Secondary Curricula

Secondary School Curricula Briefs

6 Art.

This semester course introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while developing drawing skills as well as techniques in other various media. Studio experiences in the classroom will give students opportunities to experience a variety of media (pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, acrylic, printmaking, and various sculpture media) while developing student’s individual style and creative problem solving skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, to analyze and to interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques, and writings.

6 Tech

Technology Fundamentals is a one semester course for grade 6 students. This semester course is stretched over the course of year, meeting once week for one block and alternate Fridays. The course is designed to empower students to master the basic skills needed to be competent users of technology. Students will utilize Office 365 for classwork and communication, learn how to communicate effectively using a variety of applications, acquire efficient keyboarding skills, and learn the basics of computer science, all while cultivating the skills of digital citizenship.

6 Ceramics

Ceramics is a course offered to students in Grades 6 through 8. The purpose of Ceramics is to provide each student with a basic ceramics experience extended from his or her knowledge of design and drawing on which to build the visual thinking skills, knowledge of historical and contemporary art forms, technical approach to materials and the methods for channeling creative energies that enable a life-time of personal artistic expression. Students’ ceramic art is photographed and displayed on www.artsonia.com for parents and students to see.

6 Music

The emphasis in Middle School Music is on performance-based classes that build technical skills and understanding of the elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, tone colour, form, texture and expression) along with a student’s self-confidence. Students study music from a wide variety of genres, cultures and historical periods through repertoire study, playing instruments, and listening to pieces by famous composers and performers.

6 Band is designed to reinforce the fundamentals of individual wind instrument technique and ensemble playing. Students will strengthen their basic skills and technique of tone production on a specific concert band instrument. Music reading skills will be developed through exercises, worksheets, and a variety of band repertoire. Theory work is primarily completed on the computer. Group performances are a required part of this course, both in and out of the classroom.

6 PE

The unique learning opportunities in Physical Education allow all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to enhance their quality of life through active living. All course curricula will be based on information taken from the Ontario Physical Education and Health standards, which include:

Living Skills – students will demonstrate personal and interpersonal skills and the use of critical and creative thinking processes as they acquire knowledge and skills in connections with the expectations in the Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living strands for this grade.

Active Living – students will participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living.

Movement Competence – students will perform movement skills as they engage in a variety of physical activities.

Healthy Living – students will demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to healthy development, the ability to apply health knowledge and living skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being, and to demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being.

The Living Skills (Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living) will scaffold on the skills learned in previous grades.

6 Social Studies

In 6th grade, social studies students will explore life in the ancient world. Students will look at how historians and archaeologists study historical documents and artifacts to draw conclusions, interpret and make inferences about the past. Finally, students will make connections and share their understanding on how geography, government, economy, technology, and culture impacted the ancient world and set the foundations of civilization..

6 Science

Science is at the core of our understanding of all natural law, and the scientific method is a way for humans to observe, question, and interpret the world at large. We strive to make all students scientific thinkers. With that goal in mind, at ISD we teach an integrated science curriculum based on the North American, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a curriculum progression sequence for Grades 6-8. In Grade 6 we will be building a base of scientific understanding and covering a broad range of topics from many scientific disciplines, including Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.

6 English

Grade 6 English Language Arts is based on Common Core Standards designed to engage students in fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will learn to analyze text features and content for literary elements, main ideas, author’s purpose, as well as artistic features such as figurative language and poetic devices. Students will demonstrate learning through carefully crafted language in narrative, expository, and creative writing as well as interactive speaking and listening activities.

6 Math

The mathematics curriculum at ISD is based on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. You

can find more information about these standards on http://www.corestandards.org/Math/ .

Sixth grade mathematics is about (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking (NYS Common Core Mathematics Curriculum “A Story of Ratios Curriculum Overview”).

In class, students are encouraged to learn using a variety of materials (manipulatives, virtual simulation, math games, worksheets) and to explain their thinking in written and oral forms. They are given opportunities to engage in peer discussions to compare answers and, sometimes, realize that there is more than one possible way to solve a problem. By doing so, students learn through inquiry and actively participate in their own learning process.

6 Mandarin A

Through the study of G6 Mandarin A course students are taught to deconstruct texts in order to identify their essential elements and their meaning. Analysis involves demonstrating an understanding of the creator’s choices, the relationship between the various components of a text and between texts, and making inferences about how an audience responds to a text, as well as the creator’s purpose for producing text. Students will be able to use the text to support their personal responses and ideas. Literacy and critical literacy are essential lifelong skills; engaging with texts requires students to think critically and show awareness of, and an ability to reflect on, different perspectives through their interpretations of the text.

Students should understand and be able to organize their ideas and opinions using a range of appropriate conventions for different forms and purposes of communication. Students should also recognize the importance of maintaining academic honesty by respecting intellectual property rights and referencing all sources accurately.

Students will produce written and spoken text, focusing on the creative process itself and on the understanding of the connection between the creator and his or her audience. In exploring and appreciating new and changing perspectives and ideas, students will develop the ability to make choices aimed at producing texts that affect both the creator and the audience.

Students have opportunities to develop, organize and express themselves and communicate thoughts, ideas and information. They are required to use accurate and varied language that is appropriate to the context and intention. This objective applies to, and must include, written, oral and visual text, as appropriate.

An inquiry-based approach will be used whenever possible.

6 Mandarin B

Grade 6 Mandarin B develops students' ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Students will analyze techniques of expressions used in Chinese idiom stories, and gain geographic knowledge through the Chinese literary works studied in class. Assessment standards for this course are adapted from CCSS (Common Core State Standards) which include: reading standards for Chinese literature, reading standards for informational text, writing standards, speaking and listening standards, and language standards.

6 Mandarin CSOL

This introductory course in Mandarin CSOL provides the skills of listening, reading, writing and listening in the Modern Standard Chinese. This course is designed for students to learn Chinese language as well as culture. Throughout the course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The emphasis in this course will be on building students’ communicative competence in oral and aural skills, as well as reading and writing different text types. Students will be able to communicate verbally and write different text types in Chinese language within given situations.

6 French

In French class level 1, we are just beginning our exploration of French as it is spoken in France and the French-speaking world. As students learn the basics of French pronunciation, they will also learn to greet people, introduce themselves and say where they are from, introduce family, relatives, and friends. In addition, they will learn to count to one hundred, give their age, and find out someone else’s age. The Discovering French, Nouveau!–Bleu program focuses on authentic culture and real-life communication in French and introduce students to culture typical of France and the French-speaking world. Students will demonstrate their learning through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

7 Band

The emphasis in Middle School Music is on performance-based classes that build technical skills and understanding of the elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, tone colour, form, texture and expression) along with a student’s self-confidence. Students study music from a wide variety of genres, cultures and historical periods through repertoire study, playing instruments, and listening to pieces by famous composers and performers.

7/8 Band is designed to reinforce the fundamentals of individual wind instrument technique and ensemble playing. Students will strengthen their basic skills and technique of tone production on a specific concert band instrument. Music reading skills will be developed through exercises, worksheets, and a variety of band repertoire. Theory work is primarily completed on the computer. Group performances are a required part of this course, both in and out of the classroom.

7 Tech Concepts

If you enjoyed Tech in Grade 6, you'll love Tech Concepts! We will look at basic programming skills (through Scratch and game design); web and app design (through HTML and JavaScript); investigate basic engineering concepts (through Vex IQ Robotics and 3D design and printing); while developing our general technology skills (image manipulation, document management and presentation) as we complete projects. We follow the ISTE Standards.

7 Ceramics

Ceramics is a course offered to students in Grades 6 through 8. The purpose of Ceramics is to provide each student with a basic ceramics experience extended from his or her knowledge of design and drawing on which to build the visual thinking skills, knowledge of historical and contemporary art forms, technical approach to materials and the methods for channeling creative energies that enable a life-time of personal artistic expression. Students’ ceramic art is photographed and displayed on www.artsonia.com for parents and students to see.

7 Art

This semester course introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while developing drawing skills as well as techniques in other various media. Studio experiences in the classroom will give students opportunities to experience a variety of media (pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, acrylic, printmaking, and various sculpture media) while developing student’s individual style and creative problem solving skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, to analyze and to interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques, and writings.

7 PE

The unique learning opportunities in Physical Education allow all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to enhance their quality of life through active living. All course curricula will be based on information taken from the Ontario Physical Education and Health standards, which include:

Living Skills – students will demonstrate personal and interpersonal skills and the use of critical and creative thinking processes as they acquire knowledge and skills in connections with the expectations in the Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living strands for this grade.

Active Living – students will participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living.

Movement Competence – students will perform movement skills as they engage in a variety of physical activities.

Healthy Living – students will demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to healthy development, the ability to apply health knowledge and living skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being, and to demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being.

The Living Skills (Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living) will scaffold on the skills learned in previous grades.

7 Social Studies

In 7th grade, social studies students will explore life in the middle ages. Students will look at how historians and archaeologists study historical documents and artifacts to draw conclusions, interpret and make inferences about the past. Finally, students will make connections and share their understanding on how geography, government, economy, technology, and culture impacted the medieval world and set the foundations for the modern world.

7 Science

Science is at the core of our understanding of all natural law, and the scientific method is a way for humans to observe, question, and interpret the world at large. We strive to make all students scientific thinkers. With that goal in mind, at ISD we teach an integrated science curriculum based on the North American, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a curriculum progression sequence for Grades 6-8. In Grade 7 we will be building on the concepts from Grade 6 and covering a broad range of topics from many scientific disciplines, including Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.

7 English

Grade 7 English Language Arts is based on Common Core Standards designed to engage students in fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will learn to analyze text features and content for literary elements, main ideas, author’s purpose, as well as artistic features such as figurative language and poetic devices. Students will demonstrate learning through carefully crafted language in narrative, expository, and creative writing as well as interactive speaking and listening activities.

7 Math

Mathematics is one of the oldest recorded fields of study, dating back to ancient Greece. Without math, humans would have never traveled to space, built skyscrapers or even measured the size of an object. Math has practical applications that we use every day and at ISD it is our goal to teach students these mathematical essentials. As such, we teach an integrated math curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards. In Grade 7 we will study several topics, including statistics, probability, geometry, and algebra.

7 Mandarin A

Through the study of G7 Mandarin A course students are taught to deconstruct texts in order to identify their essential elements and their meaning. Analysis involves demonstrating an understanding of the creator’s choices, the relationship between the various components of a text and between texts, and making inferences about how an audience responds to a text, as well as the creator’s purpose for producing text. Students will be able to use the text to support their personal responses and ideas. Literacy and critical literacy are essential lifelong skills; engaging with texts requires students to think critically and show awareness of, and an ability to reflect on, different perspectives through their interpretations of the text.

Students should understand and be able to organize their ideas and opinions using a range of appropriate conventions for different forms and purposes of communication. Students should also recognize the importance of maintaining academic honesty by respecting intellectual property rights and referencing all sources accurately.

Students will produce written and spoken text, focusing on the creative process itself and on the understanding of the connection between the creator and his or her audience. In exploring and appreciating new and changing perspectives and ideas, students will develop the ability to make choices aimed at producing texts that affect both the creator and the audience.

Students have opportunities to develop, organize and express themselves and communicate thoughts, ideas and information. They are required to use accurate and varied language that is appropriate to the context and intention. This objective applies to, and must include, written, oral and visual text, as appropriate.

An inquiry-based approach will be used whenever possible.

7 Mandarin CSOL

Students will establish a foundation of vocabulary, knowledge of Chinese and communication skills through the natural and gradual integration of language, content and cultural elements. Students will use a variety of familiar words, phrases and sentences to practice their listening and speaking skills by group discussion, communicate with peer and teacher, sharing information etc. Students will learn to how to write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life. In additional, they will be required/suggested to read a just-right Chinese story book every week and make a brief summary and comment about that book by sharing with partner so that to improve their reading skill.

This course will use ACTFL standards. Each students will has his/her goals, at the end of 2017-2018 school year, students will be assessed their mandarin level if they meet their goals through STAMP Test.

7 French

In French class level 1, we are just beginning our exploration of French as it is spoken in France and the French-speaking world. As students learn the basics of French pronunciation, they will also learn to greet people, introduce themselves and say where they are from, introduce family, relatives, and friends. In addition, they will learn to count to one hundred, give their age, and find out someone else’s age. The Discovering French, Nouveau!–Bleu program focuses on authentic culture and real-life communication in French and introduce students to culture typical of France and the French-speaking world. Students will demonstrate their learning through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

This level 2 program allows students to practice real-life communication skills in French and exposes them to the culture typical of France and the French-speaking world. In French class, students are activating some of the basic communication skills that they learned last year, such as counting, talking about the weather and asking and answering questions. In Unit 1, they will be learning to give basic information about themselves, to describe family members and friends, to talk about feelings, and to talk about plans and recent events. Students will also be reviewing verbs—aller, être, faire, and venir—as well as expressions using those verbs, and reviewing the formation of adjectives as well as learning all the various ways to ask questions. In addition, they are becoming more familiar with the diversity of France and its inhabitants.

7 Korean A

This Korean class for 7 graders, is designed to meet ISD's educational philosophy that it is necessary to master one’s mother tongue to learn foreign languages effectively. Parents of Students who need to study in a foreign language emphasize the importance of the mother tongue for their children. Teaching students their mother tongue and thus helping them learn other foreign languages is the purpose of this course. By providing Korean language education for the students, we help them understand their national identity and also to develop in other academic areas. In order to make this course effective, this class learns the technique of reading and analyzing pre-selected literary works suitable for their grade level. The aim of this class is to understand the plots of classical and contemporary literature, to read between the lines of literature, and to improve understanding of the works overall. Through the means of many works of Korean literature they will also learn about Korean culture, which cannot be separated from Korean language. They will read many translated works of world and classical literature as well. Each semester, students are given reading and writing assignments. This course uses the common core state standards (CCSS) as a foundation.

8 Band

The emphasis in Middle School Music is on performance-based classes that build technical skills and understanding of the elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, tone colour, form, texture and expression) along with a student’s self-confidence. Students study music from a wide variety of genres, cultures and historical periods through repertoire study, playing instruments, and listening to pieces by famous composers and performers.

7/8 Band is designed to reinforce the fundamentals of individual wind instrument technique and ensemble playing. Students will strengthen their basic skills and technique of tone production on a specific concert band instrument. Music reading skills will be developed through exercises, worksheets, and a variety of band repertoire. Theory work is primarily completed on the computer. Group performances are a required part of this course, both in and out of the classroom.

8 Advanced Tech and Robotics

In Advanced Tech and Robotics, students will use the VEX EDR robotics system to practice the fundamentals of robot control, including movement and power transmission, object manipulation and lifting, autonomous sensing, and driver remote control. To program their robots, students will use the text-based Robot C programming language. During the course, students will work in groups to complete a number of mini-challenges focused on the current topic of study (lifting objects, making precise movements, etc.).

8 Ceramics

Ceramics is a course offered to students in Grades 6 through 8. The purpose of Ceramics is to provide each student with a basic ceramics experience extended from his or her knowledge of design and drawing on which to build the visual thinking skills, knowledge of historical and contemporary art forms, technical approach to materials and the methods for channeling creative energies that enable a life-time of personal artistic expression. Students’ ceramic art is photographed and displayed on www.artsonia.com for parents and students to see.

8 Art

This semester course introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while developing drawing skills as well as techniques in other various media. Studio experiences in the classroom will give students opportunities to experience a variety of media (pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, acrylic, printmaking, and various sculpture media) while developing student’s individual style and creative problem solving skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, to analyze and to interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques, and writings.

8 PE

The unique learning opportunities in Physical Education allow all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to enhance their quality of life through active living. All course curricula will be based on information taken from the Ontario Physical Education and Health standards, which include:

Living Skills – students will demonstrate personal and interpersonal skills and the use of critical and creative thinking processes as they acquire knowledge and skills in connections with the expectations in the Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living strands for this grade.

Active Living – students will participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living.

Movement Competence – students will perform movement skills as they engage in a variety of physical activities.

Healthy Living – students will demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to healthy development, the ability to apply health knowledge and living skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being, and to demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being.

The Living Skills (Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living) will scaffold on the skills learned in previous grades.

8 Social Studies

In 8th grade, social studies students will explore the modern world. Students will look at how historians and archaeologists study historical documents and artifacts to draw conclusions, interpret and make inferences about the past. Finally, students will make connections and share their understanding on how geography, government, economy, technology, and culture impacted the modern world and set the foundations for life in the 21st century.

8 Science

The science curriculum at ISD is based on the the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards emphasize learning the core ideas of science while making connections across the four domains of science and developing the learners’ scientific and engineering skills. You can find more information about NGSS on http://www.nextgenscience.org .

The Grade 8 Integrated Science course covers a variety of topics in the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, such as genetics, chemical reactions and waves. Students will gain full understanding of the concepts through inquiry and research. Then, they are expected to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding to make connections, interpret, analyze and evaluate information, and solve problems.

8 English

Grade 8 English Language Arts is based on Common Core Standards designed to engage students in fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will learn to analyze text features and content for literary elements, main ideas, author’s purpose, as well as artistic features such as figurative language and poetic devices. Students will demonstrate learning through carefully crafted language in narrative, expository, and creative writing as well as interactive speaking and listening activities.

8 Math

This year students will finish learning the concrete Algebra that began last year and will become aware of the truths behind the Geometry learned in the previous years; this year will be a bridge to the more abstract Algebra and the more rigorous Geometry that they will learn next year. They will have the chance to show their understanding through class discussions, homework, work done in class, and quizzes and tests. It is expected that they participate in class, especially, when something is not clear; it is their responsibility to seek help when necessary.

8 Mandarin A

Through the study of G8 Mandarin A course students are taught to deconstruct texts in order to identify their essential elements and their meaning. Analyzing involves demonstrating an understanding of the creator’s choices, the relationship between the various components of a text and between texts, and making inferences about how an audience responds to a text, as well as the creator’s purpose for producing text. Students will be able to use the text to support their personal responses and ideas. Literacy and critical literacy are essential lifelong skills; engaging with texts requires students to think critically and show awareness of, and an ability to reflect on, different perspectives through their interpretations of the text.

Students should understand and be able to organize their ideas and opinions using a range of appropriate conventions for different forms and purposes of communication. Students should also recognize the importance of maintaining academic honesty by respecting intellectual property rights and referencing all sources accurately.

Students will produce written and spoken text, focusing on the creative process itself and on the understanding of the connection between the creator and his or her audience. In exploring and appreciating new and changing perspectives and ideas, students will develop the ability to make choices aimed at producing texts that affect both the creator and the audience.

Students have opportunities to develop, organize and express themselves and communicate thoughts, ideas and information. They are required to use accurate and varied language that is appropriate to the context and intention. This objective applies to, and must include, written, oral and visual text, as appropriate.

An inquiry-based approach will be used whenever possible. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

8 Mandarin B

This introductory course in Mandarin B provides the skills of listening, reading, writing and listening in the Modern Standard Chinese. This course is designed for students to learn Chinese language as well as culture. Throughout the course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The emphasis in this course will be on building students’ communicative competence in oral and aural skills, as well as reading and writing different text types. Students will be able to communicate verbally and write different text types in Chinese language within given situations.

8 Mandarin CSOL

This introductory course in Mandarin CSOL provides the skills of listening, reading, writing and listening in the Modern Standard Chinese. This course is designed for students to learn Chinese language as well as culture. Throughout the course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The emphasis in this course will be on building students’ communicative competence in oral and aural skills, as well as reading and writing different text types. Students will be able to communicate verbally and write different text types in Chinese language within given situations.

8 French

This level 2 program allows students to practice real-life communication skills in French and exposes them to the culture typical of France and the French-speaking world. In French class, students are activating some of the basic communication skills that they learned last year, such as counting, talking about the weather and asking and answering questions. In Unit 1, they will be learning to give basic information about themselves, to describe family members and friends, to talk about feelings, and to talk about plans and recent events. Students will also be reviewing verbs—aller, être, faire, and venir—as well as expressions using those verbs, and reviewing the formation of adjectives as well as learning all the various ways to ask questions. In addition, they are becoming more familiar with the diversity of France and its inhabitants.

8 Korean A

This Korean class for 8 graders, is designed to meet ISD's educational philosophy that it is necessary to master one’s mother tongue to learn foreign languages effectively. Parents of Students who need to study in a foreign language emphasize the importance of the mother tongue for their children. Teaching students their mother tongue and thus helping them learn other foreign languages is the purpose of this course. By providing Korean language education for the students, we help them understand their national identity and also to develop in other academic areas. In order to make this course effective, this class learns the technique of reading and analyzing pre-selected literary works suitable for their grade level. The aim of this class is to understand the plots of classical and contemporary literature, to read between the lines of literature, and to improve understanding of the works overall. Through the means of many works of Korean literature they will also learn about Korean culture, which cannot be separated from Korean language. They will read many translated works of world and classical literature as well. Each semester, students are given reading and writing assignments. This course uses the common core state standards (CCSS) as a foundation.

9 Photo

This course is an exploration of the process of photography. Through the medium of digital photography, we will explore our relationship with the world around us. Along the way, we will learn the basics of digital photography including basic camera operation, composition and design in photography, and digital processing using Photoshop. Assignments relate to the development of basic skills needed for communication through photography as well as the development of the student’s personal interests within the medium. No prior photography experience is expected.

In addition to the technical aspects of image making we will also be concerned with aesthetic, formal, and conceptual qualities of photographs--and how one speaks about them. We will use our critiques to delve into the "reading" of images, looking at concept and content; in this way we will explore the basics of visual literacy.

Throughout the course we will touch upon the history of photography from the Daguerreotype to current trends including digital imaging. In the end, we all should know more about photography and the process of making artwork in general--while having some fun along the way

Students are responsible to provide a digital camera with manual settings as well as Photoshop.

9 Band

In pre-IB music classes, students continue to develop their performance skills from 7/8 Band classes with a greater emphasis on personal engagement and choice. Application of theory through notated compositional tasks is reinforced. Students are encouraged to become more musically self-aware in order to develop their reflective and evaluative skills, both of their own work and the work of others.

9/10 Band emphasizes application to further develop students’ knowledge of musical concepts. In addition to performance, individual composition and theory are stressed, to better prepare students for the IB Music program. Students will strengthen their performance skills with group and solo work and have the opportunity to compose using notation software. Active listening, creativity and analysis skills are critical components of this course. Group, ensemble and solo performances are a requirement of this course, both in and out of the classroom.

9 Drama

Beginning Drama is designed to give the student an appreciation of the world of theatre and an opportunity to discover the artist we each hold within. In this course, students will study the wide range of knowledge demanded by theatre and develop personally as they apply their new found knowledge in classroom activities. This course enriches student’s awareness, skills and self appreciation enabling them to build a foundation for future arts development. Beginning Drama provides for diverse learning styles and capabilities and allows students to experience the joy that comes from artistic communication. Through the course students will examine the following areas of theatre:

The Stage and basic theatre terminology

Pantomime

Script Adaptation

Audience and Character Analysis

Oral Interpretation Monologue

Evaluation of self-performance and those of fellow classmates

Evaluation of live theatre

9 Advanced Tech and Robotics

In Advanced Tech and Robotics, students will use the VEX EDR robotics system to practice the fundamentals of robot control, including movement and power transmission, object manipulation and lifting, autonomous sensing, and driver remote control. To program their robots, students will use the text-based Robot C programming language. During the course, students will work in groups to complete a number of mini-challenges focused on the current topic of study (lifting objects, making precise movements, etc.).

9 Computer Science and Programming

In this course, students will explore the core concepts of computer science, with an emphasis on the structure and function of the Internet, the nature of data, cyber security, and data manipulation. In addition to the study of computer science, students will practice programming using the Processing language. Programming topics covered include program setup and structure, variables, functions, arrays, conditional statements, and object-oriented programming basics. Students will have the opportunity to use their programming skills to complete a number of programming tasks, both virtual and physical.

9 PE

The unique learning opportunities in Physical Education allow all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to enhance their quality of life through active living. All course curricula will be based on information taken from the Ontario Physical Education and Health standards, which include:

Living Skills – students will demonstrate personal and interpersonal skills and the use of critical and creative thinking processes as they acquire knowledge and skills in connections with the expectations in the Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living strands for this grade.

Active Living – students will participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living.

Movement Competence – students will perform movement skills as they engage in a variety of physical activities.

Healthy Living – students will demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to healthy development, the ability to apply health knowledge and living skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being, and to demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being.

The Living Skills (Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living) will scaffold on the skills learned in previous grades.

9 Social Studies

In 9th grade, social studies students will explore physical and human geography. Students will discuss the economy, history, culture and politics of countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. Finally, students will make connections and share their understanding on how geography, government, trade, conflict and economy impacts the world in the 21st century.

9 Science

The science curriculum at ISD is based on the the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards emphasize learning the core ideas of science while making connections across the four domains of science and developing the learners’ scientific and engineering skills. You can find more information about NGSS on http://www.nextgenscience.org .

The Grade 9 Integrated Science course starts preparing students towards their IB science courses grade 11 and grade 12, focusing on the science domains related to Life and Environmental Sciences. Students will gain full understanding of the concepts through inquiry and research. Then, they are expected to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding to make connections, interpret, analyze and evaluate information, and solve problems.

9 English

The goal of this course is to produce globally literate individuals with the knowledge, research skills, and civic values necessary to become active and reflective world citizens. We emphasize and assess the four main areas of language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Comprehension. Students engage with fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will demonstrate learning through carefully crafted language in narrative, expository, and creative writing as well as interactive speaking and listening activities.

9 Math

This year students will begin experiencing a more abstract Algebra, and the foundation for the mathematics ahead will be laid. Geometry this year will emphasize proofs and the application of theorems to more challenging situations than those learned before. This year is particularly important because the thinking process required to learn concepts like algebraic expressions will be developed in each students as much as it is possible. They will have the chance to show their understanding through class discussions, homework in notebooks and online, work done in class, and quizzes and tests. It is expected that they participate in class, especially, when something is not clear; it is their responsibility to seek help when necessary.

9 Mandarin A

G9 Mandarin A course is based on the CCSS Standards and students will focus on appreciation of Chinese poetry and expand their reading comprehension skills by determining a theme of a poem. They will learn about the appreciation mode and follow it to analyze the technique of expression, poetic conception, themes and styles of the poems. They will also discuss and compare different thoughts from different representatives when they learn about the ancient Chinese philosophy.

For writing, students will practice using effective techniques and well-chosen details to develop narrative writing. They will also practice writing arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

9 Mandarin B

This introductory course in Mandarin B provides the skills of listening, reading, writing and listening in the Modern Standard Chinese. This course is designed for students to learn Chinese language as well as culture. Throughout the course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The emphasis in this course will be on building students’ communicative competence in oral and aural skills, as well as reading and writing different text types. Students will be able to communicate verbally and write different text types in Chinese language within given situations.

9 Mandarin CSOL

This introductory course in Mandarin CSOL provides the skills of listening, reading, writing and listening in the Modern Standard Chinese. This course is designed for students to learn Chinese language as well as culture. Throughout the course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The emphasis in this course will be on building students’ communicative competence in oral and aural skills, as well as reading and writing different text types. Students will be able to communicate verbally and write different text types in Chinese language within given situations.

9 French

This highly interactive Grade 9 French course develops the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills appropriate to this level of instruction. You will learn elements necessary to function in a French speaking culture, using a communicative approach. You will learn vocabulary and grammar structures while developing a cultural sensitivity to everyday activities of the Francophone people throughout the world. Authentic materials, learning approaches, multimedia and Internet activities will be used to encourage original language production. The class will be conducted most of the time in French and you are expected to participate in classes’ discussions, readings and oral exercises.

9 Korean A

This Korean class for 9th graders, is designed to meet ISD's educational philosophy that it is necessary to master one’s mother tongue to learn foreign languages effectively. Parents of students who need to study in a foreign language emphasize the importance of the mother tongue for their children. Teaching students their mother tongue and thus helping them learn other foreign languages is the purpose of this course. By providing Korean language education for the students, we help them understand their national identity and also to develop in other academic areas. In order to make this course effective, this class learns the technique of reading and analyzing pre-selected literary works suitable for their grade level. The aim of this class is to understand the plots of classical and contemporary literature, to read between the lines of literature, and to improve understanding of the works overall. Through the means of many works of Korean literature they will also learn about Korean culture, which cannot be separated from Korean language. They will read many translated works of world and classical literature as well. Each semester, students are given reading and writing assignments. This course uses the common core state standards (CCSS) as a foundation.

10 Band

In pre-IB music classes, students continue to develop their performance skills from 7/8 Band classes with a greater emphasis on personal engagement and choice. Application of theory through notated compositional tasks is reinforced. Students are encouraged to become more musically self-aware in order to develop their reflective and evaluative skills, both of their own work and the work of others.

9/10 Band emphasizes application to further develop students’ knowledge of musical concepts. In addition to performance, individual composition and theory are stressed, to better prepare students for the IB Music program. Students will strengthen their performance skills with group and solo work and have the opportunity to compose using notation software. Active listening, creativity and analysis skills are critical components of this course. Group, ensemble and solo performances are a requirement of this course, both in and out of the classroom.

10 Drama

Beginning Drama is designed to give the student an appreciation of the world of theatre and an opportunity to discover the artist we each hold within. In this course, students will study the wide range of knowledge demanded by theatre and develop personally as they apply their new found knowledge in classroom activities. This course enriches student’s awareness, skills and self appreciation enabling them to build a foundation for future arts development. Beginning Drama provides for diverse learning styles and capabilities and allows students to experience the joy that comes from artistic communication. Through the course students will examine the following areas of theatre:

The Stage and basic theatre terminology

Pantomime

Script Adaptation

Audience and Character Analysis

Oral Interpretation Monologue

Evaluation of self-performance and those of fellow classmates

Evaluation of live theatre

10 Art

This one-year course introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while developing drawing skills as well as techniques in other various media. Studio experiences in the classroom will give students opportunities to experience a variety of media (pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, acrylic, printmaking, and various sculpture media) while developing student’s individual style and creative problem solving skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, to analyze and to interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques, and writings.

10 Computer Science and Programming

In this course, students will explore the core concepts of computer science, with an emphasis on the structure and function of the Internet, the nature of data, cyber security, and data manipulation. In addition to the study of computer science, students will practice programming using the Processing language. Programming topics covered include program setup and structure, variables, functions, arrays, conditional statements, and object-oriented programming basics. Students will have the opportunity to use their programming skills to complete a number of programming tasks, both virtual and physical.

10 PE

The unique learning opportunities in Physical Education allow all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to enhance their quality of life through active living. All course curricula will be based on information taken from the Ontario Physical Education and Health standards, which include:

Living Skills – students will demonstrate personal and interpersonal skills and the use of critical and creative thinking processes as they acquire knowledge and skills in connections with the expectations in the Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living strands for this grade.

Active Living – students will participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living.

Movement Competence – students will perform movement skills as they engage in a variety of physical activities.

Healthy Living – students will demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to healthy development, the ability to apply health knowledge and living skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being, and to demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being.

The Living Skills (Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living) will scaffold on the skills learned in previous grades.

10 Social Studies

In 10th grade, social studies students will explore global issues. Students will analyze and discuss how nations protect and manage their sovereignty, their natural resources, and cooperate to fulfill the needs of their citizens. Students will give informed opinions about current issues using citations to support their understanding and arguments. Finally, students will make connections and share their understanding on how geography, government, economy, politics, technology, and culture impact the world in the 21st century.

10 Science

Students will focus on developing laboratory skills by designing their own experiments, evaluating laboratory procedures and analyzing results. This will build the foundation for students to apply scientific concepts through their own inquiries, investigations, and analysis. Students will be assigned various tasks like project presentations, discussions and group work that will help them grow in their thinking and social skills. The grade 10 class will be an intensive preparatory class for IB. At the end of the year, students will be confident to choose IB Chemistry/ IB Physics based on their level of interest and achievement scores on their assessments. Regular Homework and Assignments will be given almost every class for thorough practice. Instruction for Grade 10 Integrated Science will be based on the NGSS standards.

10 English

The goal of this course is to produce globally literate individuals with the knowledge, research skills, and civic values necessary to become active and reflective world citizens. We emphasize and assess the four main areas of language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Comprehension. Students engage with fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will demonstrate learning through carefully crafted language in narrative, expository, and creative writing as well as interactive speaking and listening activities.

10 Math

This year students will finish learning the math required to have a meaningful experience in the IB program; this year will also require them to choose the level they will face in 11th grade. It is of paramount importance that they work as hard as possible trying to master the abstract topics that lead to the challenging experiences they will get into next year, so they can make the best selection for IB math. This year students will learn abstract topics such as Algebra of Functions and the Geometry will become Analytic Geometry giving them the necessary tools to be successful in the couple of years they still have with us. They will have the chance to show their understanding through class discussions, homework in notebooks and online, work done in class, and quizzes and tests. It is expected that they participate in class, especially, when something is not clear; it is their responsibility to seek help when necessary.

10 Mandarin A

Through the study of G10 Mandarin A course students are taught to deconstruct texts in order to identify their essential elements and their meaning. Analysis involves demonstrating an understanding of the creator’s choices, the relationship between the various components of a text and between texts, and making inferences about how an audience responds to a text, as well as the creator’s purpose for producing text. Students will be able to use the text to support their personal responses and ideas. Literacy and critical literacy are essential lifelong skills; engaging with texts requires students to think critically and show awareness of, and an ability to reflect on, different perspectives through their interpretations of the text.

Students should understand and be able to organize their ideas and opinions using a range of appropriate conventions for different forms and purposes of communication. Students should also recognize the importance of maintaining academic honesty by respecting intellectual property rights and referencing all sources accurately.

Students will produce written and spoken text, focusing on the creative process itself and on the understanding of the connection between the creator and his or her audience. In exploring and appreciating new and changing perspectives and ideas, students will develop the ability to make choices aimed at producing texts that affect both the creator and the audience.

Students have opportunities to develop, organize and express themselves and communicate thoughts, ideas and information. They are required to use accurate and varied language that is appropriate to the context and intention. This objective applies to, and must include, written, oral and visual text, as appropriate.

An inquiry-based approach will be used whenever possible.

10 Mandarin B

Grade 10 Mandarin B is designed for students who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding to progress their education or career. Through their studies, students achieve a thorough understanding of a wide range of registers and styles and learn to communicate appropriately in different situations. According to ACTFL standards, students will be assessed on their ability to to use complex sentence structures, idiomatic phrases and cohesive devices to communicate about topics related to communication and media, global issues, social relationships, health, science and technology.

10 Mandarin CSOL

Grade 10 Mandarin CSOL is designed for learners who are learning Chinese as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as students progress through their studies. According to ACTFL standards, students will be assessed on their ability to use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to communicate about topics related to individual and society, leisure, health, customs and traditions.

10 French

This highly interactive Grade 10 French course develops the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills appropriate to this level of instruction. You will learn elements necessary to function in a French speaking culture, using a communicative approach. You will learn vocabulary and grammar structures while developing a cultural sensitivity to everyday activities of the Francophone people throughout the world. Authentic materials, learning approaches, multimedia and Internet activities will be used to encourage original language production. The class will be conducted most of the time in French and you are expected to participate in classes’ discussions, readings and oral exercises.

10 Korean A

This Korean class for 10th graders, is designed to meet ISD's educational philosophy that it is necessary to master one’s mother tongue to learn foreign languages effectively. Parents of students who need to study in a foreign language emphasize the importance of the mother tongue for their children. Teaching students their mother tongue and thus helping them learn other foreign languages is the purpose of this course. By providing Korean language education for the students, we help them understand their national identity and also to develop in other academic areas. In order to make this course effective, this class learns the technique of reading and analyzing pre-selected literary works suitable for their grade level. The aim of this class is to understand the plots of classical and contemporary literature, to read between the lines of literature, and to improve understanding of the works overall. Through the means of many works of Korean literature they will also learn about Korean culture, which cannot be separated from Korean language. They will read many translated works of world and classical literature as well. Each semester, students are given reading and writing assignments. This course uses the common core state standards (CCSS) as a foundation.


Courses Descriptions for Grades 11- 12 as of October 2017

Group 1 English A Literature SL

The IB Diploma Programme language A: literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In language A: literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.

Group 1 English A Literature HL

The IB Diploma Programme language A: literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In language A: literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.

Group 1 Chinese A Literature SL

The IB Diploma Chinese literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In Chinese literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.

Group 1 Chinese A Literature HL

The IB Diploma Chinese literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In Chinese literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.

Group 1 Korean A Literature SL

The Korean A: literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In Korean A: literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts. Students will have a thorough knowledge of a range of Korean literatures and an understanding of cultural perspectives. They will also have effective development in clearly expressed writing, with a significant length. Text studied can be chosen from PLT list and PLA or elsewhere.

Group 1 Korean A Literature HL

The Korean A: literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In Korean A: literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts. Students will have a thorough knowledge of a range of Korean literatures and an understanding of cultural perspectives. They will also have effective development in clearly expressed writing, with a significant length. Text studied can be chosen from PLT list and PLA or elsewhere.

Group 2 English B SL

English Language B is an additional language-learning course designed for students with previous learning of English. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills are developed through the study and use of a wide range of written and spoken material. The materials include everyday oral exchanges, the study of literary and informational texts, as well as the use of technology. Materials are chosen to enable students to develop mastery of language skills and intercultural understanding.

Group 2 English B HL

English Language B is an additional language-learning course designed for students with previous learning of English. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills are developed through the study and use of a wide range of written and spoken material. The materials include everyday oral exchanges, the study of literary and informational texts, as well as the use of technology. Materials are chosen to enable students to develop mastery of language skills and intercultural understanding.

Group 2 Mandarin B SL

IB Mandarin B is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity. This course uses a balance between approaches to learning that are teacher-centered (teacher-led activities and assessment in the classroom) and those that are learner-centered (activities designed to allow the students to take the initiative, which can also involve student participation in the evaluation of their learning). The teacher is best placed to evaluate the needs of the students and is expected to encourage both independent and collaborative learning.

Group 2 Mandarin B HL

IB Mandarin B is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity. This course uses a balance between approaches to learning that are teacher-centered (teacher-led activities and assessment in the classroom) and those that are learner-centered (activities designed to allow the students to take the initiative, which can also involve student participation in the evaluation of their learning). The teacher is best placed to evaluate the needs of the students and is expected to encourage both independent and collaborative learning.

Group 2 Mandarin Ab Initio SL

The language ab initio course achieves this reflection on cultural values and behaviours in different ways. The course is divided into three broad themes, all of which are well suited to fostering an international perspective. The language ab initio course, albeit at a basic level, seeks to develop intercultural understanding and foster a concern for global issues, as well as to raise students’ awareness of their own responsibility at a local level.

Group 2 French B SL

IB French is a two-year program of advanced French studies. The goals of this class will be to increase the student’s ability to understand, read, speak, write the language with grammatical accuracy and at appropriate and varied registers, as well as develop an understanding of the cultures of the countries where the language is spoken. Students will become acquainted with world literature, arts and sciences, social trends and world problems. The course of study will provide opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation. Through this study, students will broaden their horizons and become proficient language speakers and educated citizens of the global community.

Group 3 History SL

IB History is an externally moderated two-year course. Students will focus on developing analytical skills by reading and evaluating historical documents and writing their own historical analysis (the Internal Assessment). This will build the foundation for students to apply historical concepts through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. The focus of the course is European history in the 20th century. Topics discussed throughout the two years will include the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, the rise and fall of authoritarian states between the two World Wars, what led to World War II, and the power struggle that is known as the Cold War and how that affected the world, in particular the Soviet Union, Europe, the United States, and Cuba. As this is an upper level history course, we will mainly use an inquiry approach to learning, critically analyzing many primary and secondary sources.

Group 3 History HL

IB History is an externally moderated two-year course. Students will focus on developing analytical skills by reading and evaluating historical documents and writing their own historical analysis (the Internal Assessment). This will build the foundation for students to apply historical concepts through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. The focus of the course is European history in the 20th century. Topics discussed throughout the two years will include the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, the rise and fall of authoritarian states between the two World Wars, what led to World War II, and the power struggle that is known as the Cold War and how that affected the world, in particular the Soviet Union, Europe, the United States, and Cuba. As this is an upper level history course, we will mainly use an inquiry approach to learning, critically analyzing many primary and secondary sources.

Group 3 Economics SL

IB Economics is an externally moderated two-year course. Students will focus on developing analytical and evaluative skills in economics by applying economic theory while also being critical of its limitations. This will build the foundation for students to apply economic concepts through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. Topics discussed throughout the two years will include microeconomics (supply and demand, elasticity, markets, etc.), macroeconomics (trade, unemployment, governmental economic policy, etc.), international trade, and development. Students will also investigate current events and apply economic theory to them through the internal assessment.

Group 3 Economics HL

IB Economics is an externally moderated two-year course. Students will focus on developing analytical and evaluative skills in economics by applying economic theory while also being critical of its limitations. This will build the foundation for students to apply economic concepts through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. Topics discussed throughout the two years will include microeconomics (supply and demand, elasticity, markets, etc.), macroeconomics (trade, unemployment, governmental economic policy, etc.), international trade, and development. Higher level students will also learn about the theory of the firm. Students will also investigate current events and apply economic theory to them through the internal assessment.

Group 4 Biology SL

During the two-year sequence, all DP Biology students study cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, and human physiology. Standard level students are required to choose one optional topic from the fields of neurobiology and behavior, biotechnology and bioinformatics, ecology and conservation, or human physiology.

Group 4 Biology HL

During the two-year sequence, all DP Biology students study cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, and human physiology. In the Higher level course, students will undertake additional studies of nucleic acids, cellular metabolism, plant biology, animal physiology, and genetics and evolution. Higher level students are required to choose two optional topics from the fields of neurobiology and behavior, biotechnology and bioinformatics, ecology and conservation, or human physiology.

Group 4 Chemistry SL

Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. Chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Chemistry is often a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science. Both theory and practical work will be undertaken by all students as they complement one another naturally, both in school and in the wider scientific community. The DP chemistry course allows students to develop a wide range of practical skills and to increase facility in the use of mathematics. It also allows students to develop interpersonal and information technology skills, which are essential to life in the 21st century. By studying chemistry students will become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes the subject. Students taking this course will be provided with opportunities to develop manipulative skills, design investigations, collect data, analyse results and evaluate and communicate their findings.

The curriculum will be completed by the mid part of the second semester. An IB mock exam will be held around the first week of March. Based on the results of this mock exam, re-teaching, review and re-testing sessions will be conducted to ensure mastery of content by all students. At the end of April 2018, 10 days of intensive review will be conducted. The students will take their IB exams in the early part of May 2018.

Group 4 Chemistry HL

Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. Chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Chemistry is often a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science. Both theory and practical work will be undertaken by all students as they complement one another naturally, both in school and in the wider scientific community. The DP chemistry course allows students to develop a wide range of practical skills and to increase facility in the use of mathematics. It also allows students to develop interpersonal and information technology skills, which are essential to life in the 21st century. By studying chemistry students will become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes the subject. Students taking this course will be provided with opportunities to develop manipulative skills, design investigations, collect data, analyse results and evaluate and communicate their findings.

The curriculum will be completed by the mid part of the second semester. An IB mock exam will be held around the first week of March. Based on the results of this mock exam, re-teaching, review and re-testing sessions will be conducted to ensure mastery of content by all students. At the end of April 2018, 10 days of intensive review will be conducted. The students will take their IB exams in the early part of May 2018.

Group 4 Physics SL

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. By studying physics students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Teachers provide students with opportunities to develop manipulative skills, design investigations, collect data, analyse results and evaluate and communicate their findings. In this course discussion is made of the core topics in Physics including Measurements and uncertainties, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular Motion, Gravitation, Nuclear Physics, Energy Production and an Option usually of Engineering Physics, Astrophysics or Imaging. A hands-on, inquiry based approach will be used whenever possible. The students will complete the IB-required Internal Assessment (IA) which will be graded by the teacher and moderated by the IBO.

Group 4 Physics HL

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. By studying physics students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Teachers provide students with opportunities to develop manipulative skills, design investigations, collect data, analyse results and evaluate and communicate their findings. In this course discussion is made of the core topics in Physics including Measurements and uncertainties, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular Motion, Gravitation, Nuclear Physics, Energy Production and an Option usually of Engineering Physics, Astrophysics or Imaging. Additional Higher Level Topics are also covered which are Wave Phenomena, Fields, EMI and Quantum Physics. A hands-on, inquiry based approach will be used whenever possible. The students will complete the IB-required Internal Assessment (IA) which will be graded by the teacher and moderated by the IBO.

Group 5 Mathematics Studies SL

This course caters for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. More specifically, it is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. Students taking this course need to be already equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes. The course concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to contexts related as far as possible to other subjects being studied, to common real-world occurrences and to topics that relate to home, work and leisure situations. The course includes project work, a feature unique within this group of courses: students must produce a project, a piece of written work based on personal research, guided and supervised by the teacher. The project provides an opportunity for students to carry out a mathematical investigation in the context of another course being studied, a hobby or interest of their choice using skills learned before and during the course. This process allows students to ask their own questions about mathematics and to take responsibility for a part of their own course of studies in mathematics. The students most likely to select this course are those whose main interests lie outside the field of mathematics, and for many students this course will be their final experience of being taught formal mathematics.

The curriculum will be completed by the mid part of the second semester. An IB mock exam will be held around the first week of March. Based on the results of this mock exam, re-teaching, review and re-testing sessions will be conducted to ensure mastery of content by all students. At the end of April 2018, 10 days of intensive review will be conducted. The students will take their IB exams in the early part of May 2018.

Group 5 Mathematics SL

During these two years students will go through their IB program, and in class the main focus will be that students understand and master the challenging topics covered, and that they feel confident when working out problems. There will be extensive class discussions where every student’s participation is of the utmost importance especially if something is not clear, or if there exists the desire to go beyond what is being taught. Much homework will be assigned, so students get the necessary practice to understand well what is being taught. The teacher will bring previously prepared presentations to the class that will be uploaded to Managebac, so students can focus on understanding a lot more than on taking notes. Students are responsible for seeking help whenever necessary; this class demands a commitment that leaves very little space to waste time or to not do the required assignments.

Group 5 Mathematics HL

During these two years students will go through their IB program, and in class the main focus will be that students understand and master the challenging topics covered, and that they feel confident when working out problems. There will be extensive class discussions where every student’s participation is of the utmost importance especially if something is not clear, or if there exists the desire to go beyond what is being taught. Much homework will be assigned, so students get the necessary practice to understand well what is being taught. The teacher will bring previously prepared presentations to the class that will be uploaded to Managebac, so students can focus on understanding a lot more than on taking notes. Students are responsible for seeking help whenever necessary; this class demands a commitment that leaves very little space to waste time or to not do the required assignments.

Group 6 Visual Arts SL

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Supporting the International Baccalaureate mission statement and learner profile, the course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, visual arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.

Group 6 Visual Arts HL

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Supporting the International Baccalaureate mission statement and learner profile, the course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, visual arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.

Group 6 Music SL

IB Music allows students to explore their creativity through performance and composition, and develop their knowledge and understanding of music styles, genres and terminology. They will be exposed to a variety of listening selections from around the world and throughout time. In analyzing these pieces, students will learn to express themselves in an intelligent and thoroughly reflective manner. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop their individual and collaborative potential as musicians. Their curriculum will follow the strands of musical perception (musicology, theory), performing, and creating.

Group 6 Music HL

IB Music allows students to explore their creativity through performance and composition, and develop their knowledge and understanding of music styles, genres and terminology. They will be exposed to a variety of listening selections from around the world and throughout time. In analyzing these pieces, students will learn to express themselves in an intelligent and thoroughly reflective manner. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop their individual and collaborative potential as musicians. Their curriculum will follow the strands of musical perception (musicology, theory), performing, and creating.

Group 3 and 4 Environmental Systems and Societies SL

Environmental systems and societies (ESS) is firmly grounded in both a scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function, and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. As a result of studying this course, students will become equipped with the ability to recognize and evaluate the impact of our complex system of societies on the natural world.

The interdisciplinary nature of the DP course requires a broad skill set from students, including the ability to perform research and investigations, participation in philosophical discussion and problem-solving. The course requires a systems approach to environmental understanding and promotes holistic thinking about environmental issues. Teachers explicitly teach thinking and research skills such as comprehension, text analysis, knowledge transfer and use of primary sources. They encourage students to develop solutions at the personal, community and global levels.

(http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/envyr-systems-2016-english- final-web.pdf )

DP Core Theory of Knowledge

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. It plays a special role in the Diploma Program by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, to make connections between areas of knowledge and to become aware of their own perspectives and those of the various groups whose knowledge they share. It is a core element undertaken by all DP students, and schools are required to devote at least 100 hours of class time to the course. The overall aim of TOK is to encourage students to formulate answers to the question “how do you know?” in a variety of contexts, and to see the value of that question. This allows students to develop an enduring fascination with the richness of knowledge.

ToK aims to make students aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases – whether these biases are retained, revised or rejected.

It offers students and their teachers the opportunity to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge and to consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.

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DP Core CAS/EE

Over the course of the diploma programme, students will be working towards completing two components of the IBDP core, the extended essay (EE) and creativity, activity, and service (CAS), during class time. The objectives of this course are:

1. To prepare students to write extended essay

2. To plan for, organize, and reflect on CAS opportunities

3. To give students guided time to complete the IB core requirements.

The extended essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of available Diploma Programme subjects for the session in question. This is normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for those taking the IB diploma, or a subject that a course student has a background in. It is intended to promote academic research and writing skills, providing students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (an appropriately qualified member of staff within the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.

Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is intended to be a collection of enjoyable and challenging experiences determined by the student to extend his or her abilities. Through CAS experiences, students are to achieve the following learning outcomes.

Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth.

Demonstrate that you have undertaken challenges and developed new skills in the process.

Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.

Show commitment to and perseverance in your CAS experiences.

Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.

Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.

Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.

The extended essay will be completed by the end of the first semester of the second year of the IB Diploma Programme. CAS completion is reported to the IB with graduation requirements.