Career Plan FAQs

What does it mean to “do career-path”?

Students who enroll in course work during their junior and senior years who have a career or vocational pathway, such as computer science, sports medicine, hospitality or finance, and who enroll in at least two IB classes, may consider pursuing the IB career-path certificate.

What are examples of career-path course work?

Currently at CSIHS students may choose from several career paths. They include computer science, sports medicine, hospitality and tourism, and finance. Students may also work with their counselor to create a path based on course work offered both at CSIHS and at South Seattle college. Students must take two IB classes at CSIHS, such as language and literature, history, math, biology, chemistry, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, business management, sports exercise and health, visual arts and psychology. Students must take the IB exam for their two courses in May. Students may take as many IB courses as they like, but they must sit for two exams.

Are all the course exams the same?

Many course exams are offered at different levels. Exams and courses are either standard level (SL) or higher level (HL). For a diploma, three courses must be taken at the HL. No more than four HL exams are recommended. In foreign language there is a third level, ab inito, for students just beginning to study a world language in their junior year. There are three levels for math; studies, standard level and higher level.

What’s the difference between exams and assessments?

Exams are a form of assessment, but all courses have assessed work that varies in its format and scoring (experiment, paper, and demonstration of skills), and who assesses it. Internally assessed (IA) work is scored by the teacher of the course with scores sent directly to the IB Organization. In some cases, only a sample of the scores will be requested by IBO for external evaluators to review. When this happens, the external evaluators may recalibrate or readjust the scores given by the teacher to better match the IB expectations. Some work is submitted directly to the IBO and is assessed in another country, or externally assessed (EA). In some cases, the teacher or advisor is required to submit a predicted grade (PG) that is used to help the external assessor in determining a score.

When do the exams take place?

The exams take place world-wide in May. The exams are either in the morning or afternoon and students are expected to attend their classes during the non-testing period. The exact start times, locations, and directions will be available prior to testing.

What are those four other requirements for an IB career-path candidate? Personal and professional skills class – two semesters

Students on the IB career path take this one credit class during the second semester of their junior year, and the first semester of their senior year. This class is conducted for two-three hours per week; one day after school and during mentorship. The course is designed to prepare and assist students as they study ethical dilemmas related to the world of business and commerce. The course also helps students manage their work load, and helps them develop the personal skills needed to thrive in a business environment.

Community Service

Students must complete at least 50 hours of community-based service during their junior and senior years. These hours can count toward the 60 hours needed for a Seattle Public Schools diploma, but 50 of them must occur during junior and senior years. There are many opportunities to work with student groups at CSIHS who perform community service regularly.

Reflective Project

The culmination of the personal and professional skills class is the reflective project. Students devote at least 50 hours to its completion. Students choose a current ethical dilemma in business and explore the implications from at least two perspectives. Students may choose to write an essay, create a presentation, create a blog, produce a play, or any other medium that is best suited to the student’s choice of material and their goal for their own skill abilities. Each student has an adult mentor to help guide them as they research their project. It is due the end of first semester senior year. It is sent to the IB for a score. For example, students have chosen to study perspectives on a $15 per hour minimum wage in Seattle, LGBQT public bathrooms in the American south, and tourism in sensitive ecological environments.

Language portfolio

Each student working toward the career-path certificate will study a language that is not their first best language. For many students this means being enrolled in a formal second language class. For students who do not choose to take a formal class, they must make time (40 hours) to study the language. Time during the personal and professional skills class is sometimes dedicated to this work. They choose goals for their language development and keep a record of their work toward that goal. The language development goals are listed on the website.

Teresa Cairns, Coordinator 206-252-8705 tlcairns@seattleschools.org

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