The American College of Sofia is an authorized IB World School and has offered the IB Diploma Programme since 2005. Students not earning a Bulgarian National Diploma are eligible for admission into the two-year IB program. ACS provides a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum for all IB students and hires teachers who are experts in their subject matter. Students who enroll in the IB Diploma Programme are also given the opportunity to fulfill the requirements for the ACS American diploma, which is awarded to students independently of the diploma granted by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
For information on the accreditation of ACS as an IB World School, please follow this link: www.ibo.org/school/002368/
ACS offers a wide range of courses in the IB, including English A: Literature High Level (HL), French B: Standard Level (SL)/High Level (HL), Spanish B: SL/HL, German B: SL/HL, French Ab initio SL, Spanish Ab initio SL, German Ab initio SL, Economics HL, History HL, Biology SL/HL, Mathematics SL/HL, Mathematical Studies SL. In addition, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Community-Action-Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay (EE) serve as integral components of the diploma, encouraging students to extend themselves intellectually, while also considering areas of social responsibility. The IB programme culminates in May of Year 2 when students sit for their final examinations.
ACS promotes the personal and intellectual development of each student through the IB programme, as outlined by the IBO.
IB learners strive to be:
inquirers knowledgeable thinkerscommunicatorsreflectiveprincipledopen-mindedcaringrisk-takersbalanced
For a more detailed look at what the IB Diploma Programme stands for, please follow the link: http://www.ibo.org/diploma/For information related to the IB and university recognition of the diploma, please download this official IB publication: Guide of University Recognition
For general information about IBO, please follow this link to the IB homepage:www.ibo.org
You can read General Regulations: Diploma Programme HERE.
ACS LAUNCHES A MANDATORY INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME FIVE-YEAR EVALUATION
by Zornitsa Semkova, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator
Since April 15, 2014 the American College of Sofia has begun working on a year-long process of evaluating its implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Programme evaluation is both a requirement and a service provided by the IB Organization every five years and aims for the IB to ensure that its standards for the Programme are being maintained. It is a process of formal reflection involving all stakeholders within the school’s IB community, and provides an opportunity for reflecting on achievements and new initiatives, as well as increasing communication within the school.
The College is expected to plan its own assessment IB implementation following organization’s requirements. It will also identify major achievements during the five-year period under review and identify practices that need further development.
As a first step in the process, the College will gather information for a comprehensive self-study. It will survey IB parents, students, staff and alumni to help determine strengths and weaknesses with regard to the IB standards and practices. Faculty members will also gather and process data as members of the following committees:
Having completed the IB self-study questionnaire, from January through March 2015 the College will review the surveys, committee reports and other data, make recommendations on Action Plan of IBDP improvement objectives for the next five years, and submit the questionnaire and all necessary supporting documents to the IBO by April 2015. The culmination of the process will be a possible site visit by an IB evaluation team in April 2015.
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For further information, please contact
Zornitsa Semkova, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, American College of Sofiaz.firstname.lastname@example.org