At Henry Wise Wood High School, the courses offered emulate and fit the IB hexagon of courses. There are 6 groups and to get the Diploma students must take one course from each group. Group 6 is also elective which means students can take a second science instead of the Visual Arts course. Also note that the IB Oganization mandates that Diploma students must take 3 HL and 3 SL courses but at Henry Wise Wood we offer the possibility to take the maximum 4 HL and 2 SL courses (the option is between Math SL or HL).
We must emphasize the importance of time management and committment to the program. There is no doubt It is a challenging program. Also, the challenges of timetabling, and the demands of both Alberta Learning and IB means that we have a specific sequence of courses with prerequisites. The IB Programme is not meant to penalize sudents for their hard work so adjustments to IB marks are made to reflect what students can do as if they were in a regular program. These are the marks reported to students, parents and to Alberta Learning. IB marks are reported on a different scale (1 to 7). Both transcripts are used by post secondary institutions for admission purposes. A Diploma student gets to apply early based on predicted grades and credits will be alloted once transcripts are received. After the first 2 weeks in September timetabling changes are no longer possible with the exception of Math students who should not continue in Math 20 IB in Semester 2 of their grade 10 year. Students can modify their program from year to year as long as they maintain an complete the 2 minimum IB courses over 2 years.
Group 1: English HL
The suggested entry mark for HWWPIB 10 English is 80% in grade 9. In rare cases students with an above 90% average in a regular grade 10 can join an IB class in grade 11 and 12. The focus of this particular course is on Literature (canadian and world). Strong writing skills are an asset. Being an HL course it will take up 2 semesters in grade 12. Students must take both courses and the exam.
Group 2: Language B
The suggested entry mark for HWWPIB 10 class is 80% in grade 9. In rare cases students with an above 90% average in a regular grade 10 can join an IB class in grade 11 and 12. For students with 2-3 years experience in a particular language they start high school at the 20 level (SL) and for students with no second language we offer beginner level classes 10 (Ab Initio). We offer French or Spanish as a mandatory requirement for the completion of the IB Diploma. Students will be directed to the proper class and exam level by their teacher. Mandarin SL, Ab Initio and Cantonese SL are also accessible off campus at the Chinese Academy (only).
Group 3: History HL
The suggested entry mark for HWWPIB 10 Social Studies is 80% in grade 9. In rare cases students with an above 90% average in a regular grade 10 can join an IB History class in grade 11 and 12. The focus is on historical methodology and skills. We study mostly European and Middle East as regional studies as an option. Strong writing skills are an asset. Being a HL course it will take up 2 semesters in grade 12. Students must take both courses and the exam.
Group 4: The Natural Sciences
Suggested prerequisites to enter the IB Science curriculum: 80% in Science 9 or Science 10 GATE (course taken in Junior High school) and at least 80% in Math 9. Math 10 online acceleration is not recognized for IB. We offer 2 science courses in grade 10. HWWPIB Science 10 (Chem) in first semester which will include credits for Chem 20. This is a prerequisite to take Chem 25 IB HL in grade 11 and then grade 12. The HWWPIB Science 10 (Bio/Physics) in second semester is mandatory, will give Science 10 credits and is a prerequisite to choose either Biology SL or Physics SL (Both can only be done in rare circumstances due to timetabling conflicts). Unless you do NOT need Chemistry in the future we recommend students take both sciences.
In addition, within these courses the laboratory component is very specific to IB standards. The laboratory portfolio will continue to completion with 45 hours at the Standard Level and 60 hours at the Higher Level.
For further clarification see Henry Wise Wood’s Student Registration Guide and the IB Information Brochure.
A student can choose to do Chem HL or Visual Arts HL for the completion of their Diploma. One science course meets the requirements.
Group 5: Mathematics SL and HL
In Math we strongly recommend an 85% average from grade 9. Math 10 online acceleration is not recognized for IB. Students complete the HWWPre-IB Math 10 in the first semester and Math 20IB in the second semester. In grade 11 students may choose to complete Math SL 30 in the first semester and Math SL 31 in the second semester (and the exam) or if their grade 10 marks warrant (90%) take the Higher Level course. Students choosing to continue in Math High Level will take a full year of Math IB in grade 11 and one additional term (3 credits) in semester 2 of grade 12 and then the IB exam in May of that same year.
Group 6: Arts and Electives
At Henry Wise Wood it is also recommended that students have an 80% average(with some flexibility) for the 2 courses offered. These are Visual Arts HL and Theatre SL or HL. In some cases students with an excellent average, interest and recommendation in a regular grade 10 can join an IB class in grade 11 and 12. The time committment for the Theatre course is demanding as productions and practices are mostly outside regular school hours. For now, Theatre can only be taken by Certificate (Partial) IB students.
For students who wish to still be involved in various music programs we have made arrangements for you to continue classes with some flexibility in taking it before and/or after classes certain days of the week. This is above and beyond IB classes and are not part of the IB Programme as such.
Full Diploma stuent are also required to take the Theory of Knowledge class, particpate in the Creativity, Action, Service program and complete under supervision and Extended Essay during grades 11 and 12. See the IB brochure for further details.
For more details on any IB matter please consult the Registration guide and/or the IB brochure.