International Baccalaureate

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Stoneleigh-Burnham is the first and only girls’ boarding school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum encourages students to think and to draw connections across disciplines of study – not to just memorize material for a test. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is like no other in preparing students to succeed in our globalized and interconnected 21st century society. International Baccalaureate students are critical-thinkers and they approach subjects with a sense of international-mindedness. Designed in 1968, the International Baccalaureate has gained wide recognition from the world’s leading universities.

Students at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in grades 11th and 12th grade will take International Baccalaureate courses, but they have three options in how they will engage with the IB curriculum:

  1. Students may apply (during the winter of their 10th grade year) to pursue the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
  2. Students may take International Baccalaureate courses for IB certificate credit without being enrolled in the full diploma program. At the end of each individual IB course, students who choose this option will earn an IB certificate with successful completion of the externally assessed IB course exam.
  3. Students may take IB courses, but can choose not to take the IB exam and will thus only earn Stoneleigh-Burnham School credit and not IB credit for the course.

International Baccalaureate Art (Higher Level & Standard Level) – Year One

In this course, students investigate and explore art from diverse cultures and time periods and plan and create their studio works, which are influenced by their research. Each student keeps a sketchbook, or Visual Arts Journal where she documents her research about art and culture, analyzes artworks, and plans, sketches, documents and discusses the evolution of her studio works in a “process” portfolio format. The class visits galleries and museums to view and write about original art. As the year progresses, each student is encouraged to find and develop her own voice in the visual arts.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Arts

International Baccalaureate Art (Higher Level & Standard Level) – Year Two

In the second year of the IB Art Program, in addition to studio work, each student will complete a Comparative Study, in her Art Journalwhich examines and compares at least three artworks, objects or artifacts, at least two of which need to be by different artists. The works selected for comparison and analysis should come from differing cultural contexts. During the Winter Term, each student will plan and install an exhibit of her work and prepare curatorial statements. The exhibit of studio work is cohesive body of work of the student’s choice. During the latter part of the Winter Term, students prepare their Exhibit, Process Portfolio and Comparative Study materials for the IB assessment.

International Baccalaureate Biology (Higher Level)

Based on the premise that science is a process, not an accumulation of facts, IB Biology will encourage students’ intellectual curiosity. A two-year project and laboratory based course, IB Biology is designed to provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context while providing substantial training in analysis and critical thinking. With emphasis on research, problem solving, scientific investigation and experimental design, students will examine life on all organizational levels: from the molecular to the cellular level, from organ systems to whole organisms, from whole organisms to entire ecosystems.

Prerequisite: Introductory Biology

* International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate Chemistry (Standard Level)

Like IB Biology, IB Chemistry is a two-year project and laboratory based course and includes the same focus on scientific study and creativity within a global context while providing substantial training in analytical and critical thinking. Students will examine topics including, but not limited to, measurement and data processing, quantitative chemistry, atomic structure, perodicity, bonding, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, organic chemistry, human biochemistry and food chemistry.

* International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate Chemistry (Higher Level)

Like IB Biology, IB Chemistry is a two-year project and laboratory based course and includes the same focus on scientific study and creativity within a global context while providing substantial training in analytical and critical thinking. Students will examine topics including, but not limited to, measurement and data processing, quantitative chemistry, atomic structure, perodicity, bonding, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.

* International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

Prerequisite: Chemistry and Algebra 2.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Chinese I (Higher Level & Standard Level)

IB Chinese (Language B) is a two-year program that follows guidelines from the International Baccalaureate. The course exposes students to a range of topics (see below) and enhances students’ language proficiency through receptive, productive and interactive assessments. IB Chinese I is the first year in the IB Chinese (Language B) program. Pedagogical textbooks will be used in class, but authentic material will be regularly introduced as well. The ultimate goal is to help students use Chinese in real-life situations, to help students cultivate lifelong Chinese language learning, and to help students appreciate their own cultures and Chinese cultures. Cultural activities such as Chinese Night or Chinese Table will be offered throughout the year.

Prerequisite: Chinese III

International Baccalaureate (IB) Chinese II (Standard Level)

IB Chinese (Language B) is a two-year program that follows guidelines from the International Baccalaureate. The course exposes students to a range of topics (see below) and enhances students’ language proficiency through receptive, productive and interactive assessments. Pedagogical textbooks will be used in class, but authentic material will be regularly introduced as well. IB Chinese II is the second year in the IB Chinese (Language B) program. Students are required to practice with native Chinese speakers beyond the class. Demonstrating the ability to hand-write a 300-400 words paper plus a 100-word rationale that reflects their understanding of one of the topics below is one of the key skills in the IB language curriculum. The ultimate goal is to help students use Chinese in real-life situations, to help students cultivate lifelong Chinese language learning, and to help students appreciate their own cultures and Chinese culture. Cultural activities such as Chinese Night or Chinese Table will be offered throughout the year.

Core topics:

Communication and media
Global issues
Social relationships

Two options from the following topics:

Cultural diversity
Customs and traditions
Health
Leisure
Science and technology

IB Dance (Standard Level)

The practice of dance helps to explore and value the diversity of the arts across history, the world and its cultures. The IB Dance course will help students to understand dance as a set of disciplines with their own background and assumptions, and to understand that these practices incorporate physical, intellectual and emotional knowledge. This course aims to appreciate mastery in various dance styles in traditions familiar and unfamiliar. Students will focus in three major areas: choreography, performance and research, and will aim to express ideas with self-assurance and proficiency. They will come to see that dance can communicate various world cultures from their school environment, the surrounding community and the globe.

IB English – Year One (Higher Level & Standard Level)

The IB English course is a two-year-long curriculum designated by the International Baccalaureate organization, but designed by the teachers here st SBS to suit their students and the goals of our school’s mission.  The first two of the four units in this program are the “Options” unit and the Works in Translation unit.

The Junior year begins with the Options unit, wherein students read works freely selected by the teacher and class.  This is an opportunity for the class to begin to understand the demands of the IB program, and the standards of the Junior year.

The second unit, Works in Translation, focuses on reading texts not originally in English for the purpose of understanding the complexity of translation and the importance of cultural understanding.

At both levels, HL and SL, students are expected to read carefully, contribute productively, and work with the goal of improving writing and evaluative skills.  They will write frequently, speak often, give one major presentation, and conclude the year with the Written Assignment, a culminating 1500 word essay exploring the cultural context of one of the works in translation.  At the Higher Level students read more texts, complete longer and more complex assignments, have more rigorous assessment standards, and are expected to challenge themselves with a higher level of independent and critical thought.

Past texts include: The Awakening, The Things They Carried, The Stranger, Othello, Woman at Point Zero, Perfume, The Kite Runner, The Lover, Cyrano de Bergerac, Slaughterhouse-Five, Oedipus Rex, The Great Gatsby, Passing, Into the Wild, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, A Doll’s House

IB English – Year Two (Higher Level & Standard Level)

Two of the four units required by the International Baccalaureate (IB) and their major assessments will be covered in year two of this two-year course. It is expected that all students in this course will prepare for and take the final IB exams in May: Paper One and Paper Two. The first unit, “Detailed Study,” will cover several genres in detail, such as drama, nonfiction, and poetry, and the second unit, “Genre Study,” focuses on in-depth study of a single genre. Students will continue to write personal responses, formal analyses, and creative assignments. They will also give a formal oral commentary, as required by the IB. Students will concentrate their efforts on writing and the writing process: from discovering and developing an original topic to drafting, revising, and producing meaningful and well written papers to express their points of view.

At the Higher Level students read more texts, complete longer and more complex assignments, have more rigorous assessment standards, and are expected to challenge themselves with a higher level of independent and critical thought.

Past texts include: The Handmaid’s Tale, Beloved, Atonement, The Passion, The Awakening, The God of Small Things, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Emerson essays, Twelfth Night, Master Harold…and the boys, Death of a Salesman, Walden, Satanic Verses, the poetry of E. E. Cummings, the poetry of Seamus Heaney, The Great Gatsby, George Orwell essays, Americanah

* International Baccalaureate courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems & Societies (Standard Level)

The IB Environmental Systems and Societies course combines aspects from various sciences in an integrated approach to understanding our world. Practical laboratory and field exercises are a key feature of the course. The core concepts of the IB ESS course are: the principles of natural systems, population dynamics, resources for the global community, and the “big issues” that face the planet and its inhabitants. We consider how people have affected, and continue to influence the natural systems of the planet. We look at how societies, cultural perspectives, and environmental philosophies are exemplified in countries’ different approaches to resource management.

The goal of the course is to enable students to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, and to examine solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Regular use of current events as a discussion medium encourages the student to apply her understanding of environmental processes at a global scale.

*International Baccalaureate courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

Prerequisite: Biology. Chemistry, though not required, will be useful.

International Baccalaureate French Year I (HL & SL)

Conducted exclusively in French and offering exposure to the Francophone regions in the world, the IB French curriculum will develop advanced communicative, linguistic and cultural competencies. The course exposes students to a range of topics (see below) and enhances students’ language proficiency through receptive, productive and interactive assessments. To encourage growth in all four language skills, students will read, analyze and discuss poetry and prose written by authors from the French-speaking world, listen to Francophone music and watch classic French films. Students will be encouraged to challenge assumptions and learn to compare and contrast ways of life in francophone regions and their own culture(s). Students will learn to communicate ideas with greater accuracy and advanced grammar in writing. Pronunciation and cadence will be honed through regular participation and presentations.

Three Core topics: Social Relationships, Communication and Media, Global Issues

A minimum of Two Options are required, but we often learn about all five: Cultural Diversity, Customs and Traditions, Health, Leisure, Science and Technology

Prerequisite: French III

* International Baccalaureate courses are two years, taken during the student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate French II (HL & SL)

Conducted exclusively in French and offering exposure to the Francophone regions in the world, the IB French curriculum will develop advanced communicative, linguistic and cultural competencies. The course exposes students to a range of topics (see below) and enhances students’ language proficiency through receptive, productive and interactive assessments. To encourage growth in all four language skills, students will read, analyze and discuss poetry and prose written by authors from the French-speaking world, listen to Francophone music and watch classic French films. Students will be encouraged to challenge assumptions and learn to compare and contrast ways of life in francophone regions and their own culture(s). Students will learn to communicate ideas with greater accuracy and advanced grammar in writing. Pronunciation and cadence will be honed through regular participation and presentations.

At the Higher Level students read more texts, complete longer and more complex assignments, and have more rigorous assessment standards.

Three Core topics: Social Relationships, Communication and Media, Global Issues

A minimum of Two Options are required, but we often learn about all five: Cultural Diversity, Customs and Traditions, Health, Leisure, Science and Technology

Prerequisite: IB French 1 or  French IV

*International Baccalaureate courses are two years, taken during the student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate (IB) History I (Standard Level)

IB History is offered at the standard level (SL) and is designed as a two-year course for students pursuing an IB certificate or IB Diploma.

The IB history course is designed to explicitly reinforce the emphasis on the development of international-mindedness. One of the key concepts that weaves throughout the course is perspectives and, more specifically, an emphasis on encouraging students to appreciate multiple perspectives. In addition, all students are required to study case studies and examples from different regions of the world, with comparison of such examples helping to ensure that the course adopts a transnational perspective.

The aims of the history course at Standard Level are to:

  • Develop an understanding of and continuing interest in the past.
  • Encourage students to engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues, events, and developments.
  • Promote international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world.
  • Develop an understanding of history as a discipline, and to develop historical consciousness including a sense of chronology and context, and an understanding of different historical perspectives.
  • Develop key historical skills, including engaging effectively with sources.
  • Increase students’ understandings of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

During the first year, this course studies two major units within the category of World History Topics of the 20th century. One unit, the Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars tries to differentiate various types of wars and their impact on modern history. Case studies on World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and Algeria will be discussed. The other unit, Authoritarian and Single Party States, also uses a case study approach, and highlights Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, and Fidel Castro.

NOTE: Non IB diploma or certificate candidates may take IB History Year I SL, as a one year, stand alone course in either their junior or senior year. For this course, their transcript would read 20th Century World History. It receives no IB designation.

*International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate (IB) History I (Higher Level)

IB History is offered at the standard level (HL) and is designed as a two-year course for students pursuing an IB Certificate or IB Diploma.

The IB history course is designed to explicitly reinforce the emphasis on the development of international-mindedness. One of the key concepts that weaves throughout the course is perspectives, and, more specifically, an emphasis on encouraging students to appreciate multiple perspectives. In addition, all students are required to study case studies and examples from different regions of the world, with comparison of such examples helping to ensure that the course adopts a transnational perspective.

The aims of the HL history course are to:

  • Develop an understanding of, and continuing interest in, the past.
  • Encourage students to engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues, events, and developments.
  • Promote international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world, develop and understanding of history as a discipline, develop historical consciousness, including a sense of chronology and context and an understanding of different historical perspectives, and develop key historical skills, such as engaging effectively with sources.
  • Increase students’ understanding of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

IB History HL 1 is the intensive first year of the two-year IB History HL sequence. The main themes examined are the causes and effects of war and the development of authoritarian states. The majority of the case studies this course examines are closely intertwined with the major European powers: Great Britain, France, Germany, and the former Soviet Union (Russia). However, the course also explores the at times combating and at times symbiotic relationship between leaders and ideologies. As a case study, the course examines Fidel Castro’s nationalist revolution and subsequent embrace of communism and his regime’s subsequent antagonist relationship with the United States. We will begin our studies by examining World War I. World War I marked a turning point in world history. Its inconclusive and poorly conceived conclusion led to the development of authoritarian regimes in the recently established republics and democracy collapsed under the twin burdens of political fascism and economic collapse. World War II introduced the concept of total war to a global community on an unprecedented scale. Pivotal to the outbreak of World War II was German leader Adolf Hitler. World War II’s end led to the definitive collapse of the nineteenth-century empires. Following the dissolution of these global entity, bloody conflicts erupted over local political, economic, and social conditions. The process of decolonization was particularly evident in the Algerian Civil War and the Revolutionary War in Vietnam.

NOTE: Non IB diploma or certificate candidates may take IB History Year I HL, as a one year, stand alone course in either their junior or senior year. For this course, their transcript would read 20th Century World History. It receives no IB designation.

* International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate (IB) History II (Standard Level)

IB History is offered at the standard level (SL) and is designed as a two-year course for students pursuing an IB certificate or IB Diploma.

The IB history course is designed to explicitly reinforce the emphasis on the development of international-mindedness. One of the key concepts that weaves throughout the course is perspectives and, more specifically, an emphasis on encouraging students to appreciate multiple perspectives. In addition, all students are required to study case studies and examples from different regions of the world, with comparison of such examples helping to ensure that the course adopts a transnational perspective.

The aims of the history course at Standard Level are to:

  • Develop an understanding of and continuing interest in the past.
  • Encourage students to engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues, events, and developments.
  • Promote international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world.
  • Develop an understanding of history as a discipline, and to develop historical consciousness including a sense of chronology and context, and an understanding of different historical perspectives.
  • Develop key historical skills, including engaging effectively with sources.
  • Increase students’ understandings of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

During the second year of this course, students revisit some of the material from year one, and delve into Prescribed Subject 4: Rights and Protest. This prescribed subject focuses on struggles for rights and freedoms in the mid-20th century and will include two case studies: the Civil Rights movement in the United States (1956-1965) and protests against Apartheid in South Africa (1948-1964).

*International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate History II (Higher Level)

IB History is offered at the higher level (HL) and is designed as a two-year course for students pursuing an IB Certificate or IB Diploma.

The aims of the HL history course are to:

  • Promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations
  • Encourage an understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past
  • Encourage an understanding of the impact of historical developments at national, regional and international levels
  • Develop an awareness of one’s own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures.

Year two of the IB program will focus on HL Option 1: History of Africa and the Middle East. There are three specifics areas of study, the Ottoman Empire (1800-1923), War and Change in the Middle East and North Africa 1914-1945 and Post War Developments in the Middle East 1945-2000.

* International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate Math Studies – Year One

The International Baccalaureate describes this as a two-year course that caters for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. The emphasis is on applications of mathematics, and the largest section is on statistical techniques. It offers students opportunities to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics. It prepares students to be able to solve problems in a variety of settings, to develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and to enhance their critical thinking. Students taking this course are well prepared for a career in social sciences, humanities, languages or arts.

The first year of IB Math Studies includes a review of geometry and algebra topics including linear and quadratic functions as well as basic trigonometry. Other topics covered in the course include sequences and series, descriptive statistics, along with Venn or circle diagrams, which are introduced for use in the study of logic.

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

International Baccalaureate Math Studies – Year Two

The International Baccalaureate describes this as a two-year course that caters for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. The emphasis is on applications of mathematics, and the largest section is on statistical techniques. It offers students opportunities to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics. It prepares students to be able to solve problems in a variety of settings, to develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and to enhance their critical thinking. Students taking this course are well prepared for a career in social sciences, humanities, languages or arts.

The second year of IB Math Studies focuses on more advanced algebra topics including trigonometric and exponential functions. Other material covered in the course includes the study of logic and probability as well as an introduction to differential calculus and its applications. There is also a 20-hour mathematical research project designed by the student, involving statistical methods.

Prerequisite: Math Studies 1

International Baccalaureate Math (Standard Level) – Year One

The International Baccalaureate describes this as a two-year course that caters for 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.

The first year of IB Math SL includes a review of all topics necessary to prepare for studying Calculus as well as some additional mathematical topics which will be useful at the college level. In addition to Algebra 2 review topics such as algebraic functions, transformations, exponents, logarithms, and trigonometry, the topics of sequences, probability, unit circle and radian measure, trigonometric equations and identities, vectors, and descriptive statistics will be studied.

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

International Baccalaureate Math (Standard Level) – Year Two

The International Baccalaureate describes this as a two-year course that caters for 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.

The second year of IB Math SL includes the three topics of a traditional course in Calculus as well as the completion of statistics topics. The former category includes limits, derivatives, and integration along with their applications. For the latter category the topics include cumulative frequency graphs, variance and standard deviation, statistical distributions of discrete random variables, and statistical distributions of continuous random variables.

Prerequisite: International Baccalaureate Math – Standard Level Year One

International Baccalaureate Math (Higher Level) – Year One

The International Baccalaureate describes this as a two-year course that caters for students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students will be expecting to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

The first year of IB Math HL includes a review of all topics necessary to prepare for studying Caclulus as well as some additional mathematical topics which will be useful at the college level. The former category includes algebraic functions, exponents, logarithms, and trigonometry. The latter category includes vectors, sequences, probability, statistics, complex numbers and mathematical induction.

Prerequisite: Functions or Algebra 2 Honors

International Baccalaureate Math (Higher Level) – Year Two

The International Baccalaureate describes this as a two-year course that caters for students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students will be expecting to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

The second year of IB Math HL includes the three topics of a traditional course in Calculus as well as one Optional Topic chosen from the IB syllabus. The former category includes limits, derivatives, and integration along with their applications. For the latter category comprises further work with sequences and series, including Taylor and MacLaurin series along with first order differential equations.

Prerequisite: IB Math (HL) – Year One

International Baccalaureate Music

IB Music will immerse students in the in-depth study of the musical links between cultures to train students to think about music within a global context. The curriculum will cover topics in Western and non-Western music such as theory, aural skills, performance, composition and music technology. Students will benefit from various approaches to instruction including, but not limited to, listening, reading, harmonic analysis, composition and performance projects. Students will choose to focus on one of these study areas: music creation, solo performance, or group performance.

Offered in HL (Higher Level) and SL (Standard Level). International Baccalaureate courses are two years in length, take during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate Spanish I (Higher Level & Standard Level)

IB Spanish is intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of another language and culture. While the main objective of the class is to provide the student with the ability to communicate effectively and confidently, the exploration of Spanish literature, art and history enhance the linguistic study. Written and oral activities are highly interactive, allowing students to study, analyze and draw conclusions. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, challenge topics, and think creatively while comparing and contrasting ways of life in Spanish-speaking countries to ours.

This course increases students’ fluency and knowledge of Hispanic peoples through reading and discussion of literature and essays on contemporary and historical issues. An intensive review of grammar, as well as frequent compositions, allow students to improve their writing skills. Short stories and oral presentations broaden reading comprehension and speaking skills.

At the Higher Level students read more texts, complete longer and more complex assignments, and have more rigorous assessment standards.

Prerequisite: Spanish III

* International Baccalaureate courses are two years, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate Spanish II (Higher Level & Standard Level)

IB Spanish is intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of another language and culture. While the main objective of the class is to provide the student with the ability to communicate effectively and confidently, the exploration of Spanish literature, art ,and history enhance the linguistic study. Written and oral activities are highly interactive, allowing students to study, analyze and draw conclusions. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, challenge topics, and think creatively while comparing and contrasting ways of life in Spanish-speaking countries to ours.

This course is intended for self-directed students who have chosen to develop their proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be reading and analyzing prose and poetry written by contemporary Spanish and Latin American writers. Investigation of other cultures may include research, current events, and class presentations.

At the Higher Level students read more texts, complete longer and more complex assignments, and have more rigorous assessment standards.

* International Baccalaureate courses are two years, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.