International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education. We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers. We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
All of this is captured in our mission statement: The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB Diploma Requirements
Enroll and pass in at least one course from each of the six core subject areas
Group 1 Language A (English)
Group 2 Language B (World Language)
Group 3 Social Science
Group 4 Science
Group 5 Mathematics
Group 6 Creative Arts OR other Elective
Complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Course
This course develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
Complete the Extended Essay (EE)
The Extended Essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
Complete the Creativity, Action Service (CAS) component
This component encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service. This is education outside the classroom and is a development of the learner profile. Students interested in participating in the International Baccalaureate Programme will take honors classes as freshman and sophomores. Mrs. Andrus, the International Diploma Programme Coordinator, will set up conference times with individual students and his/her parents or guardians to complete a tentative four-year plan.
IB Documents & Policies
"Through High Quality Education, We Create a Better World"
Omaha Central High school and the International Baccalaureate Programme share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging curriculum and an international education. We are proud and honored to be an authorized school for this prestige programme.
The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students for success both at the university and life beyond. The curriculum is designed to ensure a cohesive, comprehensive education for students, no matter where they live in the world. Students who complete this program are preparing, not only for success in college, but for success in life. Students gain a broader view; follow in-depth approaches to the academic disciplines; and develop time management, problem-solving, research, and organizational skills that will remain with them long after IB is over. CAS activities provide opportunities for student involvement in the larger community beyond classroom walls.
Eagle IB learners are
An additional benefit is that student work is assessed over a two-year period using internationally accepted performance standards. Student achievement is assessed in a variety of ways: on examinations that are developed and scored by international examiners; on oral language demonstrations in both the student’s native language and a modern second language; and on science laboratory notebooks, art portfolios, computer science dossiers, essays, and other projects depending on the specific course. These activities all count for a percentage of the student’s final score in each subject and allow the classroom teacher input in the student’s scores. The IB Diploma Programme also allows for student and school flexibility in choosing areas of academic interest for student research. The IB DP offers such unique courses as Information Technology in a Global Society and Environmental Systems.
- Cathy Andrus
- Beth Eilers
- Paul Nielson
- Shane Thomas