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IB Coordinator: Anne Bracewell
anne_m_bracewell@dekalbschoolsga.org



DHHS and IB Mission Statements

Druid Hills High School strives to work with all stakeholders to provide a variety of educational opportunities in a safe, supportive learning environment where all students can acquire the knowledge, skills, and values to become self-assured, responsible citizens in an ever-changing global society. One of the ways we achieve this mission is by offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring,knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two-year program for 11th and 12th graders who want an academic challenge and a diploma recognized by universities throughout the world. Students earn the diploma by taking six subjects and doing three special features: an “extended essay,” creative active service to school and community, and a course called “Theory of Knowledge” meant to simulate critical reflection on learning and experience.

The IB is called a “diploma” program because students can earn a diploma granted by the International Baccalaureate Organization at the same time that they also earn their Georgia high school diploma. Diploma candidates take examinations in courses in six academic disciplines: their native or adopted language and its literature, a second language, social studies, science, mathematics, and a sixth student chosen from the arts or one of the previous disciplines.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Curriculum is structured for display in the shape of a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding a three part core.


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Admission Criteria
Rising 11th Grade Students IB DP Entry Requirement
• Minimum core 3.2 average at end of the first semester of 10th grade
• Completion of advanced/accelerated core curriculum in the 9th and 10th grades
• Completion of three years of French or Spanish by the end of 10th grade
• Two favorable teacher recommendations from ninth and/or tenth grade core subjects
• Completion of the IB DP application student packet with parent/guardian approval
• A hand-written, 250-word essay on interest in IB
• Interview with the IB Committee of the school
Students interested in pursuing the IB Diploma Programme must take the most Advanced/Accelerated/Honors/High Achiever courses for which the student qualifies in preparation for the 11th and 12th grade IB DP courses.
Click HERE for Recommended Sequence of Courses for Prospective IB Students in 7th – 10th Grades

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How to Apply

Students enrolled at DHHS should apply for the IB Diploma Program as early as the 9th grade, even though the program does not officially begin until the 11th grade. Younger applicants are monitored closely through their 9th and 10th grade years to ensure that they are well-prepared for the Diploma Program. If a 10th grade student is interested in applying, he/she should meet with the Coordinator as soon as possible. Each fall, an information session will be held detailing the IB Program and providing an opportunity for families to pose questions. Applications are distributed at this meeting.

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History of IB at Druid Hills

In 2002, Druid Hills began the process to apply to participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme. After a rigorous application process, led by our current Principal, Mrs. Mindee Adamson, and a site visit by IB representatives, we received acceptance into the program on July 9, 2004. We received authorization to begin the program in the fall of 2004.

Druid Hills’ first group of IB graduates completed their exams in May 2006. From May 2006 to the present, students at DHHS have thrived in the IB. In May 2011, over 65% of our graduates received the IB Diploma. Our graduates have gone on to attend colleges such as Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Swarthmore, New York University, Cambridge University (UK), Rice University, Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Georgia, just to name a few.

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Resources for DHHS IB Students, Including EE & CAS
Druid Hills' IB Candidates should use the resources here to help them navigate the requirements and procedures of IB.

The IB Handbook contains relevant information such as how to earn the diploma.
IB Handbook

Want to learn how to earn the IB Diploma?
IB Academic Honesty

Druid Hills' IB Program honors the standards of academic honesty according to the International Baccalaureate Programme. Find out what that means!
IB Diploma Formula

This link provides a detailed description of the CAS requirement.
CAS Guidelines

Extended Essay Guide (also see the Extended Essay Link above)

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Resources for Parents

The Learner Profile is a document that details the goals of the IB Learner.
Learner Profile

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College Acceptances and Testimonials

What are some of the colleges and universities that have accepted DHHS IB students?
College Acceptances

What do people have to say about the IB at DHHS?
Testimonials

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Comparison of the IB to the AP program

How do the IB and AP Programs compare by size?
The AP and IB programs are currently thriving at DHHS. Since the inception of the IB, our AP program has grown by leaps and bounds, despite initial fears that the IB program would attract the DHHS students suited for the AP, thus causing our AP course offerings to dwindle. To our surprise, as the IB program has grown, so has the AP program. At Druid Hills, the IB serves approximately 70 students in the Diploma program (11th and 12th grade) and approximately 80 students in the applicant phase (9th and 10th grade). In our AP program, approximately 300 students take one or more AP classes from 10th-12th grade.

The following chart provides a quick overview of the curricular differences between the AP and IB programs.*

Advanced Placement
International Baccalaureate
National standard of excellence
College level courses
Encourages academically talented students
International standard of excellence
Comprehensive curriculum of college level work
Examination
Students are encouraged to take AP courses only in areas of personal strength.
Students do not have to be enrolled in an authorized school.
AP courses culminate in one exam session that usually includes multiple choice as well as essay components.
Exams are graded externally through a testing service in the US.
Six exams in six areas are required for the IB diploma program.
Students must be enrolled in an authorized school.
Scores include teacher assessment as well as external assessments constructed and graded by educators throughout the world.
Scope
Exams based on specific course content.
Emphasis on multiple choice.
Oral exams in foreign languages.
Policies are determined by national educators.
Exams based on broad general understanding of concepts and fundamental themes.
Exam questions emphasize essay writing.
Oral assessments in language A and B. Portfolios are assessed in many areas.
Policies are determined by international educators.

*courtesy of Sara Thompson, Fort Myers High School

Click here to read the brochure published cooperatively by the AP and IB organizations in 2003.

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IB Myths and Frequently Asked Questions

IB Myths and Realities
Myth #1: IB is just lot of work.
Reality #1: IB is a lot of work, but it is not JUST a lot of work. It’s also a mission-driven curriculum that focuses on the student as a whole person, not just a walking brain. It is inquiry based, which means that students must be self-motivated critical thinkers who like to ask and answer challenging questions.

Myth #2: You should only do IB if you want to go to college in another country.
Reality #2: The IB Diploma will really help you if you want to study abroad. However, more and more U.S. Universities recognize that IB is a top-notch curriculum and that IB graduates, even those that do not earn the IB Diploma, are highly qualified to succeed in college.

Myth #3: If all the Druid Hills kids don't earn the IB Diploma, the the program here must not be good.
Reality #3: The IB Diploma is very challenging, and that’s why it’s considered one of the top educational programs in the world. DHHS teachers work extra hard to make sure they’re doing a good job. Even so, DHHS students’ Diploma results will vary from year to year, just like school SAT scores, AP test scores, and etc., based on the combined skills and motivation of the students in the class, not just the teachers.

Myth #4: IB sounds really hard. I’ll “just stick with AP.”
Reality #4: The AP curriculum is great, too, and many of the same awesome teachers teach in both programs, and they’re good at it. The AP and IB programs have similarities as well as differences, and the best part is they’re both thriving at this school. Don’t “just” do anything. Make a full commitment to whatever you choose!!

IB DHHS FAQs
About CAS…
• When are CAS records due? What if I don’t do my journals?
- Meetings will be held regularly, and CAS records are due at those meetings. You must compete record keeping and journals in order to get credit for your CAS program. We ask you to complete the journals one experience at a time, instead of writing about all your experiences at the end.

• What if I don’t complete my CAS experience?
- If you haven’t made a SIGNIFICANT EFFORT and reported hours by fall of your senior year, I will have to have a conference with you and your parent/guardian about whether or not I will register you for exams. Not completing CAS means you won’t be eligible for the IB Diploma.

• My younger sibling’s school needs help with their yearbook. Could this count towards my CAS hours?
- Yes! As long as you are not being paid or receiving school credit, this sort of activity absolutely counts towards CAS. The main idea of CAS is that you are learning experientially by taking on new roles and trying new tasks. If helping edit your little brother’s yearbook is a new role and a new task for you, it is the perfect CAS experience.

About the Extended Essay…
• When do we start our Extended Essays?
- When the first semester is over, and you’ve had an opportunity to dive into TOK and your IB Elective, we’ll start the EE. You’ll get lessons in TOK and all your teachers will help you choose your topic and your mentor.

About Courses…
• Can you pick and choose IB classes? Do you have to take all of them?
- There are choices in some subject areas (Math, Science, Art, Theatre, or Psychology, Spanish or French). There are not choices for other subjects (English, History). However, if you mean, “Do I have to take all six subjects?” the answer is yes. We do not offer the “pick and choose” IB Programme that some schools do. We have AP courses if you’d like to pick and choose your rigorous courses.

• Why?
- The IB Programme is, as its title suggests, a whole event. It’s intended to address you are a whole learner/person/citizen of the whole world. IB teachers, especially as they gain experience, recognize the totality of the program and recognize that students are engaging on a high level across 6 disciplines. AP classes do not have to consider each other, so the experience of taking 6 of them should be significantly different than studying 6 IB subjects. One of the things I appreciate so much at Druid Hills is that the teachers are willing to work as a community and learn and practice this.

• How do I have a social life? An athletic life? An artistic life?
- It’s all about balance. In IB you’re not expected to be a walking brain. You’re expected to be a whole person. That means you have to stay in touch with your sports, your friends, your art. Let’s be honest. You won’t have as much time to “just chill” as your friends who are as capable as you but chose not to do the IB. If you need to spend 3 hours a day in front of the TV or on the phone or 6 hours every weekend at the mall or on the golf course, this might not be the right program for you. But you can’t abandon doing what you love to do. You might have to step up to the demands of your classes and learn to read/study/work harder. This is not a bad thing!

About Scheduling…
• How many electives senior year?
- You mean non-IB classes? One or two, depending on your math story. Kind of like this year—it depends on your math and foreign language story this year. Some people have none, some have one, some have two. Sometimes I say, “hey, since you’re ‘electing’ to do this program, all your classes are ‘elective!’

• What’s the IB Lit class for 12th grade?
- It’s a continuation of 11th grade IB Lit. It focuses on close-text examination and in-depth study of the novel or drama, I haven’t decided which one yet. It’s not solely British Lit, though there is some British Lit. I try to make sure we study some of the same books as the AP Lit. students, because it’s more fun for all.

About Opportunities…
• Can I study at another IB school for a semester?
- That sounds like an amazing prospect. Yes, it is possible. The key is making sure you include me in the planning process. I have to contact the IB Coordinator at the school you’re thinking of attending and make sure their scheduling is compatible with ours as much as possible.

About the IB DIPLOMA…
• I heard that the IB Diploma is only good if you want to study overseas. I don’t. So what good is it for me?
- That’s easy. You’re doing the most challenging program your school has to offer. That will help you develop as a thinker, writer, and doer no matter what you do when you graduate. And by the way, it’s not true that the Diploma is only good if you want to study overseas. It’s good if you stay in the States, too. For instance, some colleges offer a year’s credit for IB Diploma holders. Have you heard about today’s college prices? This is very meaningful. If you’re dedicated now, you’re potentially getting some college for the cost of a public education (i.e. free).

• If I don’t pass the IB exams, what happens?
- The IB courses all have several assessments that contribute to your final score, which is calculated on a 1-7 scale. Unlike AP courses, which have only one exam, IB courses offer several opportunities to show your strengths. If your final scores in your IB program do not add up to enough to get you the Diploma, you’ll be a “Certificate Graduate.” IB courses are most often treated like AP courses, with credit granted for IB grades of 5, 6, or 7 and AP grades of 3, 4, or 5 being a common scenario. Variations on this scenario are: - some colleges only grant IB credit for Higher Level courses (for you that’s English, History, and most likely, science). Some colleges are not giving any credit anymore for AP or IB. Some colleges give credit for all IB courses at scores of 4 or more. Read up on colleges’ policies when you start your college research.

About the Future…
• Am I supposed to talk to the IB Coordinator about my career choices and college interests?
- Yes. She loves to talk about future plans and dreams and help people find pathways to realizing them.

• I heard that the IB Diploma is only good if you want to study overseas. I don’t. So what good is it for me?
- That’s a myth. The IB might be necessary if you want to study overseas, but if you’re staying in the US for college, there are many benefits to completing the IB Diploma Programme. For one, it’s the most challenging program your school has to offer. That will help you develop as a thinker, writer, and doer no matter what you do when you graduate. In addition, many colleges offer a year’s credit for IB Diploma holders. Have you heard about today’s college prices? This is very meaningful. If you’re dedicated now, you’re potentially getting some college for the cost of a public education (i.e. free).

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Fun Photos

Click on a link below to see IB students in action.

Skidaway Island Marine Biology Trip, December 2006

Fun Stuff, Class of 2007

Skidaway Island Marine Biology Trip, December 2007

Board of Governors Visit 2008

IB Theatre May 2010

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Contact
To learn more:

Call or email the IB Coordinator at Druid Hills High School.

Email: anne_m_bracewell@dekalbschoolsga.org


CAS Handbook with Documentation

Click HERE for the new CAS Handbook and Guidelines with supporting documents. From Class of 2017 on--you will follow this format and use these documents to log and reflect on your CAS activities. Class of 2016--Feel free to use any of these that may help you! The requirement itself hasn't changed--just the way we're keeping track of it. If you lose a CAS log, information sheet, activity log, etc., just print a new copy.
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