IB Program

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What is the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a high school program that doubles as a highly respected college prep curriculum.

The IB program encourages students to think broadly, beyond the boundaries of their communities, and to see themselves
as members of a global society. It has gained recognition and respect from most U.S. colleges.

Learning Globally
The IB Diploma Program is an intense curriculum for high school juniors and seniors which helps develop the intellectual,
personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. It culminates in six rigorous subject exams.

The program was originally a standard curriculum for children of people moving from one country to another (such as diplomats or the military). Today there are over a million IB students in nearly 150 countries.

The IB Curriculum
The IB has six main areas of study: language and literature, foreign language acquisition, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. Three additional elements round out the program: a theory of knowledge course, learning
outside the classroom (Creativity, Action and Service), and a 4,000-word essay.

College Credit for IB
Many colleges and universities offer credit or placement to students with high scores on IB exams. Students typically must
attain at least a score of 5 out of 7 points on an exam for a higher-level course to be eligible for college credit. Some colleges offer up to one year of credit for successful completion of the IB Diploma. Most colleges recognize the academic strength of the IB program, but each college has its own policies about granting credit for IB exams.

From http://www.collegedata.com.
For more information, visit www.ibo.org.

The International Baccalaureate Program at BSGE

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968. Its original purpose was to facilitate the international mobility of students preparing for university by providing a curriculum and diploma recognized by universities around the world. Since then, the IBO has expanded and seeks to make an IB education available to students of all ages. The IB programs allow graduates to fulfill the requirements of national education systems worldwide, incorporating the best elements of each.

Founded in September 2002, and located in Astoria, the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) provides a world-class educational experience aligned with the frameworks and standards of the IB Program.
In April 2005, BSGE was authorized by the IBO as a Diploma Program (DP).

Our student body is an ethnically, economically and academically diverse population of young people from different neighborhoods in Queens, including Astoria, Jamaica, Forest Hills, Corona, Woodside, Laurelton, Rosedale, Far Rockaway, Queens Village, Hollis, Richmond Hill, Middle Village, South Ozone, Jackson Heights, Rego Park, Sunnyside and Long Island City.

BSGE students learn in a safe environment that encourages inquiry, as well as intellectual and social development with a commitment to human responsibility and social justice.

Pre-IB Program, Grades 7 & 8

The Pre-IB Program prepares students for both the Diploma Program and the New York State Regents Exams. Eight subject groups form the curricular framework:
Language A – English
Language B – Mandarin
Mathematics – Pre-Algebra, Algebra
Sciences – General Science, Living Environment
Humanities – American History, Global Studies and Geography
The Arts – Music, Visual Arts
Physical Education – Health and Hygiene,
Individual and Team Sports

Pre-IB Diploma Program, Grades 9 & 10

Language A – English
Language B – Spanish or French (9th Grade Year 1, 10th Grade Year 2)
Mathematics – Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II
Sciences – Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics
Humanities – Global Historty and Geography
Physical Education – Health and Hygiene,
Individual and Team Sports

Diploma Program (DP), Grades 11 and 12

The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous course of study leading to external examinations in six core academic groups:
IB English Literature (Language A)
IB French or Spanish (Language B)
IB Mathematics Standard Level or
IB Math Studies Standard Level
IB Biology or IB Chemistry Standard Level
IB History of the Americas Higher Level (Individuals and Societies/Government and Economics)
IB Program continued
Group 6: IB Computer Science Higher Level or
IB Visual Arts Higher Level
Physical Education

See http://www.ibo.org for course descriptions.

Full Diploma candidates must also satisfy three special features included in the program in order to earn the IB Diploma:

Theory of Knowledge course – challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of ideological biases, and to develop modes of thought based on analysis of evidence and rational argument. At the end of the course, students prepare a formal paper and an individual presentation.
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) – IB Diploma candidates are required to perform and document 150 hours of creativity, action and service activities during grades 11 and 12. These activities encourage students to share their energies and talents outside of
the classroom.
Extended Essay – a required essay of at least 4,000 words offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and prepares them for independent research and writing expected at the university level.

BSGE’s mission

• Every student will be an IB Diploma candidate.
• Offer an intellectually compelling curriculum which follows international standards for academic achievement in all subject areas.
• Promote fluency in a foreign language.
• Qualify students for superior post-secondary opportunities in the United States or abroad.
• Build ties with local, national, and international communities.
• Promote ideals of international understanding, human rights, and responsible global citizenry.

Critical to BSGE’s success is the commitment of the faculty and staff at BSGE. The BSGE school family operates on both an intellectual and emotional level. Both are a necessity as the work requires all constituents to operate in many realms as every goal or tasks requires ‘out of the box/cubicle’ thinking to execute because we are a school-wide IB program in a NYC public school.

For additional information on the IBO, visit www.ibo.org.