Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Language A: Language & Literature
The curriculum balances the focus areas of advanced study of literature and a thematic approach to advanced language study. The course will explore the crucial role language plays in communication, reflecting experience and shaping the world, and the roles of individuals themselves as producers of language.* This course will only be offered at MJCS in English at both the Higher and Standard Levels.
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Language B: Spanish and French
This is for students who are studying a language that is clearly their second or “foreign” language. These courses provide students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language and to promote an understanding of other cultures through the study of language.* Beginners in a language would pursue an Ab Intio course, offered at Standard Level only. Language B courses offered at MJCS are ab initio, Standard and Higher Level and will be based upon students’ interest and level in that language.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
The curriculum helps students develop the skills of critical thinking and understanding of multiple interpretations of history.* The course involves a challenging and demanding critical exploration of the past and will only be offered at MJCS at the Higher Level.
The curriculum focuses on three different approaches to understanding behavior: the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural approaches. Students are challenged to study and critically evaluate the knowledge, concepts, theories, and research that have developed the understanding in these fields.* This course will only be offered at MJCS at the Standard Level and can be substituted for a Group 6 requirement.
Group 4: Sciences
The curriculum focuses on major Biological themes, experimental experiences, and the nature of science in the 21st century. By studying biology in the DP, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other.* This course will be offered at MJCS at both the Higher and Standard Levels.
Group 5: Mathematics
Applications and Interpretations
This course recognizes the increasing role that mathematics and technology play in a diverse range of fields in a data-rich world. It includes topics that are traditionally part of a pre-university mathematics course such as calculus and statistics.* This course will be offered at MJCS at both the Higher and Standard Levels.
Analysis and approaches
The focus of this course is on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent, and rigorous way, achieved by a carefully balanced approach.* This course is intended for students who enjoy problem-solving, and exploring real-world and abstract applications, with and without technology. This course will be offered at MJCS only at the Standard Level.
Group 6: The Arts
This course aims to develop students as proficient interpreters and makers of film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts and practical exercises in film production, students develop critical abilities and appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical, and global perspectives in film. They examine concepts, theories, practices, and ideas from multiple perspectives, challenging their own views to understand and value those of others.* This course will be offered at MJCS only at the Higher Level.
This course seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. IB Diploma Programme music students are required to study musical perception and actively listen to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures, and time periods.* This course will be offered at MJCS at the Standard level.
*Course descriptions obtained from IBO subject briefs
SAMPLE STUDENT PROGRAMS
Below are sample IB Diploma Program courses of study that illustrate how a student with a particular interest can design his/her program. Keep in mind that a student must select a subject from each of Groups 1 through 5; however, for their sixth choice, they can choose an arts subject or return to Group 3 to “double-up” in an area of interest. Higher Level classes are indicated as HL, and Standard Level classes as SL.
The student looking to study engineering might choose: Mathematics HL, Biology HL, History HL, Language and Literature SL, Spanish SL, Psychology SL
The student looking to study History might choose: History HL, Spanish B HL, English HL, Mathematics SL, Biology SL, Psychology SL