|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme|
West Sound Academy offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a rigorous pre-university course of study in the final two years of high school. Our curriculum from grades six to ten builds toward the IB program by stressing strong writing, speaking, computational, and artistic skills.
Its reputation is based on the development of the whole student: physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. For more information, visit www.ibo.org.
Many universities will also award academic credit and scholarship awards for successful examination results in specific subject areas or after completion of the full IB diploma.
How does IB work?
International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates are expected to do IB coursework in six major areas, including literature, foreign languages, social studies, the experimental sciences, mathematics and an elective of either arts or an additional course from one of the other subject areas. Three subjects are taken at Higher Level; the others, at Standard Level. The Diploma Programme has three additional core requirements intended to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply what they learn in personally and socially meaningful ways. These requirements include a 4,000-word Extended Essay on a subject of the student's choice; a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course that examines the nature of knowledge and different ways and kinds of knowing; and a requirement called Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) which includes 150 hours of personally and socially relevant activity beyond the classroom and, in many cases, beyond the school.
IB examinations are taken at the end of the two-year program and are marked by external examiners around the world. Internal assessments are administered and marked by classroom teachers over the two years; samples of those are "moderated" by external examiners to assure consistency and quality of assessment. West Sound Academy students may choose to participate in the full IB Diploma Programme, earn certificates in individual subject areas, or focus on completion of the West Sound Academy diploma, which continues to be highly regarded by college and university admissions officers.
Who can participate in the IB Diploma Programme at West Sound Academy?
The IB Diploma Programme option is available to all West Sound Academy students enrolled in the 11th and 12th grade years. The IB diploma and certificates are awarded to students who sit for and pass comprehensive exams in May of their senior year and complete all other requirements. IB diplomas and certificates are issued by IB and sent to the candidate and a college of the student's choice in the summer after graduation.
Where can I learn more about International Baccalaureate?