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Core Curriculum

IB Core Curriculum for the Diploma Programme

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

The CAS component raises students' awareness of community needs both locally and globally and builds confidence in their ability to bring about change. Students are expected to be involved in outside activities for the equivalent of at least three to four hours a week over two years (150 hours total). Students should be involved in a broad range of activities to fulfill this requirement.
 
The responsibility of the CAS student

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

An interdisciplinary course that challenges students to ask why and how we know what we know, and explore where knowledge comes from. TOK is a two-year-long course for diploma candidates. In this course, students investigate how one acquires, perceives and applies knowledge. The TOK course has a group presentation and essay requirement.
 

Extended Essay

Independent, self-directed research on a topic of student's choice. Students design a question that they then argue with research. Familiarizes students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. Maximum of 4000 words - approximately 12 to 14 pages, written over the two years of the program. Students are supported throughout the process by a supervisor at the school. Extended essays are due at the end of February during their senior year.

 

Independent, self-directed research on a topic of student's choice. Students design a question that they then argue with research. Familiarizes students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. Maximum of 4000 words - approximately 12 to 14 pages, written over the two years of the program. Students are supported throughout the process by a supervisor at the school. Extended essays are due at the end of January during their senior year. ALL IB students need to print and sign the Academic Honesty Policy from the CSHS Handbook and turn in to the IB Coordinator.

 

Extended Essay at a Glance

 

Introducing students to the extended essay

 

Extended Essay Guide 2018 (do NOT print)