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Class of 2024 Earns College Offers

The hard work of the Class of 2024 is paying off with early admissions results. So, far our 20 seniors have submitted 85 applications to 62 different schools and received 34 acceptances from colleges as diverse as Washington State University, Colorado School of Mines, Marquette University, University of Kentucky, Seton Hall University, Loyola University Chicago, and the New England Institute of Technology. To date they have reported receiving $1,484,500 in merit scholarships! Go Dragons!

US Courtyard Supported by Core Values

The Upper School courtyard now has the schools’ four Core Values — Honesty, Respect, Best Efforts, and Generosity of Spirit — wrapped around its pillars. See a Photo Gallery of this reminder of the school’s values, which is also a visual metaphor for how the Core Values support the IB Learner Profile traits written across the courtyard’s walls!

IB Highlights: Learner Profile Traits

The Upper School Courtyard has a new addition — the 10 International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile traits have been added just under the 2nd floor railing. (See a Photo Gallery of the traits around the US Courtyard.) What are the IB learner profile traits?

As an IB school, we strive to develop learners who are:
• Inquirers
• Knowledgeable
• Thinkers
• Communicators
• Principled
• Open-minded
• Caring
• Risk-takers
• Balanced
• Reflective

The IB learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. Check out this flyer to learn more about each of the IB Learner Profile Traits.

IB Highlights: Research at Whitworth

On Oct. 25th, the junior class took a trip downtown to the Convention Center to speak with college and university representatives from across the U.S. at the National College Fair. Afterwards, college counselor Happy Avery and International Baccalaureate coordinator Elizabeth Tender accompanied the class to Whitworth University to spend time in their library. Whether students in the IB program are full diploma candidates or course-only candidates, they will need access to resources from outside libraries as well as the SGS library to do the research required for Extended Essays and Internal Assessments within their IB courses.

Whitworth generously agreed to allow our students the use of their library resources. The team of librarians at Whitworth showed our 11th graders how to search their catalogs and find books that might help them. The students spent about 2.5 hours in the university’s library furthering their research on topics that might interest them for their Extended Essay.

College & IB Information Night for Parents on Oct. 18

College & IB Information Night for parents is this Wednesday, October 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Upper School Library. The evening will be particularly helpful for parents of 11th grade students. They can learn more about what juniors should be doing this year to prepare for their senior year, about the International Baccalaureate program, and about navigating the continuously changing landscape of standardized testing and financial aid. Parents of younger students are also welcome to learn more about the IB and our college and career counseling program at SGS and what students should focus on early in high school as they prepare for their junior and senior years.

Since this event is during dinner time, there will be some refreshments. Please RSVP to college counselor Happy Avery to let her know if you will be attending.

IB Question of the Week: Courses Candidate vs Full Diploma Candidate?

Students can choose to be a Full International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate or a Courses Candidate.

A Full Diploma Candidate is a candidate who attempts to earn the IB Diploma in addition to the SGS diploma. A Full Diploma Candidate takes six IB courses, three at the higher level (HL) and three at the standard level (SL,) along with the IB exams in May of senior year. This candidate is also enrolled in the IB CORE, completing a 4,000-word Extended Essay (EE), completing an 18-month CAS (Community, Activity and Service) portfolio, and taking the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.

A Courses Candidate is a student who is enrolled in IB courses, but not the IB CORE. The Courses Candidate has reduced CAS requirements and does not take TOK or complete the EE. The Courses Candidate takes the IB exams in May of senior year and, like Full Diploma Candidates, can earn college credits for specific courses based on their scores in the course. Learn more at the IB World School webpage.