IB Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB Theory of Knowledge 1 and 2 (TOK), Grade 11-12, 1 Credit
Theory of Knowledge is a philosophical and practical exploration of the difficulties of attaining certainty about the things we know. The course takes time to ask questions about how knowledge is gained and what obstacles lay in the way of that knowledge in each of the subject areas that form the IB curriculum. Course assessment tasks prepare students to fulfill their IB diploma requirements. These tasks include writing three to four TOK essays, making two oral presentations and keeping a journal of critical reflections regarding topics addressed in class. Also included in the coursework and class meeting time are support for Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service IB Diploma requirements.
Supporting Documents for Academic Honesty Policy
IB Rules & Regulations for the IB Diploma programme:
For Students and their Legal Guardians
What is International Baccalaureate?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a study option administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (http://IBO.org).
The IB Diploma Program is a comprehensive and balanced 11th and 12th grade curriculum and assessment system that requires students to study courses across all disciplines. Within this structured framework, the IB Diploma Program provides a great deal of flexibility, accommodating student varied interests and abilities.
The IB Diploma Program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:
- ask challenging questions
- learn how to learn
- develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
- develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
Schools teach the programme in English, French and/or Spanish.
The Diploma Programme is one of three programmes offered by the IB.
The IB Diploma curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts.
Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
All three parts of the core, extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service, are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
The three core requirements are:
- extended essay
- theory of knowledge
- creativity, action, service.
All Diploma Programme students must engage in these three activities.
The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
Click HERE for samples of Extended Essay topics selected by Sturgis students.