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The IB Curriculum

IB Subject group areas

IB Circle

Students in the IB Diploma Programme take one course in each of the 6 IB Subject Group Areas to broaden their educational experience during their junior and senior years. At PHS, we offer different courses for students to chose from in each subject area.

group 1: studies in language and literature

Group 2: LAnguage acquisition

group 3: Individuals and societies

group 4: Sciences

group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The arts

IB Visual Arts

IB Theatre

IB Music

or another Group 2-4

phs ib electives

Freshmen and sophomores have two electives they are able to select for their schedule. Depending on their schedule, seniors may have up to 2 electives as well.

Electives are not additional IB classes. We encourage students to take classes they are interested in to find a balance between challenging yourself while still being successful! See the list below of the elective classes PHS offers:

 

*FL Pre-IB Inquiry Skills

*AP World History

*AP Environmental Science

*AP Psychology

*AP Physics

*AP Statistics

*AP Macroeconomics

*AP US Government

*AP Computer Science: Principles

*AP Computer Science: A

*Marine Science II Honors

*Anatomy and Physiology Honors

Psychology

Debate

*Additional Foreign Language

Student Government

*Humanities Honors

Journalism/Yearbook

Digital Information Technology

Digital Design

TV Production

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury

Medical Skills Services

Early Childhood Education

Advanced Manufacturing

Cullinary Arts

Aerospace (AFJROTC)

*FL-Pre-IB Art

Creative Photography

Sculpture

*FL-Pre IB Theatre

D & P Costuming

D & P Stagecraft

*FL-Pre-IB Music

Band

Instrumental Techniques

Dance Technique

Piano

Chorus

Guitar

Orchestra

Colorguard

Music Techniques

 

*Denotes Honors Weighted Credit

ib core

Theory of knowledge (TOK)

TOK Circle

IB Students take Theory of Knowledge courses their junior and senior year. The course includes a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing and different kinds of knowledge. TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is "How do we know?". Students are taught how to be critical thinkers. Throughout discussions of questions, students gain greater awareness of their personal and idealogical assumptions, as well as developing an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultural prospective. 

Students complete a paper in their Senior Year that is graded externally by IB examiners as well as an internal presentation that is graded by their TOK teacher and moderated by IBO. Students must pass TOK to be eligible to receive an IB Diploma. The rubric is as follows:

A- Excellent

B- Good

C- Satisfactory

D- Mediocre

E- Elementary (Fail- No Diploma Awarded)

N- No Grade

Students can earn bonus points towards their diploma for their TOK Essay by being awarded certain scores by IB examiners. Bonus points can assist students who are lacking the total number needed for the IB Diploma. Please see the matrix below:

TOK Rubric

extended essay (EE)

 

EE Circle

The extended essay is an independent, self-directed 4000, work research paper that prepares for undergraduate research presenting as a formal writing. Students complete 40-60 hours of research in a subject area of their choice that relates to one of the six diploma subjects. Participation in this process develops the capacity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge. Students analyze credible sources, develop a research questions, form conclusions and properly cite sources. Students work on their EE throughout 11th grade in their TOK Class and have it completed by the end junior year.

 

Extended Essay Process

 

1st Nine Weeks of Junior Year

Selecting Your Topic

  • It is required to select a research topic in which you had a previous or current IB Course in
  • Select a topic you are truly interested in
  • Talk to subject area teachers to assist in selecting a proper topic

Selecting Your Supervisor

  • Go to the Extended Essay Guide and reference to see which subject your topic falls under
  • See the chart in Mr. Beard's room for available supervisors
  • Personally ask and secure a supervisor and sign up on the sheet in class
  • Meet with your supervisor at least twice per month throughout Junior Year

Development of Your Research Questions

  • Through research, develop sub-topics based on a broad area
  • Be sure to have the specific subject guide to follow provided by your supervisor

Proposal

  • Narrow your research question
  • 3 sub-topic questions
  • Produce an outline of your research based on your research question
  • Written statement of why your research question is worth of investigation
  • A copy of all of your sources pertaining to your research question

2nd Nine Weeks of Junior Year

Writing Process

  • The first 750 words of narrative will be due in October in your TOK 1 class
  • Additional increamental submissions will be turned in for a grade through February of Junior year
  • A completed 1st draft will be completed by March

2nd Semester of Junior Year

Final Extended (Essay) Paper

  • The EE contains no reference to the student, the supervisor, or the school; it is submitted as an anonymous paper
  • Due at the end of March of the junior year
  • If students do not turn in an acceptable EE on the first day of senior year, they can be dismissed from the IB Program.

The Following rubric is used for the Extended Essay:

A- Excellent

B- Good

C- Satisfactory

D- Mediocre

E- Elementary (Fail- No Diploma Awarded)

N- No Grade

The Extended Essay is graded externally by IB. Students can earn bonus points towards their diploma for their Extended Essay by being awarded certain scores by IB examiners. Bonus points can assist students who are lacking the total number needed for the IB Diploma. Please see the matrix below:

EE Rubric

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)