Curriculum

Schoolwide Curriculum Philosophy

Consistent with our school Philosophy, Mission and Vision, curriculum at St. Mary's is holistic and provides boys with a broad range of learning experiences. Education of the 'whole child' is of utmost importance and is accomplished by providing an enriching spiritual, moral, artistic, athletic, and academic environment every day and at every grade level. Moral and ethical training consistent with Christian values is provided so that students develop respect for others and positive self-esteem. Students learn to accept responsibility, to organize for learning, and to work effectively with others. High expectations are set and support is provided for students to achieve their personal best.

School Philosophy

St. Mary's International School endeavors to form free and responsible young men. As a Catholic school, it integrates the acquisition of knowledge, the establishment of responsible freedom, and the deepening of personal faith. Education at St. Mary's is based on love and respect for the person, in full recognition of the dignity of humankind created in God's image and destined to live in union with Him.

Students are made aware of global issues, as well as of the aspirations of people who work for peace, justice, freedom and truth, in the hope that these may engender beliefs and actions conducive to the betterment of humanity. In this process, personal development is marked by empathy and mutual trust.

Academic programs are rigorous and challenging and are designed to prepare students for higher education within a safe, caring and orderly atmosphere. The all-boy environment creates a place wherein positive self-esteem can fully develop and where learning is promoted at a pace appropriate for boys. A comprehensive and enriching co-curricular program is offered, which allows for individual expression to enhance self-worth.

At St. Mary's, members of the international community in Japan can establish an identity respectful of both cultural and religious differences in an atmosphere that values diversity.

School Mission

Our mission is to Instruct, to Educate, and to Impart Christian Values.

School Vision Statement

St. Mary's is committed to educating boys to be lifelong learners of good character who demonstrate academic, physical, artistic, and moral excellence, respect for religious and cultural beliefs, and responsibility as international citizens.

Schoolwide Learner Expectations

The St. Mary's community is committed to developing self-directed, life-long learners who are:

Of Good Character,
Reflecting values consistent with Christian principles,

Knowledgeable,
Demonstrating a firm foundation in the academic, physical, and artistic disciplines,

Globally Aware,
Showing sensitivity and compassion toward human and global concerns in a multi-cultural world, and exhibiting initiative, reliability, and perseverance in their response to these concerns,

Critical and Creative Thinkers,
Confidently using appropriate resources and current technology, either independently or collaboratively, to reason, make decisions, and solve problems in a variety of contexts,

Effective Communicators,
Receiving and expressing ideas and information competently and precisely.

High School Curriculum

Ethics, Religion and Personal Growth Courses


Ethics & Virtues in the Natural Sciences

Credit Type: ETH

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on natural sciences based ethics issues in areas such as Natural Law, Beginning of Life Bio-ethics, End-of-Life Bioethics, Stem cell research, Genetic Enhancement, Human Sexuality, AI and Catholic Anthropology. Through case studies, discussion, lecture, films, research, and oral presentations, students will learn to apply a systematic framework to examine complex moral and ethical issues that are influenced by developments in biotechnology and science. Students will also be introduced to the Catholic teaching on morality and specific moral issues. Ethics is translated from the Greek word, ethos, that means habit or character. 'Vir' is Latin for man and the root of the word Virtue. Join this class to learn about the Morals, Ethics, and Virtues that are necessary to live the Good Life. Through the thoughts and teachings of classical philosophers like Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St Thomas Aquinas, we will study what we need to "Esto Vir"- Be a Man. Methods of evaluation include quizzes, tests, essays, research papers, and class participation


Ethics & Virtues in the Social Sciences

Credit Type: ETH

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on social sciences based ethics issues in areas such as Natural Law, Catholic Social Teaching, Corporate Business Ethics, Global Economic Ethics, Crime and Punishment, Just War Doctrine, Ecology, and the Common Good. Through case studies, discussion, lecture, films, research, and oral presentations, students will learn to apply a systematic framework to examine moral problems in their personal lives and in society. Students will also be introduced to the Catholic teaching on morality and specific moral issues. Ethics is translated from the Greek word, ethos, that means habit or character. 'Vir' is Latin for man and the root of the word Virtue. Join this class to learn about the Morals, Ethics, and Virtues that are necessary to live the Good Life. Through the thoughts and teachings of classical philosophers like Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St Thomas Aquinas, we will study what we need to "Esto Vir"- Be a Man. Methods of evaluation include quizzes, tests, essays, research papers, and class participation.

Business Ethics

Credit Type: ETH

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

Business Ethics is a semester course that explores ethical issues present in today’s world of business. Students evaluate ethical dilemmas that arise from business practices through case studies and applying traditional and contemporary ethical theories. Issues that are investigated include topics such as: values, globalization, social responsibility, environmental responsibility, and economic responsibility, the triple bottom line of sustainability, and CSR (corporate social responsibility).

Catholic I: Introduction to Catholicism

Credit Type: ETH

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

This semester long class will introduce the student to the beauty, depth, and universal truths of Catholicism, and its grounding in Reason and Faith. The student will reflect on his own life and the life of the Church to help him grow in the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. This course will explore the philosophical and metaphysical proofs for God, the reality of Jesus Christ, the formation of the early Church and its role and contributions throughout history, selected readings from Sacred Scripture, and the presence of the Gospels in popular culture. Methods of instruction include lectures, readings, documentaries, and pop culture multimedia.Methods of evaluation include quizzes, tests, essays, research papers, and class participation.


Catholic II: Scripture and Pop Culture

Credit Type: ETH

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: Catholic I

St. Jerome said, 'Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. In this semester class, we will study Sacred Scripture and Salvation History. The student will learn the origins and history of the Bible and learn to interpret Scripture the Catholic way. In the tradition of the Church, we will search for God in all things- including Pop Culture. We will analyze when the culture expresses the Good News, and when it does not. Our study will enable us to evaluate and be critical of our culture from a Catholic perspective. The student will come to understand the Bible and be encouraged to integrate Scriptural lessons into his own life. This class will use Sacred Scripture, scriptural study guides, mass media, feature-length movies, novels, and current events. A variety of lectures, classroom discussions, videos, and in-class writing evaluations will be used. Methods of evaluation include quizzes, tests, presentations, papers, and group projects.

Personal Life Management

Credit Type: ELEC

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

The aim of this course is to enable students to make well-informed, considered decisions and choices in all aspects of their lives and to develop behaviors and attitudes that contribute to the well-being and respect of self and others, now and in the future. This course aims to help students develop awareness and understanding of how to better manage their personal well-being and their relationships with others. Students will learn how to set realistic goals, establish priorities and how to approach decisions regarding future choices.

Guided Learning

Credit Type: ELEC

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

The Guided Learning class seeks to help students better understand their individual learning abilities and style. The course's primary focus is to broaden the students' strengths and use them to minimize what causes them to struggle academically. In class, students set goals based on their specific areas of need, typically in the areas of study skills, time management, test taking, written expression, and/or reading comprehension. Students incorporate these learning and study strategies in the context of coursework from their academic classes.


Futures Academy

Credit Type: ELEC

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

The SMIS Futures Academy course gives students an independent, solution focused program that allows individuals to take responsibility for their learning. Futures Academy gives students an opportunity to pursue personal interests that suit their individual learning style. With supervisor support, the participant will determine the learning goals and the criteria for success. The student begins with a proposal that links pre-existing knowledge to a topic for specialization. Specific goals are set to direct the acquisition specific skills and understandings. Students then self-direct their learning to meet goals and evaluate their own performance. Futures Academy helps students become flexible, self-reliant problem solvers.

Note: By application only. Please see your counsellor.

Supervised Study Period

Credit Type: NON CREDIT

Credit Value: 0

Prerequisites: none

The supervised study period is an opportunity for students to spend time with a qualified teacher to work on class requirements and develop writing skills.

Note: Available to seniors only.


English Courses

English 9

Credit Type: ENG

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: none

The English 9 course is designed to provide students with high school level foundational experiences in all of the language arts: listening, reading/viewing, speaking and writing; thus, note-taking, annotation, text and film analysis, presentations and discussion, both oral and written interpretive commentary, and essay compositions. All of these activities are practiced to help students expand their communicative skill sets and strategic English performance competencies. Each basic literary genre (poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction) will be covered as well.



English 10

Credit Type: ENG

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: English 9

English 10 is IB preparatory course that focuses on increasing students' appreciation of the interactions of culture, language, and media, developing their listening and note-taking skills, improving their reading comprehension, and strengthening their composition skills. Students practice these skills through exposure to a variety of literary and non-literary forms and opportunities to critically think about and discuss them. Summative assessments are administered in both oral and written formats and include projects such as researched presentations or papers.



English Studies 11/12

Credit Type: ENG

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: previous course

Grade 11 and Grade 12 English Studies are non-IB English courses that are not restricted by IB requirements and consequently have a greater flexibility in terms of works studied and methods of assessment. In addition. course materials may more readily be modified to accommodate individualized student needs and interests, as can the pacing of the instructional sequence over the life of the course. Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) is also utilized, but emphasis remains on the improvement of students' English proficiencies in all of the language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course also works with students to help them prepare documents pertaining to college, trade school, and employment opportunities.



English Language and Literature IB HL/SL

Credit Type: ENG

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: English 10 + department approval

The language A: language and literature course aims to develop skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can relate to culturally determined reading practices, and to encourage students to question the meaning generated by language and texts. An understanding of the ways in which formal elements are used to create meaning in a text is combined with an exploration of how that meaning is affected by reading practices that are culturally defined and by the circumstances of production and reception. Helping students to focus closely on the language of studied texts and to become aware of the role of wider context in shaping meaning is central to the course. The study of literature in translation from other cultures is especially important to IB DP students because it contributes to a global perspective. Texts are chosen from a variety of sources, genres and media. More information can be found following these Language A: language and literature SL/HL




English Literature IB HL/SL

Credit Type: ENG

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: English 10 + department approval

English Literature 11/12 IB forcuses on the study of literature and generating quality oral and written responses to it. It consists of four (4) semester-long blocks of study: Free Choice, Literature in Translation, Detailed Studies, and Genre Study. These four blocks may be sequenced as the teacher chooses, and each block entails its own special form of summative assessment. The summative assessment for Free Choice is an internally evaluated Oral Presentation; for Literature in Translation it is a Reflective Paper and a Written Assignment (Essay) both of which are externally evaluated by the IB; for Detailed Studies it is an Oral Examinination internally evaluated but externally modulated; and for Genre Studies it is the Paper Two (2) portion of the Final Exam. The other portion of the Final Exam is a Written Commentary over a previously unseen text extract. Final Exams are externally moderated. Procedural emphasis is on students developing their critical thinking skills as they master literary concepts and terminology, apply them analytically, and incorporate them into a viable cognitive framework. The goal is to facilitate students' abilities to analyze, synthesize, and extrapolate from their readings to become better strategic listeners, readers, speakers, and writers. Higher Level participation involves more work and requires greater fluency in English than does Standard Level participation. English Literature 11 IB HL is followed by English Literature 12 IB HL. More information can be found following these Language A: literature SL/HL links.


Journalism

Credit Type: ELEC

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: none

The St. Mary's Student newspaper, the Diplomat, is a yearlong course which operates as a mock newsroom with Senior Editors, Junior Editors, Desk Editors, Reporters, Photographers, and Tech Support positions at which students may be assigned work based on their interests and publication needs. It is a student-led and collaborative production process focused on creating a high quality student newspaper and newspaper website. Primary avenues of assessment are work logs, which document student activity, and portfolios, which contain student work process products.



Literature as Film

Credit Type: ELEC

Credit Value: 0.5

Prerequisites: none

Do you like literature? Do you like movies? Do you like movies based on literature? Then this is the class for you!! During this course, students will read, discuss, and write about a variety of short stories and novels that have been transformed into films. The writings will focus on the differences that exist between the texts and the impact these differences have upon meaning. Along with this, the student will learn film terminology, how to adapt literature into a screen play, and develop an understanding of the complications and criticisms involved in the process. The course will end with students adapting a literary text into a movie script and possibly the creation of their own film.



Mathematics


Mathematics 9

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: none

*This course is currently under review. Topics listed below are subject to change for the 2018-19 school year. This course combines basic algebra and geometry concepts, developing basic skills through the use of contextualized problems so that students can see the everyday uses and practical applications of the mathematics they are studying. Topics covered include: parallel lines and triangles and related proofs, plane and solid geometry, integer review, simple equations and inequalities, exponents, operations with variables and polynomials, graphic display calculator and graphing lines, equations and factoring, the quadratic formula, functions, right triangle trigonometry. This course will prepare students for further upper-level Mathematics courses.


Mathematics 9 - Extended

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: none

*This course is currently under review. Topics listed below are subject to change for the 2018-19 school year. Honors Mathematics 9 combines advanced algebra and geometry concepts, developing skills through the use of abstract and contextualized problems. The aim is to provide a rigorous preparation for the study of Mathematics at higher levels. Topics covered include: integer review, simple equations, graphic display calculator and graphing lines, operations with variables and polynomials, equations and factoring, the quadratic formula, radicals and simplifications, functions, statistics, right triangle trigonometry, the unit circle, laws of sine and cosine, geometric proofs, right triangle theorems. Additional advanced studies are available for selected students through Math Field Day practices and participation.

Note: Beginning 2018


Integrated Mathematics 10

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 9

*This course is currently under review. Topics listed below are subject to change for the 2018-19 school year. The course combines elements of algebra and geometry with the aim of providing students with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of both these areas of mathematics. The major units of study would include a review of algebraic concepts covered in Algebra I, graphing of linear and quadratic functions, algebraic expressions and equations, mensuration and geometry (triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, polygons, parallel lines), geometric proof, right triangles and trigonometry, quadratic equations. There may also be opportunities to provide students with introductions into set theory and vector theory.


Algebra II 10 (Hons)

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 9

This course is currently under review. The course objectives are to provide students with the fundamentals of mathematics: develop the students mathematical understanding, the ability to discern mathematical relationships, to reason logically, and to use mathematics techniques effectively. A secondary objective is to provide the presumed knowledge necessary for pursuing either IB Higher Math or IB Math Methods in their junior and senior years. Topics include: review of algebraic skills, language and operations on sets, the binomial theorem, inequalities, compound sentences and absolute value, the language, graphical representation and interpretation of function including composite and inverse functions and a through treatment of linear, quadratic, and polynomial functions. Systems of linear equation, determinants and matrices, and sequence and series are part of the core course. As time permits, logarithmic functions, counting techniques, probability and circular trigonometric functions are introduced. Graphing analysis and application problems are emphasized throughout the course. Note: Phased out in 2019


Math Studies 11/12

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites:

These courses are primarily intended for students who do not aim to take mathematics courses in their college studies. The focus of these courses is to provide students with the necessary skills and insight into a wide range of the mathematical applications that they are likely to encounter in later years through their studies and experiences in other disciplines. In the grade 11 class, students will cover: Number and Algebra, Descriptive Statistics, Statistical Applications, Geometry and Trigonometry, Mathematical Models. In the grade 12 class, students will cover: Introduction to Differential Calculus, Logic, Sets and Probability.



Mathematical Studies IB SL

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 10 + department approval

This course aims to provide students with adequate background in all the main areas of number and algebra, sets and logic, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, functions, financial mathematics, introductory differential calculus. It is primarily intended for students who do not aim to take mathematics in their college studies. The focus of the course is to provide students with the necessary skills and insight into a wide range of the mathematical applications that they are likely to encounter in later years through their studies and experiences in other disciplines. Those candidates who opt to sit the IB Mathematical Studies examination will also be required to complete a project in Grade 12 related to some mathematical application of their choice. More information can be found following this Mathematical studies SL link. Note: Phased out in 2019


Mathematics IB HL/SL

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 10 + department approval

The course is intended for strong mathematics students who may intend to study mathematics, engineering or the sciences at college or university. The core topics include number and algebra, functions and equations, circular functions and trigonometry, vector geometry, matrices and transformations, statistics, probability, and calculus. In the senior year students will also study one or two option topics chosen from discrete mathematics, sets relations and groups, statistics and probability, series and differential equations. At the end of the course students sit an externally-assessed examination and must submit a portfolio of two pieces of internally assessed coursework made up of one mathematical investigations and one mathematical modeling assignment gathered over the two years. More information can be found following these Mathematics SL/HL links.


Mathematics 10

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 9

*This course is currently under development and will be focused on bridging the Mathematics 9 courses with the new IB courses offered beginning 2019.



Mathematics 10 - Extended

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 9

*This course is currently under development and will be focused on bridging the Mathematics 9 courses with the new IB courses offered beginning 2019.



Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches IB HL/SL

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 10 + department approval

This course is part of a new IB Diploma programme math syllabus that will be offered for the first time in 2019 with first exams in 2021.


Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations IB HL/SL

Credit Type: MAT

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 10 + department approval

This course is part of a new IB Diploma programme math syllabus that will be offered for the first time in 2019 with first exams in 2021.

Science

Science 9

Prerequisites: none

Note: Beginning 2019

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

Science 9 develops core inquiry skills including investigation design, data logging, data management and processing, and communication. These foundations are emphasized through topics in chemistry, physics and biology that prepare the students for subject specific science courses in Grade 10. Beginning with the big ideas introduced in Middle School science, the goal of Science 9 is for the student to master these concepts and then extend through both broader and deeper understandings.

The chemistry units of study focus on structure and properties of matter. Students develop understandings of physical and chemical properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions. The physics portion of the course introduces students to concepts and understandings related to motion, forces and thermal physics. These units have a strong emphasis on graphing skills and using sensors to collect data. In biology, students will develop knowledge and conceptual understanding of the cell as the basic structure of life. Using a microscope to examine and diagram cell structure is a large component of the practical program. Study of membranes and cellular transport concludes the biology content.

Biology 10

Prerequisites: Science 9

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

Biology 10 is a 0.5 year (1 semester) course taken by grade 10 students. The course focuses on the bridging the gap between Grade 9 Science and IB Biology. Although some challenging concepts are introduced, the intention of Biology 10 is not to teach the IB syllabus in advance but rather to adequately prepare the students for what is to come by providing them exposure and experiences.

The expectation of all Grade 10 courses is that students will progress towards becoming competent scientists with a solid set of laboratory and inquiry skills. Lab activities are more rigorous and encourage a professional approach to scientific investigation through the development of more technical lab skills such as colorimetric analysis, titration and the use of data-loggers. A similar philosophy applies to documentation of methodology, data collection and analysis and the evaluation of the investigation. Students are challenged to communicate concisely using appropriate scientific conventions and terminology.
Biology 10 has a strong emphasis on understanding the components of a healthy diet. Topics include The Molecules of Life, Proteins, and Human Nutrition.

Chemistry 10

Prerequisites: Science 9

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

Chemistry 10 is a 0.5 year (1 semester) course taken by grade 10 students. The course focuses on the bridging the gap between Grade 9 Science and IB Chemistry. Although some challenging concepts are introduced, the intention of Chemistry 10 is not to teach the IB syllabus in advance but rather to adequately prepare the students for what is to come by providing them exposure and experiences.

The expectation of all Grade 10 courses is that students will progress towards becoming competent scientists with a solid set of laboratory and inquiry skills. Lab activities are more rigorous and encourage a professional approach to scientific investigation through the development of more technical lab skills such as colorimetric analysis, titration and the use of data-loggers. A similar philosophy applies to documentation of methodology, data collection and analysis and the evaluation of the investigation. Students are challenged to communicate concisely using appropriate scientific conventions and terminology.
The topics studied in Chemistry 10 include Measurement and Numeracy, Quantitative Chemistry, Acids & Bases, and Organic Chemistry.


Physics 10

Prerequisites: Science 9

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

Physics 10 is a 0.5 year (1 semester) course taken by grade 10 students. The course focuses on the bridging the gap between Grade 9 Science and IB Physics. Although some challenging concepts are introduced, the intention of Chemistry 10 is not to teach the IB syllabus in advance but rather to adequately prepare the students for what is to come by providing them exposure and experiences.
The expectation of all Grade 10 courses is that students will progress towards becoming competent scientists with a solid set of laboratory and inquiry skills. Lab activities are more rigorous and encourage a professional approach to scientific investigation through the development of more technical lab skills such as colorimetric analysis, titration and the use of data-loggers. A similar philosophy applies to documentation of methodology, data collection and analysis and the evaluation of the investigation. Students are challenged to communicate concisely using appropriate scientific conventions and terminology. The topics studied in Physics 10 include Data Analysis, Energy Work and Power, Electric Circuits, and The Nature of Waves.

Biology IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: Chemistry 10 + Biology 10 + department approval

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

In IB Biology there are four basic biological concepts that run throughout the course: Structure and Function, Universality Versus Diversity, Equilibrium within Systems, and Evolution. A variety of topics covered in this course are Cells, the Chemistry of Life, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, and Human Health and Physiology. It is hoped that students will not only acquire a body of facts, but also develop a broad, general understanding of the principles of biology at the same time. The required Individual Investigation gives the students an opportunity to design controlled experiments, properly analyze and present data, and communicate their observations through evaluation and conclusion. In addition, students are required to participate in a cross-discipline (Group IV) project that requires them to collaborate with all other science students in the IB program that is specifically assessed for personal skills and the ability to work within a team framework. The IB Biology SL/HL subject briefs provide more detail on the course description, aims, curricular topics and assessment. More information can be found following these Biology SL / HLlinks.

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Chemistry IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: Chemistry 10 + department approval

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

IB Chemistry covers 11 topics central to the foundations of physical and organic chemistry including concepts such as atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, oxidation and reduction reactions, thermal chemistry, acids and bases and equilibrium. The purpose of the curriculum is to expose students to major scientific themes and demonstrate the connections and interactions that exist between the concepts. The required Individual Investigation gives the students an opportunity to design controlled experiments, properly analyze and present data, and communicate their observations through evaluation and conclusion. In addition, students are required to participate in a cross-discipline (Group IV) project that requires them to collaborate with all other science students in the IB program that is specifically assessed for personal skills and the ability to work within a team framework. The IB Chemistry SL/HL subject briefs provide more detail on the course description, aims, curricular topics and assessment. More information can be found following these Chemistry SL /HLlinks.

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Physics IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: Chemistry 10 + Physics 10 + department approval

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

Physics, the foundation of science, seeks to explain the 'why' of the universe. From the smallest constituents of matter to the vast distances of space, physics describes the fundamental principles that govern our physical world. The IB SL Physics course is a two year program consisting of eight core units of study and one additional option topic collectively giving the student strong foundations in classical physics. The additional HL syllabus material extends the depth and breadth of concepts introduced in core units. Scientific investigation is a significant part of the course. The required Individual Investigation gives the students an opportunity to design controlled experiments, properly analyze and present data, and communicate their observations through evaluation and conclusion. In addition, students are required to participate in a cross-discipline (Group IV) project that requires them to collaborate with all other science students in the IB program that is specifically assessed for personal skills and the ability to work within a team framework. The IB Physics SL/HL subject briefs provide more detail on the course description, aims, curricular topics and assessment. More information can be found following these Physics SL / HLlinks.

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Environmental Systems and Societies IB SL

Prerequisites: department approval

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

ESS is firmly grounded in both a scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function, and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. As a result of studying this course, students will become equipped with the ability to recognize and evaluate the impact of our complex system of societies on the natural world.In addition, students are required to participate in a cross-discipline (Group IV) project that requires them to collaborate with all other science students in the IB program that is specifically assessed for personal skills and the ability to work within a team framework. The IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL subject brief provides more detail on the course description, aims, curricular topics and assessment. More information can be found following this Environmental systems and societies SLlink.


Social Studies

Western World History 9

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: SOC Credit Value: 1.0

Western World History is a chronological survey of world history from the Renaissance to the end of World War II. Although European developments predominate, ample attention is paid to the non-European aspects of world history. The major Asian nations and the Americas are portrayed. Connections are also made from historical events to modern-day world affairs. The course places a focus on the effect of the contact between cultures, social and political change, economic development, the influence of geography, the growth of science and technology, as well as the history of women and minorities. Western World History will introduce, reinforce and extend basic skills in the social sciences. Lessons will cover understanding sequence, identifying cause and effect relationships, distinguishing fact from opinion, developing investigative skills, the use of primary sources, thinking critically, presenting knowledge in a variety of manners, and effectively communicating and collaborating with others.

Eastern Civilizations 10

Prerequisites: Western World History 9

Credit Type: SOC Credit Value: 0.5

Eastern Civilizations is a one semester course designed to focus on the geographic, religious and cultural traditions of China, Japan, Korea, and India from approximately 1500 to the present. Students will develop an understanding of these countries' emergence onto the world stage in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries respectively. This course is designed to help students understand the present by caring about and understanding what happened in the past.

History IB SL

Prerequisites: Eastern Civilizations 10 + department approval

Credit Type: SOC Credit Value: 1.0

This is a one year course aimed at completing the requirements for IB History SL. History IB students study the major cultural, socio-economic, and historical trends related to Single Party and Authoritarian States, the Cold War, and The Road to War to complete the syllabus requirements for writing the SL exam in the first year . Assessment will include a variety of assignments including an Internal Assessment and culminate with exams in May: Paper 1, 2. This course is equivalent to a first year college history course, so students who select this class are expected to stay consistently dedicated and focused throughout the course of study. More information can be found following this HistorySLlink.

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History of Asia and Oceania IB HL

Prerequisites: Eastern Civilizations 10 + department approval

Credit Type: SOC Credit Value: 1.0

20th Century World History IB students study the major cultural, socio-economic, and historical trends related to Single Party and Authoritarian States, the Cold War, and The Road to War to complete the syllabus requirements for writing the SL exam in the first year . In the second year, students will study Modernization of Asia, Modern Japan, and the People's Republic of China. Assessment will include a variety of assignments including an Internal Assessment and culminate with exams in May: Paper 1, 2 (from the previous year's content) along with Paper 3 (HL content). This course is equivalent to a first year college history course, so students who select this class are expected to stay consistently dedicated and focused throughout the course of study. More information can be found following this History HL link.

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Economics, Finance & Business Studies 10

Prerequisites: Western World History 9

Credit Type: SOC Credit Value: 0.5

This one semester course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the basic principles of economics, finance and business studies. Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of demand and supply and how the price mechanism and markets function. Students will also be introduced to the principles of macroeconomics, business theory, entrepreneurship, and learn how firms are established and managed. The course may also cover selected topics in marketing and basic finance. The case study approach and role simulation will be utilized to enhance the students' understanding and appreciation of business.

Economics IB HL/SL

Credit Type: SOC

Credit Value: 1.0 Prerequisites: Economics, Finance and Business Studies 10 + department approval

Economics is a dynamic social science. The study of economics is essentially about dealing with scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are made in the satisfaction of human wants. As a social science, economics uses scientific methodologies that include quantitative and qualitative elements. The DP economics course emphasizes the economic theories of microeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets, and the economic theories of macroeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting countries, governments and societies. These economic theories are not studied in a vacuum— rather, they are to be applied to real-world issues. Prominent among these issues are fluctuations in economic activity, international trade, economic development and environmental sustainability. The economics course encourages students to develop international perspectives, fosters a concern for global issues and raises students’ awareness of their own responsibilities at a local, national and international level. Teachers explicitly teach thinking and research skills such as comprehension, text analysis, transfer, and use of primary sources. More information can be found following these Economics SL / HLlinks.


Information Technology in a Global Society IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: department approval

Credit Type: SOC Credit Value: 1.0

The IB Diploma Program Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information, systems and equipment at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts. This course will also encourage students to use their knowledge of IT systems and practical IT skills to justify IT solutions for a specified client or end-user (Major Project). More information can be found following these Information technology in a global society SL / HL links.

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Psychology IB SL

Prerequisites: department approval

Credit Type: SOC Credit Value: 1.0

The IB Diploma Programme standard level psychology course aims to develop an awareness of how research findings can be applied to better understand human behaviour and how ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry. Students learn to understand the biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour and explore alternative explanations of behaviour. They also understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry. More information can be found following this Psychology SLlink.

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Theory of Knowledge IB

Prerequisites: none

Note: Not offered in 2018-19

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

TOK is a compulsory subject for all IB DP candidates. TOK asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. By looking at different ways of knowing in different areas of knowledge, students explore concepts including the nature of knowing, knowledge communities, the knower's perspective, applications of knowledge, and justification of knowledge claims. There are many different ways to approach TOK and there is no end to the valid questions that may arise through the process of discovering, sharing and discussing student's views.

World Languages

French 3

Prerequisites: French 2

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This course is aimed at enhancing all the language skills mainly through the use of the textbook Discovering French Blanc. The focus is set on acquiring a confident command of intermediate language skills in order to sound as close as possible like native speakers of French language. As often as possible, projects and field trips are also organized through the year.

French 4

Prerequisites: French 3

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

Focused on acquiring the skills needed for reading and writing, this course is meant at introducing step by step the standards of assessment for the IB examination in French Language B. Aside the various reading activities, the students are also introduced to the method for the Individual Oral Presentation. The knowledge of the advanced language skills is enhanced through the use of the textbook Discovering French Rouge. As often as possible, projects and field trips are also organized through the year.

French B IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: French 4

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This course follows French 4 and aims at preparing the students for French as Language B of the IB diploma. The course is developed through the Junior and Senior grade years. At this stage, the students have a command of French language sufficient enough to allow them to delve into authentic material and use skills to understand them. Emphasis is put on using consistently and reinforcing all of the language skills through various media in accordance with the standards defined by the IBO. These skills are polished all the while enhancing awareness of the cultural specificities of the francophone world through three main themes: Social Relations, World themes, Communication and media. More information can be found following these Language B SL/ HLlinks.

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Japanese A Level I 1

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live. Therefor objective of this course is to provide students with the linguistic skills necessary to read and understand a wide range of materials covering literature, culture, society and issues pertaining to man and environment. Assessment will be made through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.


Japanese A Level I 2

Prerequisites: Japanese A Level I 1

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live. Therefor objective of this course is to provide students with the linguistic skills necessary to read and understand a wide range of materials covering literature, culture, society and issues pertaining to man and environment. Assessment will be made through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.

Japanese A Level II 1

Prerequisites: Japanese A Level I 2

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live. Therefor objective of this course is to provide students with the linguistic skills necessary to read and understand a wide range of materials covering literature, culture, society and issues pertaining to man and environment. Assessment will be made through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.

Japanese A Level II 2

Prerequisites: Japanese A Level II 1

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live. Therefor objective of this course is to provide students with the linguistic skills necessary to read and understand a wide range of materials covering literature, culture, society and issues pertaining to man and environment. Assessment will be made through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.

Japanese B Level I

Prerequisites: Japanese AI Level I or department placement

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This course is designed for students who should already be able to comprehend written and spoken simple Japanese. Students are expected to learn more grammar patterns (e.g. conjugate verbs ) to make long and complex sentences and use them in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students also need to perform what they have achieved in class in various ways, such as giving presentation, role-plays and writing short essays. About 160 Kanji will be covered in this course.

Japanese B Level II

Prerequisites: Japanese B Level I or department placement

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This course is a continuation of Japanese B Level? and emphasizes grammatical structure and vocabulary. Students will strengthen their oral, reading and writing language skills through giving a presentation, acting out role-plays and writing short essays using complex sentence structures. About 300 Kanji will be covered in this course.

Japanese B Level III

Prerequisites: Japanese B Level II or department placement

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This course is designed for students who should already be able to comprehend basic written and spoken Japanese. Students are expected to speak and write Japanese within the context of more complex sentence structures. Students are expected to deepen their reading, writing, and understanding of Japanese society, culture and language. Students also need to perform what they have achieved in class in various ways.

Japanese B Level IV

Prerequisites: Japanese B Level III or department placement

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This course is designed for students who should already be able to comprehend some complex written and spoken Japanese. Students are expected to speak and write Japanese within the context of more complex sentence structures. Students are expected to deepen their reading, writing, and understanding of Japanese society, culture and language. Students also need to perform what they have achieved in class in various ways.

Japanese AI Level I

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This course is designed for students with no or little knowledge of the Japanese language. The overall objective of this course is to achieve communicative competence in everyday situation. Students will learn how to express about themselves and their feelings both in oral and writing. Therefore they need to study Japanese Writing system (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji) and basic grammatical patterns and a lot of vocabularies through the year.

Japanese A: Language and Literature IB HL/SLPrerequisites: Japanese A Level I/II 2 and department approval

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

Language A: Language and Literature is a course focusing on developing an understanding of the constructed nature of meanings generated by language. Two parts of the course relate to the study of language and two to the study of literature. This course is designed for students with a very high level of proficiency in the target language. The Language A courses (SL and HL) focus on refining students' language skills through analysis of literary texts and articles related to cultural topics. Students will learn to recognize and analyze aspects of style and register and to incorporate these aspects in their own writing. The students will need to use the target language accurately and show a high level of proficiency. More information can be found following these Language A: language and literature SL / HL

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Japanese B IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: Japanese B Level III/IV and department approval

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This is the 1st year of the course to prepare for the IB-BH exam. The main focus on this course is on development of language skills necessary to meet the demands of daily social contact. 600 kanji will be studied for 2 years and students will write composition by using them. In addition, the course aims to develop the students' intercultural understanding. Therefore, HL level students are required to read two works of literature originally written in Japanese and articles about articles about global issues and current issues in Japan. More information can be found following these Language B SL / HLlinks.

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Japanese Ab Initio IB SL

Prerequisites: department approval

Credit Type: LAN Credit Value: 1.0

This is the 1st year of the course to prepare for the IB-Ab Initio exams. Students are required to develop their reading and writing skills by reading basic topics. Students are also required to improve their speaking skills via presentations based on the externally set IB topics. More information can be found following this Language B SH/HL links.

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Introduction to Japanese Culture

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

This course provides a general introduction to the culture of Japan. Through projects, presentations, field trips and guest speakers, students will gain an understanding of Japanese living and thinking while exploring topics such as sports, education, food, pop culture, holidays, arts and religion. Students will be asked to do short research pieces each week and participate in discussion and other class activities. The course is flexible and can be tailored to suit the interests of the enrolled students.

Arts Courses

Acting

Prerequisites: none

Note: Available to seniors only.

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

This course provides opportunities for students to explore acting forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of acting to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyse acting, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

Bell Choir

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 1.0

Bell Choir is a course that is open to students interested in ringing. It is intended to enhance listening and performance skills in artistic renditions of bell music through kinesthetic, rhythmic, and interpretive accuracy. The Bell Choir performs at the major concerts during the school year and for invitational performances throughout Tokyo.

Concert Band

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 1.0

The Concert band is a two-semester ensemble for instrumentalists who have previous experience on a traditional band instrument. Continued emphasis is given to the development of musicianship and basic skills through a large repertoire of appropriate level band literature. Students perform several times throughout the year including the Christmas Concert, KPASSP Instrumental Festival, Spring Concert, and school assemblies.

Men's Choir

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 1.0

The Men's Choir is a two semester ensemble designed to provide continuing vocal instruction and general musicianship skills for choral students at different levels. Instruction will include continuing music literacy and music theory and will expose students to all types of music from baroque to contemporary popular styles. Students perform several times throughout the year including the Christmas Concert, KPASSP Choral Festival, SMA Luncheon, Spring Concert, Carnival, school assemblies and for community charity events.

Music Explorations

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

This introductory course to music will focus on the elements of music, fundamentals of reading music, exploration of music from various cultures and genres, popular music, film music, and the music industry.

Music IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: department approval

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 1.0

This course is designed for music students with varied backgrounds in music performance or composition. The aim of the IB music program is to give music students the opportunity to explore and enjoy the diversity of music throughout the world by enabling them to creatively develop their knowledge, abilities, and understanding through performance and composition. Students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of music by performing, by using appropriate musical language and terminology in analyzing musical works from many and varied cultures and periods, and by exploring music through composition. More information can be found following these Music SL / HLlinks.


Jazz Band

Prerequisites: Instructor approval and audition may be required

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 1.0

The Jazz Band is a two-semester auditioned ensemble that consists of select students from the concert band. Students will perform several times throughout the year at the Christmas and Spring concerts as well as the International Ball, Carnival, school assemblies, and international jazz festivals. Students involved in Jazz Band will perform with the Concert Band, regardless of enrollment in the Concert Band class. Students can, however, enroll in both courses.

Varsity Ensemble

Prerequisites: Instructor approval and audition may be required

This auditioned ensemble consists of a select group from the Men's Choir. Students perform several times throughout the year including the Christmas Concert, KPASSP Choral Festival, SMA Luncheon, Spring Concert, school assemblies, community charity events as well as international choral competitions and ACDA conventions.

Ceramics I

Prerequisites: none

Note: Scheduled outside of normal 8 period school day

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

From toys to clocks. A wide variety of ceramic wares will be explored using hand building techniques. 2-D surface design is an important aspect of this predominantly three dimensional medium. An additional emphasis on critical analysis of art is also a large part of the course.

Ceramics II

Prerequisites: none

Ceramics II builds on skills and concepts from Ceramics I

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

Note: Scheduled outside of normal 8 period school day

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 1.0


Introduction to Art

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

This course will provide the necessary foundational art skills for the high school art program. Students will explore the 2D and 3D arts utilizing the basic elements and principles of design. The elements of art are: shape, value, colour, texture, line, form and space. The principles of design are: balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity.


Pencil Portfolio and Other 2-D Mediums

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

If you have the slightest thoughts of possibly attending an art college, then you will more than likely need a pencil portfolio or partial pencil portfolio. This will be the course for you to develop your pencil skills. During the second half of the course, we will explore acrylics, water color as well as other possible mediums (such as oil pastels). An additional emphasis on critical analysis of art is also a large part of the course.


Visual Arts IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: department approval

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 1.0

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts. More information can be found following these Visual arts SL / HLlinks.

Physical Education

Physical Education

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: PE Credit Value: 0.5

Students will be exposed to a variety of activities designed to give them an appreciation for the physical activity options open to them. These activities will be pursued in the pool, the gymnasium, the playing field and tennis courts. The activities may include middle distance running, combatives (e.g. wrestling), team sports/activities (e.g. basketball), rhythms, individual sports/activities (e.g. badminton), aquatics, self-testing, general strength and conditioning. Students will also be expected to gain a workable understanding of the rules governing the various games and activities. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis and the heavy emphasis will be on an energetic conformity to the goals and rules of the class. This conformity includes the dress code in effect for all physical education classes.

Strength and Movement

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

Strength and Movement is designed to give you a basic understanding of and appreciation for strength training as well as for cardiovascular fitness. Throughout the course of the semester you will be exposed to many different training principles, benefits of strength training and current training issues. Some issues of importance include: basic muscle physiology (including bone, muscle, and connective tissue), proper warm-up (including flexibility and stability), training methods and modes (including safety issues and spotting), nutritional factors in performance and health, basic cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, psychological benefits of exercise, as well as many more.


Technology and Design

Comm Tech: Advanced Projects

Prerequisites: Comm Tech: Film, Audio and VFX OR Graphics and Animation

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

Communications Technology is project-based and will provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, use, and manage electronic, live, recorded, and graphic communications systems, specifically in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media and animation. The will help students understand the effects of communications technology on the environment and society. Students will also examine standards and regulations governing communications technology, health and safety issues, careers in the field, and the importance of lifelong learning, and will learn about the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in careers in the field.

Comm Tech: Digital Photography I

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

Intense digital photography programs explored. First half of the program is entirely in black and white to teach you how to see shape, form, line and other areas of the principles and elements of design. In the second quarter we will tackle color and color theory through photos. An additional emphasis on critical analysis of art is also a large part of the course.


Comm Tech: Digital Photography II

Prerequisites: Digital Photography I

Digital Photography II builds on skills and concepts from Digital Photography I


Comm Tech: Film, Audio and VFX

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ART Credit Value: 0.5

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

This course introduces students to communications technology from a media perspective. Students will work in the areas of TV/video and movie production, audio and podcast production and animation. Student projects may include computer-based activities such as creating/editing videos, working with audio, recording podcasts, stop motion animations, and green screen applications.


Comm Tech: Graphics & Animation

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

This course introduces students to communications technology from a media perspective. Students will work in the areas of print, graphic and web-based communications. Through design projects, students will develop print design software (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop) skills and web design (HTML, CSS and scripting). Student projects may include computer-based activities such as creating logos, posters, brochures and web sites.


Computer Science I

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software and use subprograms independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems and will also explore environmental, ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields. Students will examine the fundamental aspects of the computing hardware, specifications peripheral devic


Embedded Systems I

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

This course provides a basic introduction to microcontroller-based embedded systems design, development and implementation. Students will use the Arduino micro-controller in a progression of projects designed to teach elementary electronics, programming and I/O interfacing. These projects involve connecting a wide variety of hardware including LEDs, switches, resistors, motors, servos and then installing various sensors for autonomous control. Unlock your inner mad electrical genius!


Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

The SMIS Entrepreneurial Engineering course envelops mind-set and practical skills that enable you to create and realize new technical competences with business savvy to generate, and develop ideas to reality - from thought to action. This pioneering, and holistic course addresses the formulation of Entrepreneurship concepts and strategies developed empirically from the experiences of high-tech companies. These are more practical than theoretical and are intended to push engineering entrepreneurship to the incisive insights of leading engineering experts, entrepreneurs, numerous examples, and case studies/interactive discussions simulating the experiences of technical entrepreneurs, this course series systematically covers almost all the issues aspiring technical entrepreneurs should consider in developing their new ventures. These include funding, intellectual property, project management, timing, technological change, globalization, product positioning, and contingency planning, as well as marketing and financial considerations. The course includes the following topics: Customer-Driven Innovation: Creative Product Design: Iterative Prototyping: Engineering Product Development, Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking, Business Law, Principles of Accounting, technical and Managerial Communications, Launching the Venture, Special Engineering Topics, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Creative Design Process of Products, Innovative Social Enterprises, Management of Innovation, Biomedical, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Entrepreneurial Finance, Entrepreneurship and Business Planning.


Yearbook

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 1.0

This course requires intensive work to produce the school yearbook. It covers the fundamentals of layout, graphics, photography, composition, and editorial skills. Students are encouraged to examine and explore these concepts as they apply to their publication efforts and to use them in creating an expressive, interesting, and well-organized yearbook.

Design Technology I

Prerequisites: none

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

Preliminary course focuses on a series of small design projects undertaken bi-monthly. Students aim to demonstrate learnt skills and knowledge through the practical application of these design projects. Strengthening and building their confidence and encouraging independent design thinking and can select project from approximately forty thematic study units which include, although not limited to; Automata, Ornithoptors, Desktop Publishing, Animation, video, Computer Aided Design, Propulsion Systems, Mechanics, Computer Programming, Website Creation etc..


Design Technology II

Prerequisites: Design Technology I

Credit Type: ELEC Credit Value: 0.5

This course provides students who have successfully completed the Design Technology I, preliminary course in Design and Technology with an opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of design through the development of a Major Design Project and through an investigation of innovation and emerging technologies. Studying this course will allow students to investigate and the hands-on experience involved in designing and producing. Students work independently on a major design project involving the identification of a need or opportunity then follow a design process to realize a solution.


Design Technology IB HL/SL

Prerequisites: department approval

Credit Type: SCI Credit Value: 1.0

Diploma Programme design technology is based on a model of learning that incorporates knowledge, skills and design principles in problem-solving contexts, while at the same time maximizing the use of local and readily available resources. It assumes no previous experience in either technology or design. The intent is not solely the acquisition of knowledge about design and technology, which may change or become outdated, but it is about learning how to adapt to new experiences and to approach problems with the appropriate skills and the relevant techniques to identify the important elements and, crucially, to develop the optimum solutions. The design cycle is at the core of the course, and it is expected that students will use this process in the practical investigative work as well as in the theory. Each element in the design cycle represents an aspect of design technology, which, when viewed together, constitutes a holistic approach. Any given element is therefore only to be seen in the context of the whole process. In addition, students are required to participate in a cross-discipline (Group IV) project that requires them to collaborate with all other science students in the IB program that is specifically assessed for personal skills and the ability to work within a team framework. More information can be found following these Design technology SL / HLlinks.

Student Resource

The Student Resource Department helps provide support for students who are learning English as a Second Language and students with special learning needs. Though students learn at different rates and in different ways, each student has intrinsic value and will have equal access to the curriculum in a caring and supportive environment. The department strives to consider the individual needs and learning style of each student while realizing that learning is an ongoing process. The school supports the training of staff members in the teaching of English to students of other languages, the theory of second language acquisition, and methods for differentiating instruction for students with special needs. Every student is encouraged to be a creative and critical thinker as a member of the school and the global community. Our teachers foster a school environment that values all learners in order to facilitate the academic literacy of the students.

We believe that:

  • language is an essential tool for academic success.
  • students should be knowledgeable and English language proficient in order to communicate effectively with confidence and fluency.
  • students learn best when they have the approval and support of their teachers to gain mastery of material.
  • students learn a second language best when they are proficient in their first language and are not required or forced to replace it.
  • students learn best when they have their needs in content areas met through involvement in a wide range of instructional strategies that recognize their individual ability levels.
  • students learn best when they are motivated to learn and take responsibility for their learning.
  • student learn best when they are immersed in an environment of fluent English speakers and are given supportive instruction with the goal of using English effectively in mainstream classes.

Teachers agree to:

  • take into account the previous experiences, optimum learning styles, and knowledge base of students as language learners.
  • provide students with opportunities to make connections to the variety of cultural backgrounds and languages that are available in their classes.
  • provide good models and varied practice with analytical and creative thinking skills for all students.
  • encourage students to take an active role in analyzing their own work to identify their strengths and weaknesses to bring about improvement of skills.
  • provide a supportive environment for learning language in the mainstream classroom by collaboration with teachers.
  • utilize and promote the use of flexible, appropriate and up-to-date methodologies in such a way as to best meet the needs of ALL students.

English Writing Workshop

Year Course; Grade 9, 10, 11, 12

The English Writing Workshop has been designed with these objectives in mind: to increase the student's English knowledge base and to offer a class that has time for students to work on core class assignments with instructor support as needed. The class will have assignments each week which will focus on strengthening vocabulary, sentence completion problems and reading comprehension. Students in English Writing Workshop complete homework assignments with the help of a support system, access to resources, and teacher conferencing.

ESL Content Support

Year/Semester Course; Grade 9, 10

This class is designed to give ESL students support in their content area classes. Besides basic interpersonal communication skills, emphasis is on learning related vocabulary and comprehension. Preview and review techniques are used to deepen students' knowledge. Through collaboration with content area teachers, reading in the content area is emphasized including study skills, note taking, report writing, test taking and project presentations. Individualized instruction is provided according to English language learning needs.

Content Support

Daily; Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

In order to recognize individual needs and deepen students' comprehension and motivation, this course assists students by providing content area review techniques. Strong team relationships will be built while strengthening mainstream learning processes. Students will be supported in a holistic manner, emotionally, socially, and educationally, in order to help achieve success in school. This daily opportunity is open to all students. High school faculty members will provide help and supervision for students.

Library

7:30 am to 4:30 pm

The secondary school library is open daily for high school student use.

Graduation Requirements


Graduation Requirements

A minimum of number of credits are required for the St. Mary’s High School diploma. Each year long (2 semesters) has a credit value of 1.0. Semester long courses have a 0.5 credit value. Credit requirements for graduation were changed beginning for class of 2021.


Requirements - Class of 2021 and future classes

Subject Strand

Required Credits

Recommended Credits

English

4.0

4.0

Mathematics

3.0

4.0

Science

3.0

4.0

Social Studies

3.0

3.0

World Languages

3.0

4.0

Physical Education

1.0

1.0

The Arts

0.5

1.0

Religion/Ethics

1.0

1.0

Additional Courses

8.5

8.5

TOTAL

27.0

30.5


Requirements - Class of 2019 and 2020

Subject Strand

Required Credits

Recommended Credits

English

4.0

4.0

Mathematics

3.0

4.0

Science

3.0

4.0

Social Studies

3.0

3.0

World Languages

3.0

4.0

Physical Education

1.0

1.0

The Arts

0.5

1.0

Religion/Ethics

1.0

1.0

Additional Courses

4.5

4.5

TOTAL

23.0

26.5

IB Program

In addition to earning the SMIS High School Diploma, students have the opportunity to prepare for the externally awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The IB Diploma is recognized worldwide and may earn students advanced university standing in many universities. However, it is important to recognize that university requirements and credits are different at each institution, so it is advisable for students and parents to consult universities in their home countries and/or where they intend to study for further details.


IB Diploma courses are divided into six groups:

  • Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
  • Group 2: Language Acquisition
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The Arts


IB Diploma candidates are required to take one subject from each group. A student can replace a Group 6 subject with a second subject from Groups 1 - 4. Group 2 subjects can be replaced with a second subject from Group 1.

Most IB subjects are offered at the Standard (SL) Level and the Higher (HL) Level. Students take 3 (and sometimes 4) subjects at the Higher Level (HL) with the remainder taken at the Standard Level (SL).

Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the Diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of three additional requirements:

  • the Extended Essay of some 4000 words, which provides the experience of an independent research paper;
  • the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, that explores the relationships among the various disciplines and ensures that students engage in critical reflection and analysis of the knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom;
  • the compulsory participation in CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) extracurricular and community service activities.

The maximum score attainable in the Diploma is 45 points, including the three possible bonus points for the Extended Essay and TOK.


IB (Full) Diploma vs Non-Diploma (IB Course Program)

All SMIS students are IB students in the sense that they are enrolled in at least one IB course in grades 11/12. Non-Diploma students at SMIS complete the requirements of the IB course program they have selected but have more flexibility and fewer requirements than a Diploma candidate.




Go HERE to see our IB Program.