Education - UWC ISAK Japan

Education

Overview

Education at UWC ISAK Japan is designed to develop the next generation of transformational leaders. Beginning with our signature leadership and design thinking programs and extending through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), a UWC ISAK Japan education will equip you with the knowledge, tools, and mindset needed to be a changemaker.

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Grade 10

Your UWC ISAK Japan high school journey starts in Grade 10, where you will begin to develop your leadership and design thinking skills. In Grade 10, small, discussion-based classes with classmates from around the world give you exposure to many different perspectives and help you develop critical thinking habits and the opportunity to express your views. Group projects and individual presentations are also a common part of the UWC ISAK educational experience, helping you develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

English *
Japanese *
Mathematics *
Leading Self (Mindful Self-Discipline)
Leading Others (Design Thinking)
History / Geography / Civics
Physical Education
Information Science
Science
Art

* Classes divided by ability level

Grade 10

Your UWC ISAK Japan high school journey starts in Grade 10, where you will begin to develop your leadership and design thinking skills. In Grade 10, small, discussion-based classes with classmates from around the world give you exposure to many different perspectives and help you develop critical thinking habits and the opportunity to express your views. Group projects and individual presentations are also a common part of the UWC ISAK educational experience, helping you develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

English *
Japanese *
Mathematics *
Leading Self (Mindful Self-Discipline)
Leading Others (Design Thinking)
History / Geography / Civics
Physical Education
Information Science
Science
Art

* Classes divided by ability level

Grades 11 & 12 (IB DP)

The skills developed in Grade 10 will provide you with the foundation and tools you will need to tackle the challenges that await in Grades 11 & 12. This is where you will begin the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) component of your education. The IB DP curriculum is taught in schools in more than 140 countries and is considered by many to be the gold standard in high school education. It also provides valuable opportunities to expand your leadership capabilities through project-based learning.

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GROUP 1: Language A

English A Literature
English A Language & Lit
Chinese A Literature
Japanese A Literature
Spanish A Language & Lit

School Supported Self-Taught A Literature (SL only)
(Additional fees may apply)

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GROUP 2: Language B

English B
Mandarin ab initio (SL only)
Japanese B
Japanese ab initio (SL only)
Spanish B
Spanish ab initio (SL only)

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GROUP 3: Individuals & Societies

History
Economics
Global Politics

Environmental Systems & Societies (SL only)
(meets both group 3 and group 4 requirements)

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GROUP 4: Experimental Sciences

Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Computer Science

Environmental Systems & Societies (SL only)
(meets both group 3 and group 4 requirements)

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GROUP 5: Mathematics

Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches

Mathematics: Applications & Interpretation (SL only)

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GROUP 6: THE ARTS

Visual Arts
Film
Music

IB DP Courses

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. All subjects are offered at both higher level and standard level unless indicated.

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GROUP 1: Language A

English A Literature
English A Language & Lit
Chinese A Literature
Japanese A Literature
Spanish A Language & Lit

School Supported Self-Taught A Literature (SL only)
(Additional fees may apply)

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GROUP 2: Language B

English B
Mandarin ab initio (SL only)
Japanese B
Japanese ab initio (SL only)
Spanish B
Spanish ab initio (SL only)

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GROUP 3: Individuals & Societies

History
Economics
Global Politics

Environmental Systems & Societies (SL only)
(meets both group 3 and group 4 requirements)

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GROUP 4: Experimental Sciences

Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Computer Science

Environmental Systems & Societies (SL only)
(meets both group 3 and group 4 requirements)

number-5

GROUP 5: Mathematics

Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches

Mathematics: Applications & Interpretation (SL only)

number-6

GROUP 6: THE ARTS

Visual Arts
Film
Music

IB DP Courses

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. All subjects are offered at both higher level and standard level unless indicated.

We know that understanding this IB programme is important for parents and guardians who want to support their child throughout their studies. These fifteen terms will help you stay ahead of the curve.
The following information comes from the ibo.org website: http://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2017/11/08/ib-terms-explained/

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The full IB diploma
The IB diploma is a globally-recognized qualification awarded to students who fulfill all required components of the two-year IB Diploma Programme (DP). To receive the full IB diploma, students must 1) take three higher level (HL) and three standard level (SL) courses and exams, 2) complete the DP core requirements, and 3) be awarded a minimum total score of 24 out of 45 possible points.

The DP Core
In addition to completing courses in six subject areas, full IB diploma candidates are required to complete the three core components: creativity, activity, service (CAS), the extended essay (EE), and theory of knowledge (TOK).

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
For CAS, a student completes activities that allow their learning to extend beyond the classroom. Many students choose to fulfill CAS requirements through community service or athletics, but additional possibilities exist so long as the project includes one of the three categories: creativity, activity or service. Throughout CAS, students reflect on their experiences and explain how their activities help them achieve specific learning outcomes.

Extended Essay
The extended essay is a written research project of no more than 4000 words. Students choose their own topics and the completed essay is sent to IB moderators around the world for grading. For additional support, students typically select a mentor to help identify a topic and provide guidance while researching and writing.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK is a course in which students discuss and examine the concept of knowledge– its worth, veracity, and forms. TOK requires DP students to submit an essay for external assessment.

DP Courses
All IB Diploma Programme (DP) students participate in DP courses. The strength of the DP is the way in which learning is interconnected across individual subjects. Combined with the core requirements, DP courses are one part the DP’s holistic approach to teaching. However, schools may allow students to selectively complete IB courses and/or sit for individual exams rather than opt to complete the full IB diploma. In any given course, students will complete a subject’s coursework regardless of their status as a course student or a full diploma candidate.

External Assessment
These assessments are graded by trained IB examiners. External assessments include the written IB exams taken by the student at the end of a DP course, normally in their second year of the Diploma Programme. In some courses, including film, the external assessment is a textual analysis. In visual arts, studio work is assessed. For an inside view on IB assessments, read this article.

Higher Level (HL)
HL courses are taught over two years and include a rigorous study of the course material. These courses allow students to explore areas of interest within the subject in greater depth when compared to SL.

Standard Level (SL)
SL courses ensure students are exposed to a range of disciplines that they might otherwise opt out of. These courses are designed to be taught over two-years, with some exceptions. SL exams are slightly shorter compared with HL exams.
* HL and some SL exams, given to second-year students, may provide students with university credit or advanced standing with an individual grade of 6 or 7, and in some occasions with a 5 (see individual university websites to find out).

IB Exam Results
IB exams, regardless of whether they are HL or SL, are graded between 1-7, with 1 being the lowest and 7 being the highest level. Many schools and universities describe IB exam levels as IB exam scores, however, each of the seven grade levels offer a detailed description of student performance and understanding.

Internal Assessment (IA)
An IA is an individual assessment evaluated by the subject teacher with a list of criteria and is usually focused on some subject-related work. Alongside the criteria, samples of the student’s work (oral performances, portfolios, lab reports, and essays) are also submitted to the IB.

Descriptors
These are course-specific expectations or criteria for performance evaluation used by the teacher. They exist in every subject to aid in the grading of IAs.

Moderation
This is the process of evaluation for internal assessments (IA’s) used by an appointed IB assessor. Moderation ensures that the IB’s reliable global standards are maintained at all IB World Schools.

Learner Profile
The IB learner profile is a list of traits that the IB wishes to nurture in its students. These traits are centred around international-mindedness, inquiry, and reflection. For a complete list of learner profile traits click here.
Predicted Grades
These are submitted scores that teachers believe each student will achieve on their DP exam in a given subject.

IBDP Core at UWC ISAK

In addition to completing courses in six subject areas, full IB diploma candidates are required to complete three core components: 

EE
(Extended Essay)

The extended essay is a written research project of no more than 4000 words. Students choose their own topics and the completed essay is sent to IB moderators around the world for grading.

Leadership Projects
(CAS)

CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) is an opportunity for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Throughout CAS, students reflect on their experiences and explain how their activities help them achieve specific learning outcomes. Many of our students develop CAS projects in response to our school’s unique leadership mission.

TOK
(Theory of knowledge)

TOK is a course in which students discuss and examine the concept of knowledge– its worth, veracity, and forms. TOK requires DP students to submit an essay for external assessment.

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