IB - International Baccalaureate
Southridge is proud to be able to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) and the Career-Related Program (CP). The IB is an international curriculum delivered by highly-trained teachers which prepares students for career and college opportunities. Students can become IB Learners through different pathways: Take an IB course to support an academic interest; become an IB Course Candidate by testing in an IB course; become a Diploma Program candidate; or become a Career-Related Program Candidate.
- IB Career Program Information
- IB Certificate
- IB Diploma Information
- IB Documents
- IB Mission & Learner Profile
- IB Terms and Definitions
- Frequently Asked Questions About the IB Diploma Program
The IB Career-related Programme is a program for students who wish to pursue a CTE pathway and also take IB courses. The IB CP certificate is equal to the IB Diploma, but students have the flexibility to pursue their academic and career-related goals. Students pursuing the IB CP Certificate can begin a CTE pathway as early as the freshmen year.
In addition to the completion of a CTE pathway, students must take two IB classes over the course of their junior and senior years and test in those courses, earning at least a 3 in each class. Students also complete the core requirements of the CP: Service Learning, Language Development, the Reflective Project, and the Personal and Professional Skills course.
The Reflective Project is completed over the course of the junior and senior year and is embedded in the Personal and Professional Skills course. Students identify and investigate an ethical issue within their chosen CTE field. Students then either produce a longer essay or a shorter essay in addition to a presentation, interview, film/play, or display.
As part of IB's mission to foster international mindedness, students are required to continue their language development during the course of the CP. Students can either take IB language classes, other classes the school offers (ie, ASL, Spanish 1, etc.), or study a language outside of school, and maintain a language portfolio which shows evidence of their language and cultural development.
Students create and maintain a service learning portfolio documenting their engagement with service learning over the course of their two years in the Career-related Programme. Students meet with the IB CP Service Learning Coordinator to develop a plan which shows evidence of the five stages of service learning (as determined by the IBO). Students are encouraged to chose Service Learning projects which align with their CTE pathways.
Personal and Professional Skills
The IB Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) class is a weighted class and begins the second semester of the junior year and concludes the first semester of the senior year. In the course, students investigate five major themes: personal development, thinking processes, intercultural understanding, effective communication, and applied ethics. Students will complete their reflective projects during the PPS class.
Enroll in IB Courses at Southridge
IB courses are rigorous courses that prepare students for collegiate work. All students are strongly encouraged to take IB classes if they have met the course prerequisites.
Students may choose to sit for exams or not.
Students who sit for May exams and complete the internal and external assessments are awarded an IB certificate and may earn college credit. Refer to the college website for details.
IB courses serve as Southridge's advanced level courses and help to satisfy Southridge Scholar recognition
Creativity, Activity and service (CAS)...
involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. CAS enables journeys of self-discovery.
Theory of Knowledge (ToK)...
develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
Extended Essay (EE)...
is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. The extended essay is mandatory for all students. The extended essay provides a practical preparation for undergraduate research as well as an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of special interest to them. Students develop skills in: formulating a research question, engaging in a personal exploration of the topic, communicating ideas and developing an argument.
Higher Level (HL)
Standard Level (SL)
Group 1: Language A
English Lang & Lit
Group 2: Language B
Group 3: Individuals & Society
Environmental Systems, Psychology, Business & Management, Geography
Group 4: Science
Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Environmental Systems, Marine Science
Group 5: Math
Math Analysis and Approaches
Math, Applications and Interpretation
Group 6: The Arts/Selective
Art, Theater Arts, Music/Band
Students study six subjects from the subject groups(see button above). Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours). Group 6 subject may be substituted with a 2nd subject from Groups 3 or 4.
In addition to coursework students must participate in the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge 1 & 2 courses and the Creativity, Activity and Service component.
Music students are encouraged to consult the following: Band and/or Choir Planning
Please consult our IB Brochure for additional information. Tips for incoming freshmen.
Sophomore students must complete the following and submit to IB Counselor Chris Martin for approval prior to forecasting.
Junior Diploma Forecasting Sheet
Important to Know:
- HL English Literature OR IB English Language & Literature SL are required
- Math Analysis (HL) requires completion of Math Applications II before the junior year
- Math Applications I or II does not require any Calculus
- Avoid combining Physics and Biology as (HL) subjects. (It probably can’t be scheduled)
- Students who are looking ahead to a possible career in medicine should take Biology (HL) and Chemistry (SL)
- Students interested in Engineering should take Physics (HL), Math (HL), and Chemistry (SL)
- Physics (HL) and Chemistry (SL) require either Math (HL) or Math (SL)
- Fine Arts electives should be taken in the 9th or 10th grade
- Students who plan to test in Visual Arts should have all art prerequisites completed by the end of the sophomore year.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. Visit IBO for more information
The Learner Profile
The International Baccalaureate Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. Each of the IB's programmes is committed to the development of students according to the the IB Learner Profile. Visit the IB website for more information.
Anticipated Candidate: An anticipated candidate is a junior student who is the first year of an IB diploma program and who registers for one or two IB exams (sometimes called Junior Diploma Candidates).
Career-Related Program: The CP is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique program addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.
Course Candidate: A course candidate is a student who is not a diploma or anticipated candidate, but who has met the course requirements and is taking one or more IB exams.
Creativity; Activity; Service (CAS): This refers to the extra-curricular requirements for the IB diploma. Candidates are required to log approximately 150 hours of CAS activities, divided among 3 areas: creativity, physical activity, and service. These are done during the junior and senior years). CAS Activities do not have to be school related.
Diploma Candidate: An IB Diploma Candidate is a senior student who is in the second year of an IB Diploma program and has met all of the requirements to take his/her IB exams.
Extended Essay: The Extended Essay is a 3500-4000 word research essay that is a requirement for the IB Diploma. It has to be written in an IB subject. The Diploma Candidate has a faculty advisor to monitor progress, but most of the work is done independently.
Higher Level (HL): Higher Level IB courses are two-year courses that require 240 hours of instruction. Southridge has HL exams in English Literature, Psychology, History, Physics, Biology, Math, Music, and Art.
IB Exams: IB exams are prepared by the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and Assessment Office. They are administered during a three-week period beginning in May. They are assessed by IB examiners world-wide. Each subject exam has two or three "papers" (or "parts") and each paper is assessed by a different examiner. The exams are primarily essays, and the assessment is criterion based.
Standard Level (SL): Standard level IB courses may be one or two-year courses that require 150 hours of instruction. Southridge has SL exams in Spanish, French, Psychology, Marine Science, Environmental Systems and Societies, Chemistry, Math, Music, Art, and Theatre.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK): Theory of Knowledge is an inquiry-based course that is the center of the IB curriculum. It is also a requirement for the IB Diploma, and is taken during the junior and senior years. Diploma Candidates are required to take both ToK I and ToK II. .
In which grades is the Diploma Program Offered?
- The Diploma Program is a two-year program of study in grades 11 and 12.
Who is the IB Diploma Program Coordinator?
- Celeste Colasurdo
What is seen as the major value of the Diploma Program?
- The Diploma Program is increasingly seen as one of the most rigorous and prestigious pre-university courses of study in the world. Some reasons are these:
- While students do have choices in constructing a program of study, they must fulfill requirements that ensure they will be exposed to a learning experience that will develop a multiple set of skills, through the study of literature, laboratory science, mathematics, proficiency in a second language and research in the humanities. In other words, students study across several major disciplines concurrently for a holistic learning experience.
- The IB Diploma requirements for creativity, activity, and service match Southridge’s Mission Statement for well-rounded learners. Southridge embraces the IB Learner Profile as qualities we hope to develop in our learners.
- The global mission of the IB Program is to produce future leaders who possess a wide range of skills and who are informed about world issues. In addition, the IB learner has an understanding of differing cultural approaches to dealing with these issues. Our graduates need an informed global perspective to enable them to compete effectively in an increasingly multinational workplace.
- Multiple forms of assessment are used in all IB Diploma courses, not simply standardized objective testing allowing students to demonstrate skill and knowledge of content in my formats.
- IB has international standards and an internationally recognized curriculum that connects Southridge students to the world.
- We know that the IB Diploma Program, with its academic depth and rigor, is superb preparation for college studies and career readiness. Returning college freshmen repeatedly tell us how well prepared they feel at college. In many cases they receive college credit from their IB exam results.
How many subjects must be chosen to study for the full IB Diploma, and how long are the courses?
- Six IB Diploma subjects must be studied. Higher level courses require 2 years at Southridge. Standard level courses require 1-2 years. HL courses cover a wider range of subject matter and the exams are longer.
When do students choose the Standard and Higher Level Exams and course of study?
- Any time before turning in forecasting sheets for the junior year. We encourage students to talk to teachers, other students, the IB DP Coordinator Celeste Colasurdo, and IB Counselor Chris Martin to customize their diploma plan.
What factors might influence the decision as to whether or not a student should do the IB Diploma Program after the sophomore year?
- There is a second language requirement in the Diploma Program from which students cannot be exempted. Students need to be at level 2 in their second language their sophomore year to begin at least level 3 in the DP their junior year.
- If a student has serious difficulties with written work, the full IB Diploma Program might be stressful and the student’s grades could suffer. In such a case it is recommended the student take some but not all IB classes.
When are the final examinations in the Diploma Program?
- Exams must be taken in May of the senior year with the exception of 1 – 2 SL exams which may be taken in May of the junior year. These are called anticipated subjects.
What is the Diploma Program Fee?
- Approximately $600 over two years. Fee waivers may be available for students who are approved for free or reduced lunch . See Mrs. Colasurdo for details.
When is Exam Registration?
- Students are registered when payment is received by October 31st.
What are the requirements for an IB Diploma in addition to the exams?
- The Extended Essay: A 4000 word authentic research paper on a topic chosen from IB any IB subject. IB externally assesses this. Although students select faculty advisors, this is independent student research.
- Theory of Knowledge: An additional class compulsory for IB Diploma candidates, ToK explores different “ways of knowing” through different academic disciplines and cultures. Critical analysis culminates in an essay that is assessed externally by an IB examiner.
- Creativity, Activity, and Service: Students must engage in Activity (physical activity outside of PE class), Creativity (creative endeavors outside of classes), and Service (in the community without proselytizing) for the duration of the Diploma Program. Students write reflections on projects and experiences online on Managebac.
What grading and reporting system is used in the DP?
- The IB grading system is based on a 1-7 scale. It is criterion-referenced with 7 being the best score possible. The Extended Essay is scored with letter grades. See the IB website for more detail. (www.ibo.org)
How are exams graded and when do students get their results?
- The IB exams taken in their 6 subject groups are each graded out of 7. The Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge essay can together earn three additional points. A total of 24 points is needed to obtain the IB Diploma (other conditions apply as to the point distribution.) The results are released every year online by July 6.
Do colleges see these results?
- The IB transcript of exam results is only sent to colleges only at the student’s specific request.
How can I get more information about college and university IB recognition policies?
- Students and parents can access information from the university or college website of interest.
What kind of college credit is awarded?
- The credit awarded varies between universities. The best way to know is to visit the university website. All public universities and colleges in Oregon grant credit for SL and HL scores of 5, 6, or 7.
Do Diploma Program teachers receive any training?
- In order to teach any IB class at Southridge, our instructors get the required extensive and intensive training. In this way, we can be sure that students are receiving the most current curricular content and ideas related to the subject area. Teachers also access the online curriculum center which connect them to international standards and teachers from all parts of the world.
For more information please contact Celeste Colasurdo