The Bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) - GIB
The Bilingual International Baccalaureate (GIB) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programmes at GSB
German School Brooklyn is a candidate to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Middle Years Programme for students in 9th and 10th grades and the Diploma Programme for students in 11th and 12th grades. The internationally recognized Diploma Programme curriculum consists of challenging two-year courses in English, Mathematics, History, Science, World Languages, and the Arts; in all IB courses, the focus is on developing critical thinking skills, and emphasis is placed on how students learn. IB courses are active, thought-provoking, and move far beyond memorization of content, preparing students extremely well for college-level study. Supported by a comprehensive and creative assessment program, the IB Diploma Program is held in high regard by colleges and universities around the world.
At GSB, students will have the opportunity to pursue either the bilingual German IB (GIB) or the IB with a German language component, depending on their level of German language proficiency. We welcome students who are new to the German language to join us for Upper School starting in 9th grade.
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (DP) CORE COURSES
Theory of Knowledge (ToK): Theory of Knowledge (TOK) stands at the center of the IB program, guiding students to think about everything they’re learning in their other classes. TOK asks one deceptively simple question: “How do you know?” The question starts out that general, exploring how we know anything at all. Then it focuses on specific courses such as science, history, or literature. In science the question may be, “How do you know that the scientific method is valid?” In history it may be, “How do you know Montezuma was the last Aztec ruler?” And in literature it may be, “How do you know a good poem from a bad one?” But the goal of TOK is not to make students doubt everything they hear. Instead, it is to help them listen carefully, think clearly, and express themselves confidently. Ultimately, the goal is to help students know how they know.
CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service): CAS is an integral component of the IB Program. The goal of CAS is to use experiential learning to educate the “whole person”. We look forward to seeing students use their energy and talents as individuals as well as working cooperatively to make a difference. CAS not only fosters responsibility and compassion for our community, but also helps each student be more self-aware.
Extended Essay: The extended essay (4,000 words) asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance that they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
IB DIPLOMA ATTAINMENT REQUIREMENTS
Students at German School Brooklyn have the choice of either pursuing the full IB Diploma Programme or individual IB Course Certificates. IB Diploma candidates take six subjects, three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL), and complete three additional IB core components of Theory of Knowledge, CAS and an Extended Essay. All GSB graduates will receive a U.S. High School Diploma.
- Group 1 – Language & Literature
- Group 2 – Language Acquisition
- Group 3 – Individuals & Society
- Group 4 – Sciences
- Group 5 – Mathematics
- Group 6 – The Arts