• Prospective IB Students
     
    Learner Profile   
     
     The Learner Profile:
     
    The IB Learner profile describes both characteristics of students entering the program and characteristics that students will gain throughout their experience in Hellgate's IB program. 

    Inquirers:  Our natural curiosity is nurtured. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct constructive inquiry and research, and become independent active learners. We actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

    Knowledgeable: We explore concepts, ideas and issues which have global relevance and importance. In so doing, we acquire, and are able to make use of a significant body of knowledge across a range of disciplines.

    Critical thinkers: We exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to approach complex problems and make reasoned decisions.

    Communicators:  We understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.

    Courageous: We approach unfamiliar situations with confidence and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. We are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.

    Principled: We have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. We have integrity, honesty, a sense of fairness and justice and respect for the dignity of the individual.

    Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. We have a personal commitment to action and service to make a positive difference to the environment and to the lives of others.

    Open-minded: Through an understanding and appreciation of our own culture, we are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.

    Well-balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives--intellectual, physical,spiritual, and emotional-- to achieve well-being for themselves and others. We demonstrate perseverance and self-discipline.

    Reflective: We give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and personal development. We are able to analyze their strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.
     
    IB Diploma Program Overview  
     
    Students in the IB learn more than a body of knowledge. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to: Ask challenging questions, Learn how to learn, Develop a strong sense of their own  identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. 
     
    Students should be aware that IB courses are challenging and rigorous. Rather than the teacher up at the front of the class every day, the teacher serves as a guide through student inquiry. Teachers expect students to take responsibility for their academic experience.  
     
    Students can expect an increase in their homework and studying expectations and will have the additional requirements of CAS and Extended Essay.  Needless to say, full diploma students are very busy! Time management, realistic expectations, stress coping skills, and self-advocacy are important skills with which to approach and IB academic schedule. 
     
     
     
     
  •                                                 Recommended Courses 

    9th Grade Semester 1                                                                            9th Grade Semester 2

    Health/PE

    Health/PE

    English 1 or Honors English 1

    English 1 or Honors English 1

    Earth/Space Science

    Earth/Space Science

    Algebra 1 or Geometry 

    Algebra 1 or Geometry 

    Foreign Language

    Foreign Language

    Fine Art*

    Fine Art*

    Practical Art*

    Practical Art*

     

    Some students double-up on sciences in 9th grade by taking Biology 1. This is not necessary; however, if students are really interested in science and want to focus on preparing for a future in science, this is an option.

    *Group 6 (Arts) courses in IB all have pre-requisites. Choose fine arts and practical arts that will later allow you to choose the Group 6 course you want to take. Also, MCPS requires 1 credit each of fine arts and practical arts. This allows students to complete this requirement and open their options their sophomore year.

    10th Grade Semester 1                                                                        10th Grade Semester 2

    Health/PE

    Health/PE

    English 2 (block option)

    English 2 (block option)

    World History (block option)

    World History (block option)

    Biology 1

    Biology 1

    Foreign Language

    Foreign Language

    Geometry (Math Studies)/Honors Alg. 2 (Math SL option)

    Geometry (Math Studies)/Honors Alg. 2 (Math SL option)

    Elective or science course

    Elective or science course 

     

    11th Grade Semester 1                                                                           11th Grade Semester 2

     

    TOK

    IB English HL

    IB English HL

    IB History HL

    IB History HL

    IB Language (see options)

    IB Language (see options)

    IB Science (see options)*

    IB Science (see options)*

    IB Math A& A or A&I**

    IB Math A& A or A&I**

    IB Arts OR Double up in groups 2, 3, 4 (see options)

    IB Arts OR Double up in groups 2, 3, 4

    (see options)

    Elective/Study Hall

    Elective/Study Hall

     

    *For students to complete the IB Full Diploma, they must take 6 courses and score a 4 or higher on their culminating exams. Three of those courses must be Higher Level (HL), three of those courses must be Standard Level (SL).

     

    12th Grade Semester 1                                                                        12th Grade Semester 2

    TOK

     

    IB English HL

    IB English HL

    IB History HL

    IB History HL

    IB Language (see options)

    IB Language (see options)

    IB Science (see options)*

    IB Science (see options)*

    IB Math A& A or A&I**

    IB Math A& A or A&I**

    IB Arts OR Double up in groups 2, 3, 4 (see options)***

    IB Arts OR Double up in groups 2, 3, 4

    (see options)

    Elective/Study Hall

    Elective/Study Hall

     

    *Some IB Science courses are 1 year in length. IB Biology HL is 2 years.

    **Math course depends on which math course the student completed during the sophomore year: Students who complete Alg. 2 or  may go into IB Math A & A (2 year course). Students who choose to take IB Math Studies (2 year course) also cover Algebra 2 and FST. 

      ***We now offer IB Music SL. You MUST be enrolled in an advanced music performance class to be in IB Music SL. It is recommended that IB Music SL is offered every other year, exams occuring on the even years Ex.) 2020.
     
    How do I become a Hellgate IB Student?
     
    Step 1: Read through The Course guide and the General Regulations for students and their guardians. (Download from the IB Parents page)
     
     
    Step 2: Students, schedule a meeting with Christine Hiller-Claridge, IB Coordinator, in room 249. You can invite your parents!
     
     
    Step 3: Ms. Hiller-Claridge will talk to you about your choices and what you will be responsible for your junior and senior year. She will also give you an application. After your meeting, be sure you talk with your family about it.
     
     
    Step 4: Fill out an application and sign the Academic Honesty Contract and return it to Ms. Hiller-Claridge.
     
     
    Step 5: Along with Ms. Hiller-Claridge, communicate with your counselor that you have applied to be an IB student so that your counselor can work with your class schedule.
     
     
    Step 6: Each semester (or more) set up a meeting with Ms. Hiller-Claridge to ensure you are on track for your MCPS diploma and your IB diploma.