Welcome to the IB Program
at Edmonds-Woodway High School
David Quinn is the IB Coordinator at Edmonds-Woodway High School. If you have any questions about the program - or if you want to share comments or concerns - please contact Mr. Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org
The IB application period for the 2015-2016 school year will open this fall; the deadline for submissions will be at the end of November. When the application link opens, you can find it here.
If you are interesting in learning more information about the IB Program at EWHS, please explore this site and contact Mr. Quinn with questions. We always host an open presentation for all parents and students in October in the EWHS Little Theatre. On that night, parents and students had the opportunity to learn more about the IB program and the IB application process.
Remember: Numerous program changes have occurred over the years, so we are the best source of information about the IB program at EWHS. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us via email or phone!
> IBO MISSION STATEMENT
The International Baccaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowlegeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigourous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
> EDMONDS WOODWAY MISSION STATEMENT
The Edmonds-Woodway High School community empowers students to achieve educational excellence while demonstrating integrity and compassion through responsible citizenship.
Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Coordinator Site for the Edmonds School District IB Diploma Program located at Edmonds-Woodway High School. This site provides information for parents, students and IB staff in the following areas:
- An Overview of the Edmonds School District IB Diploma Program
- The Application Process for 8th grade students wishing to attend EWHS
- IBO Exam Registration Process for current IB Juniors and Seniors
- Parent Meetings and Events
- CAS Requirements (see Documents page)
- May 2015 Exam Schedule and Results (see Documents page)
- Links to general policies of EWHS (see IBO)
- Links to official IBO sites (see Links page)
> OVERVIEW OF THE EWHS IB PROGRAM
Edmonds-Woodway High School is one of over 50 IB programs in the Pacific Northwest. Since IBO authorization in 1996, the full-IB Program has grown to represent over 100 students in both the Junior and Senior classes each year; in fact, the majority of Juniors and Seniors take at least 1 IB class each year. Students in grades 9-10 take a prescribed honors curriculum to prepare for success in IB courses, taken during the 11th and 12th grades.
Currently, over 300 students are enrolled in the 9-10 honors program, over 400 Juniors and Seniors are registered for one or more IB classes, and over 225 students in grades 11-12 are currently working towards the full-IB diploma! Clearly, many of our students are finding success in the IB program.
The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The IBO program provides a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth while encouraging international-mindedness, starting with a foundation in a student's own language and culture. The IBO program has gained a reputation for its rigorous external assessment with published global standards, making this a qualification welcomed by universities worldwide.
IB Courses Offered at EWHS
- English A1: IB Language & Literature
- Math Studies SL, Mathematics SL and Mathematics HL
- Chinese (Mandarin), French, and Spanish (SL, HL, and ab initio options)
- History of the Americas and Cold War (HL)
- Psychology (SL and HL)
- Art History (SL)
- Business & Management (SL and HL)
- Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science and Physics (SL and HL, when available)
- Music (SL and HL, when available)
- Computer Science (SL, when available)
In addition to courses from the list above, full-IB diploma candidates also take the Theory of Knowledge course, engage in a specialized research paper in a subject area of choice (the Extended Essay), and commit to Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) hours. IB learners strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.
Students take written examinations at the end of the diploma program, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external examiners or sent directly to world-wide examination sites. Marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The IB diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points (in addition to allowing for IBO point requirements). Assessment is criterion based, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations.
IB is a challenging program that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. The EWHS IB staff is committed to an extensive program of IB professional development that, in addition to three levels of workshop training, also includes access to an online curriculum center which provides program documentation, examples of student work, and acts as a hub for an international community of teachers.
For further information on the program, please see the Powerpoint found in Documents or to the IBO site found at: www.ibo.org
> APPLICATION PROCESS
To be eligible to attend the IB program at EWHS, students must reside within the boundaries of the Edmonds School District. After that, there are 3 application pathways into the IB Program: 1) You live in the EWHS service area. OR 2) You have previously been identified as "gifted" by the Edmonds School District OR 3) You live in the Lynnwood, Meadowdale, or Mountlake Terrace service area and take the Cognitive Ability Test in eighth grade, then qualify as "gifted." A student may remain at EWHS provided they take no fewer than four (4) Honors/IB classes per semester in grades 9-12.
The IB application period for the 2016-2017 school year will open this fall. The deadline for electronic submissions of applications is at the end of November. More information will follow when the application period opens.
IB courses are always open to students who reside within the EWHS service area; they register for specific IB courses during the Spring course registration period for all EWHS students.
> IBO EXAM REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
Registration for May 2016 exams will take place during the month of October. Juniors and Seniors will receive comprehensive registration packets in mid-September, and each IB student will sign off on IB Exam confirmations in October and November. Additional copies of the exam registration packet will be posted under Documents. Remember: If a student is in an IB course - and that course ends with a formal IB exam - we fully expect that student to register for - and complete - the IB exam for that course. A 90% fee waiver for IB exam fees is available for students who qualify for the free-and-reduced lunch program. For this reason, we urge all IB families to complete the free-and-reduced lunch paperwork.
> IBO EXAM RESULTS for MAY 2015
May 2015 exam results are available at http://results.ibo.org. Students have been given individual personal codes and pin codes to access their individual results. IB Diplomas and Certificates will be available for pickup in the Main Office when they arrive in the fall. May 2015 exam results were released by the IBO at the beginning of July.
> 2015-2016 PARENT MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Specific dates will be posted on the website calendar in the Events section and under Announcements. This year, Honors and IB program topics, updates and questions will be discussed as part of the school's class-level school meetings during advisory.
As forms are revised they will be posted in the document section.