Please see the CASHS IB course offerings and their descriptions below. You are encouraged to contact the subject teacher with any specific questions.
- Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
- IB Language A: Literature HL (2 year course - 1 credit per year) 1.4 weight
Prerequisite: Honors American Literature and Composition II or teacher recommendation in English 10
This course promotes the ability to form and support independent literary judgments. It demands a rigorous reading schedule which will be the vehicle for developing both written and spoken analysis (students will read approximately six large works each year). The reading selections are chosen from the IB prescribed list of authors and are suitable for college freshman in both content and reading level. The works studied include works originally published in English and also translations. Overall, this course promotes a personal appreciation of literature and broadens cultural perspective.
Group 2: Language Acquisition
IB Latin HL (2 year course - 1 credit per year) 1.4 weight
Prerequisite: Honors Latin II with at least a B average
This course consisits of studies in poetry and prose. Students will read, translate, understand, analyze and interpret selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses and Heroides, Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, Vergil's Aeneid and Georgics, Horace's' Carmina, Cicero's Pro Caelio, Catullus' Carmina and Propertius' Elegies. In addition, students will complete an IB-required Internal Assessment (IA). The IA consists for a research assignment relating to a topic in classical history, literature, language, religiion, mythology, art archaeology or some aspecit of classical influence.
IB Language B SL: Spanish and German (2 year courses - 1 credit per year) 1.2 weight
Prerequisite: Sucessful completion of the Honors 1 and Honors 2 levels of Spanish or German
The focus of this course is language acquisition and intercultural understanding. The Language B syllabus approaches teh learning of language through meaning. Through the study of the core, students build the necessary skills to reach the assessment objectives of the Language B course through the expansion of their receptive, productive and interactive skills. The core is divided into three areas and is a required area of study: Communication and Media, Global Issues and Societal Relationships. In addition, teachers select two from the following five options: Cultural Diversity, Customs and Traditions, Health, Leisure, Science and Technology.
IB Spanish Ab Initio SL (2 year course) 1.2 weight
Spanish Ab Initio is intended for motivated students who have no previous experience in Spanish or the maximum of one year. It is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate sucessfully in an environment where Spanish is spoken. These skills include written and oral expression as well as understanding various forms of literature and speech. An independent research paper and oral assessment are required components of the course.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
IB History of the Americas HL (2 year course) 1.4 weight
Prerequisite: There are no official prerequisites, but AP World History and/or AP United States History is suggested, as well as the ability to analyze and critique sources, work independently and produce high-level essays. This course aims to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of sources, methods and interpretations. Students are encouraged to comprehend the present by reflecting critically on the past. They are further expected to understand historical developments at national, regional and international levels and learn about their own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures.
HL Option 9: The Development of Modern Nations (1865-1929)
HL Option 10: Emergence of the Americas in Global Affairs (1880-1929)
Prescribed Subject 3: The Move to Global War
World History Topic 10: Authoritarian States (20th Century)
World History Topic 12: The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries (20th Century)
HL Option 16:The Cold War and the Americas (1945-1981)
IB Psychology HL (2 year course) 1.4 weight
Prerequisite: C or better in Biology
This course aimes to develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied to understand human behavior. There will be a focus on developing an understanding of behaviors through differing perspectives, biological, cognitive and sociocultural. Students will also understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry with sensitivity to the varying ethical issues involved. Topics such as neuroscience, research methods, states of consciousness, sensation, perception, heritability, life-span development, cognition, conditioning and learning, memory, motiviation, emotion, personality and health will be examined using various perspectives. In addition areas of abnormal psychology, the psychology of human relationships will be studied with more depth. Students will also apply research methodology in the collection of data, analysis of data, testing of hypotheses and interpretation of complex data and source material. Experimental research methodology will be introduced, along with statistical methods involved in qualitative research in psychology.
IB Information Technology in a Global Society SL (1 year course) 1.2 weight
In this course, students experience first-hand what to expect in a 21st century world that will become increasingly interconnected in technology and the sharing of information. Students learn to think critically about the role technology plays in the United States, as well as its effect on nations and cultures all over the world. The impact and significance of the information age is explored in several social contexts including economic, political, cultural, legal, environmental, historical, ergonomic and psychological.
To appreciate the key elements of continuity and change that information technolgy has affected throughout history.
To analyze and evaluate social and ethical considerations arising from technology's proliferation in today's society.
To understand the various methods and technologies for data collection, description and analysis used in studies of society and the ways in which complex data can be interpreted.
To become familiar with technologies and information tools that enhance communication, facilitate life-long learning and expand a student's world view.
To demonstrate how technology adds to the integration of disciplines and facilitates the problem-solving process.
Group 4: Sciences
IB Biology HL (2 year course) 1.4 weight
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors or CP Biology. High level writing skills suggested.
This course is designed for students with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. It is an intensive, international inquiry based curriculum that covers all of the material normally covered in the first and second semester of college level biology classes. An independent research project and paper are a required component of the course. The research topic is developed during the first year and must be approved by the instructor by the end of April during the first year. The research and performance of the data collection will take place over the summer and during the second year of the course with the completion of the paper reporting the results submitted by the end of February in the second year. A collaborative group project with IB Chemistry and IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science is also a required component.
Cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, human physiology and independent research topic development.
Nucleic Acids, Metabolism, Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis, Plant Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Animal Physiology, Ecology and Conservation and completion of the independent research topic.
IB Chemistry HL (2 year course) 1.4 weight
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Chemistry. Completion of Honors or AP Physics are also suggested but not required. Completion of Algebra II with a C or higher. High level writing skills suggested.
This course is an intensive, international, inquiry based curriculum that covers all of the material normally covered in the first and second semester of college level chemistry classes, plus an in depth introduction to Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry. An independent research project and paper are a required component of the course. The research topic is developed during the first year and must be approved by the instructor by May at the end of the first year. The research and performance of the data collection will take place over the summer and during the second year of the course with completion of the paper reporting the results submitted by the end of February in the second year. A collaborative group project with IB Biology and IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science is also a required component.
Year 1: Atomic structure, quantum electronic configuration, trends of the periodic table, covalent and ionic bonding, intermolecular forces, hybridization, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and independent research topic development.
Year 2: Organic chemistry and spectroscopic determination of organics, medicinal chemistry, redox reactions, acid and base reactions, electrochemistry, completion of independent research topic which will be a significant portion of the first semester.
IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL (1 year course) 1.2 weight
Prerequisite: No prerequisites required. Successful completion of health education, exercise science, anatomy and physiology encouraged.
This course was initially designed for Olympic athletes during training, but is now a one year course that is an exciting way to study and apply science to human movement and performance. Topics students will study include: anatomy, exercise physiology, energy systems, movement analysis, skill in sport and measurement and evaluation of human performance. Additionally, the course will also cover optimizing physiological performance and psychology of sport. This course is not entirely classroom based, but will also spend time conducting labs that involve designing experiments, collecting and processing data and drawing conclusions. High level writing, analyzing and communication skills are encouraged.
Group 5: Mathematics
IB Math Studies SL (2 year course) 1.2 weight
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra. High level writing skills encouraged.
Math Studies is intended for students who are not seeking a math related degree. The purpose of the math studies standard level course is to give students who already have fundamental skills an overall awareness and appreciation for how mathematics is used throughout the world. The course concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to contexts related to home, work and leisure situations. The syllabus is chosen to provide the students with a wide range of applicable advanced mathematical topics that will serve as a basis for their project. Mathmatical topics will include algebra, statistics, geometry, trigonometry and some calculus. Graphing calculators are used extensively in this course. The course also includes the internal assessment of project work; written work based on personal research, guided and supervised by the teacher. The external assessments include Paper 1: a 15 question short-answer exam based on topics from the course syllabus and Paper 2: five extended response questions.
Group 6: Arts
IB Music SL (1 year course) 1.2 weight
Requirements: In order to complete the performance component of this course, students must enroll or be enrolled in Glee Club, band, symphony or study music privately. Students do not need to be enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme to select IB Music.
IB Music is designed for the student who wants to know more about the components of music and its historical development. Emphasis is on theory, music history, world music, performance and composition. By developing a better understanding of the art of music through studying its basic tools, its historical background and cultural connections the student will possess a better aesthetic appreciation for quality music of the past and present. For all students, this course will provide a foundation for future study and an appreciation of a wide variety of music. For students who are active in choral or instrumental performing organizations, this course will provide both historical and theoretical insight into the music they are performing. For students who plan continued study of music after graduation from high school, IB Music should provide the necessary preparation.
Diploma Programme Core Requirements
Theory of Knowledge (.25 credit)
The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is designed solely for those students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme. TOK offers students and their teachers the opportunity to:
- Reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge
- Consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the culture of others and in the wider world.
- It prompts students to be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge.
- Helps students recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world.
As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is "How do we know?" It is a stated aim of TOK that students should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected. TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.
Students are introduced to and become proficient in the 8 Ways of Knowing (WOK): language, reason, sense of perception, emotion, faith, intuition, imagination and memory. Additionally, students are given opportunities to explore to what extent the WOKs affect the 6 Areas of Knowledge (AOK): Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Mathematics, the Arts History and Ethics. Students give a presentation which demonstrates their knowledge of how the WOKs and AOKs are inexticably linked.
Finally, in the last part of the course, students actively engage themselves in various texts, film clips, poetry, debates and other miscellaneous media in order to further build their understanding of the inter-relatedness of the WOKs and the AOKs.
Creativity, Activity, Service (.5 credit)
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is the heart of the IB Diploma Programme, involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies. The component's three strands, often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:
- Creativity - exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. This may include visual and performing arts, digital design, writing, film, culinary arts and crafts.
- Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Pusuits may include individual and team sports, dance, outdoor recreation, fitness training and any other form of physical exertion that purposefully contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
- Service - collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. Through Service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem solving, initiative, responsibility and accountability for their actions.
Students will work with the CAS Advisor over a period of 15 months to fulfill the CAS responsibilities.
Extended Essay (.25 credit)
The Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects. It is a compulsory, externally assessed piece of independent research/investigation. Presented as a formal piece of scholarship containing no more than 4,000 words, it is the result of approximately 40 hours of student work, and concluded with a short interview, with the supervising teacher. The supervising teacher will be a CASHS faculty member who advises the student over the 18 month time period.