What are the requirements for entrance into the IB Diploma Program? Junior IB Diploma candidates must have strong academic and conduct records. Candidates must have completed General Chemistry as sophomores, and be in at least French 3 Honors or Spanish 3 Honors as juniors. They should have completed pre-requisites for their Sixth Subject. Most will have taken AP US History as sophomores. They must be hard workers and want to earn the IB Diploma.
What is the difference between Honors, AP and IB? Honors courses are accelerated high school-level courses. AP (Advanced Placement) courses are college-level courses in specific subjects leading to an exam at the end of each course. IB Diploma courses are part of a two-year, comprehensive course of study consisting of 6 subject areas that lead to exams, a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, a 4,000-word Extended Essay, and participation in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) projects. Candidates who graduate with an IB Diploma also graduate with a Littleton High School diploma. Successful completion of IB or AP assessments can lead to college or university credit. Grades at Littleton High School are weighted equally in Honors, AP and IB courses.
What Higher Level (HL) subjects are offered at Littleton? LHS offers Biology, Mathematics, World Literature, European History, Design Technology, Theater and Visual Arts at the Higher Level. This means that students have -- over the two years of IB -- 240 contact hours with the subject teacher. All IB students MUST take at least 3, but no more than 4, HL courses, per International Baccalaureate Organization regulations. At LHS, IB Diploma students must take World Literature and European History at HL; they choose their third and, if appropriate, fourth HL courses.
How does IB determine who earns the IB Diploma? The IB allows for a range of academic abilities. Points for the diploma are allotted based on a student's performance on various assessments throughout each course. A maximum of 7 points may be earned in each of the 6 subject areas (Literature, History, World Language, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and the Sixth Subject). Students may earn up to 3 additional "bonus" points from the Extended Essay research paper and the Theory of Knowledge course. Students receive the IB Diploma if they earn 24 points on the 45-point scale.
What is a Sixth Subject? IB Diploma candidates must take 5 core subjects (English, a world language, history, an experimental science, and mathematics). The Sixth Subject is an elective, typically a course in the arts. LHS offers these Sixth Subjects: Visual Arts, Music, Theater Arts, Design Technology, Philosophy, Psychology and Chemistry.