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A Homepage for the Aurora High School International Baccalaureate program
Welcome to the information page for the Aurora High School International Baccalaureate program!

This page is primarily for current IB students, both diploma (DP) and certificate (CERT). You will find information about the program, the Extended Essay (research paper), which is a requirement for DP students, and CAS (creativity, action, service), the service piece of IB for DP students.

The IB program is a rigorous curriculum for high performing students who enjoy a challenge. At Aurora High School, it is available junior and senior years. If you take the entire curriculum, you are a Diploma (DP) student and will receive the IB diploma when you graduate. If you choose to take an IB course or two, you are a Certificate (CERT) student, and you will receive a special certificate when you graduate.

Aurora High School currently offers the following IB courses:

English A1 HL
History of the Americas HL
Biology HL
Visual Arts Options 1 and 2 HL
Visual Arts Options A and B SL
Mathematics SL (2 year class)
Chemistry SL
Physics SL
Spanish B SL
French B SL
German SL
Music Group Performance SL
TOK

Please consult the AHS Program of Studies booklet to see additional information about the IB courses offered.

IB courses are either one year courses (SL) or two year courses (HL) . Two year courses have exams only in May of the senior year.
One year courses have exams at the end of the course, also in May, but these could be in either the junior or senior year. The entire month of May is IB testing month.

THE EXTENDED ESSAY
 is a major project. The details of the essay, instructions, and a booklet are presented to DP students in October of their junior year.
A field trip to the Kent State University Main Library for an introduction to college level research follows. On the trip, students will have the opportunity to learn about university level research and college online databases. Students may return to Kent State and use the books and databases at their leisure. Extended Essays are due prior to winter break of the senior year. (December 16, 2010) 

 Please note that our school does not authorize or sanction any loan of materials from Kent State University.

Students select a topic from the IB Extended Essay booklet list of approved topics. They also ask a teacher, counselor, or administrator to serve as their Essay mentor. The mentor should have some expertise in the area of the student's essay. The student will set up meetings with the mentor to brainstorm, refine and codify the thesis statement and to look over the essay as it is written. The mentor is permitted to read the completed essay once with suggestions for editing. The mentor reads the final essay and submits a "predicted grade" for the essay. IB will grade the final essays, taking the predicted grade into account. Final Extended Essay and exam grades are available online on July 6 of the current school year.   A password and website will be given to students in May so they can access their grades in July. Both DP and CERT students can access grades in July.

There is a black notebook behind the library check-out desk containing sample essays that IB gave an "A."  These essays are for students to read. They may xerox essays in the library but may not take the notebook or essays therein out of the library.

CAS
 stands for creativity, action and service. Diploma students must complete 50 hours in each area within two years. Students need to keep track of their activites, where they were performed, how many hours they worked and who supervised.

IB has recently changed the way students are evaluated in CAS. Students now must write reflective essays on their activities. Within the essay, they should mention  where and when activities were performed, how long they were performed and who supervised. Students can look at the categories in the following way:

creativity: helping a teacher or organization with anything artistic, in the areas graphic arts, music, dance, performance etc. or actually rehearsing and performing by acting, singing, dancing. In some cases,  activities crossover two categories and you can count them in two or even three categories. 

 In the action category, ask yourself: are you sweating/moving?  Creativity is self-explanatory; activities must be creative in nature.

Activities you do may be combined in any of the three categories.
 
Here is an example of one student who combined his CAS areas. This young man volunteered in an Alzheimer's home (service.) He took the patients on walks (action.) He also played the piano for them and did recitals for them (creativity.) He helped plan and serve meals (creativity and action and service.) This student also shot video of his activities and kept a blog;he did this in lieu of the reflective essays. 

In your reflective essays, include why you wanted to do the activity, how you felt about it, what you learned and how it changed you and how it affected others.

CAS documentation/self evaluation/reflective essays are due to the IB coordinator by the end of April of the senior year. (April 26, 2011)

All due dates for Extended Essay and CAS are firm.  Due to submission requirements to the International Baccalaureate offices, time extensions cannot be granted.

EXAMS

May is the standard month for all International Baccalaureate exams.  You will receive an exam schedule in April telling you when and where to report for each exam.  All exams are timed, so plan to be in the room well ahead of the exam start time.  If you arrive late, you will not be permitted to make-up the time.  Please note IB does not permit make up exams.  Bring pencils, pens, erasers and a bottle of water (if desired.) Food is not permitted in exams.  Students remain in the examination room until the exam is ended; leaving after completion of exams is not permitted. Paper 1 refers to the first part of the exam; paper 2, the second, and paper 3, the third.

The tentative exam schedule for May 2011 follows. Please note that some exams run until after 3:00 PM. Please be sure to have transportation arrangements made for these exams.

Tuesday, May 3         
English A1HL                           8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wednesday, May 4    
Math SL paper 1                      12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Thursday, May 5         
Math SL paper 2                      8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Monday, May 9           
Chemistry SL paper 1            12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Chemistry SL paper 2            12:50 PM - 2:05 PM

Tuesday, May 10        
Chemistry SL paper 3            8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
English A1 HL paper 2            12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 11         
Physics SL paper 1          12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Physics SL paper 2          12:50 PM - 2:05 PM

Thursday, May 12              
Physics SL paper 3           8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
History SL paper 1             12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
History SL paper 2             1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Wednesday, May 18         
Spanish B SL paper 1        8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Spanish B SL paper 2        9:35 AM - 11:05 AM
Biology HL paper 1            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Biology HL paper 2             1:05 PM - 3:20 PM

Thursday, May 19             
Biology HL paper 3             8:00 AM - 3:20 PM

Friday, May 20                   
German B SL paper 1         12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
German B SL paper 2          1:35 PM - 3:05 PM
 
Monday, May 23                
French B SL paper 1            8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
French B SL paper 2            9:35 AM - 11:05 AM   
                                     
IB Grades

Grades are issued by the International Baccalaureate in early July.
Before you leave school in June, you will receive a password and website to access your grades.
If you are graduating and you want your grades reported to a college, you must let Mr. Alexander know this (and which colleges) before graduation. If you do not, IB can still send your grades, but you will have to contact IB yourself, pay a fee, and it will take longer. Please note this is the only instance in which you may contact IB. IB will not usually respond to communications from students.