Curriculum Overview

  • The focus of the curriculum will be the offering of courses as prescribed by the IB Hexagon. Full diploma students will have to take 3 courses at the Higher Level (HL, two-year courses) and 3 courses at the Standard Level (SL, generally two-year courses). Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly. The science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. 

    For more on the type of assessments and the IB's philosphy of assessment , please click this link: Assessment in IB 
     
    In addition to the coursework students must complete a course in Theory of Knowledge, demonstrate the learning outcomes associated with Creativity, Action, and Service activities, and write an Extended Essay of 4,000 words. Active citizenship and global perspectives are encouraged in each area of the curriculum. 
     
    The IB Curriculum

    The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts. 

    This is illustrated below with the three parts of the core at its center.
     
     
    IBDP Program Model

     

    Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
     
    All three parts of the core - extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service - are mandatory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Program. 
     
    Three Core Requirements
      
    The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
     
    The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
     
     
    Participation in the school's CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students' awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.  
     

    HUMBLE HIGH SCHOOL International Baccalaureate COURSE OFFERINGS

    *Refer to the HISD Planning Guide for IB course descriptions and graduation requirements.* 
     
    Group
     1:
    LANGUAGE A1
    Group 3:
    INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES
    Group 5:
    MATHEMATICS
     
    IB English SL/HL

     
    IB History SL/HL

     
    Math:Applications and Interpretations SL/HL 
     
     

     

     
    IB Psychology SL/HL

     
    Math: Analysis and Approaches
    SL/HL
     

     
     
    IB Environmental Systems & Societies
    (SL Only)

     

    Group
    2:

    SECOND LANGUAGE

    Group 4:

    EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES

    Group 6:

    FINE ARTS  
     
    IB French Ab Initio SL

     
    IB Chemistry SL/HL 

     
    IB Art SL/HL
     
    IB Spanish Ab Initio SL

     
    IB Biology SL/HL

     
     IB Film SL/HL
     
    IB Spanish B SL/HL

     
    IB Physics  SL/HL

     
     
     

     

     
    IB Environmental Systems & Societies
    (SL Only) 

     
    IB Theatre SL/HL
     

     



    Group 9:



    Theory of Knowledge

     

     

     



    *A Group 6 can be substituted with an additional Group 2, 3 or 4
     

    Course Descriptions

    Group 1

    IB English HL 
    IB English is a two-year English literature sequence emphasizing the study of written language and literary analysis. The course promotes an appreciation of literature and expands on a student’s understanding of how literature is impacted by global perspectives and cultural differences. Students read several texts grouped by theme and genre, representing both original English language selections as well as world literature selections read in translation. Oral and written examinations are used to assess students’ individual language skills, their ability to critically analyze and comment upon familiar and unfamiliar texts, and their ability to express a personal and independent response to literature.

    Group 2

    IB French Ab Initio SL
    IB French Ab Initio is the first year of a two-year entry level French course that allows IB students who have no prior instruction in French to master the foundational elements of the language. The novice language learner will receive instruction in the areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading with the focus on building basic communication fluency.

    IB French SL
    IB French SL is designed as an advanced foreign language study and focuses principally on the development of fluency and skill sophistication within the French language. The aim of the course is to provide students with the skills to fluently converse and study (i.e., read and write) within the French-speaking world. The course also allows students to develop a deep understanding and awareness of the social, cultural, and political influence of French speaking countries within a global context. Students will read, write, and provide oral commentary on a range of current events and literary selections. In addition to on-going classroom assessment, students will be expected to complete an IB internal assessment that requires an individual oral commentary exam. The student will be expected to demonstrate balanced listening and speaking skills during an oral interview with the course instructor.

    IB Spanish Ab Initio SL
    IB Spanish Ab Initio is the first year of a two-year entry level Spanish course that allows IB students who have no prior instruction in Spanish to master the foundational elements of the language. The novice language learner will receive instruction in the areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading with the focus on building basic communication fluency.

    IB Spanish SL/HL
    IB Spanish SL/HL is designed as an advanced foreign language study and focuses principally on the development of fluency and skill sophistication within the Spanish language. The aim of the course is to provide students with the skills to fluently converse and study (i.e., read and write) within the Spanish-speaking world. The course also allows students to develop a deep understanding and awareness of the social, cultural, and political influence of Spanish-speaking countries within a global context. Students will read, write, and provide oral commentary on a range of current events and literary selections. In addition to on-going classroom assessment, students will be expected to complete an IB internal assessment that requires an individual oral commentary exam. The student will be expected to demonstrate balanced listening and speaking skills during an oral interview with the course instructor.

    Group 3

    IB History of The Americas Route 2 (Arab-Israeli Conflict) SL/HL
    IB History is designed to promote a deep understanding of the influences, the trends, and the impact found within the development of the Western World. A study of the Americas allows students to build their own understanding of historical fact while developing a mature perspective about the way current policy and practice influence modern-day living. The second year presents an in-depth view of significant twentieth century topics that created significant cultural, political and social impacts within our global community. Topics such as the Cold War; the causes, practices and effects of war; the state and its relationships with religion and minorities; decolonization and the challenges facing new states; the rise and rule of single party states; and nationalist and independence movements will be explored and discussed. In addition, students will focus on the development of various government systems and the way economics can guide the course of historical movements.  In addition to the exam, students will complete a historical investigation that allows students to demonstrate their understanding of history and the impact/influence of significant historical events on the international community. Students will self-select a topic and conduct research as a historian: reviewing conflicting interpretations of their topic and working towards an evaluation through a variety of research strategies. The two-year course sequence satisfies the credits for Government and Economics.

    IB Psychology SL/HL
    IB psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB psychology.

    Group 4

    IB Biology SL/HL
    IB Biology is an advanced study of the diversity and interdependence found within our living world, from the microscopic level (cells, genetics) to global issues (overpopulation, genetic engineering). Within IB Biology, students will develop a secure knowledge of topics including: the cell; genetics; biochemistry; and the interdependence of organisms and their relevance to human body systems. Students will refine their laboratory skills, with at least 40% of instructional time dedicated to field and laboratory investigations. In addition, students will be expected to begin critically thinking about the theories and practices found within the science of Biology, working to build personal understanding of the way ethical responsibility, global cultures, and differing political viewpoints impact the development of biological theory and discovery. Lab notebooks and portfolios, including a group project, are required to fulfill IB requirements.

    IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL
    The Environmental Systems & Societies course is a transdisciplinary course which contains various sciences, coupled with a societal viewpoint, all intertwined to help students understand the environment and its sustainability.  The purposes of this course it to expose students to the interrelationships of the environment and societies, and the nature of their interactions, so that they can make an informed personal response to a wide range of pressing global issues. The course requires field experiences which will further extend the interrelationships between the environment and societies.

    IB Physics SL/HL
    IB Physics encompasses many areas of interaction between mankind and the world. Using measurement and mathematical skills, the student will be involved in investigating our physical world to develop understanding of the universe and its principles. Classical studies of Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and electromagnetism will pave the way to the more modern atomic and nuclear theory. Students will continue to understand and analyze how the physical world operates through a scientific lens. Students will delve deeply into topics such as measurement and uncertainties, mechanics, wave phenomena, electromagnetism, quantum and nuclear physics, and relativity. Through discovery, the student will come to appreciate the scientific process and enhance his/her ability to reason. Lab notebooks and portfolios, including a group project, are required to fulfill IB requirements.

    Group 5

    IB Math Studies SL
    Math Studies is a standard level IB course and is designed for students with varied backgrounds and abilities who may not pursue a mathematically based career. The course develops the skills needed to cope with the mathematical demands of a technological society with an emphasis on the application of mathematics to real-life, everyday situations. Course topics include families of functions, approximation, probability and statistics, sets and logic, sequences, finance, trigonometry, and basic differential calculus. A personal research project involving the collection, analysis and evaluation of data is a requirement of the course.

    IB Mathematics SL
    Mathematics SL is a standard level IB course and caters to students who already possess sound mathematical knowledge. This program is designed to prepare students for future studies in the hard sciences, social sciences, and business. Topics include families of functions and their graphs, sequences and series, complex numbers, trigonometry, matrices, vectors, probability and statistics, and calculus (both differential and integral). In addition, several extended mathematical investigations will be required. The difference between this program and IB Math Studies is the mathematical content.

    Group 6

    IB Art SL/HL
    IB Art is a two year art program designed for students who may pursue the visual arts at a college or university. The course provides the visual arts student with an opportunity to engage and develop artistic talents through the exploration and investigation of various aspects found within the visual arts world. Students will be given quality time to explore a variety of topics of interest while confidently developing their artistic skills beyond their normal range of expertise. At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work and share their investigation workbooks with an art examiner.

    IB Theatre SL/HL
    The theatre course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of an ensemble. Students are encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in theatre. A further challenge for students following this course is for them to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and to learn to respect those of others. This requires a willingness to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to see the varied role that theatre plays in reflecting these. As a result, the theatre course can become a way for students to celebrate the international and intercultural dynamic that inspires and sustains some forms of contemporary theatre, while appreciating the specifically local origins that have always given rise to performance, and which, in many parts of the world, still do. At the core of the theatre course lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis—all of which should be achieved through practical engagement in theatre.

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