RPHS's IB Newsletter: Issue 3

So What Should My Student Be Taking?

Course Schedules

Since enrollment for next year's classes is right around the corner, this issue of the IB Newsletter is going to focus on what your student needs to take next year and what their 4-year course of study in high school will look like if they choose to work towards the IB diploma.


As you will see below, IB Diploma Candidates (students working towards the IB diploma) do not have as many options as other students, but they can still personalize parts of their schedules based on their interests and career goals.


Please remember that students who do not want to do the full Diploma Program can still take IB classes for certificates. This means they can pick and choose the IB classes they want and sit for the IB examinations with the hope of scoring high enough to earn college credit (similar to the way our AP classes work). Students and parents should understand that score requirements often differ between colleges, and some colleges do not yet offer credit for IB coursework

What to Take Next Year

Incoming 7th graders interested in becoming an IB Diploma Candidate should take the following courses:

  • Advanced Spanish 7 (1 semester)
  • Advanced 7th Grade Math
  • Advanced English Language Arts 7


Incoming 8th graders interested in becoming an IB Diploma Candidate should take the following courses:

  • Advanced Spanish 8 (full year)
  • Algebra I
  • Advanced English Language Arts 8 or LEAP


Incoming 9th graders interested in becoming an IB Diploma Candidate should take the following courses:

  • Adv. English I
  • Adv. Spanish I
  • Adv. American History
  • Pre-AP Biology
  • Advanced Geometry


Incoming 10th graders interested in becoming an IB Diploma Candidate should take the following courses:

  • Adv. English II
  • Adv. Spanish II
  • AP World History
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced Algebra II


Students in high school should also work on getting their required elective credits (Health, PE, Practical Arts, etc.) out of the way. A good way to knock out some elective credits and lighten a student's load is to take summer school classes. Incoming 9th graders usually can take PE or Health class, and incoming 10th graders can take Personal Finance during the summer.



Diploma Candidate's Course of Study Options

Depending on their choice of an IB elective, diploma candidates have several options when it comes to how they approach the IB program.


Option #1-with Visual Arts elective

9th Grade:

Advanced English I

Advanced Spanish I

Advanced American History

Pre-AP Biology

Advanced Geometry

Ele. of Art (1 sem)/Prin. of Desgn (1 sem)

PE (1 sem)/Health (1 sem)


10th Grade:

Advanced English II

Advanced Spanish II

AP World History

Chemistry

Advanced Algebra II

Level 3 Art Class

Pract. Art (1 sem)/Per. Finan. (1 sem)


11th Grade:

IB English 1

IB Spanish 1

IB History of the Americas 1
IB Biology 1

IB Math Studies 1 or Math SL 1

IB Visual Arts 1

PE (Sem 1)/Theory of Knowledge (TOK) (Sem 2)


12th Grade:

IB English 2

IB Spanish 2

IB History of the Americas 2

IB Biology 2

IB Math Studies 2 or Math SL 2

IB Visual Arts 2

TOK (Sem 1)/Free Elective (Sem 2)


Option #2 (with Band)

with Psychology elective

9th Grade:

Advanced English I

Advanced Spanish I

Advanced American History

Pre-AP Biology

Advanced Geometry

Band

PE (1 sem)/Health (1 sem)


10th Grade:

Advanced English II

Advanced Spanish II

AP World History

Chemistry

Advanced Algebra II

Band

Pract. Art (1 sem)/Per. Finan. (1 sem)


11th Grade:

IB English 1

IB Spanish 1

IB History of the Americas 1
IB Biology 1

IB Math Studies 1 or Math SL 1

Band

IB Psychology

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) (Sem 2) Zero Hour


12th Grade:

IB English 2

IB Spanish 2

IB History of the Americas 2

IB Biology 2

IB Math Studies 2 or Math SL 2

Band

TOK Sem 1/PE (Sem 2)


Option #3 -with Theater elective

9th Grade:

Advanced English I

Advanced Spanish I

Advanced American History

Pre-AP Biology

Advanced Geometry

Prac. Art (1 sem)/Open Elective (1 sem)

PE (1 sem)/Health (1 sem)


10th Grade:

Advanced English II

Advanced Spanish II

AP World History

Chemistry

Advanced Algebra II

Theater Classes (Sem1/Sem 2)

Pract. Art (1 sem)/Per. Finan. (1 sem)


11th Grade:

IB English 1

IB Spanish 1

IB History of the Americas 1
IB Biology 1

IB Math Studies 1 or Math SL 1

IB Theater 1

PE (Sem 1)/Theory of Knowledge (TOK) (Sem 2)


12th Grade:

IB English 2

IB Spanish 2

IB History of the Americas 2

IB Biology 2

IB Math Studies 2 or Math SL 2

IB Theater 2

TOK (Sem 1)/Free Elective (Sem 2)


Option #4-with Chemistry as IB elective

9th Grade:

Advanced English I

Advanced Spanish I

Advanced American History

Pre-AP Biology

Advanced Geometry

Prac. Art (1 sem)/Open Elective (1 sem)

PE (1 sem)/Health (1 sem)


10th Grade:

Advanced English II

Advanced Spanish II

AP World History

Chemistry

Advanced Algebra II

Fine Arts (Sem1/Sem 2)

Pract. Art (1 sem)/Per. Finan. (1 sem)


11th Grade:

IB English 1

IB Spanish 1

IB History of the Americas 1
IB Biology 1

IB Math Studies 1 or Math SL 1

IB Chemistry 1

PE (Sem 1)/Theory of Knowledge (TOK) (Sem 2)


12th Grade:

IB English 2

IB Spanish 2

IB History of the Americas 2

IB Biology 2

IB Math Studies 2 or Math SL 2

IB Chemistry 2

TOK (Sem 1)/Free Elective (Sem 2)

A Note about Zero Hour

Diploma Candidates who also participate in Band will probably have to take a zero hour course during second semester of their junior year to fit in their IB elective and Theory of Knowledge. This class will meet an hour before school starts, three times a week for just that one semester.

Students who graduate in the Class of 2019 (current 7th graders) and beyond. . .

For the Class of 2019 and younger, students who are interested in being full Diploma Candidates should take a semester of Spanish in 7th grade and a full year of Spanish in 8th grade.


Upon entering 9th grade, they will be able to take Spanish II (skipping Spanish I) and take Spanish III in 10th grade. They will then take IB Spanish 1 as a junior and IB Spanish 2 as a senior.

Have Questions?

Contact:

Steven Meek

IB Coordinator-RPHS

steve.meek@raypec.org

816-892-1408


Find more information at:

www.raypecib.weebly.com

and

www.ibo.org