Springbrook High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Admissions Policy
At Springbrook High School, there is
a belief that students who wish to challenge themselves both academically and
personally should be afforded the opportunity.
The role of the school is not to present hurdles over which students
must jump, but challenges with which the school, parents and community can
support. Springbrook High Schools believes
that students should be involved in challenge that is appropriate for their
academic level and personal maturity.
Students choosing to participate
fully or partially in the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) are not required to take
an entrance exam. There is no minimum
standardized test score, grade point average, or subject grade that must be
In order for a student to participate
fully in the IB DP, he or she must first elect to take the challenge. While it is understood that parents or
guardians might want their child to participate in the IB DP, experience has
shown that the student has to also be motivated to participate fully in order
to benefit from the program.
When a tenth grade student expresses
interest in the full program, a personal meeting with the IB DP coordinator is
scheduled. At this meeting, the
student’s academic and career goals are discussed. A review of the student’s transcript,
standardized scores (PSAT, MAP-R), and teacher recommendations is
undertaken. If any concerns regarding the appropriateness
of participating in the full program are expressed by the student, parents, or
coordinator, the issues are discussed and possible interventions and strategies
developed, or alternate plans explored.
Students who do not wish to
participate in the full IB DP can take one or more subjects (including Theory of
Knowledge [ToK], Creativity, Activity, Service [CAS], and Extended Essay) in
their junior and senior years. It is
highly recommended that
students speak with
their current subject area teacher to determine whether an IB DP subject is
an appropriate choice.
Any decisions regarding the
participation in the IB DP must be approved by each student’s parent or guardian
as signified by his or her signing of the student’s course request form
completed in the spring of the preceding year of enrollment.