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​IB FAQ


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two year program and is taught only in the junior and senior years of high school. Pre-IB classes in the 9th and 10th grades prepare the students for the IB Program.


When do IB students take the IB exams?
A maximum of two tests may be taken in the 11th grade; or all 6 tests may be taken at the end of the senior year. NO student may take an IB test in the sophomore year.
 
Is it possible to resit (retake) an exam if the student is unhappy with the results?
The student may resit (retake) an exam the next year if unhappy with the mark that s/he receives.
 
Is it true that Pre-IB students study all the time and have no time for activities and athletics?
No, not true! Pre-IB students participate in all aspects of the high school community. When interviewed they confirm that they organize their time the best when they have at least one activity (e.g., club, band, tutoring, or community service) and one sport.
 
What class must all middle school students successfully complete in order to apply for the Cherokee Trail High School Pre-International Program?
Algebra
 
Can junior and senior students take classes in any of the baccalaureate programs at CTHS?
They can't take IB classes unless they applied and were accepted as freshmen and are diploma candidates.
 
Can 9th and 10th grade students participate in the Pre-IB program?
Yes, they can if they have completed all of the application process and have been accepted into the program. The pre-IB program begins with the 9th grade so that they be prepared to enter the 11th grade as an IB diploma candidate.
 
How many tests must IB students take and pass with a 4 or better their junior and senior year in order to obtain the IB diploma?
6 tests. 3 at the Higher Level, 3 at the Standard Level.
 
What other requirements must be met in order to receive the IB Diploma?
Students must complete 3 other components. These are the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class, the creativity, action, service (CAS) component and the 4,000 word extended essay (EE) on a topic of special interest to the student. (Refer to the website www.ibo.org for further information)
 
What is an Internal Assessment (IA)?  How does it differ from an
External Assessment?
Each IB class (except Latin) has an IA which must be completed before the student can receive a mark (1-7) from IBO for the course.  For example, the IA in a spoken Language B is an oral presentation with the classroom teacher present and counts 30% of the students mark. The IA gives the classroom teacher input into the student's final mark for the class. The IB Programme is different from any other program in the world because of the requirements of the IA (teacher input), the Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay, and the CAS (creativity, action, and service) requirements.  The External Assessments take place between May 2 and May 25 each year; they are written and graded by examiners located throughout the world.
 
What is the Extended Essay (EE)? 
The EE is a 4,000 word, in-depth study of a subject chosen by the IB student in the junior year (penultimate year) of IB.  IB students will NOT receive an IB diploma unless they complete the EE. The EE grade also appears on Power School and is, therefore, available for parents to assess the progress of students.  Completion of the EE is an IB requirement for the Diploma program, and CTHS has created a course for students as a guideline to accomplish successfully this piece of the IB hexagon. 
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Additional information about the IB program can be found at http://www.ibo.org.​
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