IB Programme
IMPORTANT UPDATES

IB Exam Registration & Fees: IB exam registration has begun on 9/9/14 and will continue through October. Students will be registered individually in an IB class by the IB Coordinator. Students do NOT need to make an appointment. After their official registration is completed, the official IB exam bill will be mailed home. All fees are due to the IB Office no later than November 15th. Cash, checks (made out to Sequoia High School) and credit cards (paid through IC) will be accepted methods of payment. If a student qualifies for free/reduced lunch for the 2014-2015 school year, they will automatically qualify for an IB Fee Scholarship. The bill will reflect the scholarship. All registration information is final as of November 1st, 2014.

Novemebr 1st DEADLINE: Students can no longer drop an IB course in a testing year after November 1st, 2014. After 11/1/14, students are committed for the entire year.

CAS Updates for 2014-2015 School Year: IB has made some changes to CAS. Please see the new IB CAS Component Guide in the Refernce Documents section below.

CAS Journals for 12th graders will be due the first week of school (August 2014). CAS interviews for 12th graders will take place in August/September. See guide to be prepared.

CAS Journals for 11th graders will be due the first week back from Winter Break (January 2015) CAS interviews for 11th garders will take place in January 2015. See guide to be prepared.

Grade Level IB & College Meetings have been scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year. It is important for students and parents/gaurdians to attend their meeting. Please see the Grade Level Meeting section below for dates, time and location. This meeting is facilitated by the IB Coordinator and the College Advisor

Seniors Completeing College Applications:
You wil be asked to list all IB exams you plan to take in May on your applications. Please refer to the UC/CSU/CA College Application Guide section below for guidance on how to list your exams.

Planning Ahead: The Senior IB Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 26th in Carrington Hall at 5:30 pm. All seniors who took 1 or more IB courses and their families are invited to attend. This is a celebration to honor our IB students and their hard work!

 



Exciting IB News

IB Summer Internships 2014: Congratulations to four IB students, Marijke Silberman, Luis Perez Ortiz, Connor Carrol and Eamonn Carson, for successfully completing an IB Internship this summer. The internships were made possible by the Robert C. Powell Endowement for IB at Sequoia. We are proud of our IB students who have had real world experience and been an active participant in their communities.

2013-2014 CAWS Scholarship Recipients:The California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS) recognizes three IB Diploma candidates across the state with scholarships. We are excited that 2 of these scholarships were awarded to Sequoia High School students. We congratulate Simon Greenhill, winner of the CAWS Outstanding Student Award and Amir Amerian, winner of the CAWS Life Long Learner Award. For information and pictures, please visit the CAWS website at: http://www.c-aws.org/Scholarship/2013/AwardWinners.aspx

2014 Marlyn Bussey IB Scholarship Recipients: Congratulations to our scholarship winners for the 2014 IB scholarship honoring Marlyn Bussey. We congratulate Amir Amerian, Erick Castro, Moises Vieyra Gallegos, Lillian Hartzell, and Francesca Vescia and wish them luck at university. This scholarship was made possible by the friends, family and colleagues of Marlyn Bussey honoring her retirement and dedication to the Sequoia IB Program.



Considering the IB Programme?

Before you decide if the IB Programme is a good fit, there are some things you need to be aware of:

1. IB is a fee based program. This means that there are standardized exams at the end of each course for which fees apply. Those families who qualify for free or reduced lunch are charged on a pro-rated fee structure determined by federal guidelines. Letters are sent home each fall specifiying the fees for all students who will participate in IB testing the following spring. Colleges expect an IB exam score for every IB course taken.

2. Students should consider challenging themselves with IB coursework, whether at the diploma level or as diploma course students for the follwing reasons:

  • Universities value applicants who took advantage of the academic opportunities offered to them at their high school. Since Sequoia offers IB, universities like to see students challenging themselves with these rigorous IB courses.
  • The types of research, writing, thinking and communicating of ideas that IB courses require, reflects college level expectations. IB not only helps students get into college but more importantly, prepares students to be successful in college once they are there.
  • Depending on the IB score earned and individual college policy, IB scores may lead to earning college credits prior to entering the institution and/or advanced course placement, allowing a student to skip a lower division course requirement.

*Please visit individual university websites for their IB credit/ advanced course placement policy.



Common IB Programme Myths

Myth #1: IB is a separate school within the Sequoia campus.

Truth: All students are within the larger school and can take both IB and non IB courses.

Myth #2: IB is an all or nothing program.

Truth: Students can choose to do the full diploma or be a diploma course student.

Myth #3: Once students are in Sequoia, that does not guarantee access to IB and that students must test in.

Truth: All students can access IB. The requirement to remain in IB courses is to maintain a grade of C or higher in the course.

Myth #4: IB will rotate out of Sequoia High School.

Truth: Sequoia High School will continue to be an I.B. School.



Accessing the IB Programme

These four rules will guide you in the process of accessing Sequoia High School's International Baccalaureate Programme.

1. Families that live outside the boundary of Sequoia High School will be subject to the rules and regulations of the SUHDS's Open Enrollment Process. Please contact the District Office, ext.2210, for details.

2. Families who move within the Sequoia Union High School District boundary from another area, whose students have been attending another IB school will be granted an automatic adjustment transfer to complete their IB education in 11th and 12th grade at Sequoia High School. Contact the District Office, 650-369-1411 ext. 2210, for details.

3. International students (i.e. students from other countries who are in the United States due to the parents work situation) who reside inside the Sequoia Union HighSchool District boundary but outside of Sequoia High School's boundary, will be granted automatic adjustment transfers to attend Sequoia High School's I.B. Programme. Contact the District Office, 650-369-1411, ext. 2210 for details.

4. Families who live within the Sequoia High School boundary automatically attend Sequoia and have access to the ICAP/IB Programme.

Please Note: If you reside outside the Sequoia Union High School District, you will not be able to access Sequoia's IB Program. As of the 2010-11 school year, the SUHSD no longer grants inter-district transfers into Sequoia for this program.

SCHOOL TOUR:

AS OF THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR, THERE WILL NO LONGER BE ANY IB/ICAP SPECIFIC PARENT TOURS.

8th grade students may particpate in our Shadow Program. For shadow information and registration please see our 8th Grade Shadowing Program section on the school website listed under Parents and Community



Sequoia IB Program Videos

Want to hear what Sequoia students and staff say about our IB program? Please click on links below to view testimonial videos in English and Spanish.

¿Quiere oír que dicen los estudiantes y maestros de Sequoia sobre nuestro programa de IB? Por favor haga clic en los enlaces abajo.



General Information

"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 more active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right." International Baccalaureate Mission Statement (www.ibo.org)

Created in 1968 in response to the educational needs of geographically mobile students, the IB has grown into a worldwide, comprehensive college preparatory curriculum that has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment giving IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universitites. The IB has shown over the course of almost 40 years, with 2,000 IB World Schools in 124 countries that students are well prepared for university work.

Academic Subjects:
The six academic subjects are studied concurrently as a well-rounded, liberal arts curriculum. IB Diploma candidates must select one course from each of the six groups. IB Certificate candidates may select only those subjects of personal interest.

Group 1. Language A1 (English)
Group 2. Second Language
Group 3. Individuals and Societies (History)
Group 4. Experimental Sciences
Group 5. Mathematics and Computer Science
Group 6. The Arts (Electives)

Student Goals:
The IB program prepares students for a series of IB exams. The goal for an IBO Diploma student is to pass all 6 exams with a total minimum score of 24 with no failing conditions and thereby earn the coveted IB Diploma. The IB Diploma is the student's "ticket" to otherwise unavailable post-secondary options.



I.C.A.P. Program

The International College Advancement Program (ICAP) is a rigorous, college preparatory program for freshman and sophomore students. It is intended to prepare students who plan to pursue our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in their junior and senior years. This curriculum has an international flavor that emphasizes critical thinking, analysis and skillful written communication. It also exposes the student to intercultural similarities and differences and fosters an understanding and appreciation for both.

The ideal ICAP/IB Student is academically motivated and strives meet the IB Learner Profile:

1. Inquirers: Develop natural curiosity, acquire skills to conduct inquiry, enjoy learning
2. Knowledgeable: Explore ideas and issues, acquire knowledge across a broad range of subjects
3. Thinkers: Exercise initiative in critical thinking and problem solving, ability to make reasoned, ethical decisions
4. Communicators: Understand and express ideas and information with confidence and creativity
5. Principled: Act with integrity and honesty, respect for others, take responsibility for their actions
6. Open-minded: Understand their own culture, histories, values and traditions and have an appreciation for other cultures as well
7.

Caring: Show empathy, compassion and respect for others. Personal commitment to service

8. Risk-takers: Approach unfamiliar situations with courage and forethought
9. Balanced: Understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional well-being
10. Reflective: Give thoughtful consideration to learning and experience and to assess personal areas of strength and limitation

Academic Support (AVID):
Sequoia has a process by which students who need extra academic support are invited to enrolled in both the ICAP program and the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college preparatory elective. Being enrolled in AVID and ICAP students will strengthen the student's ability to meet the demands of their 9th grade ICAP courses: English, History, Spanish and Science which are demanding and require significant and sophisticated student output. AVID students have been shown to be very successful in IB coursework as both programs depend on the academic motivation of the student.



8th Grade IB Parent Information Meeting

PLEASE NOTE: AS OF THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR, THE SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL NO LONGER GRANT INTER-DISTRICT TRANSFERS FOR THE I.B. PROGRAMME. FAMILIES DESIRING THIS PROGRAM MUST LIVE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT.

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I.B. Parent/Student Information Meeting

Demand for this program is growing at a steady rate. We invite interested parents and students to join us for an informative meeting to learn more about this very exciting, challenging program. We will only have ONE parent /student information meeting this school year.

  • Location: Carrington Hall
  • Date: TBD. Will be in December 2014 or January 2015
  • Spanish translation provided

 

The presentation includes:

  • IB Programme History
  • Sequoia IB Program Overview
  • Sequoia ICAP Program Overview (helpful hints for 9th grade course selection)
  • Sequoia IB Statistics
  • Accessing the ICAP/IB Programme
  • IB University Recognition
  • Additional IB Resources
  • Q & A

PLEASE SEE IB POWERPOINT PRESENTATION FROM JANUARY 2014 INFORMATION MEETING IN IB POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS SECTION BELOW.



Grade Level Meetings

Because there is so much information parents and students need to have as they embark on each level of high school education, the I.B. Diploma Coordinator and the College and Career Advisor will be holding joint grade level information meetings. It is very important for parents and students to attend the appropriate meeting so you will know how to navigate the school year.

Spanish translation will be available.

All meetings will be from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in Carrington Hall. The schedule of meetings for the 2014-2015 school year is as follows:

Wednesday, September 6, 2014: Senior Meeting

Wednesday, October 1, 2014: Junior Meeting

Wednesday, October 15, 2014: Sophomore Meeting

Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Freshman Meeting

Location: Carrington Hall English Meeting.

Location: College Career Center Spanish Meeting 6-8 pm



IB PowerPoint Presentations

Please refer to the posted PowerPoint presentations to review informational IB meetings held this school year.



Sequoia High School IB Course Offerings

Here are the IB courses Sequoia offers organized by IB's six subject areas. A full Diploma student must have one course from each subject area with a minimum of three at the HL level. Click on the link below to view.



"Sample" Course of Study

For a student to pursue the IB Diploma the student must:

  • Take one IB course from each of the following six subject groups
  • Take at least 3 IB HL courses and 3 IB SL courses
  • Complete the TOK course
  • Complete CAS
  • Complete the Extended Essay

* Order of courses may vary based on student's Individual Education Plan. Please contact your student's guidance advisor regarding questions.



IB Exam Schedule May 2015

Students MUST report to the assigned gym 15 minutes prior to start time. For example, students must arrive at 7:45 AM for an 8:00 AM morning exam and 12:45 PM for a 1:00 PM afternoon exam.

** Release times are best estimates. Please note that ALL students must stay to the end of the exam and ALL students will be excused together. No exceptions. Students must prioritize their IB exam. Students will be released when ALL exam materials have been collected. This may run over our posted estimated release times.




IB Exam Fees

IB exam fees for the May 2015 testing date are listed below. There is a one time registration fee of $160.00. If this fee was payed last year, you will not pay again. Each exam is $110.00. Exam fees subject to increase each testing year.


TOK, CAS, EE fees for Diploma Course (Certificate/ non-Diploma) students:

TOK= $43.00

CAS = $10.00

EE = $85.00

IB Diploma students not subject to separate TOK, CAS and EE fees.

Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch are elgible for scholarship.



Inclusive Assessment Arrangements

If a students has been receiving and utilizing accommodations throughout high school, they may apply for IB testing accommodations. Testing accommodations must be officially requested from IB following IB regulations. The final decision granting accommodations is solely up to the IB organization. In order to request testing accommodations for IB exams (referred to as inclusive assessment arrangements), students and families must submit the folllowing items to the IB Coordinator:

  1. A psychological/ psycho-educational/ medical report. This report must meet the following criteria and include:

    • Written by a licensed professional who is qualified to evaluate and diagnose

    • A diagnosis

    • The test or techniques used to arrive at this diagnosis

    • Testing accommodation request(s). This must match the accommodations given to the student in their 504 or I.E.P. Plan.

    • Based on nationally standardized psychological tests with report results as standard scores (mean of 100 and standard deviation of 15) if it is a psychological/psycho-educational report

  2. Educational evidence (an I.E.P or 504 in place prior to the testing year and showing the requested accommodations have been in use as the student's usual way of particpating in classroom activities and tests.)

  3. The IB Application for Special Needs Assessment form completed by the licsenced professional in a signed and sealed envelope

  4. Parent/guradian written permission (in email or hard copy) allowing Sequoia to share this information with IB.

These items must be submitted to the IB Coordinator in the IB Office no later than October 27th for the May 2015 exam session. This is a firm deadline and no extensions are granted as Sequoia must adhere to IB deadlines.



Sequoia IB Statistics



IB Diploma Specific Results



I.B. University Acceptance

Major universities worldwide recognize the International Baccalaureate Diploma. They reward students in the admissions process for the hard work already accomplished. There are more than 700 Universities in the United States and more than 60 in California that Recognize the IB Diploma.

Each college or university in the United States sets its own IB recognition policies. Interested students must make direct contact with the college or university to find out the current policies.

Visit the IBO database for more information: www.ibo.org or visit the website for the university you are interested in.



UC/CSU/CA College Application Guide

Dear I.B. Students (and parents):

As you begin the UC/CSU/Common App application process, you will need to complete the testing information for IB. I have provided a guide below to help you. This information applies specifically to the 2014-2015 school year and will be updated each year. If you have any questions, please see Ms.McCahon.

 

Group 1 - Language A1:

  • Exam Name: IB English A Language & Literature
  • Course Level: Higher Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB English HL-HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: IB English A Langauge & Literature
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: English IB SL-HP
  • The SL English level course is for Health Academy students only
  • Test Date: May, 2015

Group 2 - Second Language B:

  • Exam Name: Spanish B
  • Course Level: Higher Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Spanish B-HL Y5-HP
  • Test Date: May,2015
  • Exam Name: Spanish B
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Spanish-SL Y5-HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: French B
  • Course Level:Higher Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB French B Y5- HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: French B
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB French B Y5- HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015

Group 3 - Individuals and Society:

  • Exam Name: IB History of the Americas
  • Course Level: Higher Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB 20th Cen Top- HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: IB Psychology
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Psychology SL - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB ITGS - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015

Group 4: Experimental Sciences:

  • Exam Name: IB Environ. Systems and Societies
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Env. Systems - SL - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: IB Physics
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Physics - SL - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: IB Biology
  • Course Level: Higher Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: Biology IB - Y2- HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015

Group 5 - Mathematics and Computer Science:

  • Exam Name: IB Math HL
  • Course Level: Higher Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Math HL Y2 - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: IB Math SL
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: AP/IB Calc - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name: IB Math Studies
  • Course Level: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Math Studies-HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015

Group 6 - Arts:

  • Exam Name: IB Visual Arts
  • Course Level: Higher Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Visual Arts Y2 - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015
  • Exam Name:IB Visual Arts
  • Course Leve: Standard Level
  • Sequoia Course Title: IB Visual Arts Y2 - HP
  • Test Date: May, 2015

EE stands for Extended Essay



College Selections, Class of 2014

Our IB students are admitted to many colleges and universities. This list only represents the institutions they have committed to attend as reported to us in May 2014.

Bates College; Berklee College of Music; Boston College; Bradley University; Brown University; Cabrillo College; California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo; CSU - Chico; CSU - East Bay; CSU - Fresno; CSU - Long Beach; CSU - Monterey Bay; CSU - Northridge; Canada College; Carleton College; Carnegie Mellon University; Carroll College - Montana; Chabot College; Chapman University; College of San Mateo; Columbia College - Chicago; Columbia University School of General Studies; Cornell University; De Anza College; DePaul University; Dickinson College; Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising- L.A.; Foothill College; George Washington University; Georgetown University; Gonzaga University; Humboldt State University; Linfield College - Portland; Loyola Marymount University; Macalester College; Manhattanville College; McGill University; Menlo College; Michigan Technological University; Modesto Junior College; Montana State University Bozeman; Notre Dame de Namur University; Ohio State University; Orange Coast College; Oregon State University; Pacific Lutheran University; Pepperdine University; Pomona College; Purdue University - West Lafayette; Reed College; Rochester Institute of Technology; SUNY - College of Environmental Science & Forestry; Saint Mary's College of California; San Diego State University; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University; Santa Clara University; Sierra College; Skyline College; Smith College; Sonoma State University; Stanford University; Tufts University; University of Arizona - Tucson; University of British Columbia; University of California - Berkeley; University of California - Davis; University of California - Los Angeles; University of California - Merced; University of California - Riverside; University of California - San Diego; University of California - Santa Cruz; University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Hawaii - Manoa; University of La Verne; University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; University of Oregon - Eugene; University of Portland; University of Puget Sound; University of Redlands; University of San Francisco; University of South Carolina - Columbia; University of Southern California; University of Washington - Seattle; University of York- United Kingdom; University of the Pacific; Washington State University - Pullman; Washington State University - Vancouver; Yale University

 



College Selections, Class of 2013

Our IB students were admitted to far too many colleges and universities to list here, but we can share where our students decided to attend this fall:

 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY; AMER. MUSICAL & DRAMATIC ACADEMY OF LOS ANGELES; ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY; BIOLA UNIVERSITY; BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY; BOSTON UNIVERSITY; BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY; BROWN UNIVERSITY; CSU CAL POLY, SAN LUIS OBISPO; CSU CHICO; CSU DOMINGUEZ HILLS; CSU LONG BEACH; CSU LOS ANGELES; CSU MONTEREY BAY; CSU NORTHRIDGE; CSU SACRAMENTO; CANADA COLLEGE; CARLETON COLLEGE; CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY; CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY; CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE; COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO; COLLEGE OF WOOSTER; COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY; COLUMBIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE; DE ANZA COLLEGE; DUKE UNIVERSITY; DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY; EVERGREEN VALLEY COLLEGE; FOOTHILL COLLEGE; GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, GRINNELL COLLEGE; ITHACA COLLEGE; LAKE TAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE; LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY; MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY; MENLO COLLEGE; NEW YORK UNIVERSITY; NIELS BROOK, DENMARK; NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY; NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY; NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERISTY; NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY; OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY; PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE; POMONA COLLEGE; PRATT INSTITUTE; REED COLLEGE; SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE OF CA; SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY; SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE; SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY; SANTA MONICA COLLEGE; SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE; SCRIPPS COLLEGE; SEATTLE UNIVERSITY; SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY; STANFORD UNIVERSITY; SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY; TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY; TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY; UC BERKELEY; UC DAVIS; UC IRVINE; UC LOS ANGELES; UC SANTA BARBARA; UC SANTA CRUZ; UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO; UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER; UNIVERSITY OF LAVERNE; UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI; UNIVERSITY OF OREGON; UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND; UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND; UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS; UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND; UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER; UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO; UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, CANADA; UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT; UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON; UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, CANADA; UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC; WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ST. LOUIS; WESTMINSTER COLLEGE; WHITIER COLLEGE



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Reference Documents - IB Programme



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