International Baccalaureate Program (IB)


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IB (International Baccalaureate) Program at Franklin High School will allow selected 11th and 12th grade students to earn an IB diploma in addition to their regular high school diploma. The IB curriculum is recognized for its academic rigor and its “international mindedness” exposure. Students working for an IB diploma will be required to take a full IB schedule that includes courses in Language 1 (English), Language 2 (Spanish), Individuals and Society (Social Studies), Mathematics, Experimental Science, and Visual Arts. Students will also take end-of-course exams that will be assessed using international standards. The IB program has additional requirements of an extended essay, a Theory of Knowledge course, and 150 hours of documented creativity, action, and service.

 

There will be seats available for students currently attending Stevenson or Churchill High Schools, but those students would have to transfer to Franklin before their junior year. Applications are accepted beginning in the student’s eighth grade year.

 

1880/2880—IB English: Higher Level (HL) - Grade 11

1890/2890—IB English: Higher Level (HL) - Grade 12

International Baccalaureate English is a two-year course of study to prepare students to fulfill the group one requirement. Works are selected according to IB requirements and from Prescribed Book Lists so as to cover all genres and time periods of World and Western Literature within the two-year course. Numerous written and oral assignments are graded both internally and externally by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The two internally assessed oral components are the formal oral presentation on Part IV works and the formal oral commentary on Part II works. The formal oral presentation is completed in the first year of the program, and the formal oral commentary is completed in the second year of the program. In the second year of the program, students will sit for the IB exam which consists of two papers, one on Groups of Works and the other a written commentary on either a piece of prose or a poem.

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1881/2881—IB Spanish:  Standard Level (SL) - Grade 11

1891/2891—IB Spanish:  Standard Level (SL) - Grade 12

Prerequisite:  Students must complete Spanish 1 and 2 before entering the program.

This is a two-year course to prepare students to fulfill their IB Language B (group 2) requirement. In this course students develop increased proficiency in the foreign language. The development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills continues through questions, discussions, and presentations. The foreign language is used as the vehicle for communication. Pertinent culture, grammar, and syntax are presented and applied in context. Students must maintain a portfolio of written work and produce oral presentations throughout the course. Both written and oral assessments are required. IB monitoring of student work begins at this level of study for juniors using portfolio and recorded samples. Students will sit for the IB exam in May of their senior year.

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1882/2882—IB History of the Americas:  Higher Level (HL) - Grade 11

1892/2892—IB History of the Americas:  Higher Level (HL) - Grade 12

International Baccalaureate History of the Americas is a two-year course to prepare students to fulfill the group three requirement. During Year One, students will study Anglo-America and Latin America for the purpose of comparing/contrasting the similarities and differences in cultural roots, political-economic-social development, and modern international relations. A focus on critical issues in United States History will serve as part of the course to meet state requirements. Year Two will focus on topics of the 20th century. Students will prepare for IB examinations during both years and exams will be taken in May of their senior year.

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1885/2885—IB Environment Systems and Societies: Standard Level (SL) - Grade 11

IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) is a one year course of study to meet the students’ group 4 requirements.  Through studying environmental systems and societies students will be provided with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. The teaching approach is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues. The course aims to foster an international perspective, awareness of local and global environmental concerns and an understanding of the scientific methods. Students will sit for the external IB exam in May of their junior year.

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1886/2886—IB Mathematics: Standard Level (SL) - Grade 11

1896/2896—IB Mathematics: Standard Level (SL) - Grade 12

International Baccalaureate Mathematics Standard Level is a two-year course of study to prepare students for the group five requirement. IB Mathematical Standard Level is a rigorous, two-year course of study. The first year encompasses pre-calculus, which establishes a foundation for the second year. The second year is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on application and extends concepts of vectors, probability, statistics, exponential, and logarithmic functions. This course requires college-level performance and work habits. A three and one half-hour external IB examination is given in May of their senior year.

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1887/2887—IB Math Studies:  Standard Level (SL) - Grade 11

1897/2897—IB Math Studies:  Standard Level (SL) - Grade 12

International Baccalaureate Math Studies is a two-year course of study to prepare students for the group five requirement. The course is designed for IB students of varied backgrounds and abilities whose future careers will not include a focus on mathematics. The skills needed to cope with the mathematical demands of a technological society are developed, and emphasis is placed on the application of mathematics to real-life situations. Topics developed throughout the two years include: families of functions, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, financial mathematics, and an introduction to differential calculus. The course includes a project requiring significant personal research involving the collection, analysis, and evaluation of data. Additionally, students completing this course will sit for the external IB Mathematical Studies exam in May of their senior year.

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1889/2889—IB Visual Arts: Higher Level (HL) - Grade 11

1899/2899—IB Visual Arts: Higher Level (HL) - Grade 12

International Baccalaureate Visual Arts is a two-year course of study to prepare students for the group six requirement. It is structured to encourage individual exploration of one’s artwork and personal impressions. Students will create two separate journals, one visual and one written. The written journal will reflect the student’s personal choice of concentration in both a period of art history or artist and in an artistic medium in which they choose to work. The assessment in IB Visual Arts will consist of an external evaluation of the journal by IB Examiners as well as an on-site exhibition of a student’s portfolio in addition to an interview with the examiner, which takes place in the senior year.

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1893/2893—IB Theory of Knowledge 1 and 2

Theory of Knowledge 1 and 2 explore the origins, validity, and values of various forms of knowledge.  It considers sources of knowledge and the varying ways in which we as individuals perceive and process the knowledge that we acquire. The content includes the courses study in IB and what you experience outside of the classroom.  The center of this course is critical reflection. The purpose of this course is to reconsider and reevaluate information you already possess. The class will also provide experiences to assist students with the development of their Extended Essay and their Creativity, Action and Service requirements for their IB diploma. This course is open to IB Diploma Program students only.

 

Theory of Knowledge 1 is scheduled for the second semester of junior year (2893) and Theory of Knowledge 2 is scheduled for first semester of senior year (1893).  (Will be scheduled as a 7th hour for credit purposes.)