INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

Department Overview

The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Diploma Program, created in 1968, is a demanding preuniversity course of study that is designed for highly motivated students. The IB Diploma Program is recognized worldwide for its rigorous coursework, assessments, and international emphasis, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. In recognition of the excellent academic preparation IB students receive in high school, the University of California awards 30 quarter (20 semester) units to any UCbound IB Diploma student earning a composite score of at least 30 (out of a range of 2445) in all six IB subjects. Students can also be granted 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units for scores of a 57 on individual subject exams.

The course offerings designated at Kennedy that comprise the six academic subjects of the IB Diploma Program include:
Group 1: Language A1 English
Group 2: Language B French, Korean or Spanish
Group 3: Individuals and Societies History of the Americas, Psychology
Group 4: Experimental Sciences Biology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies
Group 5: Mathematics Math Studies SL, Mathematics SL or Mathematics HL
Group 6: Arts and Electives* Psychology or Film
* Another science may be substituted for Group 6

At least three, but not more than four of these subjects are taken at higher level (HL), while the others are standard level (SL). Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly. Three important features of the IB Diploma Program that separate it from traditional honors programs form the core of the IB program. Theory of Knowledge, a course taken during the junior and senior year, is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. Student selected participation in a minimum of 150 hours of Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) activities reflects the IBO’s goal to educate the whole person and foster responsible, compassionate citizens. In addition, each IB student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest through an Extended Essay, a 4000 word, independent research project.

Classroom teachers and IB examiners work in partnership to ensure that student grades in IB subjects reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards applied equally to all IB schools. Kennedy is one of approximately 70 IB world schools in California, 803 in the U.S., and 2,145 IB schools worldwide. More than 573,000 students were assessed by the IBO last year. Preparation for participation in Kennedy’s IB Diploma Program begins in junior high. Incoming 9th graders should have completed at least one year of a second language and/or one year of college preparatory mathematics and have a record of academic success in honors courses. In order to satisfy all AUHSD graduation requirements as well as IB requirements, preIB students in grades 9 and 10 are scheduled into at least five academic courses during the school year, in preparation for the twoyear Diploma Program taken during the junior and senior years.

AG Course list is available at https://hsarticulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist#/list/details/1443/

 


0753 FILM IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.
UC - "F" Approved

This film course at the SL level aims to develop in students the skills necessary to achieve creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film. The aims of the course are to promote the following: an appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form; an ability to formulate stories and ideas in film terms; the practical and technical skills of production; critical evaluation of film productions by the student and by others; and a knowledge of filmmaking traditions in more than one country. The course consists of textual analysis, film theory and history, as well as film production. Students will produce written evaluations of films, as well as produce a short film of their own, as required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students who enroll in the class are expected to have a strong interest in film and be able to invest substantial time outside of class time to produce a quality film. This course meets the approved "F" requirement for UC A-G.



0754 FILM IB/HL1
11th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.
UC - "F" Approved

Students will enroll in Video Production for the first year of this two-year course. This course meets the approved "F" requirement for UC A-G.



0755 FILM IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.
UC - "F" Approved

The film course at the HL level aims to fully develop in students the skills necessary to achieve creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film. The aims of the course are to promote the following: an appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form; an ability to formulate stories and ideas in film terms; the practical and technical skills of production; critical evaluation of film productions by the student and by others; and an extensive knowledge of filmmaking traditions in more than one country. The course consists of textual analysis, film theory and history, as well as film production. Students will produce written evaluations of films, as well as produce a short film of their own, as required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students who enroll in the class are expected to have a strong interest in film and be able to invest substantial time outside of class time to produce a quality film. Students will be required to work independently on numerous projects. This course meets the approved "F" requirement for UC A-G.



1556 ENG A1 IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "B" Approved

Emphasis in this class is on world literature and an intensive college-level study of reading and composition. This course is the equivalent to a first-year college course. Students must have exemplary academic performance records to qualify for this course.This course meets the approved "B" requirement for UC A-G.



1558 ENG A1 IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "B" Approved

Emphasis in this class is on world literature and an intensive college-level study of reading and composition. This course is the equivalent to a first-year college course. Students must have exemplary academic performance records to qualify for this course. This course meets the approved "B" requirement for UC A-G.



2067 FRENCH B IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 3 or 4 and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The major emphasis of this course is to provide the lexical, grammatical, and reading content to support passage of the Advanced Placement Language Examination and/or the International Baccalaureate Examination. A high degree of skill is developed to further aural comprehension, fluency in speaking, the ability to sight read with comprehension, personal reactions and opinions in speech and writing, and cultural understanding in the target language. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2072 FRENCH B IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of French Language IB and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The first of a 2 year Higher Level course, the major emphasis of this course is to provide the lexical, grammatical, and reading content to support passage of the Advanced Placement Literature Examination and/or the International Baccalaureate Examination. A high degree of skill is developed to further aural comprehension, fluency in speaking, the ability to sight read, with comprehension, cultural prose, and verse passages of a mature content, provide opportunities for reading and analysis of selected major works representative of the principal genres and major trends and periods in literature, provide for discussion of literary values; and to offer an opportunity to express reactions and opinions in speech and writing.This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2074 FRENCH B IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of a French IB course and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The second of a 2 year Higher Level course, the major emphasis of this course is to provide the lexical, grammatical, and reading content to support passage of the Advanced Placement Literature Examination and/or the International Baccalaureate Examination. A high degree of skill is developed to further aural comprehension, fluency in speaking, the ability to sight read, with comprehension, cultural prose, and verse passages of a mature content, provide opportunities for reading and analysis of selected major works representative of the principal genres and major trends and periods in literature, provide for discussion of literary values; and to offer an opportunity to express reactions and opinions in speech and writing. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2195 SPAN B IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 3 or 4 and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The major emphasis of this course is to provide lexical, grammatical, and reading content to support passage of the Advanced Placement Language Examination and/or the International Baccalaureate Examination. A high degree of skill is developed to further aural comprehension, fluency in speaking, the ability to read at sight with comprehension, personal reactions and opinions in speech and writing, and cultural understanding in the target language. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2203 SPAN B IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Spanish Language IB and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The first of a 2 year Higher Level course, the major emphasis of this course is to provide the lexical, grammatical, and reading content to support the passage of the Advanced Placement Literature Examination and/or the International Baccalaureate Examination. A high degree of skill is developed to further aural comprehension, fluency in speaking, the ability to sight read, with comprehension, cultural prose, and verse passages of a mature content, provide opportunities for reading and analysis of selected major works representative of the principal genres and major trends and periods in literature, provide for discussion of literary values, and to offer an opportunity to express reactions and opinions in speech and writing. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2205 SPANISH B IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of a Spanish IB course and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The second of a 2 year Higher Level course, the major emphasis of this course is to provide the lexical, grammatical, and reading content to support the passage of the Advanced Placement Literature Examination and/or the International Baccalaureate Examination. A high degree of skill is developed to further aural comprehension, fluency in speaking, the ability to sight read, with comprehension, cultural prose, and verse passages of a mature content, provide opportunities for reading and analysis of selected major works representative of the principal genres and major trends and periods in literature, provide for discussion of literary values, and to offer an opportunity to express reactions and opinions in speech and writing. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2236 JAPAN B IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Japanese 3 and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

This course uses readings of current topics relevant to the study of Japanese. Students increase their vocabulary, their control of grammatical structures, and their cultural awareness. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are expanded. Students practice language functions of speaking appropriately in formal situations, talking about conditions and expressing opinions.



2238 JAPAN B IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Japanese 4 (IB) and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

Students use the language to explore the themes of groups, leisure, and change. They are exposed to an increased number of authentic texts including short stories and novels. Students learn to read and write an increased number of kanji. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are expanded with an emphasis on cultural awareness.



2239 JAPAN B IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in a Japanese IB course and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

Students use the language to explore the themes of groups, leisure, and change. They are exposed to an increased number of authentic texts including short stories and novels. Students learn to read and write an increased number of kanji. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are expanded with an emphasis on cultural awareness.



2267 KOR B IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Korean 3 or 4, or teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

Students continue to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on the development of advanced writing and reading skills. Reading selections are taken from several sources: including magazines, newspapers and literary works. Writing topics include poetry, reading literature selections, editing newspaper articles, and translating stories. Writing essays in the native language of Korean is a focal point. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2272 KOR B IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Korean B IB/HL1, and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The first of a 2 year Higher Level sequence in which students continue to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with the added component of research and presentation. Research topics of a comparative nature between the Korean and the American ways of life are a major focus, and oral presentations are required with the associated research. Reading selections are broader in scope and content, with emphasis in the development of writing styles and reading comprehension. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2274 KOREAN B IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Korean IB course and teacher recommendation.
UC - "E" Approved

The second of a 2 year Higher Level sequence in which students continue to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with the added component of research and presentation. Research topics of a comparative nature between the Korean and the American ways of life are a major focus, and oral presentations are required with the associated research. Reading selections are broader in scope and content, with emphasis in the development of writing styles and reading comprehension. This course meets the approved "E" requirement for UC A-G.



2662 HIST AM IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: HP/AP/IB courses require application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "A" Approved

This course is combined with AP United States history and provides an intensive survey of the United States History from 1607 to the present. The material covered includes all major developments in political, economic, and social categories with significant coverage of cultural and demographic themes. In addition to a solid grounding in factual knowledge, the course provides students with rigorous training in analytical skills so that they may deal critically with problems and material in United States History. Toward this end, the course offers training in those skills necessary for students to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgement and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The backbone of the course is direct exposure to the raw materials of history, primary sources, allowing students to: 1) assess their relevance to a given interpretive problem, 2) judge their reliability, and 3) measure their importance. This course meets the approved "A" requirement for UC A-G.



2664 HIST AM IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: HP/AP/IB courses require application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "A" Approved

This course provides an interdisciplinary, conceptual, multicultural, and literature-based approach to United States History. The intent is to examine the history of the UnitedStates with respect to political, economic, geographical, and social issues ofsignificance (including minority and women's rights). After a brief review ofthe Pre-Columbian age through U.S. Growth and Conflict, the course focuses onthe continuity and change from 1900 through the present. This course meets the approved "A" requirement for UC A-G.



2822 PSYCH IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: IB courses require application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "G" Approved

This course is based on the curriculum model of the IB syllabus. The content includes the interpretation of behavior given cultural, ethical, gender and methodological considerations; the biological, cognitive and learning perspectives of psychology; a detailed study and evaluation of one of seven options such as comparative or cultural psychology; and ethical and quantitative research methodologies applied to a simple experimental study. This course meets the approved "G" requirement for UC A-G. This course is based on the curriculum model of the IB syllabus. The content includes the interpretation of behavior given cultural, ethical, gender and methodological considerations; the biological, cognitive and learning perspectives of psychology; a detailed study and evaluation of one of seven options such as comparative or cultural psychology; and ethical and quantitative research methodologies applied to a simple experimental study.



2824 PSYCHOLOGY IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "B" or better in Psychology 1 (IB) and teacher recommendation.
UC - "G" Approved

IB psychology takes a holistic approach that fosters intercultural understanding and respect. In the core of the IB psychology course, the biological level of analysis demonstrates what all humans share, whereas the cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis reveal the immense diversity of influences that produce human behavior and mental processes. Cultural diversity is explored and students are encouraged to develop empathy for the feelings, needs and lives of others within and outside their own culture. This empathy contributes to an international understanding. The first year of IB Psychology HL is combined with IB Psychology SL. This course meets the approved "G" requirement for UC A-G.



2826 PSYCHOLOGY IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "B" or better in Psychology 1 (IB) and teacher recommendation.
UC - "G" Approved

The content of this course is an extension of the curriculum studied in Psychology 1 (IB). Additional topics include the humanistic perspective; a detailed study and evaluation of two of seven options; and qualitative, ethical, and quantitative research methods as applied to a more extensive experimental study. Students will build on knowledge attained in IB Psychology HL year 1 by applying it to research. IB psychology takes a holistic approach that fosters intercultural understanding and respect. HL students will cover 2 additional options. HL students are assessed on the syllabus core (levels of analysis). HL students are also assessed on their knowledge and comprehension of qualitative research methodology. The internal assessment, the report of a simple experimental study conducted by HL students requires inferential statistical analysis and an in‑depth approach.This course meets the approved "G" requirement for UC A-G.



2900 THRY OF KNWLG IB
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Required for all IB Diploma candidates.
UC - "G" Approved

The traditional TOK course has been expanded over two years by the IB program, effective 2015-16. Students take a semester of TOK in 11th grade and another semester in the 12th grade. The Theory of Knowledge - Part 1 course examines the origins and validity of various forms of knowledge. The class is the key component of the International Baccalaureate program and is required during 11th and 12th grade. It focuses on the various subject areas of a student's IB education, as well as on personal beliefs acquired in or out of school. The course is a critical reflection on what the student claims to know and what is professed as knowledge by others. The goals of the course are to gain an understanding of what it means to know something as a scientist, artist, mathematician, historian, composer, writer, philosopher, etc., how the forms of knowledge relate to one another and how to think critically. The TOK course is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1600 word essay. The Theory of Knowledge - Part 2 is a continuance of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK).



3465 MATHEMATICS IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
(Kennedy Only)
UC - "C" Approved

This course caters to students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration. Topics covered in this course include functions, trigonometry, vectors, statistics and probability, and calculus. This course will prepare students to sit for the standard level International Baccalaureate examination.



3791 MATH STUDIES IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in Algebra 2/Trigonometry (HP), or equivalent and teacher recommendation.
UC - "C" Approved

The IB Diploma Programme mathematical studies standard level (SL) course focuses on important interconnected mathematical topics. The syllabus focuses on: placing more emphasis on student understanding of fundamental concepts than on symbolic manipulation and complex manipulative skills; giving greater emphasis to developing students’ mathematical reasoning rather than performing routine operations; solving mathematical problems embedded in a wide range of contexts; using the calculator effectively. There is an emphasis on applications of mathematics and statistical techniques. It is designed to offer students with varied mathematical backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics, preparing them to solve problems in a variety of settings, develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and enhance their critical thinking. Topics include: numbers and Algebra, statistics, logic, sets, probability, geometry and trigonometry, mathematical models and an introduction to differential calculus. This course meets the approved "C" requirement for UC A-G.



3801 MATH IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in Pre-Calculus (IB) and teacherrecommendation.
UC - "C" Approved

This is the first year of a 2 year course. The IB Diploma higher level mathematics course focuses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way, achieved by a carefully balanced approach. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems set in a variety of meaningful contexts. Topics included are: Algebra, functions and equations, vectors, statistics and probability, trigonometry and Calculus. Students should expect to develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas. They are also encouraged to develop the skills needed to continue their mathematical growth in other learning environments. This course meets the approved "C" requirement for UC A-G.



3803 MATH IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in Pre-Calculus (IB) and teacherrecommendation.
UC - "C" Approved

This is the second year of a 2 year course developed by the International Baccalaureate. The IB Diploma higher level mathematics course focuses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way, achieved by a carefully balanced approach. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems set in a variety of meaningful contexts. Topics included are: Algebra, functions and equations, vectors, statistics and probability, trigonometry and Calculus. Students should expect to develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas. They are also encouraged to develop the skills needed to continue their mathematical growth in other learning environments. The College Board and/or International Baccalaureate Program have established thecontent of this course. It covers the first year of college work in calculus and will include the following topics: rate of change of a function, derivatives of algebraic functions and their applications, integration and application of the definite integral, transcendental functions, methods of integration, and plane analytic geometry applications. Functions will be represented in several ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, verbal, and the relationships between these representations is discussed. The derivative is defined in terms of a rate of change and a local linear approximation and used to solve a variety of problems. The relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus is presented. This course meets the approved "C" requirement for UC A-G.



5301 BIOLOGY IB/SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

Biology IB/SL is an International Baccalaureate course that meets the AUHSD life science graduation requirement. Topics emphasized are the chemistry of life, cells and cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants/animals, and ecology. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A_G.



5303 BIOLOGY IB/HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

Biology IB/HL is an International Baccalaureate course that meets the AUHSD life science graduation requirement. Topics emphasized are the chemistry of life, cells and cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants/animals, and ecology. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5304 BIOLOGY IB/HL2
12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in Biology and "C" or better in Chemistry; and/ or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

Biology IB/HL2 is an International Baccalaureate course that meets the AUHSD life science graduation requirement.Topics emphasized are the chemistry of life, cells and cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants/animals, and ecology. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5364 IB PHYSICS HL1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Two years of college preparatory science with a grade of "B" or better in both courses and teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

Physics IB/HL is an International Baccalaureate course that meets the AUHSD physical science graduation requirement.The course covers the study of motion, how forces affect motion, various forms of energy, momentum, heat, wave motion involving sound and light, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics. Objects as small as subatomic particles, and as large as the universe, are studied. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5366 PHYSICS IB/HL 2
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Two years of college preparatory science with a grade of "B" or better in both courses and teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

Physics IB/HL is an International Baccalaureate course that meets the AUHSD physical science graduation requirement. Topics covered include: atomic and particle physics, energy production, global climate change, quantum and nuclear physics, and astrophysics.



5452 ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS IB SL
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Successful completion of biology and chemistry. UC "D" Approved
UC - "D" Approved

The IB DP environmental systems and societies standard level course aims to provide students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. Students’ attention is constantly drawn to their own relationship with their environment and the significance of choices and decisions that they make in their own lives. It is intended that students develop a sound understanding of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, rather than a purely journalistic appreciation of environmental issues. The teaching approach strives to be conducive to students evaluating the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues.


 

 

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