• DIPLOMA PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    CSHS IB 4-Year Academic Plan

    Diploma Programme Options at CSHS

    • Diploma Candidates - students take six IB courses, in addition to the three DP core requirements (see description of the the Diploma Candidate option detailed below)
    • Course (or Certificate) Candidates - take one or more IB courses based on the student's interests, aspirations and responsibilities outside of school

    IB Courses are offered at the Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) with each of the IBO's six subject groups.  HL courses are taken over two-years, whereas SL courses (with the exception of Math SL Chinese SL and Theater Arts SL) are one year in length. 

    Diploma Candidate Requirements

    Diploma Candidates must successfully complete and pass the three Core Subjects (TOK, CAS, and the Extended Essay) as well as:

    • Three (3) Higher Level subject exams and three (3) Standard Level subject exams OR
    • Four (4) Higher Level subject exams and two (2) Standard Level exams

    The six subject areas include:

    • Group One:  Studies in Language and Literature
    • Group Two:  Language Acquisition
    • Group Three:  Individuals and Societies
    • Group Four:  Sciences
    • Group Five:  Mathematics
    • Group Six:  The Arts (a Group Six subject may be replaced with a second subject from Group Two, Group Three, or Group Four)

    Each of the six subjects is graded on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the highest grade.  Those grades are also used a spoints in determining the award of the diploma.  TOK and EE are graded A-E, with A being the highest grade.  Those two grades are combined to contribute between 0 and 3 points to the student's total points.  The overall maximum points that may be earned across the six subjects, TOK and EE is 45: ((6 x 7) + 3).  The minimum number of points required to earn the diploma is 24. 

    Additional Diploma Stipulations

    • All CAS requirements have been met
    • There is no "N" awarded for TOK, EE or one of the six subjects
    • There is no grade E awarded for TOK and/or the EE
    • There is no grade 1 awarded in a subject/level
    • There are no more than two grade 2s
    • There are no more than three grade 3s
    • The student has gained 12 or more points on HL subjects
    • The student has gains 9 or more points on SL subjects
    • The student has not received a penalty for academic misconduct from the Final Award Committee

     (IBO, Diploma Programme Assessment Producedure 2021, Section A2.2 Award of the Diploma, ibo.org) 

    Course (or Certificate) Requirements

    In order to receive credit for individual IB courses, students must remained enrolled for the entire length of the course (either one or two years).  Additionally, students are required to register for, and take the appropriate IB exam.  Certificates will be awarded to all students who achieve a passing score on their subject-specific IB exams (4 or more points). 

  • CSHS IB COURSES

    Group One:  Studies in Language and Literature

    IB English HL (Jrs) - Year One

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    Year One of the IB Language A1 course promotes an appreciation of literature and a knowledge of a student's own culture and that of other societies.  The course is designed to develop students' powers of expression, both in oral and written communication by emphasizing the skills involved in writing and speaking one's native language in a variety of styles and situations.  Students read several texts groups by themes or genres.  The texts are chosen from a broad list of prescribed authors and works representing different literary genres and styles in the target language, as well as literature from other lanugages and cultures read in translation.  Oral and written examinations are used to assess students' individual language skills, their ability to critically analyze and comment upon familiar and unfamiliar texts, and their ability to express a personal and independent response to literature.  The student is prepared to take the IB English HL exam in May of their senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB English HL (Srs) - Year Two

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    Year Two of the IB Language A1 course promotes an appreciation of literature and a knowledge of a student's own culture and that of other societies.  The course is designed to develop students' powers of expression, both in oral and written communication by emphasizing the skills involved in writing and speaking one's native language in a variety of styles and situations.  Students read several texts groups by themes or genres.  The texts are chosen from a broad list of prescribed authors and works representing different literary genres and styles in the target language, as well as literature from other lanugages and cultures read in translation.  Oral and written examinations are used to assess students' individual language skills, their ability to critically analyze and comment upon familiar and unfamiliar texts, and their ability to express a personal and independent response to literature.  The student is prepared to take the IB English HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    Group Two:  Language Acquisition

    IB Chinese SL (Jrs) - Year One

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    In this class, students will further develop language skills, thus enabling them to effectively communicate in a variety of situations.  This includes not only correct grammatical structure of the language but also the ability to negotiate meaning for comprehension and communication in the appropriate cultural and social context.  Students will use their skills in the language to research, describe, discuss, analyze and evaluate their perspectives along with those of the target culture on a range of global, thematic topics.  The students will work in the language and use authentic texts and resources.  Students are required to contribute to daily discussion, debates, role-plays and collaborative projects and presentations.  They are also required to spend time outside of class in contact with the language through radio, television, CDs, special events (plays, concerts, and shows), personal contacts, etc. to provide them with the opportunities to pursue individual interests.  Upon completion of this level, students are qualified to take college level placement for in-state college credit.  The student is prepared to take the IB Chinese SL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Chinese SL (Srs) - Year Two

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    In this class, students will further develop language skills, thus enabling them to effectively communicate in a variety of situations.  This includes not only correct grammatical structure of the language but also the ability to negotiate meaning for comprehension and communication in the appropriate cultural and social context.  Students will use their skills in the language to research, describe, discuss, analyze and evaluate their perspectives along with those of the target culture on a range of global, thematic topics.  The students will work in the language and use authentic texts and resources.  Students are required to contribute to daily discussion, debates, role-plays and collaborative projects and presentations.  They are also required to spend time outside of class in contact with the language through radio, television, CDs, special events (plays, concerts, and shows), personal contacts, etc. to provide them with the opportunities to pursue individual interests.  The target proficiency level is Intermediate Mid-High. Upon completion of this level, students are qualified to take college level placement for in-state college credit.  The student is prepared to take the IB Chinese SL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB French HL (Jrs) - Year One

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    In this class, students will further develop language skills, thus enabling them to effectively communicate in a variety of situations.  This includes not only correct grammatical structure of the language but also the ability to negotiate meaning for comprehension and communication in the appropriate cultural and social context.  Students will use their skills in the language to research, describe, discuss, analyze and evaluate their perspectives along with those of the target culture on a range of global, thematic topics.  The students will work in the language and use authentic texts and resources.  Students are required to contribute to daily discussion, debates, role-plays and collaborative projects and presentations.  They are also required to spend time outside of class in contact with the language through radio, television, CDs, special events (plays, concerts, and shows), personal contacts, etc. to provide them with the opportunities to pursue individual interests.  Upon completion of this level, students are qualified to take college level placement for in-state college credit.  The student is prepared to take the IB French HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB French HL (Srs) - Year Two

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    In this class, students will further develop language skills, thus enabling them to effectively communicate in a variety of situations.  This includes not only correct grammatical structure of the language but also the ability to negotiate meaning for comprehension and communication in the appropriate cultural and social context.  Students will use their skills in the language to research, describe, discuss, analyze and evaluate their perspectives along with those of the target culture on a range of global, thematic topics.  The students will work in the language and use authentic texts and resources.  Students are required to contribute to daily discussion, debates, role-plays and collaborative projects and presentations.  They are also required to spend time outside of class in contact with the language through radio, television, CDs, special events (plays, concerts, and shows), personal contacts, etc. to provide them with the opportunities to pursue individual interests.  The target proficiency level is Intermediate Mid-High. Upon completion of this level, students are qualified to take college level placement for in-state college credit.  The student is prepared to take the IB French HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Spanish HL (Jrs) - Year One

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    In this class, students will further develop language skills, thus enabling them to effectively communicate in a variety of situations.  This includes not only correct grammatical structure of the language but also the ability to negotiate meaning for comprehension and communication in the appropriate cultural and social context.  Students will use their skills in the language to research, describe, discuss, analyze and evaluate their perspectives along with those of the target culture on a range of global, thematic topics.  The students will work in the language and use authentic texts and resources.  Students are required to contribute to daily discussion, debates, role-plays and collaborative projects and presentations.  They are also required to spend time outside of class in contact with the language through radio, television, CDs, special events (plays, concerts, and shows), personal contacts, etc. to provide them with the opportunities to pursue individual interests.  Upon completion of this level, students are qualified to take college level placement for in-state college credit.  The student is prepared to take the IB Spanish HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Spanish HL (Srs) - Year Two

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    In this class, students will further develop language skills, thus enabling them to effectively communicate in a variety of situations.  This includes not only correct grammatical structure of the language but also the ability to negotiate meaning for comprehension and communication in the appropriate cultural and social context.  Students will use their skills in the language to research, describe, discuss, analyze and evaluate their perspectives along with those of the target culture on a range of global, thematic topics.  The students will work in the language and use authentic texts and resources.  Students are required to contribute to daily discussion, debates, role-plays and collaborative projects and presentations.  They are also required to spend time outside of class in contact with the language through radio, television, CDs, special events (plays, concerts, and shows), personal contacts, etc. to provide them with the opportunities to pursue individual interests.  The target proficiency level is Intermediate Mid-High. Upon completion of this level, students are qualified to take college level placement for in-state college credit.  The student is prepared to take the IB Spanish HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    Group Three:  Individuals and Societies

    IB History of the Americas HL (Jrs and Srs) - offered alternate years

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    This is a year-long study of the western hemisphere spanning the era of European exapnsion through the end of the twentieth century.  A period of approximately 100 years within that time frame will be selected for in-depth study.  Students need to be constantly aware of the key political, economic, social, and cultural issues that have had an impact on the Americas throughout the course of study.  The student is prepared to take the IB History HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB 20th World History HL (Jrs and Srs) - offered alternate years

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    This course is the second of two offered as part of the IB History Program, and is required for IB students planning to use history to meet their group 3 requirement.  Topics covered include the USSR under Stalin, causes and consequences of 20th Century wars, the Cold War, decolonization, and the state and its relationship with religion and minorities.  This course will use a multi-regional approach to stress internationalism.  This course requires extensive reading and writing, including a major research paper, which will be grade by the teacher and moderated by an outside authority.  Stutens will be prepared to take the IB History HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Economics SL (Jrs or Srs) - One Year Course

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    Students will be introduced to the economic way of thinking as they progress through microeconomics, macroeconomics, international and developmental economics.  Critical thinking skills will be applied in the production of commentaries of current events for each section of the course.  The studenet is prepared to take the IB Economics SL exam in May of their Junior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required.

    Group Four:  Sciences

    IB Biology HL (Jrs) - Year One

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    This is year one of a two-year course, equivalent to a college level introductory Biology course.  IB Biology covers three main areas:  Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations.  The student is prepared to take the IB Biology HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Biology HL (Srs) - Year Two

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    This is year two of a two-year course, equivalent to a college level introductory Biology course.  IB Biology covers three main areas:  Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations.  The student is prepared to take the IB Biology HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Physics HL (Jrs) - Year One

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    Year one of this course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of problem-solving ability.  This course includes topics in both classical and modern physics.  The student is prepared to take the IB Physics HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Physics HL (Srs) - Year Two

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    Year two of this course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of problem-solving ability.  This course includes topics in both classical and modern physics.  The student is prepared to take the IB Physics HL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    Group Five:  Mathematics

    IB Math SL with Pre-Calculus Honors (Jrs) - Year One

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    This course is a one-year sequence of advanced mathematical topics designed to provide the IB student with logical, critical, and creative thinking skills that meet the necessary prerequisite skills for placement in IB Math SL with AP Calculus their Senior year.  Topics include advanced level work on algebraic functions, trionometry, matrices, vectors, statistics, and probability.  The internally assessed component, the portfolio, offers students a framework for developing independence in their mathematical learning by engaging in mathematical investigation and mathematical modeling.  Students are provided with opportunities to take a considered approach to these activities and to explore different ways of approaching a problem.  The portfolio also allows students to work without the time constraints of a written examination and to develop the skills they need for communicating mathematical ideas.  The student is prepared to take the IB Math SL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    IB Math SL with AP Calculus (Srs) - Year Two

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    This course provides an introduction to differential and integral calculus and prepares students for the AP Calculus AB exam.  Topics include limits and continuity, derivatives and related applications, anti-derivatives, definite integrals and related applications and first-order differential equations.  Graphing calculators will be used extensively to facilitate analytical solutions to questions involving higher level thinking skills.  Students who enroll in this course are required to take the AP mathematics exam.  The internally assessed component, the portfolio, offers students a framework for developing independence in their mathematical learning by engaging in mathematical investigation and mathematical modeling.  Students are provided with opportunities to take a considered approach to these activities and to explore different ways of approaching a problem.  The portfolio also allows students to work without the time constraints of a written examination and to develop the skills they need for communicating mathematical ideas.  The student is prepared to take the IB Math SL exam in May of their Senior year.  Registration for the IB exam is required. 

    Group Six:  The Arts

    IB Dance SL (Jrs or Srs) - One Year Course

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    In IB dance students will continue to refine their understanding and appreciation for dance as an art form through participation, observations, and self-assessment.  Students will master the basic theories, fundamental concepts, movements, and terminology of classical ballet, modern dance, jass/hip hop, improvisation, and choreography.  Students are required and encouraged to explore dance from cultures and/or traditions distant from their areas of familiarity.  Several times a semester, students will attend and participate in cultural dance forms - hands on experiences and explorations will take place outside of class time.  Students will create two choreographical compositions and analyze their work.  Additionally, students will be required to participate in performances out of class time.  The performance component is based on the practice and presentation of dance.  The primary intention is to engage students in elements of dance artistry from classroom practice through to the performance of dance for viewing by others.  Student will also focus on the world dance investigation, a written essay detailing through dancing, classroom activity and individual investigation a developed appreciation fo the diversity of dance practices throughout the world, the ability to investigate dance cultures and/or traditions, both familiar and unfamilar to the students, and a theoretical knowledge and practical experience of selected dances from two cultures and/or traditions.  Also, students will work on enhancing their strength, flexilibity, coordination, musicality, endurance, balance and focus, in order to prepare for a performance filming.  Students will also develop an understanding of anatomy and proper alignment as it applies to the technical aspects of classical ballet, hip hop/jazz, and modern dance.  Students will work towards increased versatility of their movement range as well as performance quality and musicality.  This course is combined with the Advanced Dance Company Fine Arts Honors elective course.  Registration of the IB exam is required. 

    IB Theatre Arts SL (Jrs or Srs)

    3 Semester Course / 1.5 Credit

    IB Theatre Arts is a highly performance and theory based course.  Students will rehearse and perform several full-length plays and one-acts to the class, school, and public.  Students are expected to participate in the internal and external IB exams.  Receiving a certain score on the IB exam may earn the student college credit. 

    IB Visual Art SL (Jrs or Srs) - One Year Course

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    SL International Baccalaureate Studio Art is based on the study of the Art Elements and the Principles of Design.  Students research and do independent investigation of contemporary artwork, artistic styles and trends, multi-cultural contributions, as well as historical time periods.  The course of study embraces independent study and personal discovery.  The grades are based on a portfolio of work (60%) and the research notebook/sketchbook (40%).  These scores are determined by internal and external assessments.  Registration for the IB exam is required.

    Core Courses

    IB Theory of Knowledge (Jrs and Srs) - Spring of Junior Year; Fall of Senior Year

    2 Semesters / 1.0 Credit

    Theory of Knowledge is a required two-semester, interdisciplinary study within the IB curriculum.  Students engage in critical reflection and analysis as they explore relationships and philosophical perspectives across multiple disciplines.  The course is focused on a self-study of learning theory, thought, and written expression.  The year includes didactic teaching of subject matter, coaching that produces the skills of learning, and Socratic questioning in seminar discussion.  Extended Essay guidance will be included in this course.