Pre IB Academic Program

The Pre IB course enables you to choose which subject and level you wish to study during your stay with us. You will choose subjects in each of the 4 core areas of the IB Diploma Program. You will be asked to choose English, Maths - HL or SL, Science - either Physics, Chemistry or Biology and Individuals in Society - either History, Economics or Business & Management. In addition you will attend classes in Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Research, Oral, Writing and Presentation skills. Classes will be held in teaching rooms of Stanford University all rooms have modern facilities. Some are lecture theatres and others are smaller teaching rooms. Sessions will be 1.5 hours long with breaks in between.

A typical weekday will look like this:

•07:15-08:15 Breakfast

•08:45-12:15 IB Academic Class

•12:30-13:45 Lunch

•13:45-15:45 Options

•16:00-18:00 Private study/Sports/Social

•18:00-18:30 Dinner

•18:30-21:00 Evening activities

•21:00-22.30 Private study / social

Classes are small, friendly, but intensive and academic. You need to be fresh and alert to get as much as possible out of them. After class, students can study privately in their rooms or the library and will then join in the evening sports and social program.

English

This class will be a detailed introduction to the IB English syllabus.

Key Learning Points

  • Practice in writing skills and writing literary essays.
  • Instruction on writing commentaries and making oral presentations.
  • Writing strategies with particular emphasis on writing for examinations, text analysis and draft revisions.
  • Review of recent examination questions.

Mathematics

This class will be a detailed introduction to the IB syllabus of your choice (HL or SL).

Key Learning Points

  • Presentations of assessment criteria and portfolio/project work.
  • Introduction to mathematical investigations and IB internal assessment work.
  • Applications involving a graphics calculator.
  • Practice with recent examination questions.

Science

This class will be detailed introduction to the IB syllabus of your choice (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

Key Learning Points

  • Introduction to the principles of the scientific method.
  • Participation and design of scientific experiments.
  • Development of your experimental report writing skill, formulation of hypotheses.
  • Improvement of data collection and analysis skills and techniques in answering recent exam questions.

Individuals And Society

This class will be a detailed introduction to the IB syllabus of your choice (Economics, Business & Management or History).

Key Learning Points

  • Development of essay writing skills, text handling and commentary skills.
  • Practice gathering and organising information.
  • Application and use of relevant technology.
  • Explore how to connect paragraphs, use expository writing skills and develop purposeful conclusions.

Theory of Knowledge

This class will be an in-depth look at what TOK is and its importance in your IB diploma

Key Learning Points

  • Exposure to the ways of formulating an opinion and substantiating them with evidence.
  • Developing viewpoints on an issue of current relevance.
  • Engagement in thoughtful and purposeful debate and.
  • Enquiry into different ways of knowing knowledge based on reading, discussion and questioning.

Research, Oral Presentation and Writing Skills

This class will be an introduction to developing arguments to support ideas and integrating references.

Key Learning Points

  • Discover how to plan and deliver a presentation.
  • Developing viewpoints on an issue of current relevance.
  • Engagement in thoughtful and purposeful debate and.
  • Enquiry into different ways of knowing knowledge based on reading, discussion and questioning.

What the Teachers Think

"The students have access to a wealth of formal and informal resources (human and otherwise) not normally available in a conventional school environment."

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