The Rochester Contemporary Art Center in Rochester, NY has accepted 62 artworks from the IB Photo 2013 graduates. Thumbnails of the gallery’s artwork may be viewed on their website. The IB students are displayed for the summer through July 14. Each artwork is 6x6 square inches or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. This year’s 6x6x2013 exhibit featured artwork from all 50 states and 45 different countries.
Thank you to Mrs. Carly Toalson the IB Photo teacher for giving the IB students the opportunity to exhibit their work in such a prestigious and global venue...read more
Fort Myers High School is one of 40 IB schools in Florida, and one of over 1300 in the world. IB is a two year pre-university course of study designed to fulfill the higher academic standards of a mobile society and to foster global tolerance. Lee County, like many other school districts, offers two years of additional study as preparation for the IB. Students enroll in Pre-Diploma in grades nine and ten and then advance to IB in grades eleven and twelve.
The effectiveness of the IB Diploma Program is due not only to the depth of the individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the entire program. Students must take courses in six academic areas. Diploma candidates also participate in community service and a unique course called Theory of Knowledge. Students who earn the IB diploma can be awarded advance standing at universities throughout the world.
The ideal IB student combines intellectual potential with motivation and a love of learning. As students progress through four years of the Program, they will demonstrate superior performance in higher level thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation; acquire breadth and depth of knowledge in literature, science, and other areas; develop the ability to communicate in writing with a high degree of competence; become proficient in research and independent studies; and be leaders in service to others.
At this time, there are 800 students in the Pre-Diploma and IB Diploma Program at FMHS. Many of the Pre-Diploma and IB students are involved in band, orchestra, drama, student government, and sports. One of the benefits of the IB program is that students learn how to manage their time and learn the importance of self discipline. Those learned behaviors are valuable for young adults as they go on to further education and careers.
The IB program is for students who strive to do their best. To date and collectively, FMHS IB students have earned over $25 million in scholarships, and they have been accepted to prestigious schools nationally and internationally.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is designed to meet the highest standards required of any high school student in the world. Successful completion of the Diploma Program earns the student a diploma recognized for university admission throughout the world and for course credit and academic placement at 1000 leading colleges and universities in the United States.
The IB Diploma Program is a system of syllabuses and examinations based on the idea that general education at the upper secondary level should encompass the development of all the main powers of the mind through which the student interprets, modifies, and enjoys his/her environment.
Embracing the last two years of secondary education, the curricula of the Diploma Program incorporates standards that assume a high level of achievement during the prior years. The subjects are outlined according to six areas:
- Language A (English)
- Language B (Foreign Language)
- Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
- Experimental Sciences
- Arts and Humanities
In addition to the above courses, the IB Diploma Candidate must also take a unique course called Theory of Knowledge, participate in an intensive community service project, and write an extended essay. At FMHS and many other accredited schools, a Pre-Diploma curriculum for the ninth and tenth grades has been developed to prepare students for the full IB diploma that they can earn in the eleventh and twelfth grades.
Many colleges and universities recognize the rigor and demands of the IB Diploma Program. At some universities (including the Florida University System), up to one year’s credit is given for the successful completion of the IB Program. IBO has posted this information on the world wide web. Access it by pointing your browser to http://www.ibo.org. Click on Diploma Programme. Choose University Details.
Elizabeth G. Vermey, the Director of Admissions at Bryn Mawr College has this to say about the International Baccalaureate: We have been admitting students with the IB Diploma since 1975 and have found them to be superbly prepared for Bryn Mawr. . .
Because the IB jibes so well with our faculty’s idea of a liberal-arts curriculum, we decided to offer a full year’s credit to any student who came to us with a score of 30 or above on the full Diploma. We had already been giving college credit for high grades on individual Higher Level exams (following our policy of giving course credit on the Advanced Placement examinations of the College Board). But it soon became clear to us that the full IB was something more than the sum of the parts in a way that three or four AP’s were not, or not so necessarily, in that it insured all the elements of breadth, coherence, basic writing, research and analytical skills, as well as, in most cases, some practical and community experience.
Clifford Sjogren, formerly of the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California, has written:
The best predictor of academic success is precious academic performance. Students who elect and satisfy the standards of a rigorous and demanding program in high school are the ones best suited to benefit from the intellectual environment at university. A transcript reveals a student’s enrollment in IB courses and serves notice to the admissions officer that the applicant is someone who accepts rather than avoids educational challenges. Further, a successful IB student will enroll with some advantages over students who have taken less intensive programs. The educational sophistication that students develop through an experience in an IB program will serve them well at institutions that attract serious students. Other advantages include increased self-confidence that comes from classroom experience with college-level academic material, a sharing of intellectual activities with the best students of the school, better time management, more experience with study...
- August 26-30 Foreign Language Group Interactive Orals
- August 30-September 10 Junior English Orals (Jones, Madden)
- September 3 & 4 Extended Essay Draft (Lemme)
- September 23-27 Foreign Language Group Interactive Orals
- October 14-18 Math HL IA’s (Sowers)Orals
- October 22-29 Junior English Orals (Jones, Madden)
- October 28 - November 1 Foreign Language Group Interactive Orals
- October 31 & November 1 Extended Essays due in TOK 12 class (Lemme)
- November 4-8 Foreign Language Group Interactive Orals
- November 5 Math Studies IA’s (Campbell)
- November 5 Math SL IA’s (Palmer)
- November 14-21 Junior English Orals (Jones, Madden)
- December 2-6 Senior English orals (Tomlinson, Stewart, Jones, Madden)
- December 9 & 10 Economics IA #1 (Rode)
- January 10 Economics IA’s #1(Rode)
- January 13 & 14 TOK essays due in TOK 12 class (Lemme)
- January 8-15 Writing Task Foreign Language (Shanks, Aulino, Nelson, Barnett)
- January 15 Juniors must have a minimum of 50 CAS hours completed
- February 3 TOK presentations begin (Lemme)
- February 7 HOA papers due in class (Brooks)
- February 12 ITGS IA’s (Hufnagel)
- February 21 Economics IA’s #2(Rode)
- February 24 - March 3 Foreign Language Individual Orals Spanish & French (Aulino, Shanks, Nelson, Barnett)
- March 3-7 Digital and Investigative Workbooks due in class
- March 10 Beginning 3/10 Art/Photo Orals
- March 13 Economics IA’s #3(Rode)
- March 13 Seniors CAS 150 hours plus all learning outcomes due (Sparks)
- April 1 Science Group 4 (Connors/Eichbauer/Melione)
- April 2nd week Juniors English World Literature Paper Rough Draft due (Madden, Jones)
- IB EXAMS!!!! May 5 – May 23: refer to testing calendar for dates & times
- May 1:Juniors must have a minimum of 75 CAS hours completed
- 2nd weekJuniors English World Literature final drafts due (Madden, Jones)
The International Baccalaureate Program is divided into six academic groups, plus three additional core requirements including; a course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a 4,000 word Extended Essay (EE), and volunteering in three areas; Creative, Action and Service (CAS).
Group 1: Language A (The following curriculum information is available on the IB Online Curriculum Center)
The course is built on the assumption that literature is concerned with our conceptions, interpretations and experiences of the world. The study of literature can therefore be seen as an exploration of the way it represents the complex pursuits, anxieties, joys and fears to which human beings are exposed in the daily business of living. It enables an exploration of one of the more enduring fields of human creativity, and provides opportunities for encouraging independent, original, critical and clear thinking. It also promotes respect for the imagination and a perceptive approach to the understanding and interpretation of literary works.
Through the study of a wide range of literature, the language A: literature course encourages students to appreciate the artistry of literature and to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading. Works are studied in their literary and cultural contexts, through close study of individual texts and passages, and by considering a range of critical approaches. In view of the international nature of the IB and its commitment to intercultural understanding, the language A: literature course does not limit the study of works to the products of one culture or the cultures covered by any one language. The study of works in translation is especially important in introducing students, through literature, to other cultural perspectives. The response to the study of literature is through oral and written communication, thus enabling students to develop and refine their command of language.
Language A: literature is divided into four parts, each with a particular focus.
Fort Myers IB Group 1: Language A
- Part 1: Works in translation ( Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Garcia Marquez, A Doll’s House, by Ibsen, The Stranger, by Camus)
- Part 2: Detailed study (17th Century Poetry, Donne, Hamlet, by Shakespeare, In Cold Blood, By Capote)
- Part 3: Literary genres( In the Lake of the Woods, by, O’Brien, Penelopiad, Atwood, The Signet Classic Book of Mark Twain’s Short Stories, by Twain, Wuthering Heights, by Bronte
- Part 4: Options (The Sun Also Rises, by Hemmingway, A Long Way Gone, by Beah, The Sound and the Fury, by Faulkner)
- Foreign Language (Spanish)
- Algebra II (or other math based on coursework)
- American Government / Economics
- Two electives
- English II
- Foreign Language II
- Chemistry I
- World History
- Two electives
- English III
- Foreign Language III
- Math Analysis
- Biology, Environmental Science, or Chemistry
- American History
- Sixth Subject (a second language, a second science, Economics, ITGS, Psychology, Art & Design)
- One elective
- English IV
- Foreign Language IV
- Math Methods (0r other math)
- Biology, Environmental Systems
- History of Americas
- Sixth Subject (same choices as 11th grade year)
- Theory of Knowledge
A. The general scheme for the 6 subjects is as follows:
- Language A (English) including the study of world literature
- Language B (Second Language)
- Individuals and Societies (One of the following options)
- History of the Americas
- ITGS (Informational Technology for a Global Society)
- Experimental Sciences(One of the following options)
- Environmental Studies (SL only)
- Mathematics(HL and SL)
- One of the following options for the Sixth Subject
- Second Language B
- Another science
- Another subject from Individuals and Societies
- Art and Design
B.In addition to the six subjects, each diploma candidate must:
- Complete a substantial piece of independent research and must submit an extended essay of approximately 4000 words.
- Follow a common course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
- Engage in some form of community service activity, creative endeavors, and action activities- 150 hours (CAS)
* SL standard level requires 1 year of study
* 3 HL required
* 3 SL required
|National standard of excellence
College level courses
Encourages academically talented students
|International standard of excellence
Comprehensive curriculum of college level work
Encourages academically talented and highly motivated students
Courses and Exams
|Students generally take AP exams only in areas of personal strength.
Students do not have to be enrolled in an authorized school.
Exams are graded externally through a testing service in the US.
|Six exams in six areas are required for the IB diploma.
Students must be enrolled in an authorized school.
Scores include teacher assessment as well as external assessments constructed and graded by educators throughout the world.
|Exams based on specific course content.
Emphasis on multiple choice.
|Exams based on broad general understanding of concepts and fundamental themes.
Exam questions emphasize essay writing.
Oral assessments in language A and B. Portfolios are assessed in many areas.
Policies are determined by international educators.
- Receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma OR
- Complete an IB curriculum and score at least 1270 on the SAT I or 28 on ACT OR
- Achieve an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher in the 15 credits identified by the Florida Board of Regent as college preparatory courses and score 1270 on the SAT 1 or 28 on the ACT.
- Achieve an award as scholar of finalist in either the National Merit Scholarship Program or the National Achievement Scholarship for Outstanding Negro Students Program
The idea of an International Baccalaureate---that is of an international university entrance examination that could be taken and recognized in any country---was first conceived by a group of educators in the International School of Geneva in conjunction with other international schools in Wales, New York, Teheran, Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfort, and Montevideo. Among the concerns of the founders was the ever increasing emphasis on education as the mere delivery of information, the related fragmentation of knowledge, and the crowding out of aesthetic and creative experience.
In 1963, a grant from the Twentieth Century Fund made it possible for the International Schools Association to set up a group of educators to continue planning for the International Baccalaureate. Their studies and discussions and the programs that resulted also received substantial support from the Ford Foundations. The International Baccalaureate Program was formally initiated in Geneva in 1965.
By 1980, twenty national governments were providing financial support, and International Baccalaureate Programs were operating on five continents and in thirty-six countries. Today, there are more than 1000 member schools in over 100 countries around the world. Students have been admitted to more than 2500 universities, colleges, or other institutes of higher education, in many different countries.
The International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva is represented in Canada and the United States by the International Baccalaureate North America, Inc.(IBNA), a tax exempt, publicly supported corporation charted in New York. Almost seventy-five percent of the IBNA’s incomes is derived from foundation grants including The College Board, Exxon Education Foundation, Armand Hammer Foundation, IBM World Trade, The New York Times, Western Electric Fund, et .al.
- Full Diploma - the successful completion of six examinations in six areas, taken in a two-year cycle in the eleventh and twelfth grade years. An extended essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (ToK), and a CAS activity are required.
- Higher Level - an IB course that is completed in two years. These Higher Levels can be used for certificates leading to advanced placement and credit at many American and Canadian colleges and universities.
- Standard Level - an IB course that is completed in one or two years. University and advanced placement is not always given for such a course.
- Language A - one's first language. For most students it is English.
- Language B - a learned language. FMHS offers Spanish and French.
- Oral Examinations - the IB is unique in that it tests both oral and written fluency in languages A and B.
- Theory of Knowledge - is a course taken by all IB students during their senior year. The teacher attempts to interweave the IB subject areas so that all commonalities and differences in the various fields of human knowledge are understood.
- CAS Activities - this acronym stands for Creativity, Action, Service, and refers to the 150 community service requirement for IB diploma candidates.
Criteria for admission into the FMHS Pre-Diploma Program include an un-weighted cumulative middle school grade point average of 3.0 or higher AND test scores as follows: Grade 7 FCAT Reading Score of 234 or higher AND Grade 7 FCAT Math Score of 238 or higher.
Private School students need a 3.0 gpa and 77% or above in both Reading and Math on Nationally Normed Exam. You will need 6th and 7th grade report card and semester one 8th grade report card, and Nationally Normed exam results.
Criteria for admission into the Fort Myers H.S. 10th grade FMHS Pre-Diploma program include an un-weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher for the first semester of the 9th grade AND test scores equivalent to above in math and reading on their most recent nationally norm referenced FCAT test. For students currently enrolled in the Lee County school system, 8th grade FCAT scores will be used. Students from a Florida public school will qualify by achieving an FCAT Reading DSS Score of at least 1949 or higher, AND an FCAT Math DSS Score of at least 1930 or higher. For students new to Lee County or from a private school, copies of end of semester and/or year report cards must be submitted with the application. grades and the first semester of their 8th grade must be submitted with the application. Additionally, a copy of the scores from the student’s most recently taken nationally norm referenced test must be attached to the application. Students who apply for admission to the FMHS Pre-Diploma program for their 10th grade year must have at least one year of Spanish or French and Algebra I.