The IB Curriculum (11th and 12th grade)
Six subject groups comprise the core of the IB curriculum. The IB Diploma candidate is required to select one subject from each of the six areas.
|Group 1: Language A||English|
|Group 2: Language B||Language other then English|
|Group 3: Individuals and Societies||History, Economics|
|Group 4: Experimental Sciences||Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science|
|Group 5: Mathematics||Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, and Mathematical Studies|
|Group 6: Arts & Electives||Visual Arts, Environmental Systems, Computer Science, (or a second group 2, 3, or 4)|
At least three and not more than four of the six subjects are taken at the Higher Level (HL). The remaining courses are taken at the Standard Level (SL) (one-year course). Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 to 7.
To be eligible for the award of the IB Diploma at the conclusion of the senior year, all candidates, during the l1th and 12th grades, must
- earn a total of at least 24 points in the final IB score.
- successfully complete prescribed course work and an examination from each of the above groups.
- submit an extended essay of 4000 words in one of the subjects of the IB curriculum.
- complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.
- complete the experiential learning portion of the program, Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) program.
The Diploma Hexagon
The program has the strengths of a traditional and broad curriculum, but with three important additional features, shown at the centre of the hexagonal curriculum model.
Sample Four Year Course of Study
International Honors and
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Plano East Senior High School
Class of 2015+
|9th Grade||10th Grade||11th Grade||12th Grade|
|IH Humanities I (English and AP Human Geography)||IH Humanities II (English and AP World History)||IB English III||IB English IV|
|IB World Area Studies I (US History and Government)||IB World Area Studies II or IB Economics|
|IH Foreign Language I||IH Foreign Language II||IH Foreign Language III||IB Foreign Language IV|
|IH Biology||IH Chemistry||Physics (an additional IB Science is possible)||IB Science|
|IH Geometry||IH Algebra II||IH Pre-Cal or AP Statistics||IB Calculus or IB Math Studies|
|P.E.||Health/Communication Applications||IB Theory of Knowledge||IB Theory of Knowledge|
|Fine Arts||Elective (Band, Orch, Choir)||IB Visual Arts I||IB Visual Arts II|