Individual IB Diploma Programme Courses
Kaiser offers the opportunity for students in grades 11 and 12 to take individual two-year IB DP courses in the subjects below without being in the full Diploma Programme or Career-related Programme. Each year of all these IB DP classes are weighted on a 5.0 GPA scale. The vast majority of colleges and universities grant credit depending on final IB subject results. The IB subject fee per course is $119.
IB Chinese SL
IB Japanese SL
IB Spanish Ab Initio SL
IB Global Politics HL
IB History HL
IB Computer Science HL
IB Physics SL
IB Film HL
IB Music SL
IB Visual Arts SL
Current sophomores who would like to take individual IB Diploma Programme courses next school year need to complete the Individual IB DP Course Request form provided to students during the registration window.
The following subject briefs describe each Diploma Programme course offered at Kaiser High School . They address core requirements, aims, and assessments. Click on the applicable blue button to open up a subject's course description.
Standard Level and Higher Level Courses
The philosophy of the IB DP is that students should engage with a range of subjects while being able to explore specific areas of personal interest in greater depth. SL courses ensure students are exposed to a range of disciplines that they might otherwise opt out of, and HL courses allow students to spend more time with subjects they are more interested in by exploring options in addition to the SL core curriculum. In this sense, all DP courses, regardless of whether they are SL or HL, are integral to the program. Both SL and HL courses are meant to span the two years of the DP. In most cases, both SL and HL courses consist of the same educational aims, core syllabus, and curriculum and assessment models. HL courses typically also include a range of additional elements designed to allow students to explore areas of interest within the subject in more depth. In this sense, SL courses are not watered down versions of their HL counterparts. The assessment criteria are equally demanding for both, and SL exams are marked and standardized with the same rigor as all IB coursework.