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ok, I'm a year 12 (final year) IB student in Australia, and reading through some of these posts I'm a bit confused about what everyone is saying about the structure of IB elsewhere.
How is it run in America/elsewhere? because here there are only ever 2 years of IB (no pre-IB or whatever that is) and CAS runs over both years, as do all subjects. Also our IA's are a bit more spread out over the final year from what I hear, and the school gives us a reasonable amount of direction on them (i.e. in Maths we are given a topic and a few questions to investigate).

anyone care to clarify? I'm really curious about how an 'international' program differs in different countries.
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lost_perpetuity
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Time:2006-07-11 09:39 am (UTC)
hey. I'm in australia and ours is nothing like what you have described, i mean sure its only for 2 yrs but the rest is all the same as elsewhere
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justme87
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Time:2006-07-11 09:59 am (UTC)
It's supposed to be very similar in all countries. I suppose it's the terminology that differs, as a result from different school systems. For example it's not customary around here (Finland) to speak about the final year as the 12th year. Most of the people in here in the IB-programme haven't done any studying in English. After upper level (9th grade), if one continues to an IB school, one's called a pre-IBer (10th grade). Pre-IB year differs little from the sc. 'normal', national curriculum and is in English. I believe it's called pre-IB because of its obedience to the Finnish curriculum.

It varies, though, because for example the people in Turku call year 11 students 2IBers, thus thinking the pre-IB year as a fundamental part of the IB-programme. In other parts of Finland, however, they call year 11 students 1IBers, 'cause in a way they've got their first 'real' IB year going on with IAs and EE and WL stuff.

With CAS and IAs, I think everyone does the same thing, maybe a bit differently depending on the teachers and cordinators. In here, for exmple, one couldn't take any CAS projects in year 10, only years 11 and 12. Teacher can decide when to give out the IAs, so some divide them over a long period of time, some don't. As you've probably read from Vade Mecum (or something), the teachers do have clear instructions about how to help the student, how much, what is accepted, what isn't, how long the students will have time to work on the IA etc. And as those instructions are, I believe, the same in every IB school, most of the variations are due to different teachers.
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longlonglegz
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Time:2006-07-11 01:15 pm (UTC)
I finished Nov 2004. Who's co-ordinator this year? DeeG or Jarret? The way it's run at school seems to work well, IMO.

Pre-IB, I think is the Middle-Years program, ie Years 9 and 10? Which isn't offered in Victoria, except at King Khalid, perhaps. Wesley does the Primary Years program, as stated in their ads.
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