|“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
Big changes are underway! Skyline will be a 9-12 high school starting in the 2017-18 school year! We believe this will be a great move for Skyline in general and the IB program in particular. Come to our information sessions (details below) to learn more about our plans to add a ninth-grade transition year to the programs.
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 ninth grade (or eighth 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 2016 were admitted to top-ranked schools like Brown, The University of California at Berkeley, Yale and Stanford. Furthermore, nearly all of those that applied to the University of Utah received substantial merit-based aid, and many earned >100% scholarships.
If you’re interested 8th or 9th grader coming to Skyline and doing our program, come to our intofmation session Feb 1. If you’re still interested after that, schedule an interview with us (details below) and fill out the online application (below).
Although official registration has closed for the current sophomores (cass of 2019), 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
If you’ve missed the information meetings, don’t worry. You can catch up with the short 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.
Decided you want to give it a try?
1. Schedule an interview
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 August 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:
- 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!
CAS Strands and Components
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.
Documentation (Current Sophomores and Juniors)
The key to a your CAS program is personal engagement, choice and enjoyment of the CAS experiences. You should undertake a variety of CAS experiences, ideally on a weekly basis, for a minimum of 18 months. You must also undertake at least one CAS project with a minimum duration of one month. Reflection on your CAS experiences through documentation on the IB website is essential. Goals and CAS experiences must be reviewed by CAS coordinator.
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 December 15, 2016. Here is sophomore CAS link. The CAS reflection is due on April 20, 2017.
Juniors: CAS PLANS should be completed by May, 25th of your junior year. (school year 2016/17 your plans should have been completed by November 1, 2016. For those of you still working on it-you have an extension until December 1, 2016). 3-5 Goals must be determined and weekly documentation must begin by December 1, 2016 or earlier. Reflection essays are due on April 25, 2017. Here is the link to submit CAS hours.
Seniors: CAS PLANS should be completed and revised. You will be using our former documentation process through out this year. Seniors must have 125 total documented hours by December 1, 2016. Final CAS hours (150 total-25 Creative, 25 Active, 50 Service + 50 in any category) must be submitted by April 25, 2017. Reflection Essays are also due by this date. Here is the link to submit CAS hours.
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.