Upper School at West Sound Academy well prepares students for college and, as importantly, for lifelong learning. A safe and inclusive classroom environment allows students to develop self-knowledge, master the depth and breadth of a wide range of topics, and enhance the management of their own learning.
Recognizing that life in an increasingly interconnected world requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, West Sound Academy has adopted an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, offering IB Diploma Programme coursework. Students have the option of pursuing the full or partial IB Diploma Programme when conducting their course selections during the spring or summer before their Junior year. West Sound Academy is graduating its first IB Diploma Programme students in 2013. The holistic, integrated programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
IB Diploma Programme curriculum ensures a breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. In addition the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:
Pre-International Baccalaureate Courses offered at the 9th and 10th Grades
WSA Diploma & International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Courses in the 11th and 12th grades
Students have the option of completing the full diploma as a Diploma Candidate or participating in the Diploma requirements in some of the courses as Diploma Course Students. Students may also choose not to participate in any of the external assessments of the IB program.