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International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Miami Beach Senior High School- Informational Meeting

October 24, 2013


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at

Miami Beach Senior High


Donohue- Principal

Chandrell Larkin- AP CurriculumCarlos Rodriguez- IB CoordinatorDavid Guthrie- Scholar’s AcademyJennifer Erickson- IB Secretary


What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme

(DP) is an academically challenging and balanced

programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The

programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.


IB Program at Beach High

The IB Program is a two year program starting in 11th grade.

Applications to the Program are accepted starting in December of the student’s sophomore year.

You must

live in the Miami Beach Senior High Feeder pattern to be eligible to enter the IB Program. We are not a Magnet Program.A student can start in any academy at Miami Beach High School and still be able to enter the IB program in their junior year.A student entering the IB Program must have successfully completed Algebra 2 and Geometry.


Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme

An IB education encourages international-mindedness and the cultivation of a rigorous, inquiring intellect.

As an IB student, your child will learn a second language—a requisite for success in an increasingly-globalized 21st century economy.

Your child will be encouraged to ask the tough questions, to reflect critically, and to develop formidable research skills—to learn how to learn. And IB programme encourage community service—so that the lessons of the classroom can be tested in the world at large.

“Concurrency of learning”

: As students mature and further develop their thinking skills, they explore the disciplines in increasing depth and realize how they are linked to each other and to local and global issues.


Benefits of the IB Diploma

The State of Florida waives traditional graduation requirements for students who complete the IB Diploma, and Florida public colleges and universities grant IB Diploma graduates up to sophomore standing.


IB at Miami Beach Sr. High

The IB World Diploma Passing rate is 78%

The First two IB Graduating classes at Miami Beach High School have achieved passing rates of 82% and 89%

ALL IB Graduates at Miami Beach High School have graduated with honors with most being in the top 5% of their graduating class.


IB Seniors College Acceptances

University of Michigan


Institute of Technology

Cornell UniversityGeorgetown University Duke University University of California- BerkeleyUniversity of Texas- AustinVanderbilt University Northwestern UniversityUniversity of MarylandTulane University

University of Southern California

Wake Forest University

Syracuse University

Boston College

University of Wisconsin- Madison

Boston University

University of Florida

New York University

Emory University

University of Miami

George Washington University


IB Diploma Programme at a Glance

CAS Project and Activities

Theory of Knowledge paper

Extended Essay


IB Diploma Curriculum Programme





Honors English 1

Honors English 2

AP English Literature

IB English HL

AP World History

AP European



AP Comp.


AP US History

IB History of Americas HL

Honors Biology or Honors Chemistry

Honors Chemistry or Honors Physics or

AP Biology or AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry



Biology SL

IB Chemistry HL


IB Biology SL

Spanish 1 or higher or Portuguese 1 or higher

Spanish 2 or higher or Portuguese 2 or

higher or

French 2 or higher



/ IB Spanish SL,

IB Portuguese


AP French / IB French SL

IB Spanish


IB Portuguese

HL or

IB French HL/SL

Honors Geometry or Honors Algebra 2

Honors Algebra 2


Pre Calculus


Math Studies

SL or

AP Calculus AB

IB Mathematics SL or IB Math Studies SL

Pre-IB Inquiry Skills


IB Psychology


IB Music

HL/SL or

AP Human Geography

IB Geography SL

IB Psychology SL


IB Music

HL/SL or

IB Human

Geography HL/SL



Extended Essay/TOK

TOK/Test Prep






IB Program

Science- Engineering- Medicine

suggested courses

Higher Levels

English LiteratureHistory of AmericasChemistryStandard LevelsSpanish, French, PortugueseMathematics and one from the following

Human Geography



Non IB elective

Honors Physics, Pre Calculus,

AP Calculus AB, Debate, Internship


IB Program

Liberal Arts Major

suggested courses

Higher Levels

English LiteratureHistory of the AmericasOne from the FollowingSpanish or FrenchHuman GeographyMusic

Standard Levels

Math Studies


One from the following

Spanish, French or Portuguese

Human Geography



Non IB Electives

Debate, Jazz Ensemble, Internship


To Earn the IB Diploma

Complete the following:

4,000 word Extended Essay

1,000 word Theory Of Knowledge paper.

CAS Project- 150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service.Complete all IB Internal AssessmentsTake exams in the 6 different subject areasAccumulate at least 24 points total in the six assessments.Assessments are graded on a1-7 point scale.


Who Should Apply?





IB learners strive to be:








The IB Program sounds like a lot off extra work. What are the advantages of enrolling in the IB Program?

Students with IB Diplomas, who now attend universities, report that their involvement with IB has given them the tools needed to succeed at university and to make the most of their post-secondary education. In particular, students comment on their sense of preparedness, their self-confidence, their research skills, their ability to manage their time, and their willingness to be actively engaged in their own learning. Even more importantly, they have developed a sense of the world around them, their responsibility to it, and the skills with which to embrace the complexities of life. The IBO often employs a variety of phrases to describe these traits and abilities: "learning how to learn", "life-long learners", "critical and compassionate thinkers", and, "informed participants in local and world affairs".



What is the average amount of time one should expect to spend on homework each night in IB? How should we study?

From one to four hours per night: your study style is your own, but it is advisable to exercise good time-management skills.



Does the IB Diploma Program satisfy my State requirements for receiving a high school degree


Yes, as long as the student meets all the requirements of the IB Diploma program, he/she will meet all the requirements for a state of Florida diploma. They will also qualify for the state’s Bright future program. If the student withdraws from the IB program before graduation or fails to complete the requirements demanded by the IB Diploma program, then they will need to complete certain state mandated courses such as US Government and economics.



What is “CAS”?


CAS stands for Creativity-Action-Service. In order to successfully complete the IB Diploma Program, each student must have documented equal creative-action-service involvement in activities outside the classroom that are devoted to school, local, and, international communities. The commitment(s) should equal a total of150 hours. CAS project must take place during the eighteen months between the beginning of junior year and second semester senior year.



What is the “Extended Essay”?


Extended Essay is a 4,000 word piece

of original research conducted by each IB Diploma candidate. It is completed between first semester of junior year and first semester of senior year. The student researches and writes on a topic of his/her choosing, and has an Extended Essay Coordinator, as well as an Extended Essay Advisor to help with the essay.



What is “Theory of Knowledge”?


Theory of Knowledge, or TOK, is a seminar-type course that explores the linkages between subject areas (courses). It is part existential, philosophical, psychological and metaphysical. It, also, is taken between second semester junior year and first semester senior year. Students submit a presentation-tape and reflective paper, in order to successfully complete the course.



How does the IB curriculum compare to AP? 

The IB curriculum is a rigorous well balanced one. Students must complete ALL prescribed courses as well as the EE, CAS project and TOK class. It is the well rounded nature of the IB program that colleges and universities value.

All IB classes are weighted the same as AP ones. Some universities give credit for passing specific IB classes just as they do AP.


IB Applications

Deadline January 10, 2014Link to applications

Applications will be available starting December 1st