The Academy of Arts
and Sciences is
pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a
common philosophy, a commitment to a rigorous education, and international
education that the Academy of Arts and Sciences believes is important for our
plans to implement an academically rigorous college preparatory program for
students in grades 11-12, which will allow students to receive a minimum of 24
hours of college credit at California public Colleges and
Universities upon successful completion of the program.
of individual subject areas will plan their units on a collaborative basis
using common themes, drawing upon connections between them in order to
highlight to students the relevance of each subject. California state testing
(CST) for each grade will be met through instruction in both these
interdisciplinary units of inquiry as well as stand-alone instruction time in
core subject areas.
will be placed upon the development of social skills, thinking skills,
communication skills, research skills, and time management skills. Students
will be encouraged daily to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate what they are
learning, as well as critically reflect on how they are learning, in order to
improve areas of growth. This will be accomplished through the use of teacher
modeling, as well as clearly defined rubrics for assignments in which active
use of these skills are rewarded, among other means.
will participate in a Philosophy/Ethics course in which students will learn
critical discussion and evaluation skills and how they relate to the areas of
Social Science, Natural Science, Language, Math, and Fine Arts. Students will
be expected to submit an essay of approximately 4000 words on their work.
Students at all grade levels will be involved in active community service and
while in grades 11 and 12, will be expected to complete approximately 3 hours
per week of community service, for a total of 150 hours upon graduation.
more information on the International Baccalaureate program, please review the
following power point on the IB Diploma program and www.ibo.org