International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Programme


As an International Baccalaureate school, Galileo is part of a world-wide academically challenging program whose rigorous courses provide aspiring students with avenues to pursue a more in-depth education that is recognized across the world. A thematic-based curriculum offers four strands of study, Advanced Biotechnology, Communications and Networking, Publications, and Theatre Performance and Communications from which students can choose. After being listed in national magazines as one of the best high schools in America, Galileo faces the future with a history of proven accomplishments and many exciting challenges.

                                                                            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.  

Galileo Magnet High School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to its students. 

The Diploma Programme is a rigorous course of study that is completed during the eleventh and twelfth grade years. Subjects of study are Language A1 (English), Language B, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Arts/Psychology. In addition, students are required to complete an Extended Essay, participate in Creativity/Activity/Service projects, and complete the required Theory of Knowledge course and its requisites. IB Standard Level (SL) courses are one year courses, and IB Higher Level (HL) courses are two year courses. Currently, Galileo offers four Higher Level courses and three Standard Level courses.




Language A1
IB Language HL (higher level) is a collaborative anthology of American, British, and World Literature that is designed to enable the students to develop skills in analyzing and interpreting the prose and poetry of literature written in a variety of periods, disciplines and rhetorical contexts, and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. This course strives to promote international awareness and appreciation of the various ways in which cultures influence and shape the experience of life in a manner common to all humanity. Via their writing and reading in this course, students become aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way conventions and the resources of language contribute to effective writing.

Language B (French and Spanish)
IB Language B is designed to build confidence in the use of languages, to develop sensitivity to the audience, and to convey ideas clearly. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated into speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students learn to communicate in a variety of situations by learning to select language appropriate to a particular cultural and social context. They develop competence in conveying messages by understanding ideas and how they are organized. Auditory practice comes from a range of authentic media, and reading will be taken from diverse types of authentic sources and classic literature. Writing is done in many styles. Students are expected to use grammatical structures accurately and to understand subtleties and nuances of speech.

IB History (HL)

The aims of the history course are to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods, and interpretations, to encourage an understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past, to encourage an understanding of the impact of historical developments at national, regional, and international levels, and to develop an awareness of one’s own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of other cultures.

IB Biology (HL)

This course aims to help students develop the conceptual framework and the experimental and analytical skills necessary for an understanding of modern biology. Students explore major topics in biology from the perspective of both theory and experimental research, and they gain appreciation of science as a process and a way of knowing. Students gain experience in the use of scientific literature and the use of technology to access scientific information. Scientific inquiry is emphasized. An in-depth group 4 project is required.

IB Mathematics (SL)
This course is designed for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of the students will need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology, and business administration. The course focuses on introducing important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques. The intention is to introduce students to these concepts in a comprehensible and coherent way. Students should wherever possible apply the mathematical knowledge they have acquired to solve realistic problems set in an appropriate context. Students should have completed pre-calculus prior to enrolling in the course.

IB Psychology (SL)
The IB psychology course is designed to encourage the systematic and critical study of human experience and behavior, physical, economic and social environments, and the history and development of social and cultural institutions. Students will identify and analyze critically, and evaluate theories, concepts, and arguments related to individuals and societies. Students are expected to interpret and/or conduct psychological research and develop an understanding of different theoretical processes that are used to interpret behavior.

IB Theatre Arts
The aims of the programme in Theatre Arts are to help students understand the nature of the theatre; to understand it by making it as well as by studying it; to understand it not only with their minds but with their senses and their emotions. Students explore the forms it takes in cultures other than their own. Through this understanding they are prepared to understand themselves, their society, and their world. Students explore theatrical history of several cultures, interpret and illuminate play scripts and other theatrical texts, appreciate the art of the stage and criticism related to it. Students also perform before audiences in order to demonstrate and understanding of acting techniques.

Theory of Knowledge
The Theory of Knowledge course is central to the educational philosophy of the IB Programme. It challenges students to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and areas of knowledge, and to consider the role which knowledge plays in a global society. It encourages students to become aware of themselves as thinkers, to become aware of the complexity of knowledge, and to recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected world. 





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