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Joining the IB League

Caitlin Lane

Caitlin Lane, Staff Writer

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Ms. Marceau walks into the freshmen ninth period English class and happily greets the students before her. She then begins to tell the impatient students of a new option for their graduation plan: IB. Several students begin to be interested but most of the class is still concentrating on the class clock. Tick, tick, tick, the hands on the clock click into place, but then the English teacher begins to explain more about the program including the many benefits. As she lists each of them and describes what qualities the student might need the whole class begins to pay attention to her. At the end of her lecture, some students begin to doubt they will be able to keep up with the rigorous courses and others are determined to be a part of this great opportunity.

IB stands for International Baccalaureate, meaning people from around the world take the same courses as will be offered at RHHS. Starting in 2014 RHHS will offer the curriculum to its students for the first time ever. English teacher for the future IB English class Kristin Marceau said, “IB is basically a step above Pre-AP classes and it will also be above the distinguished plan.” The curriculum offers advanced classes and only one free class period for recreational courses.

Students will have to work hard every day but that is not the only behavior this rigorous course demands. Students must be willing to give up all of their time and effort to this curriculum, meaning students will most likely be focusing only on schoolwork during the week, weekend, and even holidays. Freshman Miles Moriarty said, “The IB program seems like a good idea.”

If someone wishes to join the IB program they must first go through a process with the teachers. Their grades will be looked over and there will be meetings with the student, student’s parents, and teachers to discuss possible entry into the program. There will also be teacher recommendations. If a student does get accepted, the student then has the whole school year to write an essay over a topic of their choice. The student is given a teacher at the school to help them specifically with that purpose, acting as a sort of mentor.

Many students excel in some subjects but do not do so well in others. Moriarty said,  “I feel like I could excel in some areas but not in others.” Students who struggle with certain subjects should not despair because IB students are scored by averaging all courses together, creating a score out of the grade averages.

Moriarty said, “Right now I do not think that I am ready for all of the work load” as a possible future student for the IB program. In the end, the IB program requires a lot from students in terms of not only knowledge but also other skills. One must be committed to enter the IB curriculum, and dedicated to complete it.

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