Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

International Baccalaureate

The Awty International School promotes a strong sense of values among its students that is based on care, concern and compassion for others, profound international understanding and a very deep sense of the importance of community. In brief, Awty is committed and convinced that offering its students the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, students will have an educational experience that is truly life-defining.

What is the IB at Awty?

IB Courses

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Students must choose at least 1 subject from this group (Language A).

For English, students can choose between 2 courses: Literature and Language and Literature. Both courses are at both levels (HL and SL).

  • In the Literature course, the focus is directed towards developing an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promoting the ability to form independent literary judgments.
  • The focus of the Language and Literature course is directed towards developing and understanding the constructed nature of meanings generated by language and the function of context in this process.

For other languages such as French, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese we only offer the Language and Literature course.

NOTE: Taking two studies in language and literature subjects in different languages is one way of obtaining a bilingual IB diploma.

Group 2: Language Acquisition

The main emphasis of the modern language courses is on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture through the study of its language.

To accommodate students’ interest and previous experience in language studies, the following courses are available:

  • Language B: this level is intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language. Most desired languages are French and Spanish, which may be studied at either higher level or standard level. Other languages such as Chinese, Arabic, and Dutch are available.
  • Language ab initio: the course for students who have very little or no experience with the language. We offer French, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin.

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Students can choose between:

  • History
  • Psychology
  • Economics

Group 4: Sciences

Students can choose between:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Systems & Societies (offered at SL only)
  • Computer science (only as second science)

Group 5: Mathematics

Students can choose:

  • Mathematics: Higher Level (Calculus)
  • Standard Level (pre- calculus)
  • Mathematical Studies

Group 6: The Arts

Students can choose:

  • Visual arts
  • Theatre
  • Music
NOTE: Group 6 is a "flexible" group, meaning that a student may opt to study one other subject from Group 2, 3 or 4 instead of a course in the arts.

Additional: Core Elements

In addition to these six subjects, the IB also requires the following core elements:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK): a course reflecting about the nature of knowledge
  • Extended Essay (EE): a self-directed 4,000 word research paper in one of the subject areas. An opportunity to showcase researching and writing skills.
  • Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS): students need to participate in a range of activities outside their regular school classes

Additional IB Resources

IB and Further Education Videos

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FAQ: What is the advantage of an IB education?

Students following an IB education are given a unique opportunity to become independent, self-regulated learners and critical thinkers. Students are well prepared for colleges and universities around the world.

The IB program offers a holistic education which addresses the student’s development at cognitive, affective and social levels.

The various types of assessments will teach the students and help them develop the “21st century skills” which they will need in today’s world.

More information about the benefits: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/

FAQ: What is the learner profile?

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

  1. Inquirers
  2. Knowledgeable
  3. Thinkers
  4. Communicators
  5. Principled
  6. Open-Minded
  7. Caring
  8. Risk-Takers
  9. Balanced
  10. Reflective

To view the full learner profile PDF, click here.

FAQ: How does the IB Assessment Work?

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme (May Senior year), which are marked by external IB examiners (external assessment). Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers (internal assessment) and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge (TOK) and the extended essay (EE).

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

CAS – the remaining element in the DP core – does not contribute to the points total but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.

Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations.

FAQ: What is the difference between HL and SL?

SL courses are recommended to have at least 150 hours of instructional time, and HL courses are recommended to have at least 240 instructional hours. In most cases both SL and HL courses consist of the same educational aims, core syllabus and curriculum and assessment models. HL courses typically also include a range of additional elements designed to allow students to explore areas of interest within the subject in more depth. In this sense, SL courses are not watered down versions of their HL counterparts. The assessment criteria are equally demanding for both levels, and SL exams are marked and standardized with the same rigor as all IB coursework.

FAQ: What is required to achieve the IB diploma?

  1. Earn a total of minimum 24 points
  2. Earn at least 12 points on HL subjects and 9 points on SL subjects
  3. Pass Extended Essay and TOK (minimum grade D)
  4. Complete all internal/ external assessments
  5. CAS requirements have been met

IB Contacts

isabel van dyck

Secondary School, IB Coordinator
ivandyck@awty.org
713-328-5811

kerry polzin

Associate IB Coordinator
kpolzin@awty.org
713-328-5893