The IB Diploma Programme at Springbrook High School

The IB Diploma Programme at Springbrook High School is offered to motivated juniors and seniors wishing to pursue a rigorous college preparatory program of studies.  Students pursuing the IB diploma must take six subjects over the two years: three at higher level and three at standard level.  IB Diploma bound students must also complete the "core" of their IB studies which include Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay.  Students not wishing to earn the IB Diploma may earn subject certificates by successfully completing one or more IB subjects over the two years, including the "core."


The IB Diploma Programme is a fee based program.  Fees are set by the IBO.  Students and their parents or guardians are responsible for payment of the fees through Springbrook High School.  Students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meal Subsidies (FARMS) can receive fee waivers through Federal grants administered by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and facilitated through Springbrook High School.

 

Benefits of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


College Recognition of the IB

Many universities grant sophomore status for students with IB HL test scores of 5, 6, or 7 and allow them to enroll in classes beyond the introductory level.   Some universities also award credit for SL exams to students have completed the IB diploma.  The policies of several universities listed below serve as examples.

University of MD, College Park (http://www.transfercredit.umd.edu/plc.html#ib )

Towson University (Undergraduate Admissions - International Baccalaureate )

All nine campuses of the University of California now award 30 hours of credit to any IB student who earns an IB diploma with a score of 30 points or higher. (University of California - Berkeley)  

To search for a specific university’s policy, please see the list provided by IBO:

Recognition of IB Programmes

 

IB Diploma Requirements*

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) at Springbrook High School is a small community of highly motivated learners. Students in this program pursue a rigorous and comprehensive two year curricula. Diploma candidates must study one subject in each of the six groups (Group 6 being optional, students may choose a second subject from Groups 2, 3, or 4).

Students must also complete the eight outcomes for Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), three semesters of the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course and the Extended Essay (EE)/Guided Research course.

 

Framework

 

 

IB DP Assessments

There are two different types of assessments in IB DP subjects: Internal - those scored by the teacher and moderated by external examiners, and External - those scored by external examiners.  Most subjects have a minimum of four assessments, with at least one them taking place during the teaching of the subject.  The final grade for the subject that a student receives is a culmination of these assessments. Subject scores range from 1 to 7 (with 7 being the highest).


The awarding of the IB Diploma requires students to meet defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points for all six subjects combined, the satisfactory completion of the extended essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS activities. The maximum score that a student may receive is 45, including the up to 3 bonus points for the grades earned on the extended essay and in Theory of Knowledge (see the EE/ToK Matrix).


We strongly encourage our students to remember this … To earn an IB Diploma, an average score of “4” is required, thus any score of “4” is considered to be passing, and scores of “5”, “6”, or "7" are excellent scores (and often granted college credit).


IB DP Courses offered at each Level

 

   Standard Level Higher Level
Group 1   English: Literature
Group 2
French B, Spanish B
Italian (ab initio)
Arabic (ab initio)
German (ab initio)
 
French B, Spanish B
Group 3
Psychology
 
History - Asia & Oceania - Route 2
Group 4
Computer Science
Design Technology
Chemistry
 
Computer Science
Biology
 
Group 5
Math Studies
Mathematics
 
Mathematics
Group 6
Second Subject in Groups 2, 3, or 4
Film (two-year course)
Visual Arts
Music (AP Music Theory Pre-req.)
 
Second Subject in Groups 2, 3, or 4
Film
Visual Arts
Music
 

 

EE/ToK Matrix

 

A8.5.3 The extended essay/theory of knowledge matrix

As explained in section A1.1, additional points towards the diploma are available from a candidate’s combined performance in the extended essays and theory of knowledge requirements.

The following matrix is applicable for the May 2015 session onwards.

 ToK/EE

A

B

C

D

F

 A

3

3

2

2

Failing Condition

B

3

2

2

1

C

2

2

1

0

D

2

1

0

0

F

Failing Condition  



Payments 

IB Diplome Programme is a fee based program. The current fee schedule is available from the IB Coordinator. Payments must be sent to the school in the form of check or money order made out to Springbrook High School or paid online. The are waivers available for students who qualify. If you need to make financial arrangements contact the IB Coordinator. 

IB Resources

IB Student Registry -A free web-based service available exclusively to IB students to showcase their individual profiles and achievements to colleges and universities around the world.

Adobe PDF icon squareIB Rewards- A Listing of some colleges and universities that generously reward IB Diplomas and Certificates

ManageBac - A web-based resource for students pursuing the IB Diploma.

Turnitin.com - A web-based originality checking tool to help students with academic integrity.

Naviance Family Connection - A Web-based resource that provides students and families access to resources, communication tools, and college and career collaborative activities



 IB Diploma Programme Contact

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Amanda Trivers

IB Coordinator

CAS Coordinator

Email: Amanda_M_Trivers@mcpsmd.org  

Phone: 301.989.6077 (direct); 301.989.5700 (main)