• c/o 2018 .  
    What is the Diploma Programme?
     
    The Diploma Programme (DP) for students in the last two years of high school. IB students graduating with the IB diploma are able to study at universities all around the world, often with advanced credit. 
     
    Diploma Programme students study six subjects (three at standard level and three at higher level) over two years and complete three additional requirements:   the theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay of 4,000 words and at least 150 hours of CAS-creativity, activity and service tasks outside of the classroom. In addition to these requirements, students must earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 points on the final assessments which are externally marked and moderated by the IB, in order to receive an IB diploma.
     
    Student testimonial from Cassie Bradshaw c/o 2018:
     

    To the IB students still in, or soon to be in the program: DO IT! Finish it strong and put everything into it. It will benefit you in so many ways in the long run. I can’t speak for my other classmates I graduated with but for myself, I owe all of my success this far to IB. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have IB to prepare me for this and I feel bad for other students around me who didn’t have it. The most valuable lesson I think you can take away from IB is time management and balance. It is the skill most kids lack and that’s why they stay up until 3 and 4 doing homework. I still procrastinate, sure, but I still get my stuff done in enough time to have fun and get sleep.

     
     
    What classes does West offer and who teaches them?: 2018 DP courses at West

     Registration guidelines

    • 11th &12th graders may now select to take 1 or more DP courses without doing the full diploma!
    • 9th & 10th grade students are encouraged to take as many advanced/honors courses as they feel comfortable
    • TOK is open to all 11th and 12th grade students
    • There will be a sophomore Visual Arts option: FIN700A/B if students want their 6th subject to be Visual Art
    • Students should NOT be doubling in a science class--taking 2 sciences at the same time
    • If grades fell below a C, students should seek assistance before registering for advanced/honors courses



     
    Theory of knowledge (TOK)Mr. Krause leading a TOK lesson
    TOK is an interdisciplinary course designed  to help students question and understand how the know what they know. Students study how individuals from various disciplines view the world in order to develop their own ways of thinking. By stimulating analysis of knowledge across disciplines, TOK, seeks to help students make sense of school and the world. --Taught by Travis Krause
     
     
     
    Creativity, activity, service (CAS)
    CAS is an experiential learning component of the DP. Students complete a wide variety of extracurricular, community service and athletic options to fulfill this requirement. Coordinated by Kim Fisher
     
     

    Extended essay
    The extended essay introduces students to the demands and rewards of independent work. emphasis placed on doing personal research and communication ideas effectively in order to write a 4,000-word essay in and area of personal interest. See Extended Essay tab for more info
     
     

     
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    The DP is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education. More than 1.000 colleges and universities in North America have recognition policies on how they weigh it in admissions, advanced standing, college credit and scholarships.
     
    A list of colleges and universities that grant credit, scholarships and/or advanced standing for DP diplomas and certificates is available at www.ibo.org.
     
    Frequently asked questions  DP FAQ                          
     
    How to make your IB credentials stand out in the university application process   Stand Out
     
    *Adapted from the International Baccalaureate Parent Pack