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CLASSES AT CARLSBAD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Carlsbad International School offers a wide range of courses for its students. The students at CIS can learn languages, sciences, visual arts, and humanities, becoming well-rounded individuals, prepared for colleges all around the world.

All IB students choose six subjects, one from each of the groups listed below. Three are studied at Higher Level (HL), meaning in more depth, and three are studied at Standard Level (SL). The IBDP is well-respected and widely recognized by universities and employers throughout the world and is considered an excellent preparation for university level study.

All students choose six subjects; three are studied at Higher Level (HL), meaning in more depth, and three are studied at Standard Level (SL).
Course groups:
Group 1 – Language & Literature

  • English Language and Literature HL/SL
  • Russian Literature HL/SL
  • Language A, self-taught and school supported, in own language (if approved)
Group 2 – Language Acquisition

  • English B HL
  • Spanish SL/ab initio*
  • Spanish Literature SL/HL
  • German SL/ab initio*
  • French ab Initio/B SL*
*Ab Initio: no prior knowledge or study required.

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies, Economics, Psychology

  • Economics HL/SL
  • Psychology HL/SL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL
Group 4 – Sciences, Environmental Systems and Societies, Chemistry

  • Chemistry HL/SL
  • Physics HL/SL
  • Biology HL/SL
  • Environmental Systems SL
Group 5 – Mathematics

  • Math SL
  • Math Studies SL
Group 6 – Visual Arts

  • Visual Arts HL/SL
More subjects may be added based on student demand.

LANGUAGES
Pre-DP English
The aims of this course are to develop textual analysis skills and the understanding of texts - both literary and non-literary. Students of 9th and 10th grades will be able to relate to culturally determined reading practices and encourage students to question the meaning and authorial purpose(s) of the language used in a text. This course will help students to focus closely on the language used in texts and becomes aware of the role context plays in shaping authorial meaning. The study of literary and non-literary texts across multiple cultures will be a central theme in this course contributing to the developing of students' global perspectives.
English A
The course for students of 11th and 12th grades is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication.
Pre-DP Spanish
This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written Spanish as well as demonstrate cultural awareness.
Spanish A
The main focus of the Spanish B course is language acquisition and development in the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The objectives of the course are for the student to be able to communicate in both oral and written forms, using and understanding appropriate vocabulary and grammar in a variety of situations. In addition, the student will demonstrate some knowledge of the cultures related to the Spanish language and the international community. The student will be assessed through activities including oral and listening interaction, a range of reading texts at various levels of difficulty, and the use of the language in a communicative nature in writing tasks.
Pre-DP German
German language ab initio is a language acquisition course designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken.The modern language course ­ language ab initio ­ develops students' linguistic abilities through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills. The language ab initio course is designed for students with little or no prior experience of the language they wish to study.
French ab initio
The goal of the course is the acquisition and development of receptive, productive and interactive skills both in written and spoken forms of communication. The course is organized into a broad variety of topics, grouped into three major themes: Individual and society, leisure and work, urban and rural environment. Students should be able to interact appropriately in a wide range of everyday situations as well as understand and produce different types of text. The course is based on the French language and culture of France and students also get familiarized with the notion of "Francophonie", cultural diversity and intercultural understanding making up the core of the lessons.
Pre-DP French
The course introduces the basic elements of the French language and culture. Through the development of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, students should be able to respond and interact with appropriate vocabulary and grammar in everyday situations as well as discuss aspects of cultural diversity.
Russian A
The Russia A literature course focuses on different approaches to reading literary works. It encourages close analysis of language, as well as an understanding of the different perspectives presented through literature and the ways in which these are informed by, and interact with, the student's own culture(s). All of these activities require students to engage in knowledge inquiry, critical thinking and reflection.


*More information on A languages is available here.
MATH AND SCIENCES
Pre-DP Physics
The Physical Science course will expose students to content in chemistry and physics. It is designed to promote the students' lab competences and techniques, to improve their scientific literacy and also to develop their problem-solving skills. This course thus guarantee that the students are fully prepared for the Diploma Program in all Group 4 Experimental Sciences:


IB Physics
Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences and students will be able to gain a wide range of knowledge in seeking to understand the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Students will also have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings. As a result, they will have developed the skills to work independently on their own design, but also collegiately to mirror the way in which scientific research is conducted in the wider community.
Pre-DP Spanish
This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written Spanish as well as demonstrate cultural awareness.
IB Chemistry
Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. Apart from being a subject worthy of study in its own right, IB chemistry will offer a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science. Students will cover a wide range of topic, in both organic and analytical chemistry, and will have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings.
Pre-DP Science
Through the study of biology and earth science, students will develop an understanding of the concepts essential to the appreciation of the relationship of living things to the world around them. Students will acquire knowledge through and alongside the development of skills necessary to be successful in the Diploma Programme. At the end of this course, they will have designed and performed lab experiments, done extended reading and research tasks, written essays, participated in oral activities, and completed various tasks that would demonstrate mastery of skills and content of study.
Environmental Systems and Societies
Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) is a two-year standard level course for Diploma Programme students. It aims to promote an understanding of the major environmental issues facing societies in the twenty-first century. By studying both human and environmental aspects to these issues, students will be encouraged to explore sustainable solutions. As a transdisciplinary course, ESS covers both group 3 (individuals and societies) and group 4 (experimental sciences). This means that the environmental issues studied will be explored from not only a scientific standpoint, but will also consider cultural, social, economic, political, historical and ethical factors. As a scientifically-based course, ESS will include a laboratory component.


Biology
The major goal is a broad, general understanding of the principles of biology. This course will enable students through the overarching nature of science-from the use of a variety of methodologies, creativity and imagination to the collection and analysis of evidence with emphasis on reflection as a basic learning tool.

The study of IB Biology aims to lead students to appreciate the interconnectedness of life within the biosphere. With a focus of understanding the nature of science, the course will allow students to develop a level of scientific literacy that will better prepare them to act on issues of local and global concern, with a full understanding of the scientific point of view. (Adapted from Oxford Biology, 2014)


IB Math
The course is designed to:

  1. enjoy mathematics, and develop an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematics
  2. develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
  3. communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts
  4. develop logical, critical and creative thinking and patience and persistence in problem-solving
  5. employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization
HUMANITIES
Psychology
In this two year course, students explore the scientific study of human behaviour. We study psychology using three approaches. Research methods are also explored through the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural approaches. In year two, students study abnormal psychology and developmental psychology, or the psychology of human relationships.
History & Geography
While studying the ever changing political landscape, students will explore modern human history and discuss how geography, conflict, and compromise have shaped our society. During the exploration students develop their critical thinking skills through presentations, essay writing, class discussions, and debates.
Economics
Economics is a dynamic social science, forming part of group 3—individuals and societies. The study of economics is essentially about dealing with scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are made in the satisfaction of human wants. As a social science, economics uses scientific methodologies that include quantitative and qualitative elements.
VISUAL ARTS
Pre-DP Visual Art
Pre-DP Visual Art classes develops skills, techniques and the conceptual underpins to help students advance to the International Baccalaureate Visual Art Programme in eleventh grade. The students explore diverse mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. The classes are organized by units of instruction, starting with research of historical or commercial visual art areas. The students analyse, interpret and critically judge the research they have chosen. The next step the students plan and produce their art production inspired by their research, while documenting in their workbook their art production process throughout their art making. Presenting their artworks during class critique students give and receive feedback from their peers and teacher. The final step is for the students to reflect and evaluate their entire journey visually in their workbooks.
DP Visual Art
The Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
ACTIVITIES & SPORTS
Grades 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education
The course has 3 lessons a week. 1 x theory and 2 x practical. The Theory aims to arm students with the knowledge about their physical, social, and mental aspects. We cover units on the following; Safety in Sports, Fitness, Health, Training, Body Systems, Nutrition, Global Sports trends. In the Practical aspects, students learn in 5 week blocks, we have tennis, fitness, badminton, futsal, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and weight training. Assessment is 50 percent practical and 50 percent theory.
Grades 11 & 12 Health and Sports Science
The course has 5 lessons a week. 3 x theory and 2 x practical. The theory aims to cover many aspects that students will find useful in their university and professional years. We cover units on the following; Body Systems, Heart rate and Fitness, Training thresholds, Nutrition for athletes, Global sports, Media in sport, and Injuries. In the Practical aspects, students learn in 5 week blocks, we have tennis, weight training, fitness, badminton, futsal, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball. Assessment is 50 percent practical and 50 percent theory.