IB Diploma Programme At Fitch High School
Welcome Fitch High School's IB Diploma Programme
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Robert E. Fitch High School. We have been proud members of the IB World Schools community for over 20 years.
Things are changing in today’s world at a rapid pace. It can be hard to predict what knowledge will be important to your career future six years from now. What we do know will be important is your ability to think critically, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, maintain an open-mind, and consider things from an international perspective. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program will prepare you with all of these skills, and help you cultivate a balanced and integrated approach to learning. The Diploma Program at Fitch is focused on getting you ready for the world.
As part of your Diploma Program experience, you will be challenged to go beyond the classroom in your learning. You will complete an Extended Essay of 3000-4000 words on a topic of your own choosing. You will engage in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) experiences, and complete a CAS project of your own. You will explore what you know and how you know it through the Theory of Knowledge class. At the end of your two years of IB, you will have the time management and academic skills necessary for success to and through university.
You have begun a journey that will never end – you are a life-long learner. The IB Program at Fitch exists to guide you in your learning experiences. You will have a small, close-knit cohort of fellow students and teachers who will provide you with support and assistance as you grow and develop. We’re so glad to have you in the program!
Robert E. Fitch High School IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
The IB Diploma Programme at Robert E. Fitch High School is an integrated interdisciplinary course of studies designed to ensure our students can successfully compete with honors students from all over the world for positions at prestigious universities, and the world of work beyond the classroom. Our IB students are compassionate, creative learners, who are comfortable in cooperative learning situations that require critical thinking in inquiry-based settings. You don’t need to be a genius to succeed in IB – but you need to be ready to work.
International-mindedness is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility to its members. It is an awareness of the inter-relatedness of all nations and peoples, and a recognition of the complexity of these relationships. Internationally-minded people appreciate and value the diversity of cultures in the world and make an effort to learn more about them.
Approaches to teaching and learning
IB programmes are taught by teachers who explicitly help students learn how to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success.
Approaches to teaching
There are six key pedagogical principles that underpin all IB programmes. Teaching in IB programmes is:
- based on inquiry
- focused on conceptual understanding
- developed in local and global contexts
- focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
- differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
- informed by assessment (formative and summative).
Approaches to learning
This area develops essential skills that include skills of behaviour and emotional management, skills that allow the student to monitor their own effectiveness in their learning and skills that allow them to process information effectively (often called “study skills” in a school environment). Although these skills may be in use when developing a certain natural ability or talent, they are different from both ability and talent themselves because proficiency in any skill can be increased through the deliberate use of techniques and strategies, feedback and challenge. Skills are therefore highly teachable.
Teaching and learning in the Diploma Programme (DP) therefore incorporates the development of:
- thinking skills
- communication skills
- social skills
- self-management skills
- research skills.
Although these are presented as distinct categories, there is some overlap and close connections between them. These categories should be seen as interrelated, as well as linking closely with the attributes highlighted in the IB learner profile. IB students work to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.