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International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Coordinator: Dr. John Howard
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program provides highly motivated students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum based on a global perspective. Within a nurturing environment, this program is designed to prepare students for the university experience.
- Opportunity to earn a universally recognized credential
- Challenging and exciting classes focused on writing, thinking, communicating, and experimenting
- High standards in all subjects for both students and teachers
- A commitment to community and human welfare
- Possibility of entering college with advanced standing
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program within the Albert Einstein High School community aims to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate their classroom experience to the outside world. Through comprehensive and balanced curricula coupled with challenging assessments, the IB Program is committed to ensure that all students master the skills and knowledge that empower them to become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs.
We envision our students sharing an academic experience that will emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and exposure to a variety of points of view as a preparation for university work and global citizenship.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a comprehensive two-year course of study-- in the junior and senior years-- for the highly motivated student. Its internationally recognized curriculum provides a challenging academic environment that sensitizes students to cultures and globalization and serves as an academic passport that symbolizes intellectual promise throughout the world.
There are six areas of knowledge covered in IB:
- Studies in Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
These courses strongly emphasize analytical and critical thinking skills. In addition, the students take the Theory of Knowledge course, the cornerstone of the IB curriculum through which the connections of the six areas of study are examined. In this course, students complete a 3,500 word Extended Essay on a topic of their choice. Students also achieve the 8 learning outcomes of Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS), a means of reaching out to the community through activities, service, and personal involvement. After successful completion of internal and external assessments, students earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma, which can advance them college credit at most universities.