Dear IB PreDiploma/Diploma Parents,
I would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year and to commend you on your choice to enroll your son/daughter in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Jurupa Hills High School. The administration and staff applaud your choice to enroll your son/daughter into a program that focuses on the education of the "whole child" and commits itself to an education based on a global perspective. Continuous research also demonstrates the lifelong benefits of this rigorous curriculum and experience.
Further information about the thoroughness, requirements and general information concerning the IB Diploma Programme are located online, the address is www.ibo.org. The site includes pertinent information including college requirements and admission information, overall university policies and the specific requirements of the IB Diploma.
The benefits of participation in the IBDP program are plentiful. Based on a global perspective, students are educated using critical thinking strategies, empirical research and collaborative exploration. Students are expected to take all available exams in May to broaden their educational experience. Taking the examinations will enable students to be prepared for college examinations, both oral and written, and may facilitate acceptance and/or advanced placement at the university level. I will be registering juniors and seniors in October for the May examinations.
Students in the IB program will have a chance to reflect on their decision to proceed each year. While there is the need to maintain a 3.2 grade point average each quarter, it is the student's motivation which we find to be the determiner of his/her success in the program.
The guidance IB counselors are Ms. Mary Malloy and Mr. Robert Nava. They will be working with students in all grades. I will handle schedule changes for IB courses for all levels; students will come to my office, D2WR- next door to D201,to discuss the change and I will confirm the change and submit to the counselor. While we try to assign all students the electives of their choice, there may be changes due to the demands of the IB schedule.
In addition to the rigors of the academic coursework, IB Diploma students are also required to complete three core components. First, Theory of Knowledge (TOK) which is an after school course, taught by Michael Luszeck, meeting once a week where students will complete their TOK project and presentation and portions of their Extended Essay. Second, is their Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) requirements. The approximate 150 hours are to be completed by April of their senior year. Additional support is provided by Tanya Salazar, who is the CAS Coordinator on campus. The final core component is the Extended Essay (EE) research paper, advised by myself, with additional assistance provided by a student-selected supervisor on campus. The EE is a research paper of the student's choosing. At approximately 4,000 words, this paper is extremely elaborate and time consuming. Additional information concerning the requirements of the core components are available on the Jurupa Hills and IB websites.
Too often I hear that the IB program is too hard and one wouldn't have a life if one became involved. I would disagree. The IB program is not hard, but rather an academic challenge and extremely time consuming. IB students are, indeed, involved in many activities in and out of school. This is the most endearing portion of educating the "whole child".
Diploma Programme Coordinator, International Baccalaureate