IB Curriculum

  • IB DP Programme


    IB students complete course and exams in the six area of study around the circle. Lake Weir offers the following:


    Studies in Language and Literatures (English)

    Students study major authors representing poetry, prose, fiction, drama and world literature in translation. Analysis is both oral and written.


    Language Acuisitions (Foreign Language)

    Spanish is offered for students taking foreign language all four years.  French Ab Initio is offered for students who are new to foreign language their junior and senior year.


    Individual and Societies (Social Science)

    Students complete AP Human Geography or AP World History, then IB History of the Americas and IB Contemporary History.  Students may also take IB Psychology as a Social Science or an interdisciplinary study.



    All students complete one credit of Biology and Chemistry as LWHS pre-IB students. The final two credits are chosen in IB Biology or Environmental Systems and Societies.



    All students complete Geometry and Algebra II as LWHS pre-IB students. They then choose between IB Math Applications and IB Math Analysis.


    Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

    Students choose IB Film or one course from another subject area.


    Core Elements:

    • Theory of knowledge (TOK) - is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. TOK challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subject and ideological biases, and to develop a personal mode of thought based on analysis of evidence expressed in rational argument. The key element in the IBO's educational philosophy, Theory of Knowledge seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. 
    • Extended Essay - Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and write an Extended Essay of some 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected in a university. There are currently 57 subjects, including 36 in the languages area, in which the essay may be written.  Extended Essays are started the spring of the junior year and are due at the end of the first semester of senior year.
    • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) - is a fundamental part of the diploma curriculum. This requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to the academic self-absorptions some may feel within a demanding school program. Participation in theater productions, sports, and community service activities encourages young people to share their energies and talents while developing awareness, concern and ability to work cooperatively with others. The goal of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate citizenry comes alive in an immediate way when students reach beyond themselves and their books.