Grupo 1: Estudios en Lengua y Literatura

  • IB English Language and Literature 1 SL - IB English Language and Literature 2 SL

    The language A: language and literature course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non literary genres. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption.The course is organized into four parts, each focused on the study of either literary or non-literary texts. Together, the four parts of the course allow the student to explore the English language through its culturaldevelopment and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and also the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy. Students study six works at the higher level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places.
    This is a two-year course which meets the junior year and senior year English language arts credit requirements. Students who successfully complete SL 1 and SL 2 will earn two credits.

    IB English Language and Literature 1 HL - IB English Language and Literature 2 HL

    The language A: language and literature course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non literary genres. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption.The course is organized into four parts, each focused on the study of either literary or non-literary texts. Together, the four parts of the course allow the student to explore the English language through its culturaldevelopment and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and also the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy. Students study six works at the higher level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places.
    This is a two-year course which meets the junior year and senior year English language arts credit requirements. Students who successfully complete HL 1 and HL 2 will earn two credits.

Grupo 2: Adquisición de idiomas

  •  IB DP French HL 1 - IB DP Spanish HL 1

    This demanding course prepares students for advanced testing at university levels. Students write cohesive essays, interact with native speakers in conversation or taped lectures, and speak in a participatory manner. Speaking assignments require students to explain and defend opinions, discuss abstract and concrete topics, and hypothesize on possible future events. Topics vary and include art, politics, science, health, current events, history, and students’ own past and present. Students also read a variety of texts such as articles, short novels, plays, poetry, and short stories. The course is conducted entirely in the target language and requires students to be independent, highly motivated, and take initiative for their language goals. This course is the first of the two courses leading to examination in a Second Language at the Higher Level.

    IB DP French SL - IB DP Spanish SL

    This course prepares students for advanced testing at university levels. Students write coherent essays, interact with native speakers in conversation or taped lectures, and speak in a participatory manner. Speaking assignments require students to explain and defend opinions, discuss abstract and concrete topics, and hypothesize on possible future events. Topics vary and include art, politics, science, health, current events, history, and students’ own past and present. They also read a variety of texts such as articles, short novels, plays, poetry, and short stories. The course is conducted entirely in the target language. Students taking this course are eligible for the IB Second Language (SL) exam.

    IB DP Spanish HL 2

    This course prepares students for advanced testing at university levels. Students write cohesive essays, interact with native speakers in conversation or taped lectures, and speak in a participatory manner. Speaking assignments require students to explain and defend opinions, discuss abstract and concrete topics, and hypothesize on possible future events. Topics include art, politics, science, health, current events, history, and students’ own past and present. Students also read a variety of texts such as articles, short novels, plays, poetry, and short stories. The course is conducted entirely in the target language and requires students to be independent, highly motivated, and take initiative for their language goals. Students taking this course will be eligible for the IB Second Language B HL exam.

Grupo 3: Individuos y Sociedades

  • IB History 1 HL

    IB History 1 HL is a comparative and integrated exploration of the relationship of the United States, Canadian, and Latin American histories. Emphasis is placed on a comparative analysis of social, political, and economic issues within the Western Hemisphere with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th Century. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills as well as gaining factual knowledge as well as developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. It puts a premium on developing the skills of critical thinking. Topics include: Independence Movements in the Americas, the Mexican Revolution and Civil Rights and Social Movements in the Americas post 1945. Presentation of a formal, independent research project is required and internally assessed. This course is one of the two courses leading to examination in History at the Higher Level.

    IB DP History 2 HL

    This is one of the two courses designed to meet the requirements of the IB History curriculum and to prepare students for the three externally moderated exams. The course is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility. The course emphasizes developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. This course focuses on three major themes designated in the IB curriculum: Rights and Protests, Independence Movements, and Emergence and development of democratic states. The course employs case studies in order to have students explore the themes present in 19th and 20th Century history in Asia/Oceania, Africa/Middle East, Europe and the Americas. In addition,the course is specifically designed to build the skills of historians argumentative writing, original research, document analysis and historiography. Presentation of a formal, independent research project is required and internally assessed. Completion of the two year course, IB History of the Americas HL1 and HL2, fulfills graduation requirements in Economics and People and Politics

     IB Global Politics SL

    The twenty-first century is characterized by rapid change and increasing interconnectedness, impacting people in unprecedented ways and creating complex global political challenges. The study of global politics enables students to critically engage with different and new perspectives and approaches to politics, in order to better make sense of this changing world and their role in it as active citizens. Global politics is an exciting dynamic subject which draws on a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, reflecting the complex nature of many contemporary political issues.  The course explores fundamental political concepts such as power, equality, sustainability and peace, in a range of contexts. It allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity, as well as allowing them the opportunity to explore political issues affecting their own lives. The course helps students to understand abstract political concepts by grounding them in real world examples and case studies.Completion of IB Global Politics fulfills graduation requirements in People and Politics

    IB Business Management SL

    The business management course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Students learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the sociocultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate. The course covers the key characteristics of business organization and environment, and the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management. Links between the topics are central to the course.

Grupo 4: Ciencias

  • IB Biology SL

    This course is a broad and rigorous study of biological concepts.  Topics studied include cells, biochemistry, genetics and heredity, evolution, ecology, and human and plant physiology.  Laboratory activities are inquiry-based and assist students in developing their skills in designing experiments and analyzing data.  Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the IB Biology SL examinations. This course is part of the Bioscience Pathway

    IB Biology 1 HL 

    This course is an even broader and more rigorous, in-depth study of biological concepts than the IB Biology SL course. Topics studied include cells, biochemistry, genetics and heredity. Laboratory activities are inquiry-based and assist students in developing their skills for designing original experiments and analyzing data. This course is the first of two courses leading to the Higher Level IB exam.

    IB Biology 2 HL

    This course completes the IB Biology HL curriculum. Topics studied in this course include evolution, human and plant physiology, and ecology. Laboratory activities continue to be inquiry-based and further develop student skills in designing original experiments and analyzing data. Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the IB Biology (HL) examinations. Completion of IB Biology HL 1 and 2 can yield up to 12 credits at PCC, which will transfer to the Oregon University System.

    IB DP Physics SL 1

     This IB DP Standard Level physics course exposes students to this most fundamental experimental science, which seeks to explain the universe itself—from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Students develop traditional practical skills and techniques and increase facility in the use of mathematics, the language of physics. They also develop interpersonal skills as well as information and communication technology skills, which are essential in modern scientific endeavors—and are important life-enhancing, transferable skills in their own right. Topics covered include kinematics, mechanics including force and motion, projectile and circular motion, gravity and energy. Lab is an essential part of the course. This course is the first of two courses leading to the Standard Level IB exam

    IB DP Physics SL 2

    IB Physics SL2 completes the IB Physics SL program. Additional topics include laboratory IB Internal Assessment, error analysis, waves, sound, light, electrostatics, electric circuits, atomic physics, quantum and nuc­lear physics, and one extended area of study in astrophysics or engineering physics. The Group Four project, “integrating physics with other sciences,” will be completed. Students completing the appropriate laboratory activities and the two years of the program requirements are eligible to take the IB Physics SL exam.

    IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science SL 

    The IB DP course in sports, exercise and health science standard level (SL) involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance. The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. Students cover a range of topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This provides an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimensions and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual in a global context.

Grupo 5: Matemáticas

  • IB Math Studies SL

    IB Math Studies SL is designed for students with varied backgrounds and abilities who want to maintain their math skills and study a wide variety of topics. Topics reviewed from Algebra 2 to Geometry include linear, quad­ratic, and exponential functions, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, and area and volume. Internationally-emphasized topics include sets and logic, Venn diagrams, financial math, measurement, differential calculus, statistics and probability. Students complete a project based on personal research by collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. Students may choose to take the Standard Level IB External Assessment in May. A Texas Instruments graphing calculator is needed.

    IB Math SL 

    IB Mathematics SL is a comprehensive mathematics course that focuses on integral and differential calculus, as well as vectors. It is intended to be a college preparatory course for students who will be seeking degrees that require a higher level mathematical background (business administration, mathematics, economics, chemistry, engineering, etc.) A wide range of mathematical topics will also be reviewed, including functions and equations, trigonometry, and matrices. Students compile a portfolio consisting of problems that use mathematical investigation and mathematical modeling. Students may choose to take the Standard Level IB exam in May. A Texas Instruments graphing calculator is needed.

    IB Mathamatics: Analysis and Approaches SL/HL

    IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (Math: AA) recognizes the need for analytical expertise in a world where innovation is increasingly dependent on a deep understanding of mathematics. This course includes topics that are both traditionally part of a pre-university mathematics course (for example, functions, trigonometry, calculus) as well as topics that are amenable to investigation, conjecture and proof, for instance the study of sequences and series at both SL and HL, and proof by induction at HL. The course allows the use of technology, as fluency in relevant mathematical software and hand-held technology is important regardless of choice of course. However, Mathematics: analysis and approaches has a strong emphasis on the ability to construct, communicate and justify correct mathematical arguments. A Texas Instruments graphing calculator is needed.

Grupo 6: Las artes

  • IB Visual Arts 1 SL & IB Visual Arts 1 HL 

        IB Visual Art SL or IB Visual Art HL1 is designed for the visual art student with an interest in both studio production and researching and writing about art and artists. This course develops a student’s creative and technical skills in painting, clay sculpture, drawing, mixed media and assemblage. IB students are challenged to solve formal and technical problems encountered in studio practice, and begin to develop a thematic body of work. Students are also required to work independently outside of class time in an Investigation Workbook.Studio work is 60% of the final grade; writing and research are 40% of the final grade. SL is a Capstone Course for seniors and prepares students for the Standard Level IB exam.

    *SL is for juniors or seniors; HL1 is for juniors going on to HL2 senior year.

    IB Visual Arts 2 HL

        This course is designed for independent and serious visual art students who have creative and imaginative abilities. It is highly recom­mended for those who are considering a career in the visual arts. Students are instructed in a variety of new and experimental techniques (sand painting at the beach and screen printing) as well as advanced study of art topics. Students are also required to work independently outside of class time in an Investigation Workbook. Studio work is 60 percent of the final grade; writing and research are 40 percent of the final grade. HL2 is a capstone course and prepares students for the Higher Level IB exam.

    IB Theatre 1 SL  & IB Theatre 1 HL

        IB Theatre Arts 1 emphasis is on the growth of the individual’s understanding of theatre in all its forms and focuses. Students make theatre as well as understand it, not only with their minds, but with their senses, and emotions. Students understand the form theatre takes in cultures other than their own; and through this understanding they better understand themselves,their society,and their world. This course provides students with an opportunity to direct, design, create, and write, as well as to act. This course prepares students for the Standard Level IB exam.

    IB Theatre 2 HL

        IB Theatre Arts 2 is an advanced theatre course for the serious theatre student who wishes to further their understanding of theatre in all its forms and focuses. Students experience theatre through other cultures, furthering their understanding of their own culture, and have the opportunity to make their theatre designs and directions come to life by directing other students in an outside performance. This course also includes an individual project, as well as resume, construction, and audition techniques and experiences. It also prepares students for the Higher Level IB exam.

IB Core

  • IB Theory of Knowledge 1 

    This course is designed to “cap” the International Baccalaureate curriculum by providing students with an opportunity for reflection and intellectual growth. Students examine the philosophy, origins and validity of various forms of knowledge and epistemological problems endemic to the junior and senior level curriculum. The focus of the course is on inquiry and critical thinking and is designed to give students a personal perspective on the discovery and creation of knowledge. Support time for IB CCP students completing the Extended Essay and CAS is also embedded into the course.

     IB Theory of Knowledge 2

    This course is designed to “cap” the International Baccalaureate curriculum by providing students with an opportunity for reflection and intellectual growth. Students examine the philosophy, origins and validity of various forms of knowledge and epistemological problems endemic to the junior and senior level curriculum. The focus of the course is on inquiry and critical thinking and is designed to give students a personal perspective on the discovery and creation of knowledge. TOK 2 explores the curriculum in TOK I in even greater depth. Support time for IB CCP students completing the Extended Essay and CAS is also embedded into the course.