IB Diploma Programme
Students entering grade 11 may choose to participate in the IB DP at WAIS. WAIS is an authorized IB World School for the DP, since 2005.
The IB Diploma Programme takes place during the students last two years in upper school. Students take 6 Diploma-level courses in the six different DP Subject Groups, alongside the Theory of Knowledge course, complete an extended essay, and participate in CAS.
The Mission of Westchester Academy for International Studies is to provide a challenging and varied curriculum in which all students can succeed. The curriculum will develop an international awareness (consciousness) including a focus on international relations and international problem solving, to create a love of learning and emphasize good citizenship.
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.
Earning the IB Diploma
IB courses are offered at Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL). Higher Level classes involve more hours of class instruction, taught over two years, and include an extra study option not found in Standard Level courses.
For the IB Diploma, students take 3, no more than 4, courses at Higher Level. The other 2 or 3 courses are taken at Standard Level. Students take one class from each Group. For the Bilingual Diploma, students take 2 different languages in Group 1 and no language in Group 2. Instead of taking a course in Group 6, students may take a second course from Groups 2, 3, or 4.
In addition to the six courses, Diploma students complete the following coursework: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay of 4,000 words, and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service).