning to register for
Advanced Placement courses just need
to indicate their AP course selections
on registration cards for next year.
HANDOUTS ON OUTSIDE TABLE:
 Brief summary of the diploma program
at B-CC (yellow)
 A quick reference sheet on AP and IB
at B-CC (white)
 IB courses available in the 2013-14
school year (pink)
 College admissions statistics from
2011 IB survey (green)
10TH GRADE IB INFO MEETING
AGENDA
And now, a word from one of our
sponsors – the B-CC Foundation’s
Alysa Emden
QUESTIONS??
Current IB diploma seniors, current/former
parents, are here if you have questions about:
-the IB or AP course loads
-- time management (IB/AP + extracurriculars, jobs,
out-of-school commitments)
-- their personal take on the value of IB and the value
of AP
-- and other concerns that would help you in the
decision making process
QUESTIONS?
Audience members - please stand if you
have a question.
Respondents – please repeat the question
into the microphone before you begin to
respond!
Thanks for coming and
please get in touch if
you have questions!
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