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A Guidebook to the
at the International School of Bremen
ISB Mission Statement
The International School of Bremen is a private school for students within the internationally oriented community of Bremen. In partnership with family and community, ISB maintains a high commitment to educational excellence in both teaching and learning. It provides an academic, social and physical education in English that promotes the development of responsible, ethical citizens in an ever-changing global society.
The International School of Bremen believes: All children have the ability to learn and learn at different rates. Children have different learning styles and interests. Children have the right to a safe and caring learning environment. Children can make positive contributions to their environment. Education is the shared responsibility of school, home and community. Education should develop understanding of various cultures and appreciation of diversity. Character education is important in the development of responsible global citizens.
International School of Bremen Thomas-Mann-Strasse 6-8 D-28213 Bremen Tel: +49-421-33 79 272 Fax: +49-421-33 79 273 E-mail email@example.com www.isbremen.de
1 The IB and German University Requirements --------.1 1.2 1.15 4.2 4. ISB GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS -----------------------------.4 Assessment Goals and Methods ---------------------------.9 2. Action.6 • Creativity.16 ISB Diploma ----------------------------------------------------.3 International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) --------------.13 3.1 2.3 The Curriculum -------------------------------------------------.12 Grading.3 2.2 Three Special Diploma Requirements --------------------. THE IB AND UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION --------------------.17 5.18 .1 The Six Subject Groups ---------------------------------------.1 4.15 3.2 2.16 4.16 • Certificates as an Alternative to the IB Diploma ISB Diploma with Honours --------------------------------. GENERAL OUTLINE AND COURSE DESCRIPTION ---------. CONTACT DETAILS ----------------------------------------------------.11 Academic Malpractice (Cheating) ------------------------. Results and Grade Scale -----------------------. Service (CAS) • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) • The Extended Essay • TOK and Extended Essay External Assessment 2.1 1. ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATIONS -----------------------------.9 Rules and Guidelines for IB Examinations ------------.Table of Contents 1.
1 THE CURRICULUM The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts. At ISB. mathematics. 1. Students planning on particular post-secondary programmes must be aware of their specific entry requirements. many students will want to ensure that their particular programme meets the requirements for entrance into German universities. 1 . It offers 2-year curricula in 6 subject areas – including two modern languages. GENERAL OUTLINE AND COURSE DESCRIPTION The IB Diploma Programme is a two year pre-university course designed to facilitate the mobility of students and promote international understanding. and arts (or other electives). The comprehensive course of study for the IB Diploma is designed to provide students aged 16 to 19 with a balanced education. social studies.1. experimental sciences. The programme is flexible enough to allow students to satisfy national curricular requirements.
a student may be allowed to study language A1 as a self-taught candidate at standard level (SL) only. and gain an extra certificate. The range of texts studied is broad so that students grow to appreciate the wealth and subtleties of the language in a variety of contexts. action. Students may also take a seventh subject.Students study six subjects selected from subject groups.2 THE SIX SUBJECT GROUPS Group 1: Language A1 This subject promotes oral and written communication skills in the student’s native language while providing international perspectives through a world literature component. All three parts of the core—extended essay. outside of the IB Diploma. Language A1 First Language offerings: English and German A variety of other languages may be examined with the International Baccalaureate but the instruction takes place generally outside of school with external teachers whose fees are paid for by parents. and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours). service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme. Where no teacher is available. To gain the IB Diploma all candidates must: • take one subject from each group listed below • take at least three and not more than four of the six subjects at Higher Level (HL) and other subjects at Standard Level (SL). theory of knowledge and creativity. 2 . Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours). This course provides excellent preparation for those students wishing to study a literature-based course at university. • submit an Extended Essay in one of the IB subjects • follow a course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) • complete all CAS requirements 1.
USSR under Stalin. students who have no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen. the causes. History: A historical analysis of the political. A historical investigation is also a component of the course. Group 3: Individuals and Societies The subjects in this group foster an appreciation of both change and continuity and of similarity and difference through local studies and global perspectives. B or ab initio offerings: English. cultural.Group 2: Second Language Language A2 consolidates and extends oral and written communication skills in a variety of styles using literary texts. economic and social events defining 20th Century World History and 19th and 20th Century European History. Some of the topics include: The rise and rule of Single Party States. These courses are only available at standard level. reading and writing through the study of a wide range and styles of literary and non-literary texts. French.e. Language ab initio courses are for beginners. In all activities a global perspective is required. 3 . History is the subject currently offered at ISB. It is intended for bilingual students or students with a good command of the language. i. German or Spanish A variety of other languages may be examined with the International Baccalaureate but the instruction takes place generally outside of school with external teachers whose fees are paid for by parents. The aim is to develop the skills of listening. practices and effects of war and East/West relations. speaking. Language B is a foreign language course for students with some previous experience of learning the language. Language A2.
principles and applications of the experimental sciences in general. concepts and principles • develop logical. Optics.Group 4: Experimental Sciences The subjects offered all promote an understanding of the concepts. Thermal Physics. Nucleic Acids and Proteins. Electronic Configuration. 4 . Genetics. Periodicity. Biology: The Chemistry of Life. Neurobiology & Behaviour and Plant Science Physics: Mechanics. Defense Against Infectious Disease. critical and creative thinking • employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization. interests and abilities of students. Muscles and Movement. Measurement and Uncertainties. Energetics of Equations. An awareness of moral and ethical issues is fostered and social responsibility promoted through the discussion of local and global issues. Electromagnetism. Cell Respiration & Photosynthesis. Cells. Astrophysics. Ecology & Evolution. Hybridization. This is further supplemented by the study of options. Stoichiometry. Bonding and Structure. Practical laboratory skills are developed and collaborative learning is encouraged by means of an interdisciplinary group project. Human Reproduction. Human Health and Physiology. The aims of these courses are to enable students to: • develop mathematical knowledge. Excretion. Carbon. and to fulfil the requirements of various university and career aspirations. Nerves. Atomic and Nuclear Physics and Quantum Physics Chemistry: Atomic Theory. Hydrocarbons and Chemistry of Medicine and Drugs Group 5: Mathematics There are three courses to accommodate the range of needs.
Trigonometry. Functions. Matrices. Calculus and the study of a detailed option.Students are also encouraged to appreciate the international dimensions of mathematics and the multiplicity of its cultural and historical perspectives. Topics include: Algebra. Vectors. Geography or Business Administration. Some elect this course to prepare for a mathematics course at university or related courses such as Physics. Still Life. Complex Numbers. Figure Drawing and Figurative Art. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematics to real-life situations. Vectors. Matrices. Visual Arts: This course involves the production of an exhibition of art works based upon a theme. A substantial piece of research. Group 6: The Arts The arts subjects in this group place emphasis on practical production by the student and the exploration of a range of creative work in a global context. Topics include: Algebra and Equations. In the second year. Mathematics HL is designed for students with competence and a strong background in Mathematics and who enjoy mathematical challenges. Probability and Statistics. Probability and Statistics and Calculus. students follow a 5 . Functions. Topics include: Algebra. is undertaken concurrently. in the form of a project. Trigonometry. Economics. Financial and Business Mathematics. Mathematical Studies SL is the option for students who are not likely to require Mathematics beyond the IB. Mathematics SL is intended to provide a sound mathematical basis for those students planning to pursue further studies in fields such as Chemistry. Permutations and Combinations. abstraction in the work of a 20th century artist. It is a demanding course containing a variety of mathematical topics and requires a reasonable level of technical ability. Engineering or Technology. the study of Organic and Manufactured subject matter. Functions. Probability and Statistics. Sets and Logic.
Students should complete a minimum of 50 hours in each of the three areas of CAS. Creativity challenges students to be involved in a creative endeavour such as the arts. photography. or they show creativity in designing and carrying out service projects.3 THREE SPECIAL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS The three core requirements are: • • • Creativity. thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. for example helping children with special needs. 6 . Service Theory of Knowledge Extended Essay All Diploma Programme students must engage in these three activities. Service (CAS) Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits. music. expeditions and in local or international projects. Involvement in both the school and local community is encouraged. Action. The aim of CAS is to challenge the individual student.personalized course of study based upon their own interests. 1. The research workbook is a substantial component of the course. Creativity. Action can include participation in individual and team sports. visiting hospitals or working with refugees. Service provides an opportunity for students to work with charitable organizations. develop self-confidence and inspire a sense of responsibility towards the local and international communities. Action. sports and community service work.
the historical fact. thought and on the development of the student’s critical thinking skills. political and aesthetic judgments that individuals must make in their daily lives. Each student will receive a CAS Diary from the CAS coordinator which outlines the expectations and documentation requirements. Although reflection and internal thinking might be seen as a „western“ pursuit. The students organize a variety of fundraising school-based activities throughout the year. Students are also able to meet the requirements by participation in the National Award Scheme which involves all three elements of CAS. A student who does not meet the required 150 hours of service for CAS and/or does not complete the related reflective and evaluative writing may not be awarded an IB Diploma. Emphasis is placed on the role of language.A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of participation to themselves and to others. Throughout their studies an international perspective is encouraged. They also examine the grounds for the moral. The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines and encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. For example. students reflect on the nature of poetic truth in literature and contrast such truth with that obtained in other systems of knowledge . 7 . Assessment involves an externally marked essay of 1200 -1600 words and an internally assessed class presentation. the scientific fact. in all areas of work „non-western“ sources and influences will be reviewed and investigated. Within TOK students are encouraged to reflect on all aspects of their work throughout the Diploma Programme. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) This is a compulsory component for all IB Diploma students. The CAS coordinator ensures that the programme runs successfully and meets regularly with each student. or a mathematical proof.
for the IB Diploma a candidate’s performance will fall into one of five bands. The Extended Essay offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest while developing independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Work of an excellent standard Work of a good standard Work of a satisfactory standard Work of a mediocre standard Work of an elementary standard 8 . Each student is supervised by a teacher whose role it is to provide both academic and general guidance on time management and the overall structure and presentation of the paper. TOK and Extended Essay External Assessment According to the quality of work in each of these two important requirements. A total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time is recommended. The essay is externally assessed by an examiner appointed to the school and selected by the IBO. The teacher also ensures that the essay is the candidate’s own work. The Extended Essay must be registered in one of the subjects from Groups 1 to 6.The Extended Essay This is a compulsory component for all IB Diploma students. the TOK and the Extended Essay. Candidates are required to undertake original research and write an essay of 4000 words. More information can be obtained from the ISB Guide to Extended Essay.
An IB Diploma will also not be awarded in the following cases: if no Extended Essay is submitted by the stated deadline if the essay has not been supervised by an appropriate teacher if the essay is plagiarized if the essay is a repetition of work done in class and/or work internally assessed 2. ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATIONS 2. 9 .The total number of bonus points awarded will be determined according to the following matrix: Theory of Knowledge A A +3 +3 +2 +2 +1 B +3 +2 +1 +1 0 C +2 +1 +1 0 0 D +2 +1 0 0 0 E +1 0 0 0 Fail Extended Essay • • • • B C D E For example. a candidate who achieves Level B for Theory of Knowledge and Level C for the Extended Essay will be awarded one bonus point. The award of F is a failing condition for the IB Diploma.1 ASSESSMENT GOALS AND METHODS The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme courses. Candidates who achieve Level E for both Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay will be awarded F for their bonus points score.
Diploma Programme assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills in fulfilling these goals. not by each student’s position in the overall rank order. Student results are determined by performance against set standards. These are made available to students. The awarding of grades is criterion based. Assessment tasks are designed to support and encourage good classroom teaching and learning. Diploma Programme assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills where appropriate. for example: • • • analyzing and presenting information evaluating and constructing arguments solving problems creatively. All subject and assessment components have clearly defined criteria. Basic skills are also assessed. including: • • • retaining knowledge understanding key concepts applying standard methods. yet academically demanding. programme of study the development of critical-thinking and reflective skills the development of research skills the development of independent learning skills the development of intercultural understanding a globally recognized university entrance qualification.The Diploma Programme goals provide students with: • • • • • • a broad and balanced. 10 . In addition to academic skills.
Bags. These are externally set and graded by the IBO. Each subject has an internally assessed component (approximately 20%) and an externally assessed component (approximately 80%). pens. essays. eraser. and recordings of internal oral language exams. • Students must arrive promptly for all examinations and should aim to arrive about 10 minutes before the official start of the exam.e. This means that each student’s performance is measured against welldefined levels of achievement. • • • 11 . a portfolio for art students comprising photographs of their work. Various modes of assessment are used: oral and written. The grading system used by the IBO is criterion-referenced. are not to be brought into the examination room. equipment for geometry). External examiners are trained to assess work from an agreed perspective using common mark schemes. The assessment criteria for all assessment components are shared with students and are an important part of their learning process. Students may only have on their desk the equipment they need for the examination (i. pencils. Five minutes are allowed for reading through the paper before an examination begins.2 RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR IB EXAMINATIONS In order to keep in line with I. pencil cases etc. • • • 2. multiple choice questions. data-based questions. regulations the following rules are observed and enforced for all examinations.Methods: • • • All students write examinations at the conclusion of the two year course. long and short responses.B. ruler. On arrival in the examination room students should wait for the teacher in charge of the exam to show them where to sit. It is advisable to have a spare pen and pencil in case the first one runs out or breaks.
but in addition the student will be suspended from school 12 . generally the invigilator will not answer questions related to the examination. However. 2nd offence: All the papers for the examination session will be cancelled and exam marks of 0 recorded. 3rd offence: The same as for the 2nd offence. 3 ACADEMIC MALPRACTICE (CHEATING) Internal Exams: The following penalties apply for anyone caught cheating: 1st offence: The paper will be cancelled and an exam mark of 0 recorded for that subject. Normal translation dictionaries are only allowed where appropria te. They are not allowed in any language examinations (English. so that other students still working are not disturbed. At the end of the examination students must not talk to. they should raise their hand to attract the invigilator’s attention. German. The student is expected to leave the room as quietly as possible. French and Spanish). If students have a question or problem. or try to communicate with. The invigilator is the ONLY per son with whom the student is allowed to communicate in any way during the examination. their paper is to be left on their desk for the invigilator to collect. other students until ALL papers have been coll ected. If a student does leave early. The earliest a student may leave an examination is 30 minutes from the end unless the invigilator sitting the examination has granted his/her permission.• • • • • • No electronic dictionaries or mobile telephones are allowed in the exam room. Calculators are only allowed by permission of the invigilator supervising the exam and the rules governing the examination. Students are advised to bring additional batteries for their calcula tor. 2.
If a repeat offence occurs that student may be suspended and the IBO may be informed. or particular turns-of-phrase from another person or another work and representing them as your own. opinions. internet searches. expertise. Plagiarism Students are encouraged — even required — to seek the knowledge. and ideas of others through library research. The quality of work in both TOK and the Extended Essay is assessed against assessment criteria and the results are described according to five categories: elementary. Students are reminded. 2. C. The minimum score of 24 is based on the fact that a grade 4 represents a passing level in each subject. personal interviews. RESULTS AND GRADE SCALE The student must meet defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of the three diploma requirements: TOK. It is essential that students always appropriately attribute knowledge and language to its rightful author.4 GRADING. satisfactory. line between proper acknowledgement of the origins of that information and plagiarism. and collaboration with other students. Excellent performance in each of the six subjects results in a grade 7 for each or a total of 42 points. mediocre. but incredibly important. D. (E. respectively). The ISB assessment scale is reflective of this. passages. 13 . that there is a fine. A. Plagiarism is the act of taking ideas. good and excellent.External Exams: If cheating takes place the matter is reported directly to the IBO and could result in loss of all marks and no diploma being awarded. however. Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). the Extended Essay and CAS. B. Students will receive no credit for plagiarised work. Course work and internal school work: If cheating occurs in any form students are warned.
in June. The maximum possible IB Diploma points score is 45. a transcript sharing all semester grades from grade 9 onwards if appropriate. At graduation a student will receive a final summative report. Another report will be issued in late January prior to the mock examinations. Grade 11 Reports In Grade 11 the October/November Report gives a good indication of progress into the school year and is especially important for students who have entered courses on a trial basis because at this time the situation may be reviewed. The last report of the school year will be distributed at the end of the school year. Final IB Results Final IB results are available to the school and to students electronically in early July of the completion of Grade 12. IB Certificates and Diplomas are distributed in September. All grades and transcripts from grade 9 onwards are shared with Universities and other higher educational institutions and will form part of the reference in support of the students exiting the school. Internal Examination Results These are recorded and issued separately usually at the end of June in Grade 11 and late February in Grade 12. Grade 12 Reports In Grade 12 again a report will be issued in October/November. 14 .TOK and the Extended Essay contribute to the overall score through a system which awards up to three points based on the candidate’s combined performance. This is just prior to final registration of subjects with the IBO. The second report will be issued at the end of January. Please refer to TOK and EXTENDED ESSAY EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT on pages 8 and 9 of this guide.
org.1 THE IB AND GERMAN UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS In March 2000 the Diploma was formally recognized as a suitable alternative to the Abitur Certificate. 15 . Some colleges and universities may offer advanced standing or course credit to students with strong IB examination results. It is consequently an appropriate qualification for German University entrance for German citizens. 3. German citizens desiring to attend a German University must follow the specific guidelines below. THE IB AND UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION International Baccalaureate Diploma holders gain admission to colleges and universities throughout the world. Further information on the IB programme can be obtained on the International Baccalaureate´s official website www. Further information regarding the IB programme at ISB can be obtained from the IB Coordinator. These students must: • Complete a minimum of 12 successive years of full-time education • Study an Experimental Science (group 4) at HL or Mathematics (group 5) at HL • Study German A1 and one language A2 • Select Maths HL or SL.3. Formal agreements exist between the IBO and many Ministries of Education and private institutions.ibo. and not select Maths Studies (group 5) The latest publication on the resolution of the Conference of Ministers of Education on recognition of the IB Diploma for admission to German Universities can be obtained from the IB Coordinator.
ISB GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ISB offers three different levels of diplomas.2 ISB DIPLOMA WITH HONOURS In order to attain a status of ISB Diploma with Honours a student must • Complete the IB course • Complete the required 150 hours of CA • Attain a total score of 21 or higher in the following IB exams: Maths or Maths Studies. together with TOK and CAS and may or may not choose an Extended Essay. then through the IBO the student receives an IB Diploma. They are Certificate candidates rather than Diploma candidates. In addition. IB CERTIFICATES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE IB DIPLOMA All students at ISB are encouraged to participate in the Diploma Programme. therefore. Second Language. 4.4. 4. Science. all students must reach the graduation requirements of ISB as outlined below. History. CAS) and reaches a minimum of 24 IB points. First Language.1 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA If a student successfully completes all the requirements outlined in this handbook (Extended Essay. Those who do not satisfy the entire set of requirements or who elect to take fewer than six subjects are awarded a certificate for examinations completed. if a student receives a grade 4 on the HL Chemistry exam ISB will add one point for the purpose of graduation and see this 16 . For any HL level course exam ISB will add one additional point to the IB grade. TOK. Each of these is outlined below. Some students decide to take all six subjects at standard level.
A student who is unable to reach 19 points in the prescribed areas will be awarded a school leaving certificate to indicate that they have completed 12 years of full-time education. First Language. A word of caution: Regardless of the type of diploma you attain it must be noted that if a grade 3 or lower is attained on any exam it is likely to exclude you from entering an institution of higher learning even though you have graduated. History. 17 . It must be understood that the ISB Diploma with Honours indicates that you have graduated at a success level that may allow entry into a Liberal Arts college or Vocational Courses. if a student receives a grade 4 on the HL Chemistry exam ISB will add one point for the purpose of graduation and see this as a grade 5. For any HL level course exam ISB will add one additional point to the IB grade. 4.3 ISB DIPLOMA In order to attain a status of ISB Diploma a student must • Complete the IB courses • Complete the required 150 hours of CAS • Attain a total score of 19 on the following IB exams: Maths or Maths Studies.as a grade 5. It must be understood that the ISB Diploma indicates that you have graduated at a success level that may get you into Vocational Courses. therefore. Science. Second Language.
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