• IB DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

    In order to earn the IB Diploma, candidates must complete the following requirements over the two years of the Diploma Programme:

    • Complete all assessment components of the Core Elements (Extended Essay, CAS, Theory of Knowledge). The score for the Extended Essay and for the cumulative Theory of Knowledge components (Essay and Presentation) must be a passing grade (A, B, C, or D).
    • Complete one full course sequence in each of the IB subject groups: Language A (Language & Literature); Language B (Language Acquisition); Individuals & Societies; The Sciences; Mathematics; and The Arts. In lieu of a course in the Arts, the D.P. permits a "Group 6 Option": a second course in one of the other five subject areas (may not be a pairing of Math Applications and Math Analysis).
      • At least three courses (but no more than four) must culminate in a Higher Level (HL) examination battery.
      • At least two courses (but no more than three) must culminate in a Standard Level (SL) examination battery.
    • For each subject, the completion of an examination battery includes the following elements:
      • Completion of the Internal Assessment for the course. This is a research task appropriate to the subject that is selected by the candidate with instructor approval and is scored by the instructor. The failure to submit an Internal Assessment results in a score of "No Grade" for the subject and automatically disqualifies the candidate from the IB Diploma.
      • Completion of External Assessments ("IB Exams") assigned by the D.P. on a designated testing date in May of the testing year.
    • If any of the following conditions exist after the examination process, a "failing condition" is in place and the IB Diploma may not be awarded:
      • CAS requirements are not met.
      • Total marks earned on the exam batteries are fewer than 24.
      • A grade of "N" (No Grade) is awarded for Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, or a contributing subject. For a contributing subject, an "N" is awarded if the Internal Assessment is not completed or if External Assessment comnponents are not completed sufficiently.
      • A grade of "E" (Failing) is awarded for one or both of Theory of Knowledge or the Extended Essay.
      • A grade of 1 is awarded as the result for a subject at any level.
      • A grade of 2 is awarded three or more times for any combination of subjects, regardless of levels.
      • A grade of 3 or below has been awarded four or more times for any combination of subjects, regardless of levels.
      • Fewer than 12 marks are earned on the candidates's HL exams (for candidates who register for four HL exams, the three highest results are counted).
      • Fewer than 9 marks are earned on the candidate's SL exams (for candidates who register for only two SL exams, they must earn at least 5 marks).

    Notable stipuations for IB Diploma candidates at Coppell High School:

    • In an effort to accommodate the substantial course requirements for the IB Diploma and the nature of scheduling co-curricular courses at CHS, some courses are offered beyond normal the 8-period school day (such as during the "zero-hour" slot before 1st/5th Per.). These sections are reserved for Diploma candidates only, and they will be made available as long as administrative approval and the willingness of instructors to teach them are extended. The expressed intention for these sections is to accommodate graduation-mandatory classes or double-blocked electives along with IB Diploma requirements. Should circumstances deem that the enrollment numbers in these sections be reduced, candidates utilizing these sections to accomodate electives not required for graduation or that go beyond one double-blocked elective may be directed to select a scheduling option that allows for these before/after-hours classes to be taken within the normal school schedule.
    • Completion of the IB examination batteries is mandatory for all courses qualifying the candidate for the IB Diploma. It is not an option to take the course but defer taking the exams. Fees for IB Diploma candidates are put entirely toward the costs of registration with IBO and the exam materials, and they must be paid by the end of the 11th Grade year. In any case where a Diploma candidate makes efforts to leave a course before completing its examinations, the candidate will still be held accountable for those fees. Failure to remit these fees in a timely fashion may result in the candidate being removed to a non-IB course in a "level-down" fashion, and the release of documents to colleges (such as transcipts) may be witheld until balances are cleared.
    • Aside from some special cases with IB mathematics courses, schedule changes to a more preferred or less rigorous course if a class is disagreeable or is too challenging is not possible. The Texas Education Agency's credit assignment standards, combined with the nature of course requests and staffing at Coppell High School, are such that these changes are either legally or logistically out of the question. Candidates should understand that they are committing to completing the entirety of any IB course in which they choose to enroll.

     

    IB COURSE CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

    In order to successfully earn a Course Certificate for an IB course, the candidate must complete the following requirements:

    • Complete the full course sequence in the subjects taken and their exam batteries. Examination batteries include the following elements:
      • Completion of the Internal Assessment for the course. This is a research task appropriate to the subject that is selected by the candidate with instructor approval and is scored by the instructor. The failure to submit an Internal Assessment results in a score of "No Grade" for the subject and automatically disqualifies the candidate from the Course Certificate for that subject.
      • Completion of External Assessments ("IB Exams") assigned by the D.P. on a designated testing date in May of the testing year.

    Notable stipuations for IB Course Certificate candidates at Coppell High School:

    • All Course Certificate candidates are required to take the Theory of Knowledge course sequence (one semester in spring of 11th Grade, one semester in fall of 12th Grade) in addition to their chosen subject courses. The Theory of Knowledge classes for Course Certifcate candidates must be scheduled within the regular 8-period day: sections offered beyond the normal schedule are reserved for Diploma candidates.
    • Completion of the IB examination batteries is mandatory for all IB courses. It is not an option to take the course but defer taking the exams. Fees for IB courses are put entirely toward the costs of registration with IBO and the exam materials, and they must be paid upon starting the course in the 11th Grade year. In any case where a Course Certificate candidate makes efforts to leave the course before completing its examinations, the candidate will still be held accountable for those fees. Failure to remit these fees in a timely fashion may result in the candidate being removed to a non-IB course in a "level-down" fashion, and the release of documents to colleges (such as transcipts) may be witheld until balances are cleared.
    • Aside from some special cases with IB mathematics courses, schedule changes to a more preferred or less rigorous course if a class is disagreeable or is too challenging is not possible. The Texas Education Agency's credit assignment standards, combined with the nature of course requests and staffing at Coppell High School, are such that these changes are either legally or logistically out of the question. Candidates should understand that they are committing to completing the entirety of any IB course in which they choose to enroll.