NKCHS IB Happenings
IB EXAM EDITION
Getting Ready for Exams
We are excited to see this group of students show all they've learned!
IB Parent Meeting - Preparing for Exams
Important Upcoming Events for Seniors
- April 14 - Service Learning Portfolio Due (CP)
- April 26- IB Senior Celebration
- April 28 - CAS Portfolio Due (DP)
- April 28 - Language Development Project Due (CP)
- May 1 - Decision Day
- May 2-19 - IB Exams (Norclay Building)
- May 11 - Last Day for Seniors
- May 17 - NKCHS Graduation
How Students Earn the IB Diploma and the IB Career-related Certificate
Candidates must complete IB coursework in 6 different areas of study, 3 at higher level (HL) and 3 at standard level (SL). Students are scored on their internal and external assessments in each of those courses on a scale from 1-7. Their total score in the 6 courses must total at least 24 points. In addition, students must meet the following requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of TOK (grade of A-D)
- Satisfactory completion of CAS (all 7 learning outcomes achieved)
- Satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay (grade of A-D)
- Higher level course scores must total 12 points or higher
- Standard level course scores must total 9 points or higher
- No higher level course score can be lower than a 3
- No score of 1 can be earned in any course
- No more than 2 scores of 2 awarded
- No more than 3 scores of 3 awarded
Candidates must complete coursework in at least 2 different areas of study, one spanning two years. Students are scored on their internal and external assessments in each of those courses on a scale from 1-7. Students must also complete two years of a career-related study. In order to earn the certificate, students must meet the following requirements:
- Earn a 3 or above in two of their IB courses
- Satisfactory completion of the Career-related study (external assessment)
- Satisfactory completion of Personal and Professional Skills
- Satisfactory completion of Reflective Project (grade of A-D)
- Satisfactory completion of Language Development
- Satisfactory completion of Service Learning (all 5 learning outcomes achieved)
Dealing with the Stress of IB Exam Season
IB Senior Dinner
Working to Make Exam Scores Mean More in Missouri!
A group of IB students and educators from NKCHS traveled to Jefferson City on March 29, to advocate on behalf of all IB students in favor of HB 1173. We couldn’t be prouder of the students who went along to support and even provide testimony in front of the House Committee on Higher Education.
This experience was one of those “core memories” for each of us. Exploring the Capitol Building (special access granted by Mr. Skaggs), being introduced on the House floor, hanging out in the House Lounge (photo above), and meeting representatives from across our state was just the beginning! The testimonies of the students were absolutely PERFECT and could not have been better received by the committee. The members who spoke expressed tremendous support of MO public colleges/universities granting credit for IB exam scores of a 4 or above, some even saying we should do more! We can’t wait to see where this bill that Representative Maggie Nurrenbern (former NKCHS educator) sponsored ends up and what that will mean for IB students across our state!
If you’d like to watch the hearing, click the link below. You will select “Archive Video” from the menu on the left and scroll down to click on “Higher Education” on March 29. I also put out quite a few posts on Twitter (#IBNKC) as each student testified if you’d like a glimpse into the hearing room.
Who's Here to Help You?
IB Career-related Program Coordinator
Dr. Chad Lower is serving in his tenth year as the IBCP Coordinator. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IB Diploma Program Coordinator
Mrs. Mitsi Nessa is serving in her second year as the IBDP Coordinator. She can be reached at email@example.com.
IB Program Administrative Assistant
Miss Cymantha Beason, a graduate of Northtown, joined the IB team this year. She can be reached at 816.321.6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org