IB Courses at GCHS
International Baccalaureate Courses at Guerin Catholic
Group 1, Language
English, Higher Level (SL, HL)
English, is a course based on the content established by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students enrolled in IB English: Literature will develop their powers of expression in both oral and written communication by using the skills involved in writing and speaking in a variety of styles and situations. Works studied are chosen from a broad list of prescribed authors and works representing different literary periods and genres. The course is assessed through both oral and written examinations that allow students to demonstrate individual language skills, the ability to critically analyze and comment upon familiar and unfamiliar texts, and the ability to express a personal and independent response to literature. Literature studied for IB English 11 is as follows: Things Fall Apart, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Great Gatsby, Oedipus Rex, The Thief and The Dogs, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Literature studied for IB English 12 is as follows: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Macbeth, Robert Frost poetry, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The God of Small Things, The Things They Carried, and As I Lay Dying.
Group 2, Language Acquisition
Latin Standard Level (SL)
Latin IV continues the transition from reading facsimile to original Latin. Readings are adapted or taken wholly from original Latin texts. By reading selections from Roman authors including Catullus, Horace, and Vergil, students will gain an understanding of Roman life during the era these authors wrote. Students will understand figures of speech and meter used in Roman poetry. Students will be able to read a Latin passage with emphasis and correct dialect. By reading in English the complete twelve books of the Aeneid, students will know all the history and background of Vergil’s epic. While translating Book IV of the epic, students will be able to compare the style of the Latin work and its importance in history. Students will understand grammar points studied which occur frequently in Roman authors which are various forms of indirect statement, the historical present tense, the gerund with ad, and word patterns found in Latin verse. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of Roman authors and their works with projects to be completed throughout the course. Students will take part in the International Baccalaureate assessment. They will be able to successfully take the National Latin Exam.
Spanish, Standard Level is a world language learning course established by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The main focus of the course, regardless of the language, is on language acquisition and development in the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. International Baccalaureate Language B students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of situations and within the cultures where the language is spoken. In the context of Language B the successful use of a language consists of demonstrating competence in three distinct but interrelated areas: language, cultural interaction and message. These language skills will be developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such material will range from everyday oral exchanges to print and spoken information regarding current, culturally relevant topics. The material will be chosen to enable students to develop mastery of language skills. It is not intended solely for the study of specific subject matter or content
Group 3, Individuals and Societies
IB History is a course in which the students explore topics in the history of the United States and Latin America as well as a series of topics in 20th century world history while considering questions of historiography and conducting in-depth research. The goals of this course are to help the IB student of history develop a sense of internationalism; understand the discipline of history; fulfill World Civilization and U.S. History requirements of the State of Indiana; prepare for the successful completion of exams at the end of senior year; and conduct a historical investigation. Americas topics include the U.S. Civil War, the emergence of the Americas in global affairs (1880-1929), and the Cold War in the Americas (1945-1981). 20th century topics include: World War I in Europe, the interwar years, World War II, the rise and rule of 20th century dictators, and the Cold War, including the Korea/Vietnam conflicts.
Business Management SL
Business and Management examines the role of individuals and groups in forming organizations and their roles within organizations. Students gain a broad understanding of the variety of organizations that exist including profit and non-profit and the problems and life cycles of these organizations. This course develops an understanding of the interdependency of organizations, the effect of problem solving and the application of organizational principles and techniques widely practiced in the process of decision-making. Students will demonstrate the application of business and management tools, techniques and theories on a real business issue or problem.
Group 4, Experimental Sciences
Biology SL, HL
This is an advanced course in biology that is similar in breadth and depth to a first year college biology class. In addition to the standard level topics, higher level students must complete study in the following topics: nucleic acids and proteins; cell respiration and photosynthesis; human reproduction; defense against infectious diseases; nerves, muscles and movement; excretion; plant science as well as additional IB topics as determined by the instructor.
Chem SL, HL
Chemistry Higher Level, International Baccalaureate is designed to introduce students to the theories and practical techniques involved in the composition, characterization, and transformation of substances. As the central science, the chemical principles investigated underpin both the physical world in which we live and all biological systems. Students study eleven core topics: stoichiometry, atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry. Students must complete additional study in nine topics: atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry.
Computer Science SL
Computer Science Standard Level, International Baccalaureate guides students through problem solving strategies and definitions to the construction of algorithms to create solutions, thereby developing skills of logic and analytical thinking. The course includes: systems life cycle and software development, program coding and construction, computing system fundamentals, a case study, and a program dossier. Students will be required to fulfill all requirements of the IB organization, including participation in the IB summative test in May. This course is recommended for students interested in Engineering, Math, Technology or Physics-related fields.
Group 5, Mathematics
Math SL, HL
Mathematics Standard Level provides students who will continue to study mathematics at the university level with a background of mathematical thought and a functional level of technical ability. The use of graphing technology is required. Students must complete study in the following core topics: algebra; functions and equations; circular functions in trigonometry; matrices; vectors; statistics and probability; calculus; functions, graphs and limits; derivatives; and integrals. Each student must submit an investigation paper and a modeling project comprising 20% of the IB assessment.
Mathematics HL caters to students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students will be expecting to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering, and technology. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems. In addition to the deeper investigation of the core topics covered in SL, HL will include topics in series and differential equations.
Group 6, The Arts
Music Standard Level is a course designed by the International Baccalaureate Organization to promote greater awareness and understanding of the power and variety of musical experiences for those who have a general interest in music. Candidates are exposed to a broad spectrum of music, ranging from classical and Western traditions to that of other regions and culture. The creative and practical aspects of music are evenly balanced with the theoretical or the academic. Students study musical perception and analysis and undertake studies of a wide range of musical genres and styles. Standard level students participate through two compulsory parts: musical perception and analysis which includes the study of prescribed works, the study of musical genres and styles, and musical investigation; and group performance entailing two or more public performances.
Visual Arts SL, HL
Visual Arts Standard Level is a course designed by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This class is suitable for students who are eager to explore and develop their own creative potential through any of the main media techniques of the visual arts. The main prerequisites for this course are enthusiasm, commitment, and a willingness to become involved in practical and theoretical inquiry into aspects of the visual arts. The studio course will include opportunities for structured learning and personal research of a more experimental nature: many art techniques and media will be used. Students are required to keep an investigation workbook to encourage adventurous and critical personal investigation. It will take the form of a working journal, containing both visual and verbal information, including records of exhibitions visited, consideration of the visual arts of other cultures and the historical context of artworks being studied, as well as references to the student’s own studio practice. At the standard level, students can choose between studio work and research work for their emphasis.
Visual Arts Higher Level is a course designed by the International Baccalaureate organization for students who intend to continue their art studies outside of the secondary school. In common to the standard level and higher level courses are core elements, which include the introduction of art concepts, criticism and analysis; the acquisition of studio technical and media skills; and a study of the relation of art ot socio-cultural and historical contexts. Students are required to keep an investigation workbook to encourage adventurous and critical personal investigation. It will take the form of a working journal, containing both visual and verbal information, including records of exhibitions visited, consideration of the visual arts of other cultures and the historical context of artworks being studied, as well as references to the student’s own studio practice.
Sample Schedule of classes for IB Diploma Candidate
|Junior Year||Senior Year|
|Fall||H Physics||Fall||IB Bio/Chem|
|H Language||IB English|
|Winter||H Physics||Winter||IB Bio/Chem|
|IB English||IB Language|
|H Math||IB Math|
|IB Group 6||IB English|
|H Language||IB History|
|Spring||IB Bio/Chem||Spring||IB Bio/Chem|
|H Math||Study Period|
|IB Group 6||IB History|