IB Course Descriptions

IB Biology Standard Level
SL Biology is a standard level college biology course. Students will explore the basic content covered in a college Biology I class. Topics include: Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology Genetics, Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, and Human Physiology.

Students will be required to take an exam that, if passed, may provide college credit. This class has a lab component, and students will be required to design, implement, and analyze a lab independently based on one of the topics that is covered in the scope of the class, and submit a formal lab report.

This course provides students who are interested in life science an opportunity to take a college level course in Biology.

Prerequisites
Biology I, Chemistry advised but not required
IB Chemistry Standard Level
SL Chemistry is a college level chemistry course. Students will learn the basic content that will be covered in a college level Chemistry I and II course, as will as the first part of a college Organic Chemistry course. The topics that are covered in this course are: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Acids and Bases, Nuclear Chemistry, Environmental Aspects of Chemistry, plus other college-level content.

Students will take an exam that, if passed, may provide them with college credit for a chemistry class. During the course students will be asked to create and complete a lab designed by the student, based on one of the topics that is covered in the class.
IB Computer Science Standard Level
This course requires an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computational thinking as will as knowledge of how computers and other digital devices operate. The course, underpinned by conceptual thinking, draws on a wide spectrum of knowledge, and enables and empowers innovation, exploration, and the acquisition of further knowledge.

Students will study how computer science interacts with and influences cultures, society, and how individuals and societies behave, and the ethical issues involved. During the course the student will develop computational solutions.
IB Music Standard Level Group Performance
This standard level music course seeks to develop students' knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. IB Diploma Program music students are required to study musical perception and actively listed to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures, and time periods. They will also develop aural perception and understanding of music by learning about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology and context. Through the course of study, students will become aware of how musicians work and communicate.
IB Physics Standard Level
SL Physics is a college level physics course. Students will learn the basic content that will be covered in a college level Physics I and II course. Among the topics covered are: Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity, Circular Motion and Gravity, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Energy, and Relativity.

Students will take an exam that, if passed, will provide them with college credit for a physics class. At the end of the course, students will be asked to create and complete a lab that they design, based on one of the topics that is covered in the class.

Prerequisites
Algebra II Honors
IB Spanish Standard Level
The curriculum is organized around five prescribed themes with which the students engage through written, audio, visual, and audio-visual texts. Students develop into successful, effective communicators by considering the conceptual understandings of context, audience, purpose, meaning, and variation. Communication is evidenced through receptive, productive, and interactive skills.

Prerequisites
Spanish III
IB Sports Exercise Standard Level
This course incorporates the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and nutrition. Students cover a range of core and optional topics, and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. The course offers a deeper understanding of the issues related to sports, exercise and health in the 21st century, and addresses the international dimension and ethics related to both the individual and global context. 

Internal assessment accounts for 20 percent of the final assessment, and this is assessed through a single individual investigation. This investigation may involve a hands-on approach, use of databases, modeling, simulation, or a hybrid.

Prerequisites
Anatomy and Physiology Honors
IB Visual Arts Standard Level
This 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.