|“The Skyline IB Program gave me a great community within which to collaborate and succeed doing college-level work. Even after high school, my class has remained close.”
— Alessandro Gondolo ’09
|“IB taught me not to fear my teachers. I stopped being intimidated by them. This has allowed me to approach my college professors with confidence.”
— Taylor Thurman ’10
It’s official, the Skyline class of 2017 was the largest ever in Skyline history, earning 63 diplomas, coming in just under 90% diploma pass rate. Congratulations, graduates!
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognized, highly acclaimed, college preparatory program. It teaches kids to be knowlegdeable, well-rounded, caring, critical thinking, balanced, and reflective. Whether you stay in or go out-of-state, IB will nurture the skills to be successful in a four-year college.
If you are an intelligent, hard-working eighth or ninth-grade student interested this kind of education, the IB program may be a good match for you. You’ll work hard, but still have plenty of time for an active, meaningful social life. Most IB students say the best thing about the IB program was the friends they made in the program.
Colleges value Skyline IB students because they demonstrate these qualities. Many of the Skyline IB Class of 2017 were admitted to top-ranked schools like Brown, The University of California at Berkeley, Princeton and Vanderbilt (among others). Furthermore, nearly all of those that applied to the University of Utah received substantial merit-based aid, and many earned >100% scholarships.
Although official registration has closed for the current sophomores (cass of 2020), we’re still admitting them on a case-by-case basis into the program. See Mr. Krueger or Ms. Sossenheimer for details.
Future IB Students
Eager to get started ahead of the information sessions? See the information and frequently asked questions. If you’re still interested, check out the voluminous Skyline IB Guide. Both current 9th and 8th graders must interview to be admitted to the program. Don’t worry, it’s not a scary interview! This is an open enrollment program, it’s not our job to use the interview to cut you.
Current eighth graders, if you’re not quite ready to jump into this, you can take a year to decide and you’ll be just fine. But it’s better to get in earlier than later. We can craft a schedule that’s less demanding depending on your needs. Or, we’re happy to meet with you and talk options; just schedule an interview after our January 9 meeting.
Decided you want to give it a try?
1. Schedule an interview by contacting Linda firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Fill out the online application.
3. Write a ~500 word “why I want to do IB” letter
4. Bring a copy of your most recent report card AND
the 500 word letter to your interview
5. Parents are STRONGLY encouraged to attend the interview
Interviews will be held in the IB office, room 155 in the SW quadrant of the main building.
Please e-mail Ms. Sossenheimer (email@example.com) if you have questions/concerns about the appliciation process).
Find out the potential courses you’ll have to choose from as a Skyline IB student by viewing our course sequencing chart.
CAS Component of the IB Diploma (Creative/Active/Service)
The official CAS program will start in June prior to your junior year. To successfully complete all the components of CAS students must meet the following requirements by the April of Senior year. The ninth and tenth grade years are used as orientation and practice years. The creation of goals and in the documentation process will be practiced and solidified during these two years of the IB program.
- Create 4-5 Goals (each year) which include at least one of the CAS Strands
- Meet 7 Learning Outcomes through steps taken to achieve CAS goals
- Documents steps and experiences 3-5 times per month, documenting that you are working towards achieving your CAS Goals each year.
- Through CAS and your Classroom experiences, develop the attributes of the IB Learner Profile
- Connect your CAS goals and experiences to things you are learning inside and outside the classroom, which meet the 7 Learning Outcomes of CAS
- Complete a CAS Project that lasts at least 1 month and includes “stages of development” (planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating). The can be completed in collaboration with 2 or more students.
- When planning CAS goals and subsequent CAS experiences, incorporate the five CAS stages-investigation, preparation, action, reflection and demonstration
- Reflect. Reflection must be ever-present throughout CAS,. Reflection on outcomes and personal learning is required.
Enjoy and celebrate your contribution to your community and your learning!
Creativity: Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretative product of performance
Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service: Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.
CAS PLANS are shared with each IB student via google docs at the start of their Skyline HS experience in August/September. The student will use their CAS PLANS throughout their time at Skyline as an IB student. CAS goals, CAS learning outcomes and CAS reflection statements are created and updated on this document each year that a student participated in the IB program. CAS plans can be found on the student’s Google Drive under “Shared with Me” documents or in the email sent to each student with a link to their CAS plan. It is suggested that students use a gmail account to facilitate easy access google documents. Lunchtime meetings will help students to learn and understand how to create and use google DRIVE and how to create their CAS goals on their CAS plans. CAS plans will be updated each school year. Freshman and sophomore students will meet in August and their CAS plans should be completed by October 15th. Junior and senior students should have their CAS PLANS updated by the start of school in August (June is preferable). New 11th grade students will be trained and are expected to have their CAS PLAN completed by September 15th of their junior year.
CAS PLANS DUE:
Freshman and Sophomore Students: October 15, 2017
Sophomores will need to update their PLANS by June 1, 2018
Juniors and Senior Students Finalized PLANS Due September 15, 2017
Juniors will need to update their PLANS by June 1, 2018
Logging and reflecting on your activities
- CAS experiences are anything you have done which helps you achieve one or more of your CAS goals.
- CAS experiences must be documented once per week. Students should document anything for one or more of their CAS goals that was completed that week (the amount of time is not as important as showing that the student has been investigating, reviewing,planning or actually doing something).
- CAS experiences will be documented on the IB Skyline website under the Grade Level CAS Documentation Link: http://schools.graniteschools.org/skylinehigh/ib/
- Each CAS experience will need a separate submission
Freshmen: Students must familiarize themselves with the CAS plan. Students must create ONE or two goals for the year and then document experiences related to these goals. For school year 2017/18-CAS PLANS, including goals brainstorming section. The CAS PLAN must be completed by October 15, 2017. Here is the freshmen CAS link. The CAS reflection is due on April 20, 2018.
Sophomores: Students must familiarize themselves with the CAS plan. Students must create TWO goals for the year and then document experiences related to these goals. For school year 2016/17-CAS PLANS, including goals brainstorming section. The CAS PLAN must be completed by October 15, 2017. Here is the sophomore CAS link. The CAS reflection is due on April 20, 2018.
Juniors: CAS PLANS should be updated and completed by June 1, prior to the beginning of your junior year. Three to five goals must be determined and weekly documentation must begin by September 15, 2017 or earlier. FINAL reflection essays (500 words) are due on April 25, 2018. Here is the link to submit CAS Experiences. Here is the junior CAS link.
Seniors: CAS PLANS should be updated by June 1st prior to the start of your senior year. Five goals must be determined and weekly documentation must begin by September 15, 2017 or earlier. Final reflection essays (1000 words) are due on April 25, 2018. Reflection Essays are also due by this date. Here is the senior CAS link.
ALL STUDENTS: Are you looking for CAS opportunities? Check out youthlinc.org; this is a wonderful resource to various opportunities within the community. Youthlinc is a clearinghouse full of dozens and dozens of volunteer opportunities specifically targeted for young people. Here is Youthlinc’s non-profit guide. E-mail Mr. Krueger if your organization is hosting something and I’ll post it on the volunteer site. As a little “shout out” to Mr. Krueger’s personal favorites, check out these non-profits: Invisible Children, the Red Cross (Utah Chapter), Amigos de las Americas, and of course the Natural History Museum of Utah.
Here is the Skyline CAS guide.
Class of 2016 and earlier, if you missed us, send your address to Chris Krueger and he’ll mail your diploma to you. Or come in and say “hi” and grab it. He’d love to see you. Yes, even you, Marco. 😉
Interested in helping out? IB coordinator Chris Krueger could sure use some, especially as test proctors in the spring. Let him know if you’re interested.