ISB - HS Course Selection Guide 2023/24

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High School Course Selection Guide

2023
- 2024 ISB International School Bangkok
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Letter from the High School Principal

As the High School Principal at ISB, I am excited and proud about the wide range of athletics, arts, activities, academic, and service-learning opportunities that our students are able to experience during their time at ISB.

There is so much on offer that it is sometimes hard to fully appreciate and know the wide range of learning choices and opportunities that exist for High school students here at ISB. Whether you are a current ISB HS student, a brand new ISB student or a grade 8 student about to enter High School for the first time, I trust that you will find this new Program of Studies booklet helpful, useful, and informative as you go through the exciting process of choosing your learning options for the years ahead.

HS SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

You have the opportunity to follow your passion and interests as you build your course of studies from the amazing array of subjects and classes that are offered in the high school.

Along with courses in Mathematics, the Arts, English, Science, Physical Education, Social Studies, Languages we also offer a wide variety of elective classes in Design Technology, Coding, Computer Science, dance, drama, music, visual arts, social studies, and many more. There is even the opportunity for a small number of students in Grade 10, 11, and 12 to take some online courses with our partnership with GOA (Global Online Academy) as part of their High School Diploma.

Please do take the time to carefully read this comprehensive Program of Studies booklet and consult with your parents, teachers, and counselors as you make decisions about the right course of study for you for the year ahead.

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Regards, Justin Alexander High School Principal Justin Alexander
4 HIGH SCHOOL COURSE SECTION GUIDE School Year 2023-2024 Table of Contents Letter from the Principal 3 Pastoral Care at ISB 7 Academics at ISB - Learner Pathways 8 Athletics, Arts & Activities and Service at ISB 12 English Department 14 World Languages Department 22 Social Studies Department 32 Science Department 40 Math Department 48 Fine & Performing Arts Department 54 Design and Technology Department 64 Physical Education Department 70 Student Support Services Department 76 Core and IB Diploma Core 80 Global Online Academy Courses 84
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Pastoral Care @ ISB

At ISB I’m proud that our High School Academic Program pathways are supported by a net of programs that support our students’ needs beyond the classroom.

Every student is a member of a smaller grade level advisory, which provides an opportunity for all students to engage in Social Emotional Learning appropriate to their grade level. Students engage in discussions in advisory to help their study skills, guide subject choices and support the HS process. This can involve working with other grade levels, or using established programs such as the Morrisby Career Profile in Grade 10 to support students subject choices that honor their potential.

All students are assigned and supported by a school counselor from Grade 9 who assists with academic and social emotional guidance. In the second half of Grade 10, students are also assigned a College Counselor who supports subject selection into their final two years of school while working closely to provide College and Career guidance as they prepare for success beyond ISB.

Through the regular use of data and teacher feedback our Learning Support Team, school counselors and High School leadership team identify students needing support, whether it be academic, social emotional or a combination. This can often be short term targeted interventions or longer term support to help our students achieve.

Whether students take the IB or the Personal Diploma, the structures supporting our students aim to help all students reach their academic and personal potential.

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Andy Vaughan High School Dean of Students. HS DEAN OF STUDENTS Andy Vaughan
8 HIGH SCHOOL COURSE SECTION GUIDE School Year 2023-2024 ACADEMICS ISB Graduation Requirements Credits ENGLISH 4 MATHEMATICS 2 SCIENCE 2 SOCIAL STUDIES 2 WORLD LANGUAGES 2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1.5 HEALTH 0.5 ARTS & DESIGN 1.5 ELECTIVES 9.5 TOTAL 25 Recommended University Entrance Requirements ENGLISH 4 MATHEMATICS 4 SCIENCE 4 SOCIAL STUDIES 4 SCIENCE 4 WORLD LANGUAGE 2-3 Credits of the same language Credits: 0.5 Credits for a half year course 1 Credits for a full year course
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As students move into the last two years of High School in Grades 11 and 12, they are encouraged to find their passions and embrace new academic challenges. At ISB we offer two academic pathways. Students can pursue the Personal Choice Diploma or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Either pathway offers a diverse curriculum which allows students to keep their options open or specialise early. Students are therefore given the opportunity to pursue a program of studies which is tailored to their own specific interests and aspirations as they prepare themselves for college and university applications. Both pathways lead to ISB students graduating with a High School Diploma from ISB.

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Gr 9 ISB required courses Gr 10 ISB required courses + 2 to 3 elective courses per semester Gr 11 & 12 IB Diploma 3 SL 3 HL Core 11/12 CAS & College Seminars Gr 9 ISB required courses Core 11/12 CAS & College Seminars Gr 10 ISB required courses + 2 to 3 elective courses per semester Gr 11 & 12 Personal Choice Diploma Combination of ISB and AP or IB courses

Why take the Personal Choice Diploma?

Students who opt to take the Personal Choice Diploma are essentially building their own program of studies. They have the flexibility to take any courses on offer, so long as they meet ISB graduation requirements. Students can target a particular field of study, for example the Sciences or Performing Arts, or continue to choose a variety of different classes as they explore their own interests and intellectual development. Many Personal Choice students take a few IB Courses and earn certificates in these subjects as part of their program of studies. Additionally we offer a small number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes for students in Grades 10-12. These courses can be mixed with rigorous ISB courses, which complement individual student strengths and suit their higher education aspirations.

Why take the International Baccalaureate Diploma?

The IB offers an ambitious curriculum with an international outlook. This two year programme is widely recognised as an excellent preparation for higher education in many countries around the world. The IB Diploma allows students to become specialists in three subjects studied at ‘Higher Level’, whilst keeping up their intellectual development in other areas at ‘Standard Level’. To fulfil the programme requirements students must choose subjects from each of the six IB subject groups, which includes the study of two languages and the IB Diploma Core; the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS.

Regardless of the pathway chosen, all ISB graduates receive offers from a variety of world renowned Colleges and Universities, who recognise the excellence and rigour of our programs of studies. ISB’s diverse curriculum, exceptional teaching and multiple opportunities for our students to develop their skills and attributes, ensure that ISB graduates are well prepared for future success in college and beyond.

10 HIGH SCHOOL COURSE SECTION GUIDE School Year 2023-2024 ACADEMICS 26 Students Scored IB Diploma Results 2022 64% 41% 73% 36.1 points 114 Awarded 76% 85% 50% Attained by 22 % of ISB diploma students TOK grades at A or B ISB students who are IB diploma candidates EE grades at A or B students awarded a bilingual diploma of ISB Courses above world average students scoring 5, 6, or 7 144 IB Candidates Average ISB score 5.72 points 5.6 points Average ISB score 32 points Average world score 1 Student Scored 3 Students Scored 5 Students Scored 3 Student Scored 8 Students Scored 6 Students Scored 98

For students who wish to follow the IB Pathway below you will find the Subject Groups with the corresponding courses for Standard and Higher Levels. Make sure to check with your Counselors or Teachers about enrolling in these courses.

Subject Group Higher Level (HL) Standard Level (SL)

GROUP 1: Language A

Chinese Langauge and Literature, English Langauge and Literature, English Literature, French Langauge and Literature, Japanese Langauge and Literature, Korean Langauge and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Thai Language and Literature

Chinese Langauge and Literature, English Langauge and Literature, English Literature, French Langauge and Literature, Japanese Langauge and Literature, Korean Langauge and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Thai Language and Literature, School Supported Self Taught (SSST)

GROUP 2: Language of Acquisition B

GROUP 3: Individuals and Societies

Chinese, English, Franch Spanish Chinese, English, Franch Spanish, French AB Initio Spanish AB Initio

Mandarin AB Initio* available through Pamoja

Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology

ITGS* available through Pamoja

GROUP 4: Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Sport Exercise and Health Science, Physics

Business Management, Economics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Geography, History, Psychology

ITGS* available through Pamoja

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Environmental Systems and Societies, Sport Exercise and Health Science, Physics

GROUP 5: Mathematics Analysis & Approaches, Applications & Interpretation

GROUP 6: the Arts Dance, Flim, Music, Theater, Visual Arts

Analysis & Approaches, Applications & Interpretation

Dance, Flim, Theater, Music, Visual Arts

*IB subjects currently on offer at ISB

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Athletics, Arts & Activities and Service at ISB

Locally we are a member of Bangkok Metropolitan Athletic Conference (BMAC) which provides our students with opportunities from Under 11 through Varsity level sports. In addition we offer our Varsity Athletes the opportunity to participate in the International Association of Southeast Asia Schools (IASAS) conference. This offers students international travel opportunities for all of our three season sports.

The International School of Bangkok Athletic program aims to enhance, support and extend student-learning outside of the classroom. The ISB vision, mission, and definition of learning drive what we do as an athletic department and as coaches. The program aims to help each athlete reach his/her full academic AND athletic potential, become a passionate, reflective studentathlete, become a caring, global citizen, and lead a healthy, active, balanced lifestyle.

ISB coaches are educators and role models. We cultivate leadership and emphasize character to nurture respectful, resilient competitors. We model integrity, champion sportsmanship, and develop a growth mindset, every day. Our teams strive for excellence, enrich our community, and reflect our core values at home and abroad. Success is measured in growth, achievement, impact, and enjoyment.

Within our athletic program, everyone counts, everyone contributes, and everyone earns recognition. We prepare with purpose, play with passion, and represent our school with pride. We carry ourselves with dignity, confident that no matter the outcome, we have delivered our best effort.

ISB offers an athletic experience that inspires achievement and transforms lives. Go Panthers!

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HS ATHLETICS DIRECTOR Chris Mott

Through service learning students work together to create a world, a community, a neighbourhood, a school that enriches their sense of social responsibility.

As a school we believe that our students can make a difference, through action, in our community and surrounding communities. The CAS and Service Learning Programme prioritises problemsolving, self-accountability, and reflective skills in a live and applied setting.

Examples of service learning connections at ISB are Habitat for Humanity builds, creating opportunities to meet and interact with the boys from Pakkret Reception Home for Boys, working with children from the cerebral palsy wards at Baan Rachawadee, teaching english at Bumble Bee Free Library, and many more.

Our aim for students is to explore new possibilities, create learning experiences, embrace and adapt to new challenges by actively participating in a personalised programme. Understanding that students are members of a local and global community with responsibilities towards each other and the environment. And, most importantly, the programme provides students with opportunities to connect with each other and have fun!

“...if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act.” Peterson (2003)

One thing that makes ISB special is that we think of The Arts differently and value learning through The Arts as something important for all students. With 20 arts staff and over 30 dedicated classrooms, 27 practice rooms, two theaters and an outdoor stage we offer a full array of design, fine and performing arts courses (over sixty) that sit alongside classes in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages because we believe learning in and through The Arts is unique, and as important as these other areas of study in providing a well rounded education. Borrowing the lead singer for U2, Bono’s quote with a twist, “Art can change the world because Art changes students in the way they think about the world and the possibilities they can imagine rearranging it.”

“Every artist at ISB is encouraged to grow and create whether in dance, drama, design tech, film, music, or visual arts.”

Variya Tongtip, ISB Dancer and Actor

“We have an Arts Council that works really hard to plan events that allow students to perform or display their artwork in the community.” Chris Rogers, ISB Visual Artist and Designer

“I love The Arts at ISB because of the amazing opportunities I have to collaborate with peers and because I get to be a part of the community through art.” Boonyanin Pakvisal, ISB Film Maker and Photographer

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DIRECTOR OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS & DESIGN

ENGLISH

The English Department is committed to ISB’s Mission to inspire students to achieve their academic potential, be passionate, reflective learners, become caring, global citizens and lead healthy, active balanced lives. Specifically, our goal is for students to reach their academic potential in writing, speaking and reading. We believe students should be exposed to a rich foundation of literature through a combination of whole class mentor texts and student choice. Through the exploration of literature and language, students will develop their powers of comprehension, expression and critical thinking, but will also grow an appreciation for the beauty and power of language, imagination, and a deeper understanding of the human spirit. The English Department is committed to the development of the reading and writing skills of all high school students with our standards-based curriculum and the teaching of narrative, informational and persuasive modes of writing. Reading is the single most important factor in determining a student’s language capacity, significantly improving oral and written communication skills. To this end, the English Department is committed to an independent reading program in efforts to instil a life-long love of reading. The English Department is also committed to the writing process in an effort to ensure both best practice and best outcomes in the development of student writing.

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ISB ATTRIBUTES

ENGLISH 9

Grade: 9 | Length: 1 YEAR | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Grade 8 English or Humanities or equivalent

English 9 is a standards-based curriculum that provides students with the opportunity to investigate a range of literary genres and written text types. Units of study are developed according to the adopted “Common Core State Standards,” which identify key essential questions and transfer skills. Each unit of study offers a variety of literary genres, written tasks, and oral communication opportunities. Students are introduced to a range of nonfiction and fiction text types as well as the associated literary terminology for each text type. Emphasis is placed on developing the argumentative, informational, and narrative writing skills of students through the teaching of the writing process. Students will use learner portfolios to reflect on what they are studying and develop new ideas that are later polished and edited into final pieces outside of class. Students can expect to have regular individual conferences with teachers to move forward as readers and writers. Students will further develop speaking skills through a variety of formal and informal oral activities. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing. Students will complete independent reading requirements designed to create a lifelong pursuit of reading for pleasure.

“The bedrock of English Lang & Lit is its precise process that made me a more inquisitive, critical, and purposeful student. Every lesson, test, and assignment influenced me as a learner. Whether I’m discussing the existence of a supreme being, hyper-analyzing the use of an anaphora to elicit empathy in the audience, or surgically crafting a 300-word paragraph, English Lang & Lit tore down what I thought I knew about English and rebuilt me into a sharper academic.”

Luca, Gr11

ENGLISH 9 B

Grade: 9 | Length: 1 YEAR | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English language learner and teacher recommendation

The English 9 B curriculum is specifically designed for EAL students and will allow them to gain proficiency in English through the exploration of a range of text types, both literary and nonliterary, in a supportive learning environment. They will be expected to read and discuss a range of texts in a meaningful way and create argumentative, informational, and narrative texts that show an awareness of audience, purpose, structural elements, style, and rhetorical devices. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing. Students will complete independent reading requirements designed to create a lifelong pursuit of reading for pleasure. Units of study are developed according to the adopted “Common Core State Standards,” which identify key essential questions and transfer skills. Each unit of study allows students to develop language skills that will help them to be successful in all areas of the curriculum. The course will also create a pathway for students who wish to study either English A or B at the IB Diploma level.

ENGLISH 10

Grade: 10 | Length: 1 YEAR | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English 9 or equivalent

English 10 is a standards-based curriculum that provides students with the opportunity to investigate a range of literary genres and written text types. Units of study are developed according to the adopted “Common Core State Standards,” which identify

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key essential questions and transfer skills. Each unit of study offers a variety of literary genres, written tasks, and oral communication opportunities. Students are introduced to a range of nonfiction and fiction text types as well as the associated literary terminology for each text type. Emphasis is placed on developing the argumentative, informational, and narrative writing skills of students through the teaching of the writing process. Students will use writer’s notebooks to reflect on what they are studying and develop new ideas that are later polished and edited into final pieces outside of class. Students can expect to have regular individual conferences with teachers to move forward as readers and writers. Students will further develop speaking skills through a variety of formal and informal oral activities. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing. Students will complete independent reading requirements designed to create a lifelong pursuit of reading for pleasure.

ENGLISH 10 B

Grade: 10 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English language learner and teacher recommendation

The English 10 B curriculum is specifically designed for EAL students and will allow them to gain proficiency in English through the exploration of a range of text types, both literary and non-literary, in a supportive learning environment. They will be expected to read and discuss a range of texts in a meaningful way and create argumentative, informational, and narrative texts that show an awareness of audience, purpose, structural elements, style, and rhetorical devices. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing. Students will complete independent reading requirements designed to create a lifelong pursuit of reading for pleasure. Units of study are developed according to the adopted “Common Core State Standards,” which identify key essential questions and transfer skills. Each unit of study allows students to develop language skills that will help them to be successful in all areas of the curriculum. The course will also create a pathway for students who wish to study either English A or B at the IB Diploma level.

ENGLISH 11

Grade: 11 | Length: 1 Year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English 10 and recommendation of current English teacher

English 11 is a standards-based curriculum and continuation of the English 10 program. The course provides students with the opportunity to investigate a range of literary and nonliterary texts. Units of study are developed according to the adopted American “Common Core State Standards.” Through the study of a variety of text types and media, students build knowledge, analyze ideas, delineate arguments, and develop writing, collaboration, and communication skills. Personal choice will be an integral part of the course, as students will select novels and other texts for study based on their interests. Additionally, visual literacy will be an essential component of this course. Students will learn to formally analyze photographs, film, and other forms of media. Throughout the course, students will make connections between selected texts and key global issues. Emphasis will be placed on developing writing skills, with a focus on clear communication of purpose for a range of audiences. Students will develop the skills to become powerful writers of narrative, argumentative, and informational texts. Individualized instruction is a core component of this course; students will engage in daily reading and writing conferences while personalized learning goals are established and reached. Students will also develop speaking skills through a variety of informal and formal oral activities. This class is a strong alternative to students who do not require the IB Diploma. Students in this course will develop the necessary skills required to succeed in university.

ENGLISH 12

Grade: 12 | Length: 1 YEAR | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English 11 and recommendation of current English teacher

English 12 is a standards-based curriculum and continuation of the English 11 program. The course aims to prepare students for the rigors of university coursework and provide opportunities to investigate complex literary and nonliterary texts. Units of study are developed according to the adopted American “Common Core State Standards.” This course will include a strong research component, and students will produce academic writing in preparation for further studies. Personal choice will be an integral part of the course, as students will select novels and

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other texts for study based on their interests. Additionally, visual literacy will be an essential component of this course. Students will formally analyze photographs, film, and other forms of media. Throughout the course, students will make connections between selected texts and key global issues. Emphasis will be placed on developing academic writing skills, with a focus on clear communication of purpose for a range of audiences. Students will develop the skills to become powerful writers of argumentative and informational texts. Individualized instruction is a core component of this course; students will engage in daily reading and writing conferences while personalized learning goals are established and reached. Students will also develop speaking skills through a variety of informal and formal oral activities. This class is a strong alternative to students who do not require the IB Diploma. Students in this course will develop the necessary skills required to succeed in university.

AP ENGLISH Literature & Composition

Grade: 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English 11 and recommendation of current English teacher

AP English Literature and Composition allows students to evaluate and understand works of fiction, poetry, and drama from various periods and cultures. The focus of the course will be on intensive reading and discussion of the literature. The course is intended to provide students with an academic experience parallel to that of a college-level literature course. This course will also include a writing component that focuses on expository, analytical and argumentative writing about the literature through both discussion and essay format. Students enrolled in this course will be actively preparing themselves for the AP Literature exam.

IB ENGLISH A LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

(Standard Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: English 10 and recommendation of current English teacher

The IB Diploma English Language A course is a two year study of both language and literature. This program’s intent is to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of language, visual literacy, and the exploration of

what is ‘text’. Three areas of exploration include: (1) readers, writers, and text, (2) time and space, and (3) intertextuality. Through the study of works of literature linked to non-literary bodies of work, students will develop an understanding of relationships between texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts, and local and global issues with an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses. Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities. The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the guided analysis of unseen non-literary texts, and the other a response to a question based on the literary works studied. The formal examination also includes an individual oral assessment where students must orally connect a literary extract, non-literary extract, and a chosen global issue. Students in this course also maintain an active learner portfolio which includes creative written tasks in a variety of genres. Students who take this course will be expected to take the Standard Level IB Diploma English A Language and Literature examination.

IB Diploma assessments for Standard Level students include a 15 minute Individual Oral where students compare how two works from the course connect to a global issue. They will also complete Paper 1 (guided literary analysis) and Paper 2 (comparative essay) during IB Diploma exams in May of Year 2. Students who take this course will be expected to take the Standard Level IB Diploma English A Language and Literature examination.

IBDP Language and Literature Subject Guide

IB ENGLISH A LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

(Higher Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: English 10 and recommendation of current English teacher

The IB Diploma English Language A course is a two year study of both language and literature. In this course students will engage with a wide range of texts, in a variety of media and forms, from different periods, styles, and cultures. Through the study of both fiction and non-fiction, this course seeks to foster skills of critical interpretation and analysis. Students will actively work to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting and performing. Units focus around developing an understanding of relationships between

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texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts, and making literary connections to local and global issues with an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple interpretations. Students who take this course will be expected to take the Higher Level IB Diploma English A Language and Literature examination, which is comprised of two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of unseen literary and non-literary texts, and the other a response to a question based on the literary works studied. Students also produce a portfolio of written tasks in a variety of genres, and perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of works read. In addition, HL students will have a fourth assessment component, the Higher Level (HL) essay, a written coursework task that requires students to explore a line of inquiry in relation to a studied non-literary text or texts, or a literary text or work. The outcome of this exploration is a 1200-1500 word essay, in which HL students are expected to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the nature of linguistic or literary study.

IB ENGLISH A LITERATURE

(Standard Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: English 10 and recommendation of current English teacher

Through the study of a wide range of literature, the IB Language A Diploma Literature course promotes the appreciation of the rich craft of literature and for students to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading and writing. Works are studied in their literary and cultural contexts through close and critical reading. Students are encouraged to make significant connections and insights and use a variety of written and oral tools to express their understanding. Through the study of nine literary texts across the genres of drama, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, students will be introduced to the significance of context, intertextuality, and the connections between readers, writers, and texts. Thematically, the course uses literature to explore seven main concepts: Culture, Communication, Creativity, Identity, Perspective, Representation and Transformation.

IB Diploma assessments for Standard Level students include a 15 minute Individual Oral where students compare how two works from the course connect to a global issue. They will also complete Paper 1 (guided literary analysis) and Paper 2 (comparative essay) during IB Diploma exams in May of Year 2. Students who take this course will be expected

to take the Standard Level IB Diploma English A Literature examination.

IBDP Language A Literature Subject Guide

IB ENGLISH A LITERATURE

(Higher Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: English 10 and recommendation of current English teacher

Through the study of a wide range of literature, the IB Diploma Language A Literature course promotes the appreciation of the rich craft of literature and for students to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading and writing. Works are studied in their literary and cultural contexts through close and critical reading. Students are encouraged to make significant connections and insights and to demonstrate eloquence and organization in both written and oral work to express their understanding. Through the study of thirteen challenging texts across the genres of drama, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, students will be introduced to the significance of context, intertextuality, and the connections between readers, writers and texts. Thematically, the course uses literature to explore seven main concepts: Culture, Communication, Creativity, Identity, Perspective, Representation and Transformation.

IB assessments for Higher Level students include a 15 minute Individual Oral where students compare how two works from the course connect to a global issue. They will also complete the HL essay, a literary essay where students pursue an individually chosen inquiry into one of the works studied in the course. Finally, they will sit for Paper 1 (guided literary analysis) and Paper 2 (comparative essay) during IB Diploma exams in May of Year 2. Students who take this course will be expected to take the Higher Level IB English A Literature examination.

IBDP Language A Literature Subject Guide

IB ENGLISH B

(Higher and Standard Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 year | Credits: 2 (English credit)

Prerequisite: EAL program placement within previous 3 years and English & EAL teacher recommendations

The purpose of the course is to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural

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understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an English-language environment. The students will have the opportunity to develop written and oral communication skills in English through the study of authentic examples of both written and spoken texts. They will be expected to create a range of texts that show an awareness of audience, purpose, structural elements, style, rhetorical devices, and register. Students must also engage in oral activities that require them to discuss issues related to the course in a meaningful way. The study of literature from English-speaking cultures is also a key component of the course and enables students to develop an understanding of both text and culture. Throughout the course there are ongoing assessments that reflect the IB assessment requirements but contribute to an overall ISB grade.

IB English B HL/SL fulfills ISB’s English requirements for grades 11 and 12. IB English B HL/L may replace an EAP class for EAL program students. EAL program students enrolled in IB English B HL/SL are encouraged to take EAL Enrichment classes if they are not yet reading at grade-level.

each other’s work, and ‘keep a finger on the pulse’ of HS student life at ISB. Those who select this elective must be responsible enough to meet deadlines, creative enough to produce engaging stories, eloquent enough to write and speak with conviction, and be interested in the art of writing and video production, to the point of seeking to continually improve the quality of both media platforms.

CREATIVE WRITING

Grade: 9-12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None

The Creative Writing course aims to increase student skills in writing vivid, effective prose and poetry and to improve their critical awareness when reading and writing. The course aims to work on students’ writing skills in a variety of different styles and genres, through critical examination of exemplary texts, exploration of different techniques of composition, and most importantly, close reflection on each student’s own writing. The primary teaching method will be tutor-led, full-class workshops (including peer editing), but there will also be one-to-one time with the tutor. The most important aim of the course is to sharpen the student’s awareness of writing as a craft and as a means of concise communication. Students will be expected to produce written work every week.

ENGLISH ELECTIVE COURSES MEDIA

STUDIES

Grade: 9-12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (Arts credit may be granted – may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: None.

Students in the Media Studies elective design, produce and distribute media publications under the flagship title PantherNation, our online school magazine. Publications are influenced by best practices and trends in journalism, with a focus on news, events and issues relevant to high school students. Students develop the skills necessary to produce written and/ or video accounts of news stories, features articles, editorials, and sports coverage that are then published in both online and hard copy formats. Students also generate topics, identify and maintain sources, conduct interviews with various school personalities, peer edit

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Grade: 9-12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to improve students’ knowledge and skills of oral communication and active listening, while providing opportunities to speak before a group and listen to others speak, employing this knowledge and skills. Principles of effective oral communication, including delivery, organization, content, and stress management will be taught. Students will read and watch effective speeches as models. The course will include a functional approach to effective speaking with practical application in informative, impromptu, and persuasive speaking. Skills covered in the course will include organization, body language, eye contact, volume, effective visuals and powerful language. Students will compose and deliver creative monologues, original oratory, persuasive speeches, debates and oral interpretations of a literary work.

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WORLD LANGUAGES

language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” Frank Smith

The World Language Department is committed to preparing our students to meet the challenges of living in multicultural and multilingual societies, as well as to succeed in the global work environment. To learn other languages and to appreciate other cultures will not only increase future career opportunities, but also prepare students to communicate efficiently in a changing world. Critical thinking, creativity and essential skills will be fostered in our students through learning World Languages.

Important Note: native/near native speakers may not take Language Acquisition (B) courses in their mother tongue.

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“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things” – Flora Lewis

ISB ATTRIBUTES

FRENCH I

Grade: 9-12 | Length: 1 YEAR | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: no previous study of French

This course is designed to help students develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing and prepare them for further study of the French language. The communicative approach is used to introduce vocabulary and structures through the functions of the language. Authentic materials and cultural information are interwoven throughout the course to provide a framework for proficiency in the language and an appreciation of the cultures of the countries where French is spoken.

FRENCH II

Grades: 9-12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: French I

“To me, Spanish Ab Initio is quite a rewarding class. As with any new language, I can feel myself constantly making tangible progress, and it’s great to be able to catch snippets of conversation here and there, even though I’m nowhere near understanding everything. Spanish is also a class where input directly translates output, which I find to be incredibly motivating. Overall, learning Spanish will undoubtedly be very helpful for me in the future.”

This course continues to develop the language skills in French through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to topics that reflect student interests. The materials and activities emphasize authentic situations and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students are encouraged to express their own needs and interests in the French language. Supplementary materials relating to culture help to further develop the students’ reading and writing skills as well as a continued cultural awareness of the French speaking world.

FRENCH III

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: French II

In this course, previously learned vocabulary and structures are reinforced, serving as a transition into new material. The students’ understanding of how the language functions is expanded allowing them to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while continuing to make the French language relevant to their daily lives. The stress is on continued authentic communication, cultural awareness and relying on French for comprehension.

FRENCH IV

Grades: 10-12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: French III

This course is designed to provide strong preparation for success in the Spanish Language B program, particularly for those interested in taking IB Spanish B at the Higher Level or those that need additional preparation for the Standard Level course. Students will benefit from an additional year of Spanish study, enabling them to further develop language skills and knowledge of the French speaking world. Students will also be able to study French for all four years of High School and consequently gain greater fluency in the language.

IB FRENCH B

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Recommendation of current French teacher

The focus of this program is on language acquisition and on awareness of the cultures of the French World. The aim of the program is to give students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in French and to develop an appreciation and awareness of the cultures where French is spoken. Authentic materials will be used to integrate the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The language of instruction is French.

IBDP Language B subject guide

IB FRENCH AB INITIO

(Standard Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: little or no previous study of French

The ab initio French is a two-year, IB standard level program for students who have little or no previous experience of learning the target language. The approach is communicative in that it focuses principally on interaction between speakers and writers of the target language. The main aim of the program is to prepare the learner to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts and for a variety of purposes. Equal emphasis will be given to the teaching of the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. An additional aim is for students to develop an awareness of the cultures of the French World.

IBDP Language ab initio subject guide

IB FRENCH A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: native or near-native speaker and recommendation of current French teacher

The IB French A Language & Literature course is a two-year program that aims to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of a wide range of texts, to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of the language and to facilitate the clear expression of ideas. Students engage in the close study of literary works, and examine issues generated by the study of topics

such as gender, history and evolution of the language, language and power, and language and mass communication. Requirements of the course include comparative written tasks on language and literature, individual oral commentaries and presentations.

IBDP Language A Language & Literature subject guide

FRENCH NATIVE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 - 4 years Credits: 1 - 4 Prerequisite: native or near native French speaker

Native French is designed to help native or near native speakers to develop their language proficiency and to prepare them for further study of the language.

SPANISH I

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: no previous study of Spanish

This course is designed to help students develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing and prepare them for further study of the Spanish language. The communicative approach is used to introduce vocabulary and structures through the functions of the language. Authentic materials and cultural information are interwoven throughout the course to provide a framework for proficiency in the language and an appreciation of the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken.

SPANISH II

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Spanish I

This course continues to develop the language skills in Spanish through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to the topics which reflect student interests. The materials and activities emphasize authentic situations and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students are encouraged to express their own needs and interests in the Spanish language. Supplementary materials relating to culture help to further develop the student’s reading and writing skills as well as a continued cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

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SPANISH III

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Spanish II

In this course, previously learned vocabulary and structures are reinforced, serving as a transition into new material. The students’ understanding of how the language functions is expanded allowing them to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while continuing to make the Spanish language relevant to their daily lives. The stress is on continued authentic communication, cultural awareness and relying on Spanish for comprehension.

SPANISH IV

Grades: 10-12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Spanish III

This course is designed to provide strong preparation for success in the Spanish Language B program, particularly for those interested in taking IB Spanish B at the Higher Level or those that need additional preparation for the Standard Level course. Students will benefit from an additional year of Spanish study, enabling them to further develop language skills and knowledge of the Hispanic world. Students will also be able to study Spanish for all four years of High School and consequently gain greater fluency in the language.

IB SPANISH B

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Recommendation of current Spanish teacher

The focus of this program is on language acquisition and on awareness of the cultures of the Hispanic World. The aim of the program is to give students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in Spanish and to develop an appreciation and awareness of the cultures where Spanish is spoken. Authentic material will be used to integrate the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The language of instruction is Spanish.

IBDP Language B subject guide

IB SPANISH AB INITIO

(Standard Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: little or no previous study of Spanish

The ab initio is a two-year, IB standard level program for students who have little or no previous experience of learning the target language. The approach is communicative in that it focuses principally on interaction between speakers and writers of the target language. The main aim of the program is to prepare the learner to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts and for a variety of purposes. Equal emphasis will be given to the teaching of the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. An additional aim is for students to develop an awareness of the cultures of the Hispanic World.

IBDP Language ab initio subject guide

IB SPANISH A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: native or near-native speaker and recommendation of current Spanish teacher

The IB Spanish A Language & Literature course is a two-year program based on the study of both language and literature. It aims to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of a wide range of texts, to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of the language and to facilitate the clear expression of ideas. Students engage in the close study of literary works, and examine issues generated by the study of topics such as gender, history and evolution of the language, language and power, and language and mass communication. Requirements of the course include comparative and textual analysis, essays, written tasks on language and literature, individual oral commentaries and presentations.

IBDP Language A Language & Literature subject guide

SPANISH NATIVE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1-4 years | Credits: 1 – 4 Prerequisite: native or near native Spanish speaker

Native Spanish is designed to help native or near native speakers to develop their language proficiency and to prepare them for further study of the language.

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JAPANESE NATIVE I

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 – 4 years

Credit: 1 per year

Prerequisite: native or near native speaker

This course is designed to help Japanese native or near native speakers develop their language proficiency and to prepare them for further study of the language. It aims to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of a wide range of texts, to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of the language and to facilitate the clear expression of ideas. Students will be encouraged to read various selected articles from magazines, newspapers and literary works. In addition, students will learn 600 Kanji Characters from the Education Kanji List regulated by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science, in order to gain the reading and writing skills necessary for IB Japanese A language and literature course.

JAPANESE NATIVE II

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 – 4 years Credit: 1 per year

Prerequisite: Japanese Native I or recommendation of current teacher

Japanese Native II is a continuation of Japanese Native 1. In this course students will continue expanding their knowledge of Japanese language and culture and refining their language skills. Students will read a range of texts including articles from magazines and newspapers, and literary works. The stress of this course is on continued authentic communication and on achieving high proficiency in the Japanese language, as well as cultural understanding.

IB JAPANESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Native speaker & teacher recommendation

The IB Japanese A course is a two-year program based on the study of both language and literature. It aims to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of a wide range of texts, to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of the language and to facilitate the clear expression of ideas. Students engage in the close study of literary works, and examine issues generated by the study of topics such as language, culture, society, media, global issues and change. Requirements of the course include

both oral and written critiques, comparative commentaries, essays and creative writing assignments.

IBDP Language A Language & Literature subject guide

KOREAN NATIVE I

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 – 4 years Credit: 1 per year Prerequisite: native or near native speaker

This course is designed to develop students’ language proficiency and to prepare them for further study of literature. It aims to develop a variety of analytic skills through the study of a wide range of texts (including poetry, novels, prose, short stories and plays from the HS Korean required textbooks), to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of the language, and to facilitate the clear expression of ideas. It also offers a variety of literary genres, written tasks and oral communication opportunities. Students can expect to have regular individual conferences with teachers to move forward as readers and writers. Students will further develop speaking skills through a variety of formal and informal oral activities. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing.

KOREAN NATIVE II

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 – 4 years Credit: 1 per year Prerequisite: Korean I - native or near native speaker

Korean Native II is a continuation of Korean Native 1. In this course students will continue expanding their knowledge of Korean language, literature, and culture. Units of study are developed taking into account the HS Korean required curriculum which identifies key essential questions and transfer skills. Each unit of study offers a variety of literary genres, written tasks, and oral communication opportunities. Students are introduced to a range of nonfiction and fiction text types as well as the associated literary terminology for each text type. Emphasis is placed on developing the argumentative, informational, and narrative writing skills of students through the teaching of the writing process. Students will further develop speaking skills through a variety of formal and informal oral activities. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing.

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IB KOREAN A LITERATURE

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: native or near-native speaker and recommendation of current Korean teacher

Through the study of a wide range of literature, the IB Language A Literature course promotes the appreciation of the rich craft of literature and for students to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading and writing. Works are studied in their literary and cultural contexts through close and critical reading. Students are encouraged to make significant connections and insights and use a variety of written and oral tools to express their understanding. Through the study of 10 texts, divided into works in translation, detailed study, literary genres and options, students will develop a deeper understanding of various cultural perspectives and refine their command of language. Standard Level students will present a 10 minute formal oral commentary on one of two works studied in part 2 of the course, while the paper 1 exam is a literary analysis on an unseen prose passage or poem. Standard level students will receive two guiding questions on this assessment to help guide their thinking.

Higher Level students will present a 10 minute formal oral commentary on poetry studied in part 2 of the course and then engage in a discussion with the teacher on one of the other two works studied. For Higher Level the paper 1 exam is a literary analysis on an unseen prose passage or poem without any guiding questions to help guide their thinking. Students who take this course will be expected to take the higher or standard level IB Korean A Literature examination.

IBDP Language A Literature Subject Guide

MANDARIN I

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: no previous study of Mandarin

This course is designed to help students develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing and prepare them for further study of the Mandarin language. The communicative approach is used to introduce vocabulary and structures through the functions of the language. Authentic materials and cultural information are interwoven throughout the course to provide a framework for proficiency in the language and an appreciation of the cultures of the countries

where Mandarin is spoken. Students will learn both traditional and simplified characters so that they can function in any Chinese speaking country.

MANDARIN II

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Mandarin I and teacher recommendation

This course continues to develop the language skills in Mandarin through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to the topics that reflect student interests. The materials and activities emphasize authentic situations and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students are encouraged to express their own needs and interests in the Mandarin language. Supplementary materials relating to culture help to student’s reading and writing skills as well as a continued cultural awareness of the Mandarin speaking world. Students will learn both traditional and simplified characters so that they can function in any Chinese speaking country.

MANDARIN III

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Mandarin II and teacher recommendation

In this course, previously learned vocabulary and structures are reinforced, serving as a transition into new material. The students’ understanding of how the language functions is expanded allowing them to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while continuing to make the Mandarin language relevant to their daily lives. The stress is on continued authentic communication, cultural awareness and relying on Mandarin for comprehension. Students will learn both traditional and simplified characters so that they can function in any Chinese speaking country.

MANDARIN IV

Grades: 10-12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Mandarin III

This course is designed to provide strong preparation for success in the Mandarin Language B program, particularly for those interested in taking IB Mandarin B at the Higher Level or those that need additional preparation for the Standard Level course. Students will

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benefit from an additional year of Mandarin study, enabling them to further develop language skills and knowledge of the Chinese speaking world. Students will also be able to study Mandarin for all four years of High School and consequently gain greater fluency in the language.

IB CHINESE B

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Recommendation of current Chinese teacher

The focus of this program is on language acquisition and awareness of Chinese culture. The aim of the program is to give students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in Mandarin and to develop an appreciation and awareness of the cultures where Chinese is spoken. Authentic materials will be used to integrate the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The language of instruction is Mandarin. Students will learn both traditional and simplified characters so that they can function in any Chinese speaking country.

IBDP Language B Subject outline

IB CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

(Standard and Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: native or near native speaker and recommendation of current teacher

The IB Mandarin A course is a two-year program based on the study of both language and literature. It aims to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of a wide range of texts, to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of the language and to facilitate the clear expression of ideas. Students engage in the close study of literary works, and examine issues generated by the study of topics such as language, culture, society, media, global issues and change. Requirements of the course include both oral and written critiques, comparative commentaries, essays and creative writing assignments. Students will learn both traditional and simplified characters so that they can function in any Chinese speaking country.

IBDP Language A Language & Literature Subject guide

CHINESE NATIVE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1-4 years | Credits: 1 – 4 Prerequisite: native or near native speaker

Mandarin Native is designed to help native or near native speakers to develop their language proficiency and to prepare them for further study of the language. Students will learn both traditional and simplified characters so that they can function in any Chinese speaking country.

THAI LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

(previously Survival Thai)

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: no previous study of Thai

This course is designed especially for students who are interested in exploring Thailand and who want to learn enough Thai to get around. It will focus mainly on oral communication and Thai culture. Students will be immersed in Thai through the communicative approach. Authentic materials and cultural information are interwoven in the course to provide a framework for proficiency in the language and appreciation of Thai culture. In this course, students will learn functional Thai in an enjoyable way and gain an appreciation of our host country’s culture.

THAI A LANGUAGE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length 1 – 4 years | Credits: 1 – 4 Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

This course is designed to help “near native” speakers develop their language skills and to prepare them for further study of the language. The aim of this course is to target the individual needs of students so that they can become proficient in all the language skills. This course may be repeated for credit upon the teacher’s recommendation.

THAI A LITERARY STUDIES

Grades: 9 - 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Thai A Language or equivalent

The aim of this course is to develop a higher degree of literacy in both language and literature and to prepare students for the IB Thai A Language and Literature. Students will be introduced to a variety of text types based on the topics studied during the year. Each unit of study offers a variety of literary genres, written tasks, and oral communication opportunities. Students will further develop all the language

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skills through a variety of reading, writing and speaking activities. They will also learn literary terminology while reading and analyzing the novel Amata and a collection of short stories. Students will further develop speaking skills through a variety of formal and informal oral activities. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of the four language skills.

THAI A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

Grade: 10 - 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Thai A Literary Studies or equivalent

The aim of this course is to continue to develop a high degree of competency in both language and literature at a more advanced level.

Through the study of a variety of literary genres and text types, students will use language expression and figurative language purposefully in different situations. Each unit of study offers a variety of literary genres, written tasks, and oral communication opportunities. Students will further develop speaking skills through a variety of formal and informal oral activities.

Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of the four language skills.

IB THAI A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Thai A Language & Literature or Teacher recommendation

The IB Thai A Language & Literature course is a two-year program based on the study of both language and literature. It aims to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of a wide range of texts, to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of the language and to facilitate the clear expression of ideas. Students engage in the close study of literary works, and examine issues generated by the study of topics such as gender, history and evolution of the language, language and power, and language and mass communication. Requirements of the course include comparative and textual analysis, essays, written tasks on language and literature, individual oral commentaries and presentations.

IBDP Language A Language & Literature Subject guide

DIPLOMA THAI

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 year Credit: 0.5 per year

Prerequisite: Native Thai speaker taking IB Diploma not taking IB Thai A

This course is a two-year program designed for full IB diploma Thai native speakers who are not taking Thai A as an IB subject. Students meet every other day for 45 minutes and are grouped by ability level. The aim of this course is to continue developing the language skills and to expand their knowledge and understanding of the target culture. During this course, the three modes of communication (Receptive, Productive, and Interactive Skills) will be used to study and analyze Thai Language.

IB School Supported Self Taught Language

(Standard Level)

If a student is interested in pursuing the IB Diploma, and wishes to study a Language A in his/her native language, ISB supports students through the School Supported Self Taught Program (SSST). This is a 2 year course in Literature for Language A and is available for students to study at Standard Level (SL) only. Students and parents need to find a tutor that would be available to support the student in their own language. ISB will provide tutors with the requirements of the IB in addition to administrative support and materials. In addition, ISB will require regular progress reports from tutors with the award of a pass/fail grade and credits. Interested students should contact the Dean of Academics to learn more about the program.

The ISB IB Language Tutorial Program policy is as follows:

• This option is only available for IB Diploma students wishing to pursue their ‘mother tongue’ language.

• ISB will reimburse for the actual costs incurred by a parent for tutoring up to a maximum of 75,000 Thai Baht per year if the cost for the tutoring is not normally paid by the employer of the parent(s). In the case of partial reimbursement by the employer, ISB will reimburse the difference up to 75,000 Thai Baht.

• Students may only pursue ‘Language A’ languages not currently offered at ISB.

• Negotiations regarding the conditions of employment are between the tutor and the parent/ guardian of the student. The tutor is

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not the employee of ISB.

• Students must be of sufficient proficiency in the target language.

• Approval for participation in the Language A Tutorial program must be given by the student’s parents, counselor and Dean of Academics.

• All instruction will take place outside of regular school time unless agreed with Dean of Academics.

• Students who take this option must still fulfill ISB’s graduation and attendance requirements.

• IB diploma students pursuing the self-taught language will have class time scheduled for them to work in during the regular school day and the Dean of Academics, in consultation with tutors on progress, will award Pass/Fail on the semester report card and transcript.

Students considering this option should read the course descriptions for English A Literature SL to gain an understanding of the nature of the course. Additionally it must be understood that Language A Literature courses work with language while teaching literary analysis skills, but are not language classes. Significant amounts of reading are undertaken and assessment is through written tasks and oral presentations of literature knowledge, analysis and understanding. This course focuses on the refinement of language skills and provides the opportunity for students to explore the culture(s) of the language through discussion, argument and debate.

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Department

Social Studies

The High School social studies programme is designed to develop the ability to think critically about the human condition in order to make informed decisions that guide social action. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own identities, and to recognize and respect similarities and differences of others within a global perspective. We aim to develop global thinkers, who openmindedly evaluate information, reflect critically, plan strategically, and can work both collaboratively and independently to understand global, regional and local problems.

World studies 9 and 10 are thematically organized and allow students to get a sample of many disciplines of the social sciences to prepare them for a variety of elective options in Grades 11 and 12. In addition, electives for grades 11 and 12 offer both IB courses, AP courses and ISB courses. Two credits of social studies courses are required for graduation and four credits are recommended for students intending to study at College/ University. It is strongly recommended that all students take a social studies course through to their senior year.

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ISB

ATTRIBUTES

WORLD STUDIES 9

This is a required course for all grade 9 students Grade: 9 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None

In World Studies 9 students will examine a wide range of aspects of human societies, both in our past as well as our present. Major course themes include Sociocultural Complexity, Conflict and Perspective, Political Theory vs. Political Reality and Population Geographies. Students will investigate the causes of human conflict and learn to identify bias and examine multiple perspectives through case studies. Emphasis is placed on students’ understanding of their own perspectives and how this shapes individual thinking both historically and in modern debate. Students will also practice and develop skills in research, critical thinking, and oral and written communication needed for success in their future Social Studies courses.

WORLD STUDIES 10

This is a required course for all grade 10 students Grade: 10 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: World Studies 9

“I’ve absolutely loved being in politics class. As someone who loves learning about this topic, I never had an opportunity to talk or learn about it with students my age before this class. Beyond a place to talk about politics, the class is a great place to review the fundamentals of political theory in an engaging way through case studies and simulations. The environment is super positive with lots of opportunities for discussion and debate, and much of the class is voted on by students so everyone has a say in the content we learn. I’d really urge anybody interested in politics to consider taking the elective course.”

Sasha, Gr12

In World Studies 10 students will investigate some of the major ideas and events of the past two hundred and fifty years that have shaped the world of today. The course focuses on the development of modern economic and social systems as well as the impact humans have on geography; looking at how changes have affected the way people live.

Major course themes include Economic Development, Imperialism, Political Change and Morality & Conflict. Primary importance is placed on making connections between broad themes and current issues facing nations today. Students will be asked to consider events from a variety of viewpoints, to develop research, analytical thinking and oral and written communication skills to help them successfully complete future Social Studies courses.

ELECTIVES: 2023-24

The following non IB courses will only run if classes meet a minimum size requirement. Incoming grade 10 students may select these courses, however approval may be required from the student’s counselor and the Social Studies Head of Department.

• Global Politics

• Social Justice

GLOBAL POLITICS

(grade 10 students will need approval)

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length:1 | yearCredit: 1 Prerequisite: None

Political issues can be found everywhere; from global concerns such as global climate change through international, regional,

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local and community levels. Understanding the role politics plays in our complex world is key to becoming an informed global citizen.

This course will cover foundational issues that have been at the heart of the subject for centuries such as freedom, equality, power, rights and justice but also offer a modern lens to the world we live in. Topics to be covered include:

• Foundations of Global Politics: Power, Sovereignty, Legitimacy and Interdependence

• Peace & Conflict

• Development & Political Economy

• Human Rights

• Geopolitics

This course will develop reading, writing, discussion, debate, presentation and research skills. There will be a mixture of individual, paired and group tasks throughout the course. Students wanting to join this course should be motivated to learn, have good listening skills, willing to discuss and share ideas and take a keen interest in the world around them including current affairs.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

(grade 10 students will need approval) Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 years | Credits: 1 Prerequisite: None

This new interdisciplinary course for 2023-24 is designed to introduce students to social justice issues and assist them in discovering how positive change can be facilitated in global and local contexts. It draws on content, concepts, skills and contexts from a range of social studies disciplines including sociology, psychology and history. Students will critically analyze various social movements related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class.

Students will have the opportunity to explore and discuss how factors such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and class influence human understanding, relationships, and behavior, both in the past and the present. Students will understand how social interactions are influenced by institutional social structures, sense of belonging or lack thereof and the degree of social responsibility afforded to different groups.

This course will encourage students to think critically about the social worlds and perspectives regarding what constitutes the human experience. The course will provide a foundation for students to explore social justice

not only in terms of related concepts and issues but also in terms of possible solutions. In doing so students will develop the analytical skills needed to identify inequalities in terms of both historical and contemporary social structures.

IB GROUP 3 OPTIONS: INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES

For non IB diploma students IB Group 3 courses may be taken as an IB certificate course, students will complete all the IB requirements, including IA’s and the IB exam and be issued certification of the completion of this course from the IB.

Students may also take these courses for one or two years as an elective at standard level with no IB exam requirements, this will gain ISB credit. If this option is being considered students must speak to their World Studies 10 teacher and a current teacher of the IB course to assess their suitability.

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of business theory as well as an ability to effectively apply principles, practices and skills to business case study situations. Students will examine a diverse range of cultural and economic situations in which modernday businesses operate and will be asked to consider ethics and social responsibility in an international business context. Syllabus topics include: marketing, types of organizations and their environment, human resources, operations, accounting and finance.

Students will learn about the business world via a case study approach; successful students will take a keen interest in current affairs and the world around them. IB assessments will challenge students to assess a business situation and through critical thinking, analysis and synthesis suggest an appropriate course of action or at times make a recommendation.

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The course is anchored by four key concepts; creativity, change, ethics, and sustainability.

IBDP Business Management Course Guide

(note: some course changes will be implemented starting Aug 2022 - we are awaiting release of the new guide from the IBO).

Differences between IB Business and IB Economics

IB ECONOMICS

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2

Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

This course is focused on six real world issues. Phrased as questions they are,

• How do consumers and producers make choices in trying to meet their economic objectives?

• When are markets unable to satisfy important economic objectives—and does government intervention help?

• Why does economic activity vary over time and why does this matter?

• How do governments manage their economy and how effective are their policies?

• Who are the winners and losers of the integration of the world’s economies?

• Why is economic development uneven?

Topics to be studied include basic market microeconomic theory, market failures and government intervention, macroeconomic theory including economic growth, inflation, unemployment, international trade and the particular economic challenges facing developing nations.

Both SL and HL students develop quantitative skills, but HL students will need to further develop these as appropriate, in analysing and evaluating economic relationships in order to provide informed policy advice. These skills are specifically assessed in HL paper 3. The SL course will sit for only 2 exam papers. The HL course includes one major additional topic, Theory of the Firm

All economics students will create a portfolio of commentaries analyzing and evaluating economic current events; called the Internal Assessment (IA).

Economics students will not examine policies, theories or case studies regarding the successful operations of business firms (marketing, managing human resources, etc). Students interested in these topics should consider IB Business Management.

The course is anchored by nine key concepts; scarcity, choice, efficiency, equity, economic well-being, sustainability, change, interdependence, intervention.

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Differences between IB Business and IB Economics

IB GEOGRAPHY

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly grounded in the real world and focuses on the interactions between individuals, societies and the physical environment. It investigates the way that people adapt and respond to change and evaluates management strategies associated with such change. The course examines key global issues, such as population, climate change, resource consumption and globalization through detailed case studies at a variety of scales. The course is designed around five big concepts: place, power, process, possibilities and perspectives. These concepts drive the essential questions asked in each unit. Within group 3 subjects, Geography is distinctive in that it occupies the middle ground between social sciences and natural sciences. The Geography course integrates both physical and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both scientific and socioeconomic methodologies. There is a required trip (2-days) to the ISB Wilderness Campus to do fieldwork on river processes.

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IB HISTORY

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2

Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

IB History students will gain an in-depth and comparative understanding of the influential people and dynamic forces that have shaped our modern world during the past two centuries. We will explore political, economic and social history across five continents in an attempt to learn how nations struggled and continue to struggle today to develop their identities amongst the competing forces of authoritarianism and democratization. To better understand this tension, in the first year we will study the movements for equality and civil rights in the 20th century US, as well as South Africa’s journey on this same path. We will later explore the uncertainty of economic hardship and conflict leading to the development of single-party states and authoritarian leaders, and examine in great depth the global conflict between authoritarianism and democracy that dominated much of the last century, the Cold War.

As students train to think like historians, they will significantly improve their analytical skills, sharpen their evaluation and interpretation of evidence, and significantly increase the effectiveness of their oral and written arguments. Throughout the course, we will engage with the people and events of the past through lively debates, role plays, small-group seminar discussions, artsbased activities, and independent historical investigations on topics of student interest.

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IB PSYCHOLOGY

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2

Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

This two-year course asks students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the most important theories and studies in the discipline of Psychology through a scientific approach to human behavior. Students will be asked to develop their critical thinking and writing skills in order to effectively evaluate and interpret and explain a wide range of human behavior and mental processes. Students will investigate the biological, cognitive, social and cultural

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influences or “approaches” to human behavior. Specifically, students will learn various theories and studies to help them understand human aggression, criminology, social helping, attraction, stereotyping, memory, emotion, thinking and decision-making, stereotyping, and many other real-world topics. In addition to these behaviors and processes, selected options will be covered in the first and/or second years. These include 1) Human Relationship and 2) Abnormal Psychology. Both of these topics are studied in the higher level course but only one of the topics is studied in the standardlevel course. Finally, the IB Psychology internal assessment project requires students all students to plan and conduct their own experimental research.

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IB Digital Society

(Standard & Higher Level)* (on-line course)

*** Students wishing to study Digital Society should directly contact Mr Picton and/or Mrs McMillan for more information

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Students need to demonstrate an appropriate skill set to be online learners

IB Digital Society is the study and evaluation of the impacts of IT on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level. Although Digital Society shares methods of critical investigation and analysis with other social sciences, it also considers social and ethical considerations. Students come into contact with IT on a daily basis because it is so pervasive in the world in which we live. This increasingly widespread use of IT inevitably raises important questions with regard to the social and ethical considerations that shape our society today.

The main difference between Digital Society and computer science relates to the focus of study. Digital Society is about how people are affected by systems already in use and those planned for the future. Computer science looks first at the technology and then later at its interaction with those affected by it.

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The HL course in ITGS differs from the SL course in ITGS as follows.

• HL students study the following as part of the HL extension, which consists of two additional topics in the IT systems strand:

• IT systems in organizations

• robotics, artificial intelligence and expert systems.

• The HL course has an additional externally assessed component that comprises a pre-seen case study based on a fictitious organization; this allows students to research various aspects of the subject, which may include new technical concepts and additional subject content, in greater depth.

Digital Society Subject Brief Advanced Placement

(AP): Social Studies options

AP classes are accredited by the College Board in the USA. These are new courses at ISB for 202223. These courses are open to students in Grades 10-12. They culminate in externally examined assessments.

US HISTORY

(grade 10 students will need approval)

Grades: 10-12 | Length: 1 year | Credits: 1 Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

In this year-long class you will study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the United States from c. 1491 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

Skills You’ll Learn include:

• Evaluating primary and secondary sources

• Analyzing the claims, evidence, and reasoning you find in sources

• Putting historical developments in context and making connections between them

• Coming up with a claim or thesis and explaining and supporting it in writing

The AP U.S. History Exam is sat in May and is externally assessed. It will test your understanding of the historical concepts covered in the course

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units, as well as your ability to analyze primary and secondary sources and identify patterns and connections that can support a historical interpretation.

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US History College Board Site MICROECONOMICS (offered in

2023-2024)

(grade 10 students will need approval) Grades: 10-12 | Length: 1 year | Credits: 1 Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

In microeconomics you will study the principles of economics that apply to the behavior of individuals within an economic system. You’ll use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. As this course is being run as a year-long course there will be opportunities to explore some topics in more depth and allow for more project-based learning. However, preparation for the May AP examination is the main focus of this course.

Course Content includes:

• Unit 1: Basic Economic Concepts

• Unit 2: Supply and Demand

• Unit 3: Production, Cost, and the Perfect Competition Model

• Unit 4: Imperfect Competition

• Unit 5: Factor Markets

• Unit 6: Market Failure and the Role of Government

If a student takes Macroeconomics or Microeconomics in Grade 10 they will not be able to take IB Diploma Economics in Grades 11/12.

Depending on student sign ups the AP Macro- and Microeconomics course may run concurrently or every other year.

AP Microeconomics College Board Site

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MACROECONOMICS

(will run again in 2024-2025)

(grade 10 students will need approval)

Grades: 10-12 | Length: 1 year | Credits: 1 Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher recommendation

In this course you will learn about the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. You’ll use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. As this course is being run as a year-long course there will be opportunities to explore some topics in more depth and allow for more project-based learning. However, preparation for the May AP examination is the main focus of this course.

Skills You’ll Learn

• Define economic principles and models

• Explain given economic outcomes

• Determine outcomes of specific economic situations

• Model economic situations using graphs or visual representations

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If a student takes Macroeconomics or Microeconomics in Grade 10 they will not be able to take IB Diploma Economics in Grades 11/12.

Depending on student sign ups the AP Macro- and Microeconomics course may run concurrently or every other year.

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Department

Science

The goal of science education at ISB is to develop scientifically literate students who think critically to solve problems and make informed decisions in their world. The science curriculum is designed to develop conceptual understanding, skills, process and attitudes through exploration and inquiry. Through a rich program of activities, students will be challenged to develop individual thinking and critical attitudes concerning the methods of science and the limitations of the scientific method. We believe that the acquisition of knowledge through laboratory inquiry is the basic activity of science. Therefore, students will be continually challenged to explore through a well-designed series of laboratory activities in each course, including the use of technology to help students form valid conclusions of their experimental results and communicate those findings effectively.

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***Students in Grade 9 can choose either the Accelerated Science course or two of the semester courses from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, usually taken at level I in 9th grade***

Accelerated Science

Grade: 9 | Length: 2 semesters | Credit: 1

Recommendations: None

Physics is not easy by any means, but, with the right guidance from teachers and peers, as well as, selfdriven motivation, it can be extremely enjoyable taking on the challenges that it presents. One of my biggest takeaways from Physics was definitely the persistence and reallife skills it gave me on top of the academic knowledge.

Bryan, Gr12

Accelerated science is an introductory laboratory science course that provides an introduction to chemistry, biology, and physics through a one year course. This course is appropriate for students wanting more elective options in grades 9. After their successful completion of Accelerated Science, students will have the choices of Chemistry II, Biology II or Physics II in grade 10. Accelerated Science provides an essential foundation and development of experimental skills including data logging, scientific inquiry and communication, and data management techniques. Students will develop knowledge and conceptual understanding of atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions, solutions and solubility, evolution, ecology, kinematics, dynamics, work, and energy. Scientific investigations, inquiry, and research skills are a primary focus throughout the course, and students will complete a variety of Independent Research Projects during this year-long course.

CHEMISTRY I

Grade: 9 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5

Recommendations: None

Chemistry I is an introductory chemistry course for all 9th Grade ISB students. This course provides an essential foundation in experimental skills including data logging with computers, scientific inquiry and communication, and data management techniques, as well as core chemical concepts. Students will develop knowledge and conceptual understanding of atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions, and solutions and solubility. After their experience in Chem I, students will then have the choices of Physics I, Biology I, or Chemistry II courses. Scientific investigation and inquiry is a primary focus where students will complete an Independent Research Project during the semester.

BIOLOGY I

Grades: 9 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5

Recommendations: Chemistry I

Biology I is an introductory biology course for all 9th Grade ISB students. This course develops experimental skills, scientific inquiry, research skills, communication, and data management techniques. Students will develop knowledge and conceptual understanding of evolution and ecology. Scientific investigations, inquiry and research skills are a primary focus throughout the course, and students will complete an Independent Research Project during the semester.

PHYSICS I

Grades: 9 – 10 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Recommendations: Chemistry I

Physics I is an introductory course where students investigate the physical world using both traditional and computer-based data logging and analysis. This course introduces students to the study of energy and motion, including both conceptual understanding and analytical problem solving involved in the study of Kinematics, Dynamics and Work and Energy. Scientific investigation and inquiry is a primary focus throughout the course, and students will complete an Independent Research Project during the semester.

Applied Science

Grades: 10 | Length: 2 semesters | Credit: 1 Recommendations: Accelerated science

This is a new course which aims to offer students a core knowledge of grade 10 science. Topics will include cells, genetics, Chemical reactions, Greenhouse effect, Waves & Electricity. Students will use real-life context based examples to support their learning. The course also continues to develop experimental skills including data logging, scientific inquiry and communication, and data management techniques. Scientific investigations, inquiry, and research skills are a primary focus throughout the course, and students will complete an Independent Research Project during this yearlong course. It is recommended that students who take this course go onto to study science courses at standard level in grade 11.

CHEMISTRY II

Grades: 10 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5

Recommendations: Accelerated science or Chemistry I

Chemistry II continues the study of fundamental chemical concepts with a focus on environmental chemistry, and further develops scientific inquiry skills, data management and analysis, and communication skills. Knowledge and understanding of chemistry principles are investigated in the topics of Energy and Combustion of Fossil Fuels, Acid in the Environment and related quantitative applications commonly used in chemistry. Scientific investigation and inquiry is a primary focus throughout the course, and students will complete an Independent Research Project during the semester. Chemistry II is a requirement for students wishing to pursue IB Chemistry HL.

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BIOLOGY II

Grade: 10 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Recommendations: Accelerated science or Biology I

Biology II continues the study of fundamental biology concepts and further develops scientific inquiry skills, data management and analysis, and communication skills. Knowledge and understanding of biological principles are investigated are genetics, macromolecules and the cardiovascular system. Scientific investigations, inquiry and research skills are a primary focus throughout the course, and students will complete an Independent Research Project during the semester. Biology II is a requirement for students wishing to pursue IB Biology HL.

PHYSICS II

Grade: 10 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Recommendations: Accelerated science or Physics I

Physics II continues the study of fundamental physics concepts with a focus on energy transfers and transformations. Knowledge and understanding of physics principles are investigated in the topics of Waves and Sound, Electricity and Nuclear Physics. Students will further develop their scientific inquiry, data management and analysis, and communication skills. Scientific investigation and inquiry is a primary focus throughout the course, and students will complete an Independent Research Project during the semester. Physics II is a requirement for students wishing to pursue IB Physics HL.

Experimental Science

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 1 year or 2 years Credit: 1 (one year)/ 2 (two years)

Recommendations: Accelerated science or a science I class, Applied Science

Experimental Science is a one or two - year course that allows students to continue to study the sciences using an integrated systems and processes approach and is intended for students not taking a DP science class. It provides students with an understanding of some of the basic laws, theories and principles of environmental science and earth science utilizing biology, chemistry, and physics, and their applications. The study of experimental science involves the students working individually and in groups in the laboratory, in the field, and with interactive multimedia,

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gaining experiences that are related to the theoretical concepts considered in the course. Students will apply investigative and problemsolving skills, effectively communicate scientific information and understanding, and appreciate the contribution that a study of science makes to our understanding of the world. In addition, each student must participate in a multidisciplinary project (Group 4 Project).

AP Biology

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: If a student wants to take this course in GR10, Accelerated Science and teacher recommendation is required. A student taking AP Biology will not be able to take an IB Biology course.

This course is open for Personal Choice Diploma students in Grades 11 &12.

AP Biology is an advanced and rigorous course that allows students to explore the core scientific principles, theories, and processes that govern living organisms and biological systems. Students will conduct hands-on laboratory work to investigate natural phenomena. Units of study include Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure & Function, Cellular Energetics, Cell Communication and Cell Cycle, Gene Expression and Regulation, Heredity, Natural Selection and Ecology. Students that take this course will be required to sit the AP Biology examination.

IB BIOLOGY

(Standard Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2

Recommendations: Accelerated Science or Biology I , Biology II or Applied science

This course allows for a broad study of biology topics, including biochemistry of life, cellular organization, genetics, ecology, evolution, and human physiology, and one choice from the optional topics of the IB Standard Level syllabus; biotechnology and bioinformatics, ecology and conservation, neurobiology and behavior, and human physiology. Students will be involved in an extensive inquiry-based laboratory program. In addition, each student must participate in a multidisciplinary project.

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IB BIOLOGY

(Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Recommendations: Accelerated Science or Biology II

This is a two-year course that is equivalent to a first year university level Biology course. The topics studied in this course include biochemistry of life, cellular organization, genetics, ecology, evolution, and human physiology, and two choices from the optional topics of the IB Higher Level syllabus: human nutrition and health, physiology of exercise, cells and energy, evolution, neurobiology and behavior, microbes and biotechnology, and ecology and conservation. Each topic is studied in-depth. Students will be involved in an extensive inquiry-based laboratory program. In addition, each student must participate in a multidisciplinary project.

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IB CHEMISTRY

(Standard Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Recommendations: Accelerated Science or Chemistry I, Chemistry II or Applied science

This course allows for a broad study of chemistry topics, including atomic structure, stoichiometry, bonding, energetic, states of matter, equilibrium, kinetics, periodicity, organic chemistry, and one choice from the optional topics of the IB Standard Level syllabus: human biochemistry, medicines and drugs, environmental chemistry or food chemistry. Students will be involved in an extensive laboratory program including a multidisciplinary project.

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IB CHEMISTRY

(Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Recommendations: Accelerated Science or Chemistry I, Chemistry II

Biology Course Guide

This two-year course is equivalent to a first year university level chemistry course. The topics are covered with a great deal of depth and include atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometric relationships, periodicity, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, oxidationreduction, organic chemistry, spectroscopy

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and data management. Students will also study one optional topic from the IB Higher Level syllabus: materials, biochemistry, energy, or medicinal chemistry. Students will be involved in an extensive laboratory program including an independent research project and a multidisciplinary project.

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IB PHYSICS

(Standard Level)

Grade: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years |Credits: 2

Recommendations: Accelerated Science or Physics I , Physics II or Applied science

This course allows a broad study of physics topics. Year One topics are kinematics, Newtonian mechanics and gravitation, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, waves and electromagnetism. Year 2 topics are atomic and nuclear physics, and one choice from the following topics: relativity, engineering physics, imaging, or astrophysics. Advanced laboratory work is a large component of this course. Students will develop their own independent research projects under the guidance of the instructor. In addition, each student must participate in a multidisciplinary project.

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IB PHYSICS

(Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credit: 2

Recommendations: Accelerated Science, Physics II

This two-year course is equivalent to a first year university level Physics course. Year 1 topics are kinematics, Newtonian mechanics and gravitation, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, waves and electromagnetism. Year 2 topics are atomic and nuclear physics, and one choice from the following topics: relativity, engineering physics, imaging, or astrophysics. Advanced laboratory work is a large component of this course with students doing their own independent research under the guidance of the instructor. IB extended essays may develop from these projects. In addition, each student must participate in a multidisciplinary project.

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IB SPORTS, EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCE (SEHS)

(Standard Level & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years Credit: 2

Recommendations: Accelerated Science, Biology I or equivalent, Physical Education 9

This exciting SL/HL course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health. Students cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance. The internal assessment is based upon practical experimental investigations and not physical performance. This course suits students who like to apply science to sport. SL and HL courses share the core syllabus. HL students study to a greater depth and breadth.

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IB COMPUTER SCIENCE

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credit: 2 Recommendations: Coding Games I or equivalent (for HL), Maths Essentials, Core or Extended or equivalent Math Course and teacher recommendation

The computer science curriculum is organized into three areas of learning

• Systems in theory

• Systems in practice and

• Systems in context

In addition, there are four themes: Abstraction, Design, Development, and Evaluation. Programming is at the core of the course and Java will be the coding language used. Half of Year 1 is spent learning to read, interpret, understand, and respond to problems using Java. For those in HL, the ramp up of coding skills will be much more compressed, and in addition, several other theoretical topics will be covered. In semester 2, the IA project will be introduced, which involves development of a software solution for a real client. Overall, the course is underpinned by fundamental

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concepts of computational thinking as well as knowledge of how computers and other digital devices work.

IB DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

(Higher & Standard Level)

Grades: 11 - 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Recommendations: Design & Technology I or II, but not required.

Students will develop a deep understanding of design, creativity, innovation, materials, and manufacturing techniques in theory and practice. D&T takes thoughts and explores the possibilities and constraints associated with products and/or systems in our world. It is human-centred and focuses on the needs, wants and limitations of the end user. The course is divided into two elements of assessment: a Design Project where students use the design cycle to research, design, make, and evaluate a design opportunity or problem to solve for users or clients. This is 40% of their final Grade. The other 60% of their final mark is from external exams that comprise theory and content. At standard level the course covers ergonomics, sustainable production, modelling, resource management, innovations and classic design. At a higher level, in addition to the standard level topics, the course covers user-centered design, sustainability, markets and commercial production. The class is hands-on activities and content using the Invention Center’s workshop and spaces to understand the course material and enhance learning within the IB framework.

IB ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS & SOCIETIES (ESS)

(Standard Level ONLY)

Grades 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Recommendations: Accelerated Science or any grade 10 Science course

IB Environmental systems and societies is a two-year course in which students develop a sound understanding of the interrelationships between natural processes, natural resources, and human activities on the Earth. Students will evaluate the scientific, ethical and sociopolitical aspects of a wide range of pressing environmental issues including their own relationship with their environment. Topics of study include the ecosystem, human population changes, conservation, biodiversity, pollution management, global warming and environmental value systems. Field research skills are also developed and a field trip is part of the course. The students will learn to plan and carry out field studies, statistically analyze data, evaluate their findings, and effectively communicate their results in lab reports.

**Note: If included in an IB Diploma this course may be designated either as Group 3 or Group 4 or both.

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Department

MATH

The high school mathematics program is intended to provide mathematical skills to university bound students. The curriculum offers courses that develop a core mathematical knowledge for all students as well as advanced courses to those wanting additional mathematics.

Advanced courses consisting of IB Mathematics SL, IB Mathematics HL, AP Calculus and AP Statistics are intended for highly motivated students. Students wanting to enter these courses must have taken all courses in the appropriate pathway (either Core or Extended).

The graduation requirement for mathematics is two years. It is strongly recommended that all students take a mathematics course through to their senior year. All students are required to have a graphing calculator (TI 84 plus recommended).

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ISB ATTRIBUTES

MATH Essentials 1

Length: 1 year | Credit:1

Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from Math 8 Core

This is the first year of a two-year sequence of courses introducing students to the beauty of the language, structure and applications of mathematics. Emphasis is placed on balancing the skills of Algebra and Geometry, problem solving, real life applications, and using technology. The general topics of study will focus on effective use of technology and then move to reinforce algebra concepts and skills associated with simplifying and solving linear equations. Data analysis with statistics is then investigated in the remainder of the first semester. The course then strives to develop an understanding of geometrical concepts involving this algebra. The second half of the course will begin with a study of congruence and similarity, then move to a look at right triangle trigonometry, area and volume. It will conclude with topics to develop skills related to further algebraic skills including an appreciation of quadratic functions.

Depending on teacher recommendation, students completing Math 8 Core in middle school will take this course.

MATH Essentials 2

I work with my peers to ask questions to each other and compare work. That way, I am able to learn math with less pressure in a more effective way. Throughout the course, I have developed problemsolving and critical thinking skills which are very useful in other classes as well. It has allowed me to think more logically and be more thoughtful when solving any problems.”

Monica, Gr11

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from Math Essentials 1

Math Essentials 2 will be offered to students who have completed Math Essentials 1 and will prepare students for IB Math Applications SL or Functions and Statistics (non-IB course). This course’s aim is to complete the development of mathematical core knowledge. The course begins with a review of linear equations and linear functions, then continues on in the first semester with area and perimeter of polygons and circles, solving and graphing linear inequalities, and finishes up with solving systems of linear equations. Second semester begins with a complete treatment of polynomials, moves on to volume and surface area of 3-D figures, then moves on to a study of quadratic equations and quadratic functions.

Students who successfully complete the Essentials pathway will be prepared for the non-IB mathematics class Functions and Stats (then followed by the Financial Mathematics course or AP Statistics.)

Students who successfully complete this course will also be prepared for the IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations Standard Level course in grades 11 and 12, if they are looking to take the full IB diploma.

MATH Core 1

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from Math 8 Core

This is the first year of a two-year sequence of courses introducing students to the beauty of the language, structure and applications of mathematics. Emphasis is placed on balancing the skills of Algebra and Geometry, problem solving, real life applications, and using technology. The general topics of

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study will focus on numeracy and then move to reinforce algebra skills associated with simplifying and solving linear equations. The course then strives to develop an understanding of the interrelated nature of Geometry and Algebra. Data analysis with statistics is then investigated in the remainder of the first semester. The second half of the course will begin with a study of congruence and similarity, then move to a look at right triangle trigonometry, area and volume. It will conclude with topics to develop skills related to more advanced algebra and functions including quadratics functions.

MATH Core 2

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from Math Core 1

This course will be offered to students who have successfully completed Math Core 1 and will prepare students for either of the IB Math Standard Level courses. The course’s aim is to complete the development of mathematical core knowledge while introducing students to the more in-depth topics of IB courses. The course will begin with a study of functions, including quadratic, exponential, logarithmic and rational, and then move to higher-degree polynomials. Skills in probability will be further developed, and circular functions will be introduced. The course will end with an introduction to advanced trigonometry concepts.

Students who successfully complete the Core pathway will be prepared for Functions and Stats or either of the IB Standard Level courses.

Students who excel in the Core pathway will be effectively preparing themselves for Pre-Calculus

MATH Extended 1

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from Math 8 Extended

It is the first year of a rigorous two-year sequence of courses introducing students to the beauty of the language, structure and applications of mathematics. Emphasis is placed on balancing the skills of Algebra and Geometry, problem solving, real life applications, and using technology. This course’s aims are: to review and reinforce early linear algebra concepts and number sense, to develop an understanding of geometrical concepts and reasoning, to begin a study of

triangle trigonometry, to continue data analysis with statistics and probability and to expand skills related to more advanced algebra and functions.

MATH Extended 2

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from Math Extended 1

The Math Extended 2 course will finish preparing students for either of the IB Math Higher Level. The course is designed for talented and ambitious math students who are desiring more in-depth study and rigor than the Math Core 2 provides. The course begins with a review of linear and quadratic functions from Year 1, before looking at higher-degree polynomials and complex algebra. Further topics include exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences and series, and circular geometry. Skills in advanced trigonometry will be further developed, and the course will end with a study of rigorous probability and statistical topics.

Students excelling in this course will be actively preparing themselves for either IB Mathematics Higher Level courses in 11th grade.

MATH IN MOTION 1 & 2

Length: 1 semester each | Credit 0.5 per semester Prerequisite: A teachers recommendation and successful completion of one of; Math Essentials 2, Math Core 1, Math Extended 1

Prerequisite for Math in motion 2: completion of Math in motion 1

Math in Motion will answer the question, “Why do we have to learn this stuff?” Through authentic, collaborative and engaging long-term projects, students will engage in the design cycle as they create tangible applications of mathematics; from trebuchets that can be used as fundraising games at Spirit Night, to statistically relevant solutions to problems they face in their lives as students, to the construction of big and small things that can improve the experience of students on or off campus.

Students will learn not only why familiar math content is useful and how to apply it in productive ways, but they will also learn all the “soft skills” that come with seeing through a series of collaborative, month-long projects from concept, to proposal, to prototype, to refined product, and finally to a curated exhibition of learning.

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PRE-CALCULUS

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from; Math Core 2 Math Extended 2 Functions and Stats

This course is specifically designed for students who have successfully completed Math Extended 2 or received a 6/7 from Math Core 2. The course will provide an in-depth study of all topics essential to the study of AP Calculus. Students will be actively engaged in problem-solving, reasoning, connecting, and communicating mathematically as they explore families of functions. Special emphasis will be on the Exponential, Logarithmic, Logistic, Trigonometric, and Inverse Trigonometric functions from numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches. Additional topics to be investigated include Sequences, Series, Polar Coordinate System, DeMoivre’s Theorem, Binomial Theorem, and Math Induction.

Students excelling in this course will be actively preparing themselves for the AP Calculus AB course.

AP STATISTICS

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from; Math Extended 2 Math Core 2 Functions and Stats

AP Statistics is an introductory college-level statistics course that introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students cultivate their understanding of statistics using technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they explore concepts like variation and distribution; patterns and uncertainty; and data-based predictions, decisions, and conclusions.

IB MATHEMATICS:

APPLICATIONS and INTERPRETATIONS

(Standard Level or Higher Level)

Grades: 11 - 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2

Prerequisite for SL: A teacher recommendation from; Math Essentials 2, Math Core 2

Prerequisite for HL: A teaher recommendation from; Math Extended 2

Applications and Interpretation SL and HL are appropriate for IB diploma students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world and solving practical problems. They will also be interested in harnessing the power of technology alongside exploring mathematical models. Students who take Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation will be those who enjoy mathematics best when seen in a practical context. This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects such as social sciences, natural sciences, statistics, business, some economics, psychology, and design.

IBDP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations Course Guide

IB MATHEMATICS: ANALYSIS and APPROACHES

(Standard Level or Higher Level)

Grades: 11 - 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite for SL: A teacher recommendation from Math Core 2

Prerequisite for HL: A teacher recommendation from Math Extended 2

Analysis and approaches at SL and HL are appropriate for IB diploma students who enjoy developing their mathematics to become fluent in the construction of mathematical arguments and develop strong skills in mathematical thinking. They will also be fascinated by exploring real and abstract applications of these ideas, with and without the use of technology. Students who take Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches will be those who enjoy the thrill of mathematical problem solving and generalization. This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects with substantial mathematics content such as mathematics itself, engineering, physical sciences, or economics

IBDP Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches Course Guide

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IB Math ANALYSIS and APPROACHES SL2/AP

CALCULUS AB

Grade: 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL1 & teacher recommendation

AP Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and application. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. This course compares to a calculus course in university. Students in AP Calculus take the AP Calculus AB exam in May. Due to the parallel nature of the IB Analysis SL 2 curriculum and AP Calculus AB, an option for high achieving students in IB Analysis SL 1 is to take the IB Analysis SL 2/AP Calculus AB course. This course will cover the AP Calculus AB material but also cover the remainder of, and review, the IB Analysis SL material. In May, these students may take the IB Analysis Standard Level exam and/or the AP Calculus AB Exam. IB Math HL 2 students who wish to take the AP Calculus BC exam may do so by guided independent study.

IBDP Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches Course Guide

AP CALCULUS AB

Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Pre-calculus Prerequisite: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL1 & teacher recommendation

This course will run as a stand-alone course if there are numbers that support that happening. If not it will run as the combined course mentioned above.

FUNCTIONS and STATISTICS

Length: 1 year | Credits: 1

Prerequisite: A teacher recommendation from; Math Essentials 2, Math Core 2

This course is offered to students who have completed either Math Essentials 2 or Math Core 2 courses who do not wish to take an IB math class. The course will review and strengthen the concepts from previous math classes balancing the skills of algebra, geometry, problem solving, real life statistical applications, and using technology so that students are well-prepared to take on the challenge of remaining high school math

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classes or at college. Emphasis is given to the applications of mathematics in real life situations using investigations, projects and technology where mathematical techniques are used to define and solve problems.

Students who successfully complete this course are preparing themselves for Financial Mathematics

Students excelling in this course will be actively preparing themselves for AP Stats

FINANCIAL MATH (Part 1)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 1 semester Credits: 0.5 Prerequisite: none

This is a first semester course with part 2 continuing in the second semester. It is offered at the 11 or 12th-grade level and is an excellent course for students who are not full DP candidates. Students will be exposed to numerical and financial ideas which they are most likely to encounter in their lives. Such topics as: credit and credit cards, taxes and tax structure, mortgages, retirement planning, investing- actively managed mutual funds, ETFs, stocks, bonds, games of chance, statistics in sports, data presentation and spreadsheets, basic accounting principles and more. This course will not be a traditional math class in its presentation and assessment and will focus more on projects and presentations. Students will also greatly deepen their fluency and capacity with spreadsheets in this course as it will be the main tool used.

FINANCIAL MATH (Part 2)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 1 semester

Credits: 0.5 Prerequisite: Financial Math Part 1

This is a second semester course continuing from Financial Math Part 1. Students will continue to build on real-life financial concepts from the first semester including buying cars, insurance, short term loans, student loans, budgeting and the F.I.R.E lifestyle, in the hope of becoming more informed consumers of the numerical information encountered in life. This course will not be a traditional math course in its presentation and assessment and will focus more on projects and presentations. Students will also greatly deepen their fluency and capacity with spreadsheets in this course as it will be the main tool used.

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Department

Fine and Performing Arts

The ISB High School Fine & Performing Arts Department is composed of a body of specialized subject areas including design, jewelry, media arts, photography, visual arts, dance, music and theatre. Arts education benefits the student because it cultivates the whole child, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. An education in the arts helps students learn to identify, appreciate, and take part in the traditional art forms of their community.

The arts are often an impetus for change, challenging old perspectives from fresh angles of vision, or offering original interpretations of familiar ideas. The High School Fine & Performing Arts Department seeks to engage students in a process that helps them develop the self-confidence, self-discipline, co-operation and self-motivation necessary for success in life, whilst equipping them with the skills that will enable them to enjoy, appreciate and participate in some aspect of the arts throughout their lives

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VISUAL & PHOTOGRAPHY

ANIMATION

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

In this course, we will study animation techniques using Apple iPads and animation applications. We will create animations with drawings, cut paper, claymation, and other media. Scriptwriting, camera framing and movement, and storyboarding will be part of our process of making shorts. We will consider design, composition, pacing, and storytelling as we create. This course will give students a strong pathway into the IB Film course as well as adding another useful medium for IB Visual Art students to work with.

2D ART Drawing and Painting

“There is so much to love about this class. It has such a supportive and heartwarming learning environment. Everyone is so kind and happy to be there - they want to be there, they want to sing. The class focuses on improvement and attitude far beyond grade and skill. Above all, we get to sing! Everyday I leave that class in a good mood and a song in my head. It’s my one chance in the day to do something I truly love without any stress. We learn musical skills such as sight reading, music theory, and music comprehension. But, more importantly, we learn life lessons. As a student you learn to prioritize the things you love most. How to balance everything that comes with being a HS student, along with your passions. The class teaches you how to work with others and be empathetic, to try something new and get out of your comfort zone. These are the lessons I will use most in my adult life.”

Kate, Gr11

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

This course focuses on drawing and painting. The approach is more traditional at the beginning of the semester, developing into more contemporary practice later. Students must develop supporting studies in an art journal, documenting and evaluating the art processes they are learning. They will also complete journal pages recording artist research and visual responses to these sources. The drawing will be taught both as an end in itself and as a part of the art-making process, feeding into painting work. Students will use a range of dry and wet media, including graphite, charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic paint.

2D Art Printmaking

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

This course is an introduction to the elements and principles of design as they apply to printmaking. Students will work with a wide range of materials and processes from block printing and linoleum cut to drypoint, silkscreen, and relief printing. Both press and non-press techniques will be explored and students will produce limited edition prints on various types of paper. An emphasis will be placed on technical skill, aesthetics, and on traditional and contemporary expressions of this art form.

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3D Art Sculpture

Grades: 9 – 12 Length: 1 semester Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

Sculpture is a studio experience designed to broaden the student’s concept of art media and creativity. A wide range of less familiar materials and techniques will be explored and utilized in the sculpture processes to encourage creative problem solving. Media will include clay/ceramics, wood, metal, plaster, foam and mold making. Emphasis is placed on individual idea development and inventive use of media. As in other art courses, studio work will develop and reinforce student understandings of the elements and principles of art and design, which is an integral part of a strong portfolio. There is an emphasis on developing creative thinking and personal expression as well as skills, techniques and understanding needed to create quality work.

3D Art Ceramics 1

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

Ceramics blends design ideas and studio experience in clay to provide an introductory experience in the Visual Arts. Elements and principles of design are emphasized as foundational ideas in ceramic media. Students will learn how to create, critique, evaluate, and appreciate works of art through beginning hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, slab and mould work; introductory forms on the potter’s wheel; and exploration of decorative techniques.

3D Art Ceramics 2

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: 3D Art Ceramics 1 (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

Ceramics blends design ideas and studio experience in clay to provide an introductory experience in the Visual Arts. Elements and principles of design are emphasized as foundational ideas in ceramic media. Students will learn how to create, critique, evaluate, and appreciate works of art through beginning hand building techniques such as pinch, coil,

slab and mould work; introductory forms on the potter’s wheel; and exploration of decorative techniques.

DIGITAL ART Drawing and Painting

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

This course is designed for students who enjoy drawing and painting and would like to explore these techniques in the digital workspace. We will create artworks with digital drawing and painting, photography, text and other media using predominantly Adobe Photoshop. Graphic design elements of color, composition and font choice will be explored. Purpose, process, and meaning will be at the core of our works. This course will give students a strong pathway into the IB Visual Art course as well as adding another useful medium to the creative toolbox.

PHOTOGRAPHY 1 Traditional & Digital

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: noneEquipment Requirements: Students will be required to supply their own DSLR with full manual capabilities. (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

Students will learn the fundamentals and manual use of an SLR cameras. digital singlelens reflex (DSLR) camera. The course content will focus on techniques in photography such as flash, studio and long exposures, as well as digital asset management and photo editing with Adobe Lightroom and in the Darkroom.. We will explore the critical importance of “seeing light” and learn to understand and manipulate natural and artificial light (flashes and studio strobes) in creating images. Source material will include great photographers and historic periods in photography. Students will build a portfolio of their work that shows the development of their design ideas. Equipment Requirements: Students will be required to supply their own DSLR with full manual capabilities. Any Nikon DSLR is recommended, as ISB has Nikon accessories that can be used on loan. Canon DSLRs are acceptable as well. For all other cameras, please contact the instructor.

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PHOTOGRAPHY 2 Traditional & Digital

Grades: 9 – 12 Length: 1 semester Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Photography 1 Equipment Requirements: Students will be required to supply their own DSLR with full manual capabilities. (may be repeated for credit with teacher permission)

Students will learn the fundamentals and manual use of an SLR cameras. digital singlelens reflex (DSLR) camera. The course content will focus on techniques in photography such as flash, studio and long exposures, as well as digital asset management and photo editing with Adobe Lightroom and in the Darkroom.. We will explore the critical importance of “seeing light” and learn to understand and manipulate natural and artificial light (flashes and studio strobes) in creating images. Source material will include great photographers and historic periods in photography. Students will build a portfolio of their work that shows the development of their design ideas. Equipment Requirements: Students will be required to supply their own DSLR with full manual capabilities. Any Nikon DSLR is recommended, as ISB has Nikon accessories that can be used on loan. Canon DSLRs are acceptable as well. For all other cameras, please contact the instructor.

ADVANCED STUDIO ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 semester Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of Visual Arts or Photography courses and/or permission of the instructor. (may be repeated for credit)

Advanced Studio Art & Photography is designed for committed and passionate student-artists who wish to explore and develop their art-making in a more independent and self-directed manner. Focused on creating a body of work, this course provides students with opportunities to explore and develop material and conceptual breadth and depth in and around an individually sourced theme/ topic. In undertaking this course, students will also work across a range of traditional and contemporary approaches to art-making, with the overall aim of developing an individualistic approach to art-making. To support this, historical and contemporary issues in Studio Art/ Photography will be discussed and explored

via written and visual means, and the student will keep a portfolio to document their material and conceptual development. Students should expect their best work to be displayed for the school community, and offered for print in school publications.

IB VISUAL ARTS

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2

IB Visual Arts is a two-year course, with an emphasis on self-directed learning; students work independently and as individuals, planning their own projects with 1:1 support from their teacher. During the course, students will develop and extend their existing skills and develop their art-making capabilities through experimentation with new approaches to art media. The IB Visual Arts course is divided into three elements for assessment: Process Portfolio (evidence of experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of ideas, processes and media), Comparative Study (analysis and comparison of different artworks by different artists, and connections made with your own work) and Exhibition (presentation of final artworks). All students develop a visual art journal alongside their studio work. The final assessment is based on digital images of journal pages and studio outcomes – students select their best work and assemble it into digital presentations. IB Visual the artist and contextual research, and recording the development process of creating your own artworks, not just about producing final pieces.

IBDP Visual Arts Course Guide

FILM & MEDIA

FILM

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none Credit: 0.5 (may be repeated for credit)

Film class gives you the tools you need to explore this unique medium of expression. The focus is on creating films of your own by analyzing, experimenting, and demonstrating techniques found in the early days of film history all the way to contemporary styles and important filmmakers. This course is

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for students of all levels and experience to develop skills from your point of proficiency, whether you are a newcomer or a practiced filmmaker. “Film” covers writing, pre-production, cinematography, editing, sound, and more, including visualization, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. Be a proficient interpreter and maker of Film with courage, passion, and curiosity.

IB FILM

(Standard & Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: None; previous study in Photography, Theatre or Media is recommended

Film is a powerful communication medium and an art form. The IB Film course develops students into adept interpreters and creators of film texts through discovery of film history, critique, and practical filmmaking. We explore film history, theory, and a variety of critical contexts. Students practice critical-thinking abilities to analyse a range of cultural, historical, and contemporary films while exercising creativethinking skills including writing, directoring, editing, cinematography, and sound design. As a core Arts subject, the Film course achieves visual literacy, reflective analysis, and critical and creative synthesis through practical engagement in the art and craft of film. The key assessments are Textual Analysis (demonstrating understanding of how meaning is constructed in film), Comparative Study (personal research into a chosen area of film focus), and a Production Portfolio (showing development and experimentation of skills and techniques). Higher Level students create a Collaborative Project resulting in a complete film.

IBDP Film: Course Content Outline

IBDP Film Course Guide

MEDIA STUDIES

Grades: 9-12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: None (may be repeated for credit)

Students in the Media Studies Elective design, produce and distributeMedia Publications under the flagship title PantherNation, our online school magazine. Publications are influenced by best practices and trends in journalism with a focus on news, events and issues relevant to high school students. Students develop

the skills necessary to produce written and/ or video accounts of news stories, features articles, editorials, and sports coverage that are then published in both online and hard copy formats. Students also generate topics, identify and maintain sources, conduct interviews with various school personalities, peer edit each other’s work, and ‘keep a finger on the pulse’ of HS student life at ISB. Those who select this elective must be responsible enough to meet deadlines, creative enough to produce engaging stories, eloquent enough to write and speak with conviction, and be interested in the art of writing and video production to the point of seeking to continually improve the quality of both media platforms.

YEARBOOK

Grades: 9-12 | Length: 1 semester or 1 year Credit: 0.5 / 1 Prerequisite: None (may be repeated for credit)

The Yearbook stands as a testament of time for ISB, holding significant moments of High School life for our community. Students in the class will employ a number of different editorial and arts skills; including editing, graphic design, photography and photoshop. Interested students are encouraged to join this class for a semester, or for higher impact as a team leader, commiting yearlong to this important artefact.

MUSIC

DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCTION

Grades: 9-12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none

As contemporary music production continues to move towards digital creation, students should likewise be introduced to the fundamentals of arranging, recording and mixing a digital track from start to finish. This class is designed for both experienced and non-experienced musicians who are interested in music production and composition. In this course students will be working with a professionally used digital audio workstation (Logic Pro) to walk through the four stages of music production (Instrumental/ Vocal Recording, Editing, Mixing, Mastering/ EQ). Students will also learn about the history of musical production starting from the classical period to contemporary era. Assessments in this

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course will be based on the creative process and the students ability to utilize the taught technical skills. At the end of the semester students will have an opportunity to publish their track on a digital music platform and finish the course with a final product. After this course students should know how to create, produce and publish a piece of music on their own.

CHAMBER CHOIR

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (may be repeated for credit)

Prerequisite: none; MS or other HS music ensemble experience appreciated.

Choir represents ISB through performances on campus and throughout the greater Bangkok community. This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential, self-confidence, and aesthetic understanding through ensemble singing in a healthy and supportive social network. Study includes vocal production, music literacy, communication, cultural and historical context, improvisation, composition, and artistry through a variety of genres from Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Madrigals to today’s popular hits! Students will hone their aural skills and enhance their ensemble singing through performance in the Bangkok International Choir Festival and several other concerts throughout the year. Members are eligible to participate in the IASAS Cultural Convention as well as AMIS honor groups. A uniform fee is required.

STRING ORCHESTRA

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (may be repeated for credit)

Prerequisite: MS orchestra experience or by audition with the HS orchestra director

String Orchestra is a course designed for students who already have experience in playing a string instrument and who wish to play more string ensemble/ orchestra music. The String Orchestra represents ISB in the community and demands high standards both of playing and dedication. There may be opportunities to play orchestral music and also to play with students from other schools. The repertoire of the String Orchestra is wide-ranging and encompasses many styles. Students should expect to practice extensively at home to prepare for performance assignments and concerts, both of which make up the main body of assessment. Students who participate in

this class may be considered for Cultural Convention and also eligible to audition for AMIS. Students who have previously completed this course are encouraged to sign up again for further credit.

WIND ENSEMBLE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (may be repeated for credit)

Prerequisite: MS band experience, recommendation by MS band director, or by approval from HS band director

In Wind Ensemble, students experience collaborating with peers in a large wind and percussion ensemble (concert band), developing advanced musical skills and performing challenging yet exciting pieces for the ISB community. The band’s repertoire is wide-ranging and encompasses many styles, including jazz, marching band arrangements, pop music, contemporary and standard band repertoire, and world music. Students have opportunities to build their skills in diverse areas including solo and jazz improvisation, ensemble playing, music theory, and cultural and historical understanding, as well as building confidence, adaptability, courage, and creativity through regular classes and concerts. Students have many opportunities to share and celebrate their learning with audiences at various performances throughout the year. Students who participate in Wind Ensemble may wish to audition for co-curricular groups such as AMIS Honor Band and IASAS Cultural Convention. Students are highly encouraged to sign up for Wind Ensemble to further extend their band experiences and credit each year in high school.

JAZZ BAND

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (may be repeated for credit)

Prerequisite: 2 years instruction on instrument

The jazz band is a course designed to familiarize students with the theory, styles, performance practices and repertoire associated with jazz music. One of the major components of jazz is improvisation. This class will cover basic technique needed to become a competent improviser. This will require much diligence and practice on the part of the student. When appropriate, aspects of jazz arranging, orchestration, and history will be presented to help the student gain a better understanding of the development of jazz style. Educational

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objectives will be accomplished through regular listening, analysis, and performance of various compositions for the big band jazz ensemble during weekly rehearsals and sectionals. Placement in this course requires at least 2 years of experience on an instrument.

VOICE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None (may be repeated for credit)

Voice is open to anyone who wishes to learn to sing, as well as those wishing to pursue advanced voice training. Vocal technique and production, anatomy, music literacy, communication, improvisation, composition, cultural and historical context, and artistry will be the focus of this class. This class is highly recommended for those students planning to participate in events such as the school musical or Cultural Convention. The study includes vocal production and anatomy, music literacy, communication, improvisation, composition, cultural and historical context, and artistry.

GUITAR

Grades: 9-12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none (may be repeated for credit)

This class is designed for guitar students who are interested in incorporating active musical participation in their daily life experience. Students will develop competency in functional guitar techniques, basic music theory fundamentals, and the use of the guitar as a solo, ensemble, and accompanying instrument. Guitar Techniques include proper sitting and hand positions, tuning a guitar, stringing a guitar, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, vibrato, alternate picking, strumming patterns, fingerpicking patterns, movable bar chords, chording in open and first position, using a capo. Music Theory Fundamentals are noted reading, reading tablature, understanding and counting rhythmic values, chord qualities, and relationships, blues form, scales, scale patterns for soloing, time signatures, key signatures. The course requires students to have a tunable guitar, notebook folder for all handouts and a pencil, an electronic tuner is optional. A certain amount of dedication is needed to achieve our goals. In this case, that goal is to play well. This translates into practice time, which is about 30 minutes a day.

IB MUSIC

(Standard and Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credit: 2 Prerequisite: teacher recommendation

The IB Music course encourages inquiry into creative practices and performance processes. Music study develops listening, creative and analytical skills, as well as encouraging cultural understanding and international-mindedness. In this way, music is a catalyst for expanding critical thinking - a crucial life skill. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to explore music in varied and sometimes unfamiliar contexts and are challenged to engage practically with music as researchers, performers and creators.

Students who have studied at GCSE/ABRSM/ Trinity level are well-prepared for the course and it will of course suit students who want to go on and study music in higher education as well as those who are seeking to broaden their musical and artistic perspectives. SL Music is adequate as a stand-alone music qualification for general higher education entry. For those seeking to study music as a major at university, HL is recommended.

The course consists of three, intrinsically linked aspects:

• Exploring music in context

• Experimenting with music

• Presenting music

Each of these components are studied in terms of the student as researcher, performer and creator.

IBDP Music Course Guide

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DANCE & DRAMA

DANCE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 (may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: none

This course offers an introduction to dance as a performing art and builds off the skills that may have been acquired in other dance classes (although students can take this course with no prior experience). Students will develop technical skills such as rhythm, coordination, alignment, and flexibility throughout the course. Units of study will emphasize ensemble collaboration and performance while providing opportunities for individual choreography and improvisation. This class is an Arts course, but may be used as 0.5 PE credit (may not replace Gr. 9 PE) if the student is pursuing the 4 year IB Dance stream and with approval by instructors. Dance offers experienced and nonexperienced drama students the opportunity to explore and create, as well as develop confidence and communication skills.

IB DANCE

(Standard and Higher Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credit: 2 Prerequisite: none; ideally, previous dance experience and/or teacher recommendation

IB Dance is for students who want to study dance as an expressive art form and appreciate different dance cultures around the world. Year-1 focuses on performance skills and basic tools of choreography. Students learn movement based on prior knowledge or in new styles while exploring their creative potential in choreographing. This class also encourages curiosity towards “World Dance”. Each semester includes brief historical introductions to dance traditions from different regions. The course will simultaneously develop critical-thinking in movement analysis and interpretation of dance-art aesthetics by comparing Western dance history (Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary) to other dance cultures.

Year 2 focuses studies on the three components of the IB Dance portfolio exams: Performance, Composition and Analysis (Choreography), and World Dance Investigations research essay. IB Dance students will compile these components over each semester, and submit their examinations

as a digital portfolio. Students are encouraged to keep an artistic journal documenting the process of learning, creating and analyzing dances for performances and personal expression or well-being.

IBDP Dance Course Guide

DRAMA

Grades: 9 - 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 (may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: None

This course offers an introduction to drama as a performing art and builds off the skills that may have been acquired during MS Drama (although students can take this course with no prior experience). Students will be involved in the group and individual activities that are geared towards performing both devised works and published texts. These may be chosen from a variety of styles, time periods and cultures. Drama offers experienced and nonexperienced drama students the opportunity to explore and create, as well as develop confidence and communication skills.

The course emphasizes supportive ensemble work while developing individual skills in the areas of improvisation, voice, movement, characterization, scene writing, textual analysis, and interpretation. Assessments in this course are mainly on performance and the process of creating a performance. Students will learn the techniques of theatre performance for the stage and will be expected to devise original performances using these skills. All units will require students to consider image and video applications, live and processed performances and technological applications suitable for mixed media, intermedia, and multimedia. Students will develop their responding skills through self and peer assessments both verbally in class as well as written and recorded analyses of their performed pieces.

IB THEATRE

(Higher and Standard Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 year | Credit: 2 Prerequisite: teacher recommendation

Students will learn through participation in a range of theatrical activities and research. As ‘makers’ of theatre, students will explore and have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in specific areas of performance and production by working as

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researchers, writers, designers, performers, and technicians. Every member of the class participates in theatrical productions that are directed, acted, and technically crafted by the students themselves. Students develop the confidence to explore ideas in the presentation of creative, exciting projects either individually or in collaboration with others. Students attend and critique external theatrical productions and attend theatre workshops, both in and out of school as such opportunities present themselves. Students will complete reflective writing, rehearsal journals, production portfolios, and self/peer assessment.

During the first year of the course, the students will study a range of practitioners such as Artaud, Boal, Grotowski or Brecht, and a range of styles such as theatre of the absurd, physical theatre or naturalism. They will also look at different world theatre traditions and conduct individual and group research. They will devise original theatre, prepare scripted work, and start to consider how theatre can push beyond the traditional stage and utilize a range of multimedia and technical sources. They apply their learning to complete three (SL) or four (HL) IB assessments.

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ARTS

Department DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

Design, Technology and Engineering Arts courses at ISB link creativity and innovation across a range of technologies and contexts providing an iterative process where all students benefit from learning about, and working with contemporary, emerging and traditional technologies that shape the world in which we live.

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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY 1

(may be repeated for credit)

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None

Students will learn and use creativity, the design cycle, materials, and manufacturing techniques in the Invention Center. Skills include hands-on making, computer-aided-design and manufacturing techniques. Emphasis on creativity, problemsolving, service and empathy techniques is undertaken throughout the class. A final portfolio project will follow the design cycle to create individual and/or collaborative projects covering topics such as industrial design, textile design, engineering, sustainability and architecture.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY 2

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Ideally, but not necessary, Design & Technology I or D&T in Middle School

Computer science at its core is applicable to any fields of study, and I often find myself realizing how useful the things we learn can be in medicine, law, engineering, and even the humanities. I would recommend anyone take the class, no matter what field you are planning to go into.”

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Emphasis is placed on self-directed projects using the design cycle to create projects based on problem solving and design opportunities. Students will continue to apply design and making skills and principles learned in D&T I while engaging with more depth the topics preparing them for further study. In this course you will learn more about ergonomics, sustainable production, CAD/CAM modelling, mass production, innovation, classic design, user-centered design, resource management and innovation & markets. Students will design and build projects, and will appropriately document and evaluate the process and product in a project portfolio.

IB DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

(Higher & Standard Level)

Grades: 11 - 12 | Length: 2 years | Credits: 2 Prerequisite: for HL ideally, but not necessary, Design & Technology I or II

Students will develop a deep understanding of design, creativity, innovation, materials, and manufacturing techniques in theory and practice. D&T takes thoughts and explores the possibilities and constraints associated with products and/or systems in our world. It is human-centred and focuses on the needs, wants and limitations of the end user. The course is divided into two elements of assessment: a Design Project where students use the design cycle to research, design, make, and evaluate a design opportunity or problem to solve for users or clients. This is 40% of their final Grade. The other 60% of their final mark is from external exams that comprise theory and content. At standard level the course covers, ergonomics, sustainable production, modelling, resource management, innovations and classic design. At higher level, in addition to the standard level topics, the course covers user-centered design, sustainability, markets and commercial production. The class is hands-on activities and content using the Invention Center’s workshop and spaces to understand the course material and enhance learning within the IB framework.

IBDP Design Technology Course Guide

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING ARTS COURSES

ENGINEERING AND DESIGNROBOTICS 1

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None

The objective of this course is to use a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts in robotics, mechanical design, and programming. The course utilizes the VEX robotics platform to teach concepts including the design cycle, block coding as well as C++ based programming, engineering documentation, and the technical aspects of principles such as gear systems, sensor control, DC motors, transmitters and microprocessors. This course will be an introduction to the basics of the VEX robotics platform, and will include elements of basic programming, use of design software, and some basic mechanical principles. Later units will be project based and require students to follow the engineering design cycle to create a solution to a prescribed challenge.

ENGINEERING AND DESIGNROBOTICS 2

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Engineering & Design - Robotics I

More advanced physics and engineering principles relevant to specific project challenges will be introduced in each unit. Students will design and build robots to address the task at hand, and will appropriately document and evaluate the process and product in an engineering portfolio. Students in the robotics club can take this course and work on their competition robot. The grades will be based on the design cycle in their engineering journal.

IB COMPUTER SCIENCE

(Higher & Standard Level)

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credit: 2 Prerequisite: Coding Games I or equivalent

Computer Science is the study and management of complex systems. IB Computer Science takes an in depth look at how computers and other IT systems work, as well as the coding with which we can control them. The coding language we use is Java. Half of Year 1 is spent learning Java from scratch, and the other half of Year 1 is the study of more theoretical topics, such as IT systems design, and how computers work. For those in HL, the ramp up of coding skills will be much more

compressed, and in addition, several other theoretical topics will be covered. The highlight of Year 2 is the comprehensive IA project, in which almost three months is spent designing and coding an original software application for a real client. IB Computer Science is a perfect opportunity to be introduced to the most powerful set of tools and knowledge the world currently has at its disposal.

IBDP Computer Science Course Guide

INTRO TO COMPUTER SCIENCE

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course in algorithmic thinking and coding using Java. Students will have the opportunity to use their logical and procedural thinking abilities to solve computational problems. Students will learn about variables, conditional statements, iterative statements, and functions. The culminating project of the module will require students to plan, design, develop and evaluate a software solution for a real-world problem. The course is specifically designed to prepare students for the IB Diploma Computer Science course.

INTRO TO PHYSICAL COMPUTING

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course that provides an understanding of electrical engineering fundamentals, as well as the basics of programming and building circuits. Using a powerful digital prototyping platform like the Arduino, students will undertake tasks such as reading data from a sensor or activating lights based on changes in the environment. They will explore existing prototypes, learn to modify code, and adapt designs. For the final project, students will apply their design thinking skills to design, code and build products that address specific needs within the community.

INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK AND SECURITY

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course that offers students the chance to experience the technical side of keeping our digital world safe. The

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course topics cover real-life scenarios and give students the opportunity to engage in problem-solving approaches in order to gain a fuller understanding of the complexities of cybersecurity. Students will investigate computing and network architectures, communications medium and protocols, data storage, cryptography, and ciphers. Students learn about social engineering tactics, phishing and pretexting, and the breadth of malware currently in the digital threat landscape. Students will have the opportunity to map their home networks, review their personal digital security and complete a group audit project on a security target of their choosing.

NETWORK SECURITY 2

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Introduction to Networks and Network Security

This course picks up where the Intro to Networks and Network Security course left off. Students will do a deep dive into the technical aspects of network administration and security. They will also learn how to create and maintain systems that are harder to attack and to recover from cyber attacks. Students will formulate disaster recovery and business continuity plans for their families.

CODING GAMES

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science

In this course, students will design and develop games through hands-on practice. They will learn how to use Unity, a professional game development tool and become familiar with the methodologies of constructing a game using such assets as graphics, sounds, and effects, and controlling events and behavior within the game using the C# programming language. The course requires students to independently acquire skills by following tutorials (text and video) while solving problems and creating content. For the final project of the course, students will work in teams to brainstorm and develop new games in response to a theme or challenge. Students will develop their skills in communication, project- and timemanagement, and creative problem-solving.

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Department

Physical Education And Health

The Physical Education and Health student at the International School of Bangkok will be physically and health literate, having the knowledge, courage and ability to make a difference for themselves and others to lead a healthy active lifestyle in an ever-changing global society.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

As part of our mission statement at the International School of Bangkok, we want our students to, “lead healthy, active, balanced lives”.

Physical Education at ISB aims to develop our mission statement and develop physically literate students who understand/ demonstrate:

• That individuals and groups consistently develop the motivation and ability to communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement.

• That the personal choices they make related to their physical well-being will affect their quality of life.

• The intrinsic rewards of being active.

• An appreciation of the artistic, creative, strategic and competitive aspects of physical activity.

• The ability to set appropriate goals and persevere in attaining them.

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING EDUCATION

Health and wellbeing education makes a significant contribution to the social, emotional, physical and cognitive (learning potential) development of our students. The goal of ISB’s health and wellbeing program is to develop individual values, attitudes, competencies and beliefs that will empower students to commit to their own and others’ health and wellbeing throughout their lifetime. Students are provided with opportunities to acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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ISB ATTRIBUTES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH COURSES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9

(Required for all Grade 9 students)

Grade: 9 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: none

The course focuses on individual and team sports. It also provides an introduction to the fitness principles, workouts, and the components of health-related fitness. Students are required to demonstrate the skills and techniques necessary to perform a variety of physical activities. Students must also demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts, strategies and rules, applying them in various contexts. Students will explore various roles within the class and practice skills including cooperation, conflict management, communication and coaching. Assessment and maintenance of one’s personal fitness level is a daily focus and understanding the concepts and principles to improve one’s health and performance is an expected outcome. This course is required for all grade 9 students.

SEHS has been one of the subjects that I believe will be beneficial to me for the rest of my life. The biggest takeaway is the importance of our health and SEHS content allows students to learn about how to take care of themselves to prevent any diseases and unhealthy circumstances. I will always be grateful to take a class that had a variety of interactive activities that only furthered my knowledge Nest, Gr12

HEALTH 9

(Required for all Grade 9 students)

Grades: 9 | Length: 0.5 semester | Credit: PASS/FAIL Prerequisite: none

The goal of Grade 9 Health is to build on the health literacy skills acquired during Middle School. Students develop values, attitudes, competencies and beliefs that will empower them to commit to their own and others’ health and wellbeing throughout their lifetime. Students are provided with opportunities to acquire, as well as, effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. This is a requirement for all Grade 9 students and takes place throughout semester one.

HEALTH 10

(Required)

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: none

The Health curriculum focuses on developing health literate students by building a firm foundation of knowledge and skills in all five dimensions of health: mental, social, physical, emotional and spiritual. The course encourages students to reflect deeply on their own health and the aspects that influence health and wellbeing. Emphasis is placed on helping students lead healthy, active and balanced lives and to be resilient, responsible members of the global community. This class is required for graduation and is generally taken in grade 10.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES - ELECTIVE

OPTIONS

TEAM SPORTS CONCEPTS

Grades: 10 - 12 | Length: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Physical Education 9

Team Sports will explore a variety of team sports through the lens of ‘concepts’ with a focus on skills and tactical strategies to improve their overall understanding of Team Sports. The concepts investigated are ‘Defending’, ‘Attacking’, ‘Game Analysis’ and ‘Game Sense’. Each unit combines two team sports, which complement one another providing a transfer of knowledge and understanding. Students apply this knowledge wisely and effectively to grow in familiar and unfamiliar game situations, whilst also exploring individual development through the application of the concepts. An exciting fast paced environment with the team games.

PERSONAL FITNESS I

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 semester Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Physical Education 9

Various aspects of physical fitness, strength and conditioning will be covered to help students reach personal fitness goals. This class will explore the many facets of fitness training and give students the understanding and ability to develop a personalized program that is balanced and specific to their own needs. Students will explore personal adaptation to training by utilising heart rate monitors and will explore target zones for maximum results. A primary goal is for students to realize their personal pathway to health and fitness. Progress will be monitored through personal fitness plans, fitness logs and reflections demonstrating student growth, adaptation and understanding.

PERSONAL FITNESS II

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Physical Education 9, Personal Fitness I & Personal Fitness Teacher Approval

This course is designed for the fitness enthusiast and student-athlete who can independently

design, implement, and apply him or herself to a fitness plan for personal achievement. Heart rate monitors will be used weekly to record cardiovascular output. Each student will be responsible for assessing and adjusting their personal fitness plan. Pre- and Post-assessment measurements, along with heart rate and daily workout logging are required. Detailed workout plans that identify their understanding and knowledge of fitness and sports specific training will provide them with the skill sets to meet any fitness goal. The students will be expected to meet with the teacher to discuss and reflect on their plan.

POWER FIT

Girls Only

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Physical Education 9

This course is specifically designed with females in mind! This female only course will foster a cooperative and comfortable environment in which to exercise with the aim of developing the personal health and wellness of every participant. Sessions in the fitness room will be enhanced with the inclusion of crosstraining sessions of yoga, pilates, HIIT circuit training, tabatas, group exercise classes and an introduction to the weight room. Students will also have an opportunity to experience gymnastics, zumba, capoeira and self-defense. Fitness development and maintenance will be emphasized throughout the course with heart rate monitors being used on a regular basis. Attention will be paid to individual goals/wishes throughout the course and students will be given some choice in terms of their final fitness assessment. Female specific wellness topics will be shared in the format of a health fair.

ALTERNATIVE PURSUITS

Grades: 10 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Physical Education 9

The aim of this course is to expose students to a wide range of sports that will hopefully encourage them to choose to invest their time in, and to ultimately promote a healthy lifestyle. Alternative and Individual Pursuits provides a platform for students to discover hidden talents and passions, and find fun through potentially new, alternative sporting fields. Students will be introduced to activities with a focus on individual/dual sports and outdoor activities. There will be an element of choice, as the units on offer can be flexible depending on the needs of the students. Some units available

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are Net games such as badminton, short tennis, tennis and table tennis; Target games such as golf, archery, frisbee golf; Personal Challenge, such as Wall-climbing, gymnastics, Muay Thai, Skateboarding and Parkour; Movement Composition, like dance, circus or tiktok and Aquatic pursuits such as swimming, kayaking and underwater activities. Students will learn how to push themselves outside their comfort-zones, be reflective about their own development, grow socially as leaders, be positive supporters, and develop friendships.

ATHLETIC MOVEMENT & CONDITIONING

Grades: 10 - 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Physical Education 9

This is an advanced course in Strength and Conditioning. It will give students the knowledge to prepare, train and apply ‘functional fitness’ components in their own athletic pursuits. They will experience a wide variety of movement patterns that will combine aerobic conditioning and muscular strength activities. There will be a focus on ‘motor pathway’ training and ‘physical literacy’ enhancement, which will optimize students’ fitness and elevate their athleticism. Fitness training sessions will include a range of complex movements that require experience in power, strength and mobility exercises. Other areas covered include strategies for injury prevention and treatment methods, designing and implementing sports-specific training programs and using technology to analyse and enhance athletic performance. As this is an advanced offering, students need to speak to Mr McHale about their level of experience before commiting.

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

COURSE

Grades: 10 - 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 Prerequisite: Physical Education 9 & completion of 300m swim

This course encompasses all the requirements necessary to be a certified Pool Lifeguard with training in Pool Rescues, CPR, First Aid, and AED. Through classroom learning and hands-on practice at the pools, students will learn surveillance skills to help them recognize and prevent injuries, complete rescues in the water and learn first aid training and professional rescuer CPR with the aid of an

AED. This training will help them prepare for any emergency. After successful completion of all the course requirements and skills, each student will have the opportunity to earn the official certification as an Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association Certified (ASCTA) Lifeguard with First Aid/CPR/AED. Those students will be expected to volunteer for one lifeguarding practicum to show their skills and duties as a lifeguard. Please note; students may also take this class without wishing to become a lifeguard. These students are able to gain the knowledge and skills required to be a lifeguard without the certification but will be able to obtain a grade for the class by completing the various components.

IB SPORTS, EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCE (SEHS)

(Standard Level & Higher Level) Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 2 years | Credit: 2 Prerequisite: Biology I or equivalent, Physical Education 9 and teacher recommendation

This exciting SL/HL course aims to acquire the knowledge and understanding to apply scientific principles in relation to sport.

Students cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. Such areas as Anatomy, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Nutrition and Skill Acquisition are just some of the areas studied from an individual and global context.

This provides students with the opportunity to develop the skill set to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance.

The internal assessment is based upon practical experimental investigations and not physical performance. This course suits students who like to apply science to sport. SL and HL courses share the core syllabus. HL students study to a greater depth and breadth.

Careers for sports science graduates include sports science research, physiotherapy, medicine, nutrition, sport and leisure management, sports media, teaching, coaching, and marketing.

IBDP Sports & Exercise and Health Science Course Guide

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

ELECTIVE OPTIONS

(Approval Required)

DANCE 1

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 semester | Credit: 0.5 (may be repeated for credit)

Prerequisite: None

This course offers an introduction to dance as a performing art and builds off the skills that may have been acquired in other dance classes (although students can take this course with no prior experience). Students will develop technical skills such as rhythm, coordination, alignment, and flexibility throughout the course. Units of study will emphasize ensemble collaboration and performance while providing opportunities for individual choreography and improvisation. This class is an Arts course, but may be used as 0.5 PE credit (may not replace Gr. 9 PE) if the student is pursuing the 4 year IB Dance stream and with approval by instructors. Dance offers experienced and non-

experienced drama students the opportunity to explore and create, as well as develop confidence and communication skills.

DANCE 2

Grades: 9 – 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Prior dance experience and/or teacher recommendation.

This course connects to prior dance / movement training and challenges students to develop more technique and stage performance skills. Students will enhance their individual expression, movement dynamic range, and artistic choices to practice and present dances in a different showcase each semester. Units of study will emphasize ensemble collaboration and performance skills in longer and more challenging dance sequences. Students will also explore their own sense of style and develop dance improvisation tools.This class is an Arts course, but may only be used as 0.5 PE credit (may not replace Gr. 9 PE) if student is pursuing the 4 year IB Dance stream. Approval needed by both PE and Fine Arts Departments.

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Department

Student Support Services

We are a combined department supporting students with learning differences due to their years of language learning and/or as a result of specific learning needs. The EAL team supports students who are acquiring English as an Academic Language. The Learning Support team works with students who are developing strategies to manage specific learning needs. These teams complement each other as we both offer in class support and assist learners to succeed in the academic and social life of the ISB High School.

LEARNING SUPPORT

The Learning Support team works intensively with students with identified learning needs and also offers coaching to any high school students who need support in a specific area of learning. The model is to offer support to all students through in-class support and by collaborating with classroom teachers. Beyond the support offered to all students, the LS team works closely with identified students. Support is offered through co-taught classes, Intensive Studies classes, support in the Learning Hub and through One to One Coaching.

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ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)

The EAL team works with language learners using a Sheltered Immersion Model (SIM) to develop English language proficiency for social and academic success. SIM aims to improve language learning, facilitate access to high school classes, maintain high academic standards, and develop cross-cultural understandings. Language instruction and content learning are supported in both EAL and mainstream classes. Students are encouraged to maintain their native language to aid content understanding and second language learning. EAL support is available to all EAL students throughout their years at ISB.

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ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE COURSES

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

(EAP 9 & EAP 10)

Grades: 9-10 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (Elective credit)

Prerequisite: EAL program placement

In EAP courses students develop academic language and skills for English, science, and social studies courses at ISB. Students are introduced to a variety of spoken and written texts connected to their content studies. In addition, effective study and academic skills, along with vocabulary development are taught. For half of each period, teachers assist students with the language and content of their English, social studies and science classes. The goal of EAP is for students to become proficient in the language of their academic studies.

EAL ENRICHMENT

Grades 9 - 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (Elective credit)

Prerequisite: EAL program placement

EAL Enrichment is a Pass/Fail course designed to provide an individualized approach to learning for Grade 9 and 10 EAL students who require additional academic support and/or further English language development. Students will work independently while having access to both language and curriculum support. In addition, students will be asked to set personal language goals, establish targets and work towards meeting these goals. Students will be required to conference regularly with the teacher who will monitor both their academic progress and language development.

ENGLISH B 9

Grade: 9 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1

Prerequisite: English language learner and teacher recommendation

The English 10 B curriculum is specifically designed for EAL students and will allow them to gain proficiency in English through the

exploration of a range of text types, both literary and non-literary, in a supportive learning environment. They will be expected to read and discuss texts in a meaningful way and create a variety of texts that show an awareness of audience, purpose, structural elements, style, and rhetorical devices. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing. Students will complete independent reading requirements designed to create a lifelong pursuit of reading for pleasure. Each unit of study allows students to develop language skills that will help them to be successful in all areas of the curriculum. The course will also create a pathway for students who wish to study either English A or B at the IB Diploma level.

ENGLISH 10 B

Grade: 10 | Length: 1 | Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English language learner and teacher recommendation

The English 10 B curriculum is specifically designed for EAL students and will allow them to gain proficiency in English through the exploration of a range of text types, both literary and non-literary, in a supportive learning environment. They will be expected to read and discuss texts in a meaningful way and create a variety of texts that show an awareness of audience, purpose, structural elements, style, and rhetorical devices. Grammatical usage and vocabulary will be studied within the context of reading and writing. Students will complete independent reading requirements designed to create a lifelong pursuit of reading for pleasure. Each unit of study allows students to develop language skills that will help them to be successful in all areas of the curriculum. The course will also create a pathway for students who wish to study either English A or B at the IB Diploma level.

IB ENGLISH B

(Higher Level & Standard Level)

Grade: 11-12 | Length: 2 year Credit: 2 (English credit)

Prerequisite: English language learner and teacher recommendation

The purpose of the course is to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an Englishlanguage environment. The students will have the opportunity to develop written and oral

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES DEPARTMENTS

communication skills in English through the study of authentic examples of both written and spoken texts. They will be expected to create a range of texts that show an awareness of audience, purpose, structural elements, style, rhetorical devices, and register. Students must also engage in oral activities that require them to discuss issues related to the course in a meaningful way. The study of literature from English-speaking cultures is also a key component of the course at Higher Level and enables students to develop an understanding of both text and culture. Throughout the course, there are ongoing assessments that reflect the IB assessment requirements and also contribute to an overall ISB grade.

IB English B fulfills ISB’s English requirements for grades 11 and 12.

IBDP Language B Course Guide

LEARNING SUPPORT COURSES

COACHING

Grades 9 - 12 | Length: 20 classes | Credit: N/A Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation

Coaching is a one-to-one intervention using the MARIO Approach. Coaching sessions support students with any part of the academic program where they are experiencing a challenge. Students meet with a learning coach and develop a personal plan to assist them with their self-identified goals. Coaches help students with strategies or specific skills as appropriate. When not meeting with their coach, students work in the Learning Hub. Student progress is reviewed after 20 sessions (approximately half a semester). Students then review their goals and progress with their coach and either exit the program, continue with coaching, or be offered more intensive academic support.

INTENSIVE STUDIES

Grades: 9 - 12 | Length: 1 year | Credit: 1 (Elective credit)

Prerequisite: Learning support program placement

Intensive studies is a course for students with additional learning needs. Students work

in small group settings to develop learning strategies and skills. The intensive studies class is implemented using the MARIO Framework. We focus on developing self-directed, expert learners who are:

• self-aware

• self-managers

• self-advocates.

To support this development, students set, monitor and achieve important goals, while simultaneously improving their academic skills. Core features of our program are regular oneto-one learning conversations and reflections.

FUTURE-PROOF YOUR LIFE

Grades: 9 - 12 | Length: semester | Credit: 0.5 (Elective credit)

This semester course will help you with some of the skills you need for school and life. The course will explore skills for study, organisation and communication skills in both speaking and writing. We will look at everything from managing email to effective communication with peers. This course will fill a gap for learners who have missed some of these skills in earlier years of school. It will also provide life-skills for university and beyond - hence the ‘future-proof’ nature of the course.

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STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Department

Core and IB Diploma Core

At ISB students in Gr11 and Gr12 all participate in Core, which is a class dedicated to supporting students with four different elements: Theory of Knowledge, CAS, the Extended Essay and College Counselling Seminars.

Students who have opted to take the Personal Choice Diploma attend CAS and College Seminars, during Core. The remaining periods are free.

Students who take the full IB Diploma attend all sessions to help them fulfil the IB Diploma Core and receive guidance through the college seminars.

A calendar rotation is published at the beginning of the academic year to show which sessions are held during the Core period.

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CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY & SERVICE (CAS)

(Service for Grades 9 & 10, Full CAS program required for Grades 11 & 12 )

Education neither begins nor ends in a classroom or exam room. Essential aspects of education exist outside of both. In recognition of this, all students must meet key outcomes (during the 2 year program) participating in activities at ISB and in the community. CAS is the acronym for Creativity, Action, Service. The CAS requirement is designed to be an enjoyable, yet challenging, component of a student’s education. All three activity elements should be represented.

• Creativity – covers the range of art, craft, debate, forensics, drama, music, choir, film-making, photography and/or the application of creativity in designing and carrying out service projects.

• Activity – includes participation in individual and team sports, physical training or expeditions.

• Service – includes a range of community or social service activities. Volunteer work helping the less fortunate or involvement in environmental projects are ideal service activities.

As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:

• Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth

• Undertaken new challenges and developed new skills

• Planned and initiated activities

• Worked collaboratively with others

• Shown perseverance and commitment to activities

• Engages with issues of global importance

• Considered the ethical implications of their actions

Documenting CAS Activities

Students will document their CAS activities and reflect on their experiences using the ISB’s core values as learning competencies.

Although there is no credit for CAS as such, elective classes can be taken for CAS to complete CAS requirements.

UNIVERSITY COUNSELING SEMINARS

Grades 11 and 12

University Seminars offer a chance for juniors and seniors to get important information relevant to their university search and eventual application process. There is a great deal of shared knowledge—things that everyone needs to know and understand about the process no matter where they want to go—that complements the individual meetings students (and their families) have with their university counselor.

Juniors:

• The importance of self-reflection and the vital role it plays in being able to conduct a search for colleges and universities that are the ‘Right Fit’.

• How to research universities—determining what your priorities and preferences are throughout the journey will guide your search.

• Essay writing—putting those self-reflection skills onto paper in the manner that is best suited for different countries’ application style and need.

• How to ask for letters of recommendation.

• Testing--what, if anything, is required for where you want to go?

Seniors:

• Finalizing your balanced list.

• Getting applications done!

• Finishing and finessing the final essay draft(s).

• Hitting the submit button, the importance of deadlines, and what to expect next.

• How to choose your destination college or university.

• Transitioning from high school student to independent higher education student/ young adult.

EXTENDED ESSAY (EE)

Required for all IB Diploma Students

Grades: 11-12 IBDP | Length: approximately 40 hours of independent learning

The Extended Essay is a substantial piece of academic writing of up to 4,000 words, enabling students to investigate a topic of special interest that they have chosen themselves; a passion project. The EE is the capstone of the Diploma Programme and encourages the development of independent research skills expected at college or university.

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The Extended Essay is:

• Required for all Diploma Programme students

• Externally assessed and, in combination with the grade for Theory of Knowledge, contributes up to three points to the total score for the IB Diploma

• A piece of independent research/ investigation on a topic chosen by the student in cooperation with a supervisor in the school

• Chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects, presented as a formal piece of scholarship containing no more than 4,000 words

• The result of approximately 40 hours of work by the student

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (TOK)

Required for all IB Diploma Students

Grades: 11 – 12 | Length: 4 semesters*

Credit: 1

The TOK course provides students with an opportunity to explore and reflect on the nature of knowledge and the process of knowing. It is a core element of the IB Diploma. The course is taught in Grades 11 and 12, over approximately 100 hours. Students reflect on the knowledge, beliefs and opinions that they have built up from their years of academic studies and their lives outside the classroom. The course is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking—as well as empowering—for students.

The course centres on the exploration of knowledge questions, which are a key tool for both teachers and students. These are contestable questions about knowledge itself, such as: “What counts as good evidence for a claim?”, “Are some types of knowledge less open to interpretation than others?”, or “What constraints should there be on the pursuit of knowledge?”. While these questions may initially seem slightly intimidating, they become much more accessible when considered with reference to specific examples within the TOK course.

The TOK curriculum is made up of three deeply interconnected parts.

• The core theme—Knowledge and the knower: This theme encourages students to reflect on themselves as knowers and thinkers, and to consider the different communities of knowers to which we belong.

Core and IB Diploma Core

• Optional themes: This element provides an opportunity to take a more in-depth look at two themes of particular interest to teachers and students. The given themes all have a significant impact on the world today and play a key role in shaping people’s perspectives and identities. Teachers select two optional themes from a choice of five: knowledge and technology; knowledge and language; knowledge and politics; knowledge and religion; and knowledge and indigenous societies.

• Areas of knowledge: The areas of knowledge (AOK) are specific branches of knowledge, each of which can be seen to have a distinct nature and sometimes use different methods of gaining knowledge. In TOK, students explore five compulsory areas of knowledge: history; the human sciences; the natural sciences; mathematics; and the arts.

• There are two main assessments during the course. The Exhibition, which takes place at the end of Gr11 and the TOK Essay, which is tackled in Gr12.

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Department Global Online Academy Courses

We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Global Online Academy (GOA) by offering a whole range of courses through GOA for the next academic year. This is a great opportunity for students to explore Online Learning, make Global Connections and explore New Ideas

These enrichment courses provide opportunities for students at ISB to extend learning in a chosen subject, or offer alternative courses for students that are not available at ISB.

GOA is a fully accredited course provider (NEASC 2016); GOA courses are recognised by colleges and universities and can be taken for ISB credit.

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ISB ATTRIBUTES

GLOBAL ONLINE ACADEMY - ELECTIVE OPTIONS

Grades: 10 - 12 | Length: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5 (Pass/Fail)

Prerequisite: Discussion with counselor and approval for course of study

At ISB we require students to take 7 classes. If a student wishes to pursue one of the enrichment courses through GOA this would constitute either a 7th class (with permission) or an 8th class, in most cases.

Only one GOA semester course may be taken per semester. The additional cost for each semester’s GOA course amounts to $350 USD.

The following list of GOA semester courses can be taken for credit at ISB.

GOA Courses

• Abnormal Psychology

• Applying Philosophy to Global Issues

• Architecture

• Arts Entrepreneurship

• Bioethics

“ This was a great course that I would totally recommend to anyone who was interested in Poetry. I really got to know so much more about this genre and appreciate poetry on a whole different level. What was also fun was the fact that I was working with students from schools around the world, which opened up other perspectives about poetry as well. This being an online course, it really helped me develop my self management skills. I feel a lot more independent now.”

Pieter, Gr10

• Business Problem Solving

• Capitalism: Past, Present & Future

• Climate Change and Global Inequality

• Computer Science I: Computational Thinking

• Computer Science II: Analyzing Data with Python

• Computer Science II: Game Design and Development

• Computer Science II: Java

• Creative Nonfiction Writing

• Cyber Security

• Data Visualization

• Developmental Psychology

• Digital Photography

• Entrepreneurship in a Global Context

• Fiction Writing

• Filmmaking

• Game Theory

• Gender & Society

• Genocide and Human Rights

• Global Health

• Graphic Design

• International Relations

• Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

• Introduction to Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

• Introduction to Branding & Marketing

• Investing I & II

• Introduction to Legal Thinking

• Introduction to Organic Chemistry I & II

• Introduction to Psychology

• Linear Algebra

• Macroeconomics

• Medical Problem Solving I

• Medical Problem Solving II

• Microeconomics

• Neuropsychology

• Number Theory

• Personal Finance

• Positive Psychology

• Prisons and Criminal Justice Systems

• Problem Solving with Engineering and Design

• Race & Society

• Religion & Society

• Social Psychology

The GOA course catalog is available online. For further information on each Course for 2023-2024, please visit the GOA website

If you are interested in taking an enrichment course through GOA please talk to your counselor about how this could fit in with your overall program of studies.

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