• IB Acronym and Term Cheat Sheet

     

    • IBO/IB = International Baccalaureate Organization: the non-profit organization responsible for the three IB programmes for ages 3 - 19. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. 

    • IBDP (DP) = Diploma Program: The final, two-year (11th and 12th grade) program of six IB classes and the IBDP Core requirements, culminating in the IB Diploma.

    • IBCP (CP) = Career Program: The two year (11th and 12th grade) program of PTE/CRS, two-four IB classes and the IBCP Core requirements.

    • Certificate = IB Certificates are available on a class-by-class basis for students opting for one or more IB courses without completing the full DP. Additionally, students seeking the full diploma who do not meet all requirements will receive certificates.

    • EA = External Assessment: Student work that is assessed by external IBO graders (rather than by the student's teachers), comprising a certain percentage (approx. 70%) of the final grade in each IB subject.   EAs are generally written exams taken in the spring of 12th 

    • IA = Internal Assessment: The portion of student assessment done by the teacher (as opposed to by the IBO), weighing a certain percentage (approx. 30%) of the final grade in each IB subject.  IAs are done as projects, portfolios, written essays, etc within individual classes. 

    • HL = Higher Level: the more in-depth level of study for a subject, with 240 hours of teaching time. All DP students must opt for at least three HL courses (and no more than four). 

    • SL = Standard Level: the 'lower' level of study for a specific subject, warranting about 150 hours of teaching time in total. All DP students must opt for three SL courses (or two if they take four HLs). 

    • Group (1-6) = IB categorization of subjects.

      • Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

      • Group 2: Language Acquistion

      • Group 3: Individuals and Societies

      • Group 4: Sciences

      • Group 5: Mathematics

      • Group 6: The Arts

    • OCC = Online Curriculum Centre: on-line resource center and discussion forums for teachers provided by the IBO. 

    • IBIS = International Baccalaureate Information System: on-line system that on which student, school and teacher information, including IAs and EAs, is uploaded and stored.

     

    IBDP Core = CAS/EE/TOK (See below)

    • CAS = Creativity, Action, Service: A 150-hour requirement of extracurricular activities, social service, and other forms of non-school-related activities. One of three central requirements of the IB Programme.   All RHS students (teachers support) will be required to complete a modified version of CAS to meet graduation requirements. 

    • EE = Extended Essay: A 4,000-word essay on a topic of the student's choice, required by the IB Diploma Programme.  Diploma Programme students write (teachers support) one EE as an independent project.  One of three central requirements of the IB Programme. 

    • Viva Voce: EE exit interview between the EE student and their EE supervisor.

    • TOK = Theory of Knowledge: a 100-hour course in epistemology required by the IB Diploma Programme. TOK is taught during 2nd semester of 11th grade and 1st semester of 12th  One of three central requirements of the IBDP.  All RHS students will be required to take TOK to meet graduation requirements – and will complete Senior Project (TOK Presentation/paper) through the course. 


     

    IBCP Core = PPS/RP/LD/CS (See below)

    • CRS = Career Related Studies: The Career Technical Education (CTE) classes that create the two year, externally assessed, course of study for students taking the IBCP. The CRS are: EMT, CNA, Engineering (PLTW), Culinary Arts, and Pharmacy Technician.

    • PPS = Personal and Professional Skills: a 90 hour course focused on applicable skills in the CRS and the DP. PPS is taught during 2nd semester of 11th grade and 1st semester of 12th  One of four requirements of the IBCP Core.  All IBCP students will be required to take PPS to meet graduation requirements – and will complete Senior Project (the RP) through the course.

    • RP = Reflective Project: a 3,000 word essay or a 1,500 word essay with an additional option that’s students will complete in their PPS course. The RP will serve as IBCP students’ Senior Project.

    • LD = Language Development: One part of the IBCP Core. Over the course of the IBCP, students complete 50 hours of student driven (teachers support) language study and show evidence of their study in a Language Portfolio (LP).

    • LP = Language Portfolio: Artifacts of IBCP students’ completion of the LD requirements.

    • CS = Community Service: 50 hours of community service completed by IBCP students (teachers support). The service is connected to their CRS and completion is shown through a portfolio submitted in their PPS class.   

    Catch Phrases:

    • Concurrency of learning: The concept that the IBCP and IBDP are two year programs and that the two years (vertically and horizontally) build on each other and that learning is continuous and cross-curricular. For example, the IB History class is two years – and the skills/concepts/content from semester one are valuable for students in semester four.

    • Learner Profile = 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. These attributes, and other like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

    • Approaches to Learning (ATL): Skills and values that are taught and demonstrated throughout the IB programs (the IB Continuum – PYP/MYP/DP/CP).

    • Thinking Skills

    • Communication Skills

    • Social Skills

    • Self-management Skills

    • Research Skills

    • Approaches to Teaching (ATT): Approaches to Teaching: a broadly constructivist and student-centered approach that emphasizes the importance of connectedness and concurrency of learning.

    • Based on inquiry

    • Focused on conceptual understanding

    • Developed in local and global contexts

    • Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration

    • Differentiatedto meet the needs of all learners

    • Informed by assessment(formative and summative)

    Active Learner: Students are engaged in the learning process – asking and developing their own questions, conducting research and experiments, and reflecting on their actions and the application of their knowledge (Inquiry – Action – Reflection)