IB Courses at Lincoln High School

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Click here for the IB Subject Briefs, which outline the courses in detail.



Studies in Language and Literature (Group 1)

IB English -  HL Literature - years 1 & 2

The goal of the English IB course is for students to learn to communicate, both orally and in writing, in a variety of contexts. The course promotes a personal appreciation of the literature through studying works from other cultures that reflect an international perspective.  Students will study and analyze a range of styles, genres, and forms that will create an awareness of and sensitivity to the world at large. Through a study of vocabulary and literary terms, students will express their ideas with clarity and understanding.  They will demonstrate the ability to structure their arguments in a clear, coherent, and convincing way in both written and oral presentations. This course develops an appreciation of cultural knowledge of the student’s own society and that of other societies in order to better understand his or her connection to the world through literature and writing.

Language Acquisition (Group 2)

French, Spanish, or German (SL or HL)

Students need to complete the full scope of language courses, levels 1-4, or Spanish 3 Plus to be enrolled in this course of study. An emphasis is placed on international relations, with subtopics such as diversity, tolerance, technology, environment, global politics, art influences, immigration and migration, etc.  At the termination of this course of study, students will have the necessary skills to test for the IB diploma.

Individuals and Societies (Group 3)

IB History I - The Modern World, year 1 SL

This course is an integral part of the IB Diploma Program.  It is thematically focused on three topics:  Rights and Protest:  Civil rights movement in the United States (1954 -65) and Apartheid in South Africa (1948-64), authoritarian states, and independence movements.  This course aims to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of sources, methods and interpretations.  Students are expected to understand historical developments at national, regional and international levels and learn about their own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures.  This course fulfills the world history credit requirement.

IB History II - Europe, Year 2 HL

This course focuses on the international relations and events in Europe 1870-1939.  Students will develop the skills of a historian using primary and secondary source material to explain the causes, characteristics, and consequences of major events that have helped shape modern Europe and the international scene.  Specifically, this course focuses on the decline of the Russian Empire and the establishment of communism; the causes, practices, and effects of World War I; and the interwar years with attention to Italy, Spain, and the rise of Nazi Germany.  Additionally, students will complete a Historical Investigation in a related topic of their choice.

IB Psychology - SL/HL Years 1 & 2

In studying IB Psychology, students will understand that psychology is the systematic study of behavior and experiences.  The rapid increase in globalization and the use of technology calls for greater insights into how individuals interpret meanings, relationships and health.  Psychology addresses these complex issues so students can develop greater understanding of themselves and others.

IB Business Management - SL/HL Years 1 & 2

IB Business Management examines the business decision-making processes and how these decisions impact internal and external environments.  It is the study of both the ways in which individuals and groups interact in an organization and of the transformation of resources.  The IB Business Management course is designed to develop an understanding of business theory, as well as an ability to apply business principles, practices and skills.  The application of tools and techniques of analysis facilitates an appreciation of complex business activities.  The course considers the diverse range of business organizations and activities and the cultural and economic context in which business operates.  Emphasis is placed on strategic decision-making and the day-to-day business functions of marketing, production, human resource management and finance.  The Business Management course aims to help students understand the implications of business activity in a global market.  It is designed to give students an international perspective of business and to promote their appreciation of cultural diversity through the study of topics like international marketing, human resource management, growth, and business strategy. 

The Sciences (Group 4)

IB Biology - SL/HL Years 1 & 2

As a result of participation in this course, students will become aware of how scientists work and communicate internationally within the field of biology.  By using the scientific method, students will formulate, test and modify hypotheses by making observations and measurements in a controlled experiment. The underlying principles of science used by the students will help them define what composes the study of life. Students in IB Biology will be required to participate in the interdisciplinary Group 4 project.

IB Environmental Systems and Societies - SL

Environmental Systems and Societies will provide students with a perspective on the environment; one that is scientific and that enables them to adopt an informed and responsible stance on pressing environmental issues they will come to face.  Students will understand the value of empirical, quantitative and objective data in describing and analyzing environmental systems.  The course will focus on both local and global issues within the context of a systems approach.  Specific topics of study include:  ecosystems, resource use, conservation, biodiversity, pollution, global warming, human population and environmental philosophies. Students should be prepared to participate in field trips, experiments, projects, discussion and service learning.

IB Physics - SL/HL

Physics, the most fundamental of all the experimental sciences, seeks to explain the function of the universe, from the tiniest of particles to whole galactic systems and everything in between. Students will learn about select groups of objects both in the realm of their everyday experience and in the realm of the abstract into which only the mind and the most sophisticated pieces of equipment can peer. More specifically, the students will be able to identify the essential elements and describe how they behave and interact with one another in these realms.  Students will develop critical thinking skills for solving both quantitative and analytical problems as well as an attitude consistent with professional, collegial science where individuals collaborate across national and political boundaries for the cause of scientific exploration. The course aims will foster an environment in which students will then discover that they, themselves, are capable of and privy to evaluate, predict, and explain the same processes carried out by the most eminent theoreticians and experimenters (natural philosophers) of the past. Students in IB Physics will be required to participate in the interdisciplinary Group 4 project.

Mathematics (Group 5)

IB Math Studies - SL

Mathematics Studies is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies.  As a result of participation in this course, students will perceive mathematics as an internationally recognized, well defined body of knowledge, as an abstract system of logic and ideas, and as a useful tool for solving problems and understanding the world around us.  This course concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to contexts related to other subjects being studied, to common real-world occurrences and to topics that relate to home, work and leisure situations.

IB Math SL - Years 1 & 2

This course is intended for students with advanced mathematical skills who need a solid background in mathematics in our increasingly globalized world.  Learning will be achieved through individual and group problem solving, by participation in labs that model mathematical phenomena, by direct instruction, and through independent research. Student understanding will be assessed by teacher observation, regular tests and quizzes, quarterly projects involving mathematical modeling and investigation, three internal assessments (two of which will be submitted to the IBO), and one external assessment.   Topics include: Algebra, Functions and Equations, Circular Functions and Trigonometry, Matrices, Vectors, Statistics and Probability, and Calculus.

IB Math HL - Years 1 & 2

This course is available to full diploma students only as independent study.  Contact the coordinator if you are interested.  The IB DP higher level mathematics course focuses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way, achieved by a carefully balanced approach. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems set in a variety of meaningful contexts. Development of each topic should feature justification and proof of results. Students should expect to develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas.

The Arts (Group 6)

IB Music SL/HL - Year 1 & 2

This year long course will cover all topics in the Theory/Composition class and will satisfy the Standard Level requirements; both years satisfy Higher Level requirements.  Music, and all of its associations, may vary considerably from one musical culture to another: yet music may share similarities. Such richness offers a variety of ways to encounter and engage with a constantly changing world.  Through participating in the study of music we are able to explore the similarities, differences and links in music from within our own culture and that of others across time. All students enrolled in this class MUST be enrolled concurrently in a performance ensemble.  Students will do a Musical Investigation and study the IB prescribed work.  Depending on level chosen, they may also be involved in Solo Performance, Composition or Group Performance.

IB Theatre Arts SL/HL - Years 1 & 2

After the journey into Theatre Arts the student will understand that theatre is an art. The student will understand Theatre Art is one of the oldest, most universal and most profound of human activities which informs, nourishes, sustains and extends the human spirit in unique and essential ways.  The student will understand that this universal and international art is a composite art form which incorporates several arts and several crafts and the degree of skill and cohesion with which these arts, crafts, and skills are combined determines how effective, how lifelike, a theatrical event will be. The student will understand that of all the arts, theatre is the one that looks most like life. The student will understand that the truth of theatre lies in its artifice. The student will understand that theatre’s lifelike artifice, theatre’s search for truth and understanding of the human condition, are the reasons for its international universality. From the study of this art form in various cultures and times in human history, a student will better understand themselves, their society and their world.

IB Visual Arts  SL/HL - Years 1 & 2

The IB Visual Art course provides students with opportunities for structured learning and personal exploration, along with research of a more experimental nature. Many art techniques and media will be explored to:  stimulate and train visual awareness, perception and criticism of the visual arts; encourage the pursuit of quality, through training, individual experiment and persistent endeavor to investigate, create and explore how innovative you can be; exemplify and encourage a lively, inquiring and informed attitude towards art and design in all its forms, culturally, historically and aesthetically; explore the world of art through investigation of other cultures and their interpretation of what ART means to them in their land.  Students will build on their current knowledge of art and art making skills through a variety of guided and independent projects, research, critique and homework assignments. Opportunities to make personal, socio-cultural and aesthetic experiences meaningful through the study of art from various cultures will encourage an inquiring and integrated approach to the production and understanding of art.