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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I earn the diploma, and when will I know if I made it?
Students receive a score from 1-7 for each of their six IB courses. Students must receive a total of 24 points, and must successfully complete the Theory of Knowledge course, the extended essay, and the CAS requirement to earn an IB Diploma. Students can take one or two of their Standard Level Course exams at the end of their junior year, and the remaining exams at the end of their senior year. IB returns scores to students in the summer (July) after they have graduated.
How are IB grades determined?
The International Baccalaureate Organization uses a combination of internal assessments (class assignments graded by local teachers and moderated by outside scorers) and external assessments (cumulative assessments that are graded by international examiners. Assessments include projects, papers, oral presentation, and other modes of demonstrating achievement. Students receive a Manheim Township grade on their report card and transcript from their teacher. Official IB scores are released in July each year and impact the earning of the IB diploma.
What is the difference between a Standard Level (SL) Course and a Higher Level (HL) Course?
SL and HL courses are similar in difficulty, but HL courses are longer. Students must test at HL in at least three subject areas. Most Manheim Township IB students study English, World Language, and History at the HL level, and will study Mathematics, Arts, and Sciences at the SL level. Adaptations may be made on an individual basis according to student need.
What is Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)?
The IB curriculum addresses the whole learner, and CAS is a specific requirement aimed at helping students grow in character and community involvement. Students craft their own CAS projects over the two years of the IB course of study, finding ways to link their learning to involvement in their community and the world outside of school.
How does IB compare to AP?
Both IB and AP are programs widely recognized as providing rigorous curriculum to high school students. Colleges frequently award college credit for both IB and AP courses. AP offers a broad range of subject-specific classes from which students may select according to their interests. IB offers a complete Diploma Programme in which students study a broad range of courses in an interdisciplinary model with an emphasis on international-mindedness and the development of the whole learner.
How will IB courses be weighted when computing GPA?
To reflect the academic rigor of IB courses, grades in IB courses will be multiplied (weighted) by 1.1 when calculating GPA. This is the same weight given to AP courses at Manheim Township.
What will the students schedule look like?
The IB Diploma Programme requires study in each of six disciplines, and so will proscribe a students schedule to a large degree. There is some flexibility for students to choose some electives outside the IB offerings, but students will commit to filling their course schedules largely with IB courses. A sample student schedule is available at the MTIB website.
Do students need to be in accelerated math to enter IB?
The IB Mathematics course, a two-year course, includes a survey of mathematics, including elements of pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics. Students do not need to be in accelerated math in grades nine and ten, but should have completed both Algebra 2 and Geometry by the end of tenth grade. Most students entering the IB program will have taken Theoretical Algebra 2 in their freshman year, and Theoretical Geometry in their sophomore year. Students can accelerate their mathematics studies in summer school in their freshman and sophomore years or by doubling up and taking two math courses in one year to prepare for IB Math. Accelerated mathematics students who have taken pre-calculus in their sophomore year will pursue an accelerated math program within the IB program. Accelerated students should consult the IB coordinator regarding their math placement in IB.
What second language background does a student need?
Students will need a background in a second language in order to take a Higher Level IB World Language course in their junior and senior year. Students should have a background equivalent to a level three language course or higher prior to enrolling in IB. Most students in Manheim Township will begin study of French, German, or Spanish in seventh grade, completing at least levels 2 and 3 in their freshman and sophomore years.
Are there other requirements for entering IB?
Students considering enrolling in IB should take a challenging course schedule of honors courses in their freshman and sophomore years in order to prepare. Students should consider taking graduation requirements like Health or Financial Literacy before their junior year because IB places restraints on their schedule in their last two years. A minimum 85 weighted GPA will be a requirement for admission.
I know I want to be an engineer. Is this the program for me?
IB is truly a liberal arts program. It requires students to take advanced academic courses in all areas. Students with a highly focused interest in a specific area such as the sciences will find it difficult to fill their schedule with advanced math and science courses such as the schools many AP offerings and still complete all of the requirements of the IB Diploma. On the other hand, many technical schools and programs express an interest in well-rounded applicants. Manheim Township IB graduates have gone on to enroll in selective, specialized programs such as competitive engineering schools. Students need to consider their interests and their educational goals to determine if IB is right for them. Your students guidance counselor can offer helpful perspective based on individual cases.
Can a student participate in music, several sports, school plays, and other school activities and still complete IB?
Many exceptional students find themselves increasingly pulled in multiple directions as they progress through the high school. Some seem able to do it all. Still, the IB program requires an intensive time commitment to fulfill the study requirements and the additional requirements of CAS and the extended essay. The IB program encourages student involvement in activities beyond the classroom, and at the same time encourages students to learn to manage their time and balance their commitments. Students enrolling in the program should understand that more time commitment will be required to complete academic work in the IB program than a traditional high school curriculum would require.
What if a student enrolls in IB and later decides not to continue?
Students should consider carefully the commitment of time and energy that IB requires when applying for the program so that they do not undertake the initial work of IB only to withdraw later. However, if a student enrolls, and later decides not to continue, they can transition back into other MTHS course offerings.
How much will the program cost?
As with AP courses, IB courses include testing fees for culminating exams. While fees change from year to year, the total cost of the full program over two years will be approximately $1000. Financial assistance is available for families with demonstrable need.
Can students not in the IB Diploma Programme take IB classes?
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of IB study, students pursuing the diploma will reap the most benefit from their IB courses, but students who for various reasons cannot commit to the entire program can benefit from electing one or more individual IB classes.
Will I get college credit for my IB coursework?
As with Advanced Placement courses, every college treats IB coursework differently, and colleges change their admissions and credit policies from year to year. In general, many colleges, including the best schools, award college credit and/or give preferential placement to students who have completed IB coursework based on the reputation of IB. If you have a specific college in mind, ask their admissions office how they view IB.
How do students apply?
Students apply to IB in the fall of their sophomore year (deadline December 15). Applications are available in the IB office or online at https://www.mtwp.net/about/curriculum/international-baccalaureate/. The application process includes teacher recommendations, transcript reviews, a student intent essay, and interviews with IB faculty. The process is not meant to dissuade students from the program, but is intended to help students determine whether IB is a good choice for them.
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