RPHS's IB Newsletter

Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life

What is International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a series of rigorous classes that students can take during their 11th and 12th grade years. By taking IB classes, students can better prepare themselves for the challenges of college and develop habits to become life-long learners. Students can also earn college credit for the IB classes they take depending on how well they score in their IB classes and the college they go to.


RPHS is currently a candidate school and is going through the application process for the IB program. We plan to begin offering IB classes to the graduating class of 2017 when they are juniors (2015-16 school year).


Students will need to take specific classes during their 7th-10th grade years to help prepare them for high academic expectations in IB courses. A detailed explanation of prerequisite classes can be found below.

IB Certificates vs. Full Diploma Program

During enrollment their sophomore year, students interested in IB courses will need to decide if they are going to participate in the full Diploma Program or if they plan take IB classes for certificates. Here are the differences:


Full Diploma Program: To earn the IB Diploma, students will have to

  • Take six IB courses during their junior and senior years
  • Take IB's Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course during second semester junior year and first semester senior year
  • Successfully complete the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program. Students will have to participate in community service, physical activities, and creative projects.
  • Write an Extended Essay (4,000 words) based on independent study that connects to work done in one of the six IB classes taken


IB Certificates:

  • 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 they way our AP classes work). Students and parents should understand that score requirements sometimes differ between colleges and that some colleges do not yet offer credit for IB coursework.
  • Students who just do certificates do not have to take part in Theory of Knowledge, CAS, or write the Extended Essay.

What IB Classes Will Be Offered?

Upon successful completion of the authorization process, juniors will have the options to take the following classes at RPHS in the 2015-16 school year:
  • IB English I (HL)
  • IB Spanish I (SL)
  • IB History I (HL)
  • IB Chemistry I (SL)
  • IB Biology I (HL)
  • IB Math Studies (SL)
  • IB Math I (SL)
  • IB Psychology (SL)
  • IB Visual Ats (SL)
  • IB Theater (SL).


HL=Higher Level. These classes must be covered in two years. More topics will be covered in the subject area as compared to a standard level class.


SL=Standard Level. These classes can be covered in one year, but schools have the option to cover them in two years because of the amount of material that must be covered. (IB Psychology is currently the only class that RPHS plans to offer in just one year.) These courses still maintain the same high academic expectations but do not cover as many topics.


Diploma candidates must take 3 HL classes and 3 SL classes.

What Should My Student Be Taking?

Students at different grade levels need to be taking prerequisite classes in order to take IB classes. Remember that students who plan to do certificates just need to take the prerequisite classes for that specific IB class.

Example: A student who is just interested in taking IB English as a junior and senior would need to take Advanced English I and II as a freshmen and sophomore, but they wouldn't have to take the other advanced courses.


Graduating Class of 2017 (this year's 10th graders)

10th Grade

  • Advanced English II
  • Advanced Spanish II
  • AP World History
  • Chemistry
  • Level 3 Art class (only if planning to take IB Visual Arts)
  • Intro to Theater and Acting (only if planning to take IB Theater)


Graduating Class of 2018 (this year's 9th graders)

9th Grade

  • Advanced English I
  • Advanced Spanish I
  • Advanced American History
  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Elements and Principles of Art (only if planning to take IB Visual Arts)


10th Grade

  • Advanced English II
  • Advanced Spanish II
  • AP World History
  • Chemistry
  • Level 3 Art class (only if planning to take IB Visual Arts)
  • Intro to Theater and Acting (only if planning to take IB Theater)


Graduating Class of 2019 (this year's 8th Graders)

8th Grade

  • Advanced Spanish 8 (full year)
  • Algebra I


9th Grade

  • Advanced English I
  • Spanish II
  • Advanced American History
  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Elements and Principles of Art (only if planning to take IB Visual Arts)


10th Grade

  • Advanced English II
  • Spanish III
  • AP World History
  • Chemistry
  • Level 3 Art class (only if planning to take IB Visual Arts)
  • Intro to Theater and Acting (only if planning to take IB Theater)


Graduating Class of 2020 (This year's 7th graders)

7th Grade

  • Adv. Spanish 7 (semester)


8th Grade

  • Advanced Spanish 8 (full year)
  • Algebra I


9th Grade

  • Advanced English I
  • Spanish II
  • Advanced American History
  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Elements and Principles of Art (only if planning to take IB Visual Arts)


10th Grade

  • Advanced English II
  • Spanish III
  • AP World History
  • Chemistry
  • Level 3 Art class (only if planning to take IB Visual Arts)
  • Intro to Theater and Acting (only if planning to take IB Theater)

Wanting More?

Each month we will focus on a specific aspect of IB. Next month's newsletter will focus on who should take IB classes and why students should consider IB classes.


Need more info? Contact:


Steven Miller: Principal

steven.miller@raypec.org

816-892-1402


Steven Meek: IB Coordinator

steve.meek@raypec.org

816-892-1408


You can also go to the official IB website at www.ibo.org or to RPHS's IB website at http://raypecib.weebly.com/


Raymore-Peculiar High School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education—that we believe is important for our students.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.