DP Curriculum

IB Diploma Programme students must take courses in six subject groups. At Hill-Freedman, those courses are:

Group Year 1 Year 2
Group 1: Language and Literature IB Language A: Literature HL, Part 1 IB Language A: Literature HL, Part 2
Group 2: Language Acquisition IB History HL, Part 1 IB History HL, Part 2
Group 3: Individuals and Societies IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, Part 1 IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, Part 2
Group 4: Sciences IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science HL, Part 1 IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science HL, Part 2
Group 5: Mathematics IB Language B: Ab initio, Part 1 IB Language B: Ab initio, Part 2
Group 6: The Arts Visual Art, SL Part 1 Visual Art, SL Part 2

IB Language A: Literature HL

This course gives students knowledge of a range of texts and an understanding of cultural perspectives. They will develop analysis skills and the ability to support an argument in clearly expressed writing. Students will be assessed by two in-class presentations and a literary essay.

IB Language B: Spanish Ab Initio

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and intercultural understanding to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. Students will be assessed by an in-class discussion and a written assignment in Spanish.

IB History HL

This course involves the study of many types of history, including political, economic, and social, and it encourages students to develop historical thinking skills and gain factual knowledge. Students will be assessed by am investigation into a topic of the student’s choice.

IB Sports, exercise, and health science HL

This is an experimental science course that incorporates the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. Students will be assessed by an investigation into a scientific topic.

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation SL

This course is designed for students who enjoy solving practical problems, and it covers topics from higher level algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus. Students will be assessed by an individual exploration of an area of mathematics.

Visual Arts SL

This course encourages students to develop analytical skills, gain technical proficiency, and build confidence as art-makers. Students will be assessed by a comparative study of different artists, a process portfolio of the creative process, and an exhibition of the student’s artwork.

The Core

In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Program features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. They are:

  • Theory of knowledge (TOK), in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. TOK is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1600 word essay.
  • The extended essay (EE), which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. Students will select their own topic during their junior year, and work with an adviser to finish by the end of the first semester of their senior year.
  • Creativity, activity, service (CAS), which involves students in a range of activities. Creativity encourages students to engage in
    the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for new learning with academic value.