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IBDP Overview

GlenOak High School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the Diploma Programme (DP) on January 12, 2018.

GlenOak students have the chance to pursue taking DP courses as either the full Diploma or individual courses during their junior and senior years.

For more information please visit:
International Baccalaureate Organization
Ohio Association of IB World Schools

Email the IB Department at GlenOak High School

Plain Local School District Mission
Providing the Plain Community with exceptional education that is personalized, relevant and provides opportunities for students to create a better world through global understanding and respect.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Organization begin in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, with the Diploma Programme as a way to create and embrace a challenging global education program for students from ages 16-19. Through the programme, students are encouraged to not only succeed academically in rigorous two-year courses in a variety of subject areas but also focus on their growth as a lifelong learner who will become better thinkers, writers, researchers and speakers.

IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help 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 rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate lifelong learners who understand the other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Learner Profile
The heart of the IB is the Learner Profile which focuses on ten personal attributes for which IB students and teachers should strive to grow and exhibit.

  • Inquirers
  • Open-minded
  • Knowledgeable
  • Caring
  • Thinkers
  • Risk-taking
  • Communicators
  • Balanced
  • Principled
  • Reflective

Approaches to Teaching and Learning
Unique to the IB, teachers and students are encouraged to not only learn subject matter, but teach and learn in a very balanced manner that contributes to students becoming inquiring, knowledgeable lifelong learners. The IB encourages teachers and students to pursue the following in education:

What are the IB approaches to learning skills?
1. Thinking skills
2. Communications skills
3. Social skills
4. Self-management skills
5. Research skills

The IB approaches to teaching skills are:
1. Based on inquiry
2. Focused on conceptual understanding
3. Developed in local and global contexts
4. Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
5. Differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
6. Informed by formative and summative assessment

DP Courses at GlenOak High School: 
Group 1 
English Language and Literature SL 
English Language and Literature HL 

Group 2 
French SL
French HL
Spanish Ab initio
Spanish SL 
Spanish HL 

Group 3
Global politics SL 
Global politics HL 

Group 4
Biology HL
Physics HL

Group 5
Mathematics Applications and Interpretation SL
Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL
Mathematics Analysis and Approaches SL 

Group 6
Spanish Ab initio*
Biology HL*
Physics HL*
Music HL
Visual Arts HL
Visual Arts SL 

IB Core+
Creativity Activity Service
Extended Essay
Theory of Knowledge

*Courses may be taken as part of groups 2 or 4 or as a group 6 elective.

+ The IB Core is a required seventh course for full Diploma students at GlenOak High School with all three components in one two-year course. Individual course students may choose to also take the IB Core.

DP Course Levels: Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL)

DP Courses are offered at either a Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). HL courses require 240 hours of teaching time over two years and SL courses require 150 hours of teaching time over two years. Full Diploma students must take three HL courses and three SL courses (or four HL courses and two SL courses if needed). These full Diploma students choose one course from each group plus take the IB Core. Individual course students may take any combination or number of courses. All IB courses are two years, earning 1 credit per year. The grading scale is a weighted 5.00 A.

IB Assessments

The IB has created rigorous internal and external assessments for each DP course for students to demonstrate their growth and learning in subjects and skills. Internal assessments (IAs) are completed by the students, with the teachers throughout the programme. Teachers will score and submit the scores of the assessments and IB will moderate some of the IAs to ensure for fair and reliable scores for all students. External assessments (Papers) will be completed in a testing environment over three weeks in May of the senior year. All Papers will be submitted to IB for external grading. All assessments are scored based upon criterion-related rubrics and/or markbands, thus students are not compared to one another but a known set of criterion. Almost all assessments are based upon written essays or papers or oral presentations.

Scores from all assessments will be combined into a total DP score of 1-7 for each student for each class; The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge will be scored A-E and will be combined for a total of 3 points. Full Diploma students will receive a total score out of 45 points; 24 points (with some specific requirements) are needed to earn the IB Diploma. Individual course students will receive their total score out of 7 for each course. All score information will be reported to the DP Coordinator in July after graduation. The coordinator will communicate all scores and information to both the DP students and the selected colleges and universities.