Non-Departmental Courses


Non-Departmental Courses

IB Theory of Knowledge 1

IB Theory of Knowledge 1 is a year-long course in the junior year that is a key element in the educational philosophy of the IB. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is obligatory for diploma candidates. The TOK course encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself, to try to help students to make sense of the knowledge they encounter. It is epistemological, rather than philosophical, in that TOK core content includes questions such as these: What counts as knowledge? What are its limits? What is the value of knowledge? In TOK, the student as knower has the opportunity step back from the relentless onslaught of knowledge acquisition in order to consider knowledge issues. In this first semester, these include those already mentioned, but also more basic ideas like What do I claim to know? Am I justified in doing so?

TOK activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge issues. In particular, the ways of knowing are discussed as ways to understand the truth, but also the limitations they present: sense perception, language, reason or logic, and emotions. Each of these ways to knowing is looked at in the areas of knowledge as prescribed by the IB program: The Arts, Mathematics, History, Ethics, Natural Sciences and Human Sciences.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites: This course is required as part of the IB diploma program. Grade 11.

Standards: TOK Reporting Standards

IB Theory of Knowledge 2

IB Theory of Knowledge 2 is a first semester course in the senior year that is a continuation of the junior year second semester course. As stated in IB Theory of Knowledge 1:Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is obligatory for diploma candidates. The TOK course encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself, to try to help students to make sense of the knowledge they encounter. It is epistemological, rather than philosophical, in that TOK core content includes questions such as these: What counts as knowledge? What are its limits? What is the value of knowledge? In TOK, the student as knower has the opportunity step back from the relentless onslaught of knowledge acquisition in order to consider knowledge issues. In this first semester, these include those already mentioned, but also: more basic ideas like: What do I claim to know? Am I justified in doing so? TOK activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge issues. In particular, the ways of knowing are discussed as ways to understand the truth, but also the limitations they present: sense perception, language, reason or logic, and emotions. Each of these ways to knowing is looked at in the areas of knowledge as prescribed by the IB program: The Arts, Mathematics, History, Ethics, Natural Sciences and Human Sciences.

In this semester, those ways of knowing and areas of knowledge not covered in TOK 1 will be covered. The IB program requires an essay of 1600 words on a prescribed topic, as well as an oral presentation of 10 minutes on a knowledge issue selected by the student.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites: Grade 12. This course is required as part of the IB diploma program.

Standards: TOK Reporting Standards

English Language Learning (ELL)

English Language Learning (ELL): This course is an extension of the skills with the English language. It focuses on syntax, continued vocabulary development, reading, listening comprehension, speaking and pronunciation skills, and writing multiple-paragraph compositions that demonstrate organization of ideas, use of a thesis statement, and supportive elements. Intensive grammar instruction that supports academic writing skills is emphasized. This course contributes to skills needed in mainstream classes and universities.  Available for students in grades 9 and 10.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Teacher placement. Grades 9-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Special Services Std.&Bench

Student Support

Student Support is an individualized learning support courses for students who need structured guidance, applied study skills, and instruction in time management strategies. Students enroll in Core Skills to help them progress toward independent, self-directed learning and the rigors of college-prepatory work. Students will work closely with the instructor to individualize understanding of coursework and build skills in their individual areas of need.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Teacher placement. Grades 9-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Special Services Std.&Bench