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 Placeholder slide for Sarah’s collage slide 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 Anthropology 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!