All Grade 11 and 12 students at UWC ISAK Japan enroll in the world-recognized IB Diploma Programme.
Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year advanced secondary school diploma that is considered by many to be the gold standard in high school education. The IB DP curriculum is taught in schools in more than 140 countries, and is recognized by many of the most prestigious colleges and universities around the world, including Harvard, Oxford and MIT.
With the help of an advisor, students choose six courses (three standard level and three higher level) from six subject groups. One subject must be chosen from the first five groups, and the sixth subject can be chosen from Group 6, or a second subject can be chosen from Groups 1, 2, 3 or 4. Since the IBDP is a two-year program, students in Grade 12 continue studying the subjects started in Grade 11. IB examinations are held near the end of Grade 12.
Currently UWC ISAK Japan offers the following IB courses:
(All subjects are offered at both higher level and standard level unless indicated)
|GROUP 1: Studies in Language and Literature||AAAAAAAA||GROUP 3: Individuals & Societies|
|• ENGLISH A||• HISTORY|
|• CHINESE A||• ECONOMICS|
|• JAPANESE A|
|• SPANISH A||GROUP 4: Sciences|
|• SELF-TAUGHT LANGUAGES (SL)||• BIOLOGY|
|GROUP 2: Language Acquisition||• PHYSICS|
|• ENGLISH B||• COMPUTER SCIENCE|
|• CHINESE B|
|• JAPANESE B||GROUP 5: Mathematics|
|• SPANISH B||• MATHEMATICS|
|• CHINESE AB INITIO (SL)||• MATHEMATICAL STUDIES (SL)|
|• JAPANESE AB INITIO (SL)|
|• SPANISH AB INITIO (SL)||GROUP 6: The Arts|
|• VISUAL ARTS|
2017-2018 Academic Year
Ariko Bolger – Japanese
Carolina Buitrago – Mathematics
Yaling Chien – Mandarin, Mandarin Lit, SSST
James Earwood – Global Politics
John Fitzgerald – ToK, English, English Literature
Francis Gonzalez – Spanish
Gary Goodwin – ToK, Global Politics
Brenda Hasham – ToK, History
Jolyon Hinton – Visual Art
Kentaro Iwata – Japanese
Benoit Lachance – Mathematics
Sharon Lacoste – ToK, Film
Pierre Lacoste – Physics
Stephanie Lin – Mandarin
Daisuke Masui – Japanese
Brendon McGibbon – Music
Alex McGregor – History
Geetika Mekhala – English Literature
Marcos Melero – Math
Catherine Mimuro – Biology
Ryan Murphy – Physics
Masako Ogawa – P.E. (non-IB course)
Vineeth Parameswaran – Economics
Noriko Saiki Maggio – Japanese
Simone Sgarbossa – English
Izumi Tsurumi – Biology
Matthew Tuggey – Chemistry
Jason Underwood – ToK, English
Jyothi Venugopal – Computer Science
About the IBDP
Benefits of an IB Education
The IB DP is a challenging program considered by many to be the best preparation for university life. Students who pursue the IB DP acquire the following skills:
- Ability to think critically across a broad range of subjects.
- Advanced research and writing skills.
- Communication, presentation and teamwork skills.
- Time management skills.
- Exposure to international ideas and perspectives.
- Engagement in learning outside the classroom, including extracurricular activities and service opportunities.
The IB Diploma Programme and University Admission
The IB DP is well-respected by admissions officers at colleges and universities worldwide. More than 100 countries recognize the IBDP as a university entrance certificate. Some universities also offer college credit or advanced standing to students who have successfully completed the IBDP. Additionally, a growing number of top-level Japanese universities are beginning to accept IBDP results in place of traditional entrance exams. Learn more about the IBDP on the IBO website.
“IB is well known to us for excellent preparation. Success in an IB Programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript. GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.”
-Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Admissions, Harvard University