8th Grade IB Info "We Are IB" Meeting: This year we will host an 8th Grade IB Info Meeting in January 2019 (Date TBA). The English meeting will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm in Carrington Hall and the Spanish meeting will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm in the school library. Any potential new transfer families are also welcome to join the meeting. The Open Enrollment deadline is usually at the beginning of February so this gives you time to come and learn what Sequoia's IB Program is all about before you make your high school decisions. The District Office oversees the Open Enrollment process so please visit their website at http://www.seq.org/About-Us/Departments/Human-Resources--Student-Services/Open-Enrollment/index.html for information and for the deadline to apply for an Open Enrollment Transfer for the 2019-2020 school year. Open Enrollment only applies to incoming freshmen. Please direct all questions regarding Open Enrollment to the District Office. 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.
May 2019 IB Exams run from May 3rd - May 24th, 2019.
Senior IB Ceremony 2019. Mark your calendars.... All seniors in the Class of 2019 who took one or more IB classes and their families are invited to the IB Ceremony on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 5:30 in Carrington Hall. Spanish translation provided.
Novemebr 1st DEADLINE: Students CANNOT drop an IB course in a testing year after November 1st, 2018. After 11/1/18, students are committed for the entire year.
Sequoia Completed the IB Bridging the Equity Gap Project: Sequoia High School was selected by the International Baccalaureate as one of only five high schools across the US to participate in the three year Bridging the Equity Gap Project funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The goal of the project was to increase the number of low-income students 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 (fall 2014 through spring 2017), Sequoia worked 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 was by increasing their success in IB, low-income students may 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 improved the IB program for all of our students. We are proud to have made changes that have increased student participation in IB overall. Our goal is for all students at Sequoia to take at least IB course before they graduate. We welcome all students into IB.
Marlyn Bussey IB Scholarships: These award recipients are recognized for making a strong contribution to the school or their IB classes and embracing what IB is all about. This is demonstrated through:
Motivated by their own curiosity and learned for the sake of learning. Sought out, listened to and/or appreciated multiple perspectives. Demonstrated multicultural understanding. Contributed to their community. Showed care and respect for others and the world at large.
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 specifying the fees for all students who may 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. Sequoia welcomes all students into IB and encourages every student to take at least one IB class before they graduate.
Myth #2: IB is an all or nothing program.
Truth: Students can choose to do the full diploma or be a diploma course student taking individual IB courses.
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. There is no entrance exam to take IB courses. Some IB courses have pre-req requirements. Some IB courses have recommended course preparation and some IB courses have no pre-req requirements.
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 may be granted an 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 District boundary but outside of Sequoia High School's boundary, may be granted 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 participate 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
"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 interested 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 2018-2019 school year is as follows:
Wednesday, September 5, 2018: Senior Meeting
Wednesday, October 10, 2018: Junior Meeting
Wednesday, October 17 , 2018: Sophomore Meeting
Wednesday, October 24 , 2018: 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. Presentations will be posted after the event.
For a student to pursue the IB Diploma the student must:
IB exam fees for the May 2019 testing date are listed below. There is a single registration fee of $172.00. Each subject exam is $119.00. Full Diploma Candidates who took an exam last year as an 11th grader, do not pay the registration fee again (only applies to Diploma students, not Course students). Exam fees subject to increase each testing year.
TOK, CAS, EE fees for Diploma Course (Certificate/ non-Diploma) students:
CAS = $10.00
EE = $91.00
IB Diploma students not subject to separate TOK, CAS and EE fees.
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch thus school year receive a scholarship. Be sure to apply for FRL now to qualify.
If a student 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 following 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
If the student qualifies for Spec Ed, this report is provided by our School Psychologist. If the student qualifies for a 504, this report must be provided by the family from the licensed professional who provided the diagnosis.
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 participating in classroom activities and tests.)
The IB Application for Special Needs Assessment form completed by the licensed professional in a signed and sealed envelope. If the student qualifies for Spec Ed, this application is provided by our Special education Department. If the student qualifies for a 504, this application must be provided by the family from the licensed professional who provided the diagnosis.
Parent/guardian 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 2019 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 Diploma 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 2017.
Academy of Art University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Boise State University, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, CSU – Bakersfield, CSU – Chico, CSU - East Bay, CSU - Long Beach, CSU - Los Angeles, CSU - Monterey Bay, CSU – Northridge, CSU - San Marcos, CSU – Stanislaus, Canada College, Chapman University, Clemson University, College of San Mateo, Concordia University – Irvine Concordia University – Montréal Cuesta College, De Anza College, DePaul University, Dominican University of California, Elon University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, Foothill College, Fresno City Community College, George Fox University, George Washington University, Gonzaga University, Hofstra University, Humboldt State University, Lake Forest College, Maryville University, Menlo College, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Occidental College, Oregon State University, Pace University - New York City, Pennsylvania State University, Peralta Community College District, Pomona College, Saint Mary's College of California, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Clara University, Sciences Po- Columbia University Dual BA, Sonoma State University, Stanford University, Technische Universität, Truckee Meadows Community College, Tufts University, Tulane University, University of Alabama University of Arizona – Tucson, 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 Barbara, University of California - Santa Cruz, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, University of Denver, University of Hawaii – Manoa, University of Miami, University of Nevada – Reno, University of Oregon – Eugene, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington – Seattle, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of the Pacific, Utah Valley University
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 2018-2019 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