Patty Hammes - IB Coordinator
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE?
The IB is a two year, internationally renowned program for juniors and seniors, which can lead to their receiving first year course credit at most universities and colleges. Its comprehensive curriculum provides able and ambitious students around the world an opportunity to receive a first class education as well as to experience what it means to be a responsible, global citizen. Case High School is proud to be the first (1979) of ten authorized Wisconsin high schools to offer the IB Diploma Programme. You can also find out more information by checking out the Wisconsin IB website: http://ibwisconsin.org/ or the International IB website for parents at the following link: http://www.ibo.org/ or downloading the brochures bulleted below:
- Wisconsin and the IB brochure.pdf
- IB Case High School brochure.pdf
- The Impact of IB Programs in America.pdf
- 10 Reasons Why the IB Program is Ideal Preparation for University.pdf
- The IB Diploma Program Overview brochure.pdf
CASE HIGH SCHOOL’S IB MISSION STATEMENT:
Challenge each IB student to become a critical thinker, reader, writer, and speaker who is a compassionate, life-long lover of learning; and a responsible global citizen.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF IB?
By choosing the IB curriculum and instruction, a student may:
- receive a rigorous and comprehensive high school education, specifically designed for the college bound.
- become eligible to receive credit at many colleges and universities if choosing to test.
TYPICAL IB STATISTICS
Each year more and more Case students take at least one IB course. The number of IB courses and the number of students who take IB exams has grown over the years; most take several tests. In May of 2016, 294 exams were given to 114 candidates, compared to 1990 when only 50 exams were taken by 21 students.
The number of junior and senior Case candidates who attempt to do the Full Diploma in any given year has run from 30-35 students in recent years. In 2016, 75% of the senior Full Diploma candidates earned the Full Diploma. This number compares to 79.3% who earned it worldwide in 2016.
At present there are over 3,000 IB Diploma Programme schools in the world. Each registers its students for examinations held in May (northern hemisphere) or in November (southern hemisphere). Exam scores for college credit range from 4-7 on a scale of 1-7. Scores for the two-year, or Higher Level scores, generally earn more credit than the Standard Level courses. Since 1999 Case students have scored 4 or better on 71% of their exams, giving them the opportunity to enter their college or university with credits already earned.
WHO MAY ENROLL?
Students who are capable of doing rigorous, academic work and consider homework a normal part of the day are typical IB students. Anyone who attends Case and lives within the Case boundaries and is up to the challenge is welcome to enroll in IB classes. For over 300 sophomores, juniors, and seniors who presently take at least one IB class, school is a top priority.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN THE CASE DISTRICT BUT WANT TO BECOME AN IB STUDENT?
Contact Patty Hammes to find out what you can do to enroll your student in the IB Program at Case High School.