1Planning Document: These following documents are provided to help new families thoughtfully consider your course choices for each school year to ensure you will meet the ISB graduation requirements:
Academic Courses: English | World Languages | Social Studies | Science | Mathematics | Physical Education & Health | Fine & Performing Arts | Design, Technology, and Engineering | Student Support Services (EAL & Learning Support)
The English Department is committed to ISB’s Mission to inspire students to achieve their academic potential, be passionate, reflective learners, become caring, global citizens and lead healthy, active balanced lives. Specifically, our goal is for students to reach their academic potential in writing, speaking and reading. We believe students should be exposed to a rich foundation of literature through a combination of whole class mentor texts and student choice. Through the exploration of literature and language, students will develop their powers of comprehension, expression and critical thinking, but will also grow an appreciation for the beauty and power of language, imagination, and a deeper understanding of the human spirit.
The English Department is committed to the development of the reading and writing skills of all high school students with our standards-based curriculum and the teaching of narrative, informational and persuasive modes of writing. Reading is the single most important factor in determining a student’s language capacity, significantly improving oral and written communication skills. To this end, the English Department is committed to an independent reading program in efforts to instil a life-long love of reading. The English Department is also committed to the writing process in an effort to ensure both best practice and best outcomes in the development of student writing.
2017 English Flow Chart
World Languages is now a requirement for graduation for grades 9 – 11.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ‒ Frank Smith
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things” – Flora Lewis
The World Language Department is committed to preparing our students to meet the challenges of living in multicultural and multilingual societies, as well as to succeed in the global work environment. To learn other languages and to appreciate other cultures will not only increase future career opportunities, but also prepare students to communicate efficiently in a changing world. Critical thinking, creativity and essential skills will be fostered in our students through learning World Languages.
Important Note: native/near native speakers may not take non-native courses in their mother tongue.
Two credits are required for graduation
Four credits are recommended for students intending to study at College/ University
The high school social studies program is designed to develop the ability to think critically about the human condition in order to make informed decisions that guide social action. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own cultural identities, and to recognize and respect cultural similarities and differences within a global perspective. We aim to develop global thinkers, who open-mindedly evaluate information, reflect critically, plan strategically, and work collaboratively to solve societal problems.
World studies 9 and 10 are thematically organized and allow students to get a sample of many disciplines of the social sciences to prepare them for a variety of elective options in Grades 11 and 12. In addition, electives for grades 11 and 12 offer both IB courses and regular courses that do not have an IB equivalent. The graduation requirement for social studies is two years. It is strongly recommended that all students take a social studies course through to their senior year.
Science program requirement:
All ISB students must take Chemistry 1, Biology 1, and Physics 1 in Grades 9/10
All students enrolling in IB HL Sciences in Grade 11 must take a level II course in that subject area.
All semester courses are 0.5 credits.
The goal of science education at ISB is to develop scientifically literate students who think critically to solve problems and make informed decisions in their world. The science curriculum is designed to develop conceptual understanding, skills, process and attitudes through exploration and inquiry. Through a rich program of activities, students will be challenged to develop individual thinking and critical attitudes concerning the methods of science and the limitations of the scientific method. We believe that the acquisition of knowledge through laboratory inquiry is the basic activity of science. Therefore, students will be continually challenged to explore through a well-designed series of laboratory activities in each course, including the use of technology to help students form valid conclusions of their experimental results and communicate those findings effectively.
- Two credits are required for graduation.
- Four credits are recommended.
The high school mathematics program is intended to provide mathematical skills to university bound students. The curriculum offers courses that develop a core mathematical knowledge for all students as well as advanced courses to those wanting additional mathematics.
The high school mathematics program has undergone some curriculum changes which will be fully in place during the 2015-16 school year. The curriculum changes have affected the courses normally offered at the 9th and 10th grade level: ALGEO 1, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2/TRIG at both the regular and accelerated levels.
Advanced courses consisting of IB Mathematics SL, IB Mathematics HL, AP Statistics and AP Calculus are intended for highly motivated students. Students wanting to enter these courses during their junior or senior year must have taken all courses in the core block.
The graduation requirement for mathematics is two years. It is strongly recommended that all students take a mathematics course through to their senior year. All students are required to have a graphing calculator (TI 84 plus recommended). *The chart below shows the ‘recommended’ path, however their are other options that can be explored with the approval of Counseling and the Math Department.
Physical Education & Health
Credit Requirements for Physical Education & Health
1.5 credits of P.E. and 0.5 credit of Health are required for graduation.
Physical Education and Health are integral components of a student’s education at ISB.
The goal of ISB’s Physical Education & Health Education programs is to develop the values, knowledge, skills and competencies needed to enhance and commit to maintaining a healthy, active and balanced life. Physical and Health education at ISB encourages individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.
Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical and health related activities and in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.
Physical Education at ISB aims to develop physically literate students who understand/ demonstrate:
that individuals and groups consistently develop the motivation and ability to communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement.
that the personal choices they make related to their physical well-being will affect their quality of life
the intrinsic rewards of being active
an appreciation of the artistic, creative, strategic and competitive aspects of physical activity
the ability to set appropriate goals and persevere in attaining them
HEALTH AND WELLBEING EDUCATION
Health and wellbeing education makes a significant contribution to the social, emotional, physical and cognitive (learning potential) development of our students. The goal of ISB’s health and wellbeing program is to develop individual values, attitudes, competencies and beliefs that will empower students to commit to their own and others’ health and wellbeing throughout their lifetime. Students are provided with opportunities to acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Fine & Performing Arts
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
*One credit of Fine & Performing Arts is required for graduation. Please check individual course descriptions for entry requirements.
The Fine & Performing Arts Department is composed of a body of specialized subject areas including design, jewelry, media arts, photography, visual arts, dance, music and theatre. Arts education benefits the student because it cultivates the whole child, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. An education in the arts helps students learn to identify, appreciate, and take part in the traditional art forms of their community. The arts are often an impetus for change, challenging old perspectives from fresh angles of vision, or offering original interpretations of familiar ideas. The HS Fine & Performing Arts Department seeks to engage students in a process that helps them develop the self-confidence, self-discipline, co-operation and self-motivation necessary for success in life, whilst equipping them with the skills that will enable them to enjoy, appreciate and participate in some aspect of the arts throughout their lives.
Design, Technology, and Engineering
Students Support Services
English as an Additional Language
ISB supports a Sheltered Immersion Model (SIM) to develop English language proficiency for social and academic success. SIM aims to improve language learning, facilitate access to high school classes, maintain high academic standards, and develop cross-cultural understandings. Language instruction and content learning are supported in both EAL and mainstream classes. Students are encouraged to maintain their native language to aid content understanding and second language learning. EAL support is available to all EAL students throughout their years at ISB.
SHELTERED IMMERSION MODEL
Sheltered means support to the EAL students through EAL classes, the EAP Center, and EAL and mainstream collaborative teams. EAL teachers work with the mainstream teachers to plan collaboratively and teach, co-teach, or provide in-class support to EAL students in the mainstream. Immersion means that EAL students and their peers are educated in the same classroom. The model immerses the student in the mainstream population while also providing support.
EAL students may be clustered in mainstream classes, with an EAL co-teacher, to allow them to participate in mainstream class in a supported manner. Cluster classes are co-taught by an EAL and a mainstream content-area teacher. Students learn the content and language specific to English, social studies and science, which will provide a solid foundation in the content areas to ensure a smooth transition into the next grade-level.
LEARNING SUPPORT INTRODUCTION
The Learning Support Program at ISB provides academic assistance for students with learning differences. The support each student receives is based on individual need. The purpose of the Learning Support Program is to ensure students are successful in the academic program at ISB and reach their potential.
Grades: 9-12 Length: 1 year/ on-going Credit: 0.5 (Elective credits per semester)
Prerequisite: Approval from Student Support Team
The Intensive Studies program is designed for students having academic difficulties and/or a diagnosed learning difference. The program focuses on identifying what is preventing the student from achieving academic success and developing a plan to meet their needs. As part of this process, students will analyze their learning styles, learn how to effectively set and achieve goals, implement effective study skills, and embrace healthy academic risk taking. Students will also learn how technology can assist in improving their learning. In addition, students have time set aside to study and work on class assignments.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY (component of the intensive studies program)
Grades: 9 – 12 Length: individually determined
Speech and language therapy involves a progression of activities to achieve specific goals. Depending on the nature of the communication disorder, therapy may focus on learning new behaviors, modifying behaviors that interfere with successful communication, relearning skills that were lost, and improving speech sound production and producing fluent speech. Speech therapy is based on a meticulously designed series of practice. The speech therapist selects communication skills that are taught through drills, practice, play interactions, and/or dialogues.
The frequency and length of therapy sessions depends on the nature and severity of the individual’s disorder.