8th Grade IB Info "We Are IB" Meeting: This year we will host an 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on Thursday, January 19th, 2017. The English meeting will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm in Carrington Hall and the Spanish meeting will be held from 7:00-8:00 pm in the school library. The Open Enrollment deadline is February 3rd for the District so this gives you time to come and learn what Sequoia's IB Program is all about before you make your high school decisions. Sequoia's IB program is open to all and it is our goal at Sequoia for all our students to participate in the IB program.
Class of 2018 Incoming 11th Graders Interested in Doing the Full IB Diploma: Are you an incoming 11th grader wanting to pursue the IB Diploma? A mandatory 10th Grade IB Diploma CAS Meeting was held on Thursday, May 19th, 2016. We reviewed the CAS (Creativity Action Service) requirement and important deadlines to declare your IB Diploma status. That Power Point can be accessed in the IB Power Point Presentation section below. Students can hand in their CAS Activity Plan from now through September 15th, 2016 to declare their IB Diploma status. Students must turn in their CAS Activity Plan to Ms Patience in the IB office (Room #141). You must turn it in by September 15th to declare your Diploma status. NO EXCEPTIONS.
May 2017 IB Exams run from April 28th, 2017 - May 19th, 2017.
Senior IB Ceremony 2017. Mark your calendars.... All seniors in the Class of 2017 who took one or more IB classes and their families are invited to the IB Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 5:30 in Carrington Hall.
Novemebr 1st DEADLINE: Students CANNOT drop an IB course in a testing year after November 1st, 2016. After 11/1/16, students are committed for the entire year.
IB Student Registry Website: An upcoming IB website scheduled for release in 2015. A website to connect IB students to universities allowing students to showcase their IB portfolio, browse university profiles and search IB credit policies/ scholarships. Coming soon!
Sequoia Selected for the IB Bridging the Equity Gap Project: Sequoia High School applied and was selected by the International Baccalaureate as one of only five high schools across the US to participate in the Bridging the Equity Gap Project funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The goal of the project is to increase the number of low-income students, defined by free/reduced lunch status, participating and succeeding in IB by increasing enrollment in IB courses, exam pass rates and Diploma award rates among low-income students. Throughout the three year project, Sequoia will work closely with IB and consultants to examine data, evaluate our IB program through parent/staff/student focus groups and surveys, create an action plan, make use of new technology and participate in professional development. The overall goal of the project is by increasing their success in IB, low-income students will be admitted to and complete four year university at higher rates as research shows participation in the IB Diploma Program is linked to college success. We feel this work will improve the IB program for all of our students.
2016 CAS Scholarship (Creativity, Activity, Service): Congratulations to our scholarship winners for the 2016 CAS scholarship. We congratulate Jessica Robles Diaz, Luz Bella Garcia Chavez and Madison Griffith for their growth, commitment and self- reflection in their CAS projects.
2016 Marlyn Bussey IB Scholarship Recipients: Congratulations to our scholarship winners for the 2016 IB scholarship. We congratulate Abigail Hartzell, Elijah Punzal, Juliet Rosales, Emma O'Hara, Angel Hernandez, and Abigail Wang. We wish them luck at university.
2016 CAWS Scholarship Recipients: The California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS) awarded Dominic Tanzillo with the Gary Prather Outstanding IB Student Award. This award is offered in recognition of academic excellence. CAWS awarded Claire Bugos with the Outstanding Community Service Award. This award recognizes students who exhibit a genuine and demonstrated commitment to serving their community in exemplary service projects.
2015 CAWS Scholarship Recipient: The California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS) awarded Samuel Medrano with the Outstanding Community Service Award. This award recognizes students who exhibit a genuine and demonstrated commitment to serving their community in exemplary service projects.
Sequoia IB English & IB TOK Teacher Recognized as an Exemplary Educator 2015. Justine Rutigliano was just awarded the 2015 California Association of IB World Schools Exemplary IB Educator Award (CAWS). This yearly award is offered to ONE IB Diploma Program Teacher in an IB high school across the state of California in "recognition of an outstanding educator at your school who you feel has made your school and program great." We honor Ms Rutigliano's hard work and dedication to the IB program, students and Sequoia at large. We are proud to have such great teachers at Sequoia!
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.
Before you decide if the IB Programme is a good fit, there are some things you need to be aware of:
1.The IB organization charges fees for IB exams. 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. IB exams are not linked to a student's grade in an IB course. Taking an IB course AND sitting for an IB exam adds great value to a student's college application. 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:
*Please visit individual university websites for their IB credit/ advanced course placement policy.
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.
Myth #4: IB will rotate out of Sequoia High School.
Truth: Sequoia High School will continue to be an I.B. School.
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.22211, 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. 22211, 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 Districtboundary 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. 22211 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.
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
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.
"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.
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 A (English: Lang & Lit)|
|Group 2.||Language B Second Language|
|Group 3.||Individuals and Societies (History)|
|Group 4.||Experimental Sciences|
|Group 5.||Mathematics and Computer Science|
|Group 6.||The Arts (Electives)|
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.
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. We offer English I ICAP in the 9th grade and English II ICAP, Modern European History ICAP, Spanish 2/3 ICAP and French 2/3 ICAP in the 10th grade.
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|
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|
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. All students interetsed in attending a four year university and/or taking one or more ICAP/IB classes should attend with their parents/guardians.
A meeting in Spanish will be held at 6:00pm in the College Career Center #115 for Spanish-speaking parents/guardians. All students should attend the meeting in English.
All English meetings will be from 6:00- 7:30 p.m. in Carrington Hall. The schedule of meetings for the 2016-2017 school year is as follows:
Wednesday, September 7, 2016: Senior Meeting
Wednesday, September 28, 2016: Junior Meeting
Wednesday, October 5 , 2016: Sophomore Meeting
Wednesday, October 26 , 2016: Freshman Meeting
Location: Carrington Hall English Meeting.
Location: College Career Center Spanish Meeting.
Please refer to the posted PowerPoint presentations to review informational IB meetings held this school year.
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.
For a student to pursue the IB Diploma the student must:
IB exam fees for the May 2017 testing date are listed below. There is a one time registration fee of $168.00. If this fee was paid last year, you will not pay again. Each exam is $116.00. Exam fees subject to increase each testing year.
TOK, CAS, EE fees for Diploma Course (Certificate/ non-Diploma) students:
CAS = $10.00
EE = $89.00
IB Diploma students not subject to separate TOK, CAS and EE fees.
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch are elgible for scholarship.
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:
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
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
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.)
The IB Application for Special Needs Assessment form completed by the licsenced professional in a signed and sealed envelope
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 25th for the May 2017 exam session. This is a firm deadline and no extensions are granted as Sequoia must adhere to IB deadlines.
|Year||# Diploma Candidates||Diploma Award Rate
||Highest Diploma Score||Average Diploma Score||Average Sequoia IB Diploma Exam Grade
||Average Worldwide Exam Grade|
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.
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 2016.
American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Arizona State University; Boston University; Brown University; Cal Poly Pomona California Institute of Technology; California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo; California State University – Chico; California State University - Long Beach; California State University – Sacramento; California State University – Stanislaus; Canada College; Carleton College; Carrington College – Boise; Chapman University; Colby College; Colgate University; College of San Mateo; Cornell University; Drew University; Duke University; Foothill College; Fordham University; Franklin and Marshall College; Golden West College; Harvard University; Hofstra University; Humboldt State University; Kenyon College; Las Positas College; New England Conservatory of Music; Northeastern University; Northwestern University; Notre Dame de Namur University; Ohio State University; Oregon State University; Pepperdine University; Princeton University; Purdue University - West Lafayette; San Diego State University; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University; Santa Clara University; Seattle Pacific University; Skyline College; Sonoma State University; Southern Methodist University; Southern Oregon University; Spelman College; St. Louis College of Pharmacy; Stanford University; Tulane University; University of California – Berkeley; University of California – Davis; University of California – Irvine; University of California - Los Angeles; University of California – Merced; University of California – Riverside; University of California - San Diego; University of California - Santa Barbara; University of California - Santa Cruz; University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Georgia; University of Maryland - College Park; University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; University of Nevada – Reno; University of New Hampshire; University of Oregon – Eugene; University of Pennsylvania; University of Portland; University of Redlands; University of San Francisco; University of Texas at Austin; University of Virginia; University of Washington – Seattle; University of the Pacific; Utah State University; Villanova University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Washington State University – Pullman; Washington University in St. Louis; Xavier University of Louisiana
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 2015.
Arizona State UniversityAzusa Pacific University
Brandeis UniversityCal Poly PomonaCalifornia Polytechnic State University - San Luis ObispoCSU - BakersfieldCSU - ChicoCSU - East BayCSU - Long BeachCSU - Monterey BayCSU - SacramentoCSU - San BernardinoCanada CollegeChapman UniversityCity College of San FranciscoColgate UniversityCollege of San MateoColorado CollegeColorado State UniversityCuesta CollegeDe Anza CollegeDickinson CollegeEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachFoothill CollegeGonzaga UniversityHumboldt State UniversityIndiana University - BloomingtonNew York UniversityNorthern Arizona UniversityNorthwestern UniversityNotre Dame de Namur UniversityOccidental CollegePace University- Lubin School of BusinessPepperdine UniversityPomona CollegeRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteSaint Mary's College of CaliforniaSan Diego State UniversitySan Francisco State University San Jose City CollegeSan Jose State UniversitySanta Monica CollegeScripps CollegeSonoma State UniversitySouthern Illinois University - Edwardsville Spelman CollegeSt. Francis CollegeStanford UniversityTexas Christian UniversityTufts University Tulane UniversityUniversity of Arizona - Tucson University of British ColumbiaUC - BerkeleyUC - DavisUC - IrvineUC - Los AngelesUC - MercedUC - RiversideUC - San DiegoUC - Santa BarbaraUC - Santa Cruz University of Colorado at BoulderUniversity of La VerneUniversity of MiamiUniversity of Michigan - Ann ArborUniversity of Nevada - RenoUniversity of Oregon - EugeneUniversity of Puget Sound University of San Francisco University of VirginiaUniversity of Washington - Seattle University of Wisconsin - Madison University of the PacificWashington State University - Pullman Wellesley CollegeWesleyan University - MiddletownWestern Oregon UniversityWillamette UniversityXavier University of Louisiana
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 2016-2017 school year and will be updated each year. If you have any questions, please see Ms.McCahon.
Group 1 - Language A1:
Group 2 - Second Language B:
Group 3 - Individuals and Society:
Group 4: Experimental Sciences:
Group 5 - Mathematics and Computer Science:
Group 6 - Arts:
EE stands for Extended Essay