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International Baccalaureate (IB)

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Middle Years Programme

MYP Student Project on display

This programme of international education designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.

The International Baccalaureate® Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16.

This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.

Curriculum documents are published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese but schools may offer the programme in other languages.

IB Middle Years Programme

MYP program profile

The curriculum contains eight subject groups together with a core made up of five areas of interaction.

This is illustrated by means of an octagon with the five areas of interaction at its center.

Students study subjects from each of the eight subject groups through the five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, human ingenuity, environment, and health and social education.


MYP Parent Guidelines



Areas of Interaction (AOI)


The five areas of interaction are:

  1. Approaches to learning (ATL): Through ATL teachers provide students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning, thereby developing an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.
  2. Community and service: This component requires students to take an active part in the communities in which they live, thereby encouraging responsible citizenship.
  3. Human ingenuity: Students explore in multiple ways the processes and products of human creativity, thus learning to appreciate and develop in themselves the human capacity to influence, transform, enjoy and improve the quality of life.
  4. Environments: This area aims to develop students’ awareness of their interdependence with the environment so that they understand and accept their responsibilities.
  5. Health and social education: This area deals with physical, social and emotional health and intelligence—key aspects of development leading to complete and healthy lives.

These provide the main focus for developing the connections between the disciplines, so that students will learn to see knowledge as an interrelated, coherent whole.

More particularly, the five areas of interaction:

  • are embedded in the subjects and developed naturally through them
  • provide both an organization and an extension of learning within and across the subjects, through the exploration of real-life issues
  • inspire special activities and interdisciplinary projects
  • form part of the framework for student inquiry and take investigative learning further than subject boundaries
  • are a vehicle for refining conceptual understanding through different perspectives
  • guide reflection and lead from knowledge to thoughtful action.


At BTW, students may select from numerous electives in music, visual arts, and theater arts.  

Jazz Band 
Advanced Band 
Music History 
Select Choir
Honor Girls' Choir
Visual Arts 

From the earliest times, artistic expression has been common to all cultures as human beings make statements through a variety of non-verbal forms and create objects that are aesthetically pleasing. Beyond barriers of language, the discovery of the cultural values of civilizations through their artistic production is one of the best ways to promote international understanding.
Students are brought into contact with the art forms and aesthetic values of other cultures as well as their own, and are helped to develop perceptions between ideas and art. They are also encouraged to identify particular creative abilities and to master techniques appropriate to that form of expression.

In addition, the fine art course:

  • organizes learning around the creative cycle—a dynamic, ongoing process of sensing, planning, creating and evaluating art, and one in which all the senses are involved
  • encourages creative energy, communication, interaction and reflection
  • aims to help the student become a developing artist—one who is able to assess the level of skill and target the areas that need development
  • seeks to acquaint young people with the creations of men and women whose works have proved to be of enduring worth.


Teachers organize continuous assessment over the course of the programme according to specified assessment criteria that correspond to the objectives of each subject group. Regular school assessment and reporting play a major role:

  • in the students' and parents' understanding of the objectives and assessment criteria
  • in the students' preparation for final assessment
  • in the development of the curriculum according to the principles of the programme.

Teachers are responsible for structuring varied and valid assessment tasks (including tests and examinations) that will allow students to demonstrate achievement according to the objectives for each subject group. These include:

  • open-ended, problem-solving activities
  • investigations
  • organized debates
  • hands-on experimentation
  • analysis and reflection

In keeping with the ethos of approaches to learning, schools also make use of quantitative and qualitative assessment strategies and tools that provide opportunities for peer- and self-assessment.

The recording and reporting of individual levels of achievement are organized in ways that provide students with detailed feedback on their progress as it relates to the assessment criteria for each subject group.

Community Service

BTW Community Service 

BTW StuCo members meet up prior to a community service event


At BTW, Humanities consists of Oklahoma History/Government in the 9th grade and World History or AP U.S. History in the 10th grade.  

Oklahoma History/Government MYP Syllabus
World History MYP Syllabus
U.S. History MYP Syllabus

Within the aims and objectives of this subject group, there are concepts that students must address and skills that must be developed over the five years of the programme. These include:

  • the concepts of time, place and space, change, systems and global awareness
  • technical, analytical, problem-solving and investigative skills.

The primary aim of the humanities course is to develop the understanding and application of concepts and skills rather than prescribe and assess content.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB Learner Profile badge

IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers:  They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable:  They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. 

Thinkers:  They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled:  They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded:  They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring:  They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced:  They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Languages A and B


English - English I Pre-AP
Language - 
     Language I
     Language II

Social Science - OK History/Government
Experimental Sciences - Biology I Pre-AP
Mathematics -
Algebra I
     Algebra II
Other -      
     Physical Education
     Financial Literacy
     MYP Community Service

Language A

Language A

At BTW, Language A -  English I MYP is a 9th grade requirement and English II MYP or preAP English are required in the 10th grade. 

English I MYP Syllabus
English II MYP Syllabus

Language is the basic tool of communication in the sense of enabling a student to understand and be understood, and to establish their own identity. Language is also the avenue by which one gains access to literature and thereby to the cultural treasury of civilization.

Language A courses therefore include the study of:

  • the instrumental function of a language where listening, viewing, speaking, reading and writing skills are emphasized
  • literature, which encompasses a variety of periods and genres.

Language B

Language B

At BTW, Language B is offered in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Latin.  

French I MYP Syllabus
French II MYP Syllabus
French III MYP Syllabus

German I MYP Syllabus
German II MYP Syllabus

Japanese I MYP Syllabus
Japanese II MYP Syllabus

Latin I MYP Syllabus
Latin II MYP Syllabus

Chinese I MYP Syllabus
Chinese II MYP Syllabus

Russian I MYP Syllabus
Russian II MYP Syllabus

Spanish I MYP Syllabus
Spanish II MYP Syllabus
Spanish III MYP Syllabus

The primary aim of language B is to encourage students to gain competence in a modern language other than their mother tongue, with the long-term goal of balanced bilingualism.

In addition, the study of language B aims to:

  • encourage in the student a respect for and understanding of other languages and cultures
  • provide a skills base to facilitate further language learning.

Proficiency in a second language gives students:
access to a broader range of input, experiences and perspectives

  • the enjoyment of being able to communicate in a language other than their mother tongue.
  • It is also acknowledged that learning another language greatly contributes to the holistic development of students and is believed to raise achievement in other subject areas.


At BTW, 9th and 10th grade students are enrolled in the appropriate level of math based upon the following sequence: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.  

Algebra I MYP Syllabus
Geometry MYP Syllabus
Algebra II MYP Syllabus

Mathematics in the Middle Years Programme aims to provide students with an appreciation of the usefulness, power and beauty of the subject.
One aspect of this is the awareness that mathematics is a universal language with diverse applications. The Middle Years Programme promotes an understanding of how cultural, societal and historical influences from a variety of cultures have shaped mathematical thought.
Schools are required to develop schemes of work according to a framework that includes five branches of mathematics:

  • number
  • algebra
  • geometry and trigonometry
  • statistics and probability
  • discrete mathematics

Aims and objectives include:

  • understanding mathematical reasoning and processes
  • the ability to apply mathematics and to evaluate the significance of results
  • the ability to develop strategies for problems in which solutions are not obvious
  • the acquisition of mathematical intuition

MYP Personal Project

Personal Project

MYP student skateboard project on display at Booker T Washington High School

In the final year of the programme, each student completes a personal project, a significant piece of work that is the product of the student's own initiative and creativity.
At BTW, the Personal Project allows students the opportunity to demonstrate all that they have gained and acomplished in MYP at BTW.  The project is designed by the student and is assessed by the advisory teacher using the IB specific criteria.  Every sophomore is required to complete the MYP Personal Project.

MYP student weaving project on display

Each project must reflect a personal understanding of the areas of interaction. Students apply the skills acquired through one of these areas as well as approaches to learning.

Students are expected to choose their project, which can take many forms, and take the process through to completion under the supervision of a teacher in the school. This involves:

  • planning
  • research
  • a high degree of personal reflection.

The following documents are for students, parents, and mentors to use to guide MYP students through the Personal Project process:

MYP Personal Project MLA guide

Physical Education

At BTW, all students must complete one credit unit of Physical Education.  They may select from a full year of P.E. or a full year of AFJROTC.

PE MYP Syllabus

The aim of physical education in the Middle Years Programme is to facilitate:

  • physical
  • intellectual
  • emotional, and
  • social development

The aim of this course is to cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle for students. It therefore advocates activities that are not only enjoyable but also contribute to healthy living. Students are helped to develop the motor skills necessary to enable them to participate successfully in a variety of physical activities, and to learn about the nature of physical fitness.

This subject area also serves to promote intercultural awareness, since physical education is a reflection of elements of history, culture and values. It also enables students to establish links between different areas of experience and provides opportunities for different forms of self-reflection, communication and team work.


At BTW, Science consists of Biology in the 9th grade and Chemistry I or Pre-AP Chemistry in the 10th grade.

Biology I MYP Syllabus
Chemistry I MYP Syllabus

The study of science aims to provide students with both a body of knowledge and an understanding of the scientific approach to problem solving. The ability to formulate hypotheses, design and carry out experiments to test them, and evaluate results constitutes the framework within which specific content is presented.
Among other skills, students are expected to:

  • use basic laboratory equipment safely and efficiently
  • make sensible estimates and take accurate measurements
  • make scientifically supported arguments.

Students are also encouraged to relate the content of the classroom and laboratory to the realities of life as they develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Science courses promote an awareness of the increasingly international context of scientific activity—its impact and limitations—as well as the constant evolution of scientific knowledge and understanding. Students are encouraged to consider science as a constantly evolving cooperative venture between individuals and among members of the international community, influenced by social, economic, technological, political, ethical and cultural surroundings.


At BTW, students will fulfill the MYP Technology requirement within the required Financial Literacy course.

Financial Literacy MYP Syllabus

The Technology course is essentially concerned with solving problems in an effort to stimulate students’ ingenuity and to encourage them to combine intellectual talents and practical skills.
Schools are granted flexibility in the choice of technology subjects, but each course provides a balance between three key areas:

  • systems
  • information
  • materials

In particular, students are encouraged to display ingenuity and creativity in devising practical solutions to given tasks.

Students use the design cycle to:

  • investigate
  • design
  • plan
  • create
  • evaluate.

This subject area is valuable for reinforcing and integrating skills learned in other disciplines, especially in the presentation and handling of data and the processes involved in the design and manufacture of a product. At the same time, it fosters awareness of the social and ethical implications of technological development.

IB Diploma Programme

International Baccalaureate


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Potential Students

Presentation and Brochure

10 Reasons Why

10 Reasons Why              

For me, IB emphasized the idea that there is so much intersectionality in life on any scale and from any perspective. The world is connected in so many ways; it would truly be a waste for us as humans to not be as in tuned with it as it is with itself. -Taylor Love, 2018 IB Diploma Candidate

IB Diploma Candidate, Taylor Love smiles at the completion of graduation ceremony

The 6 Subjects

Students wishing to take the full diploma must ensure that they take one subject from each group and that they have three subjects at HL and three at SL (unless they are taking 4 HLs and 2 SLs).  For their sixth subject, in addition to the courses offered in Group 6, they may also do a third language or a second course from Groups 3 or 4 or computer science from Group 5.
 GROUP 1: Language A1
        English Literature HL

 GROUP 2: Second Language
       French SL/HL
       German SL
       Japanese SL
       Mandarin SL
       Russian SL
       Spanish SL/HL
  GROUP 3: Individuals and Society
        Economics SL
        History SL/HL (HL: Americas or Europe) 
        Psychology SL/HL
        World Religions SL

 GROUP 4: Experimental Sciences
        Biology HL (two years)
        Chemistry SL/HL (two years)
        Physics SL/HL (two years)
        Sports Exercise and Health Science SL

GROUP 5: Mathematics
        Mathematics SL (Calculus)
        Math Studies SL
GROUP 6: The Arts
        Visual Arts SL/HL (two years)
        Film SL/HL (two years)
        Music SL/HL

Things to Consider

A decision to complete the IB diploma is a huge commitment and will be a great accomplishment. Students and families need to appreciate that this can limit opportunities to participate in other elective offerings such as Tulsa Tech and Concurrent Enrollment.  

  • All IB courses must be taken at BTW.  Off campus studies cannot be given IB credit.
  • Exam dates and times are fixed by the IBO and cannot be altered.  Students should note that end of the year competitions, sports events, trips and family obligations often conflict with the exam schedule.  IBO does not permit any changes to the exam schedule.
  • ALL testable work must be completed during the junior and senior years. Students may not test prior to the Junior year and may only take two SL exams in the Junior year. All HL subjects require two years of coursework.  No HL exam may be taken at the end of the Junior year.   

IB Learner Profile

IB learners strive to be: 

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity.  They acquire the skills  necessary to conduct inquiry and  research and show independence in learning.  

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance.  In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. 

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. 

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.  They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. 

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.   

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, and values and traditions of other individuals and communities.   

Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.  They have a personal commitment to service. 

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. 

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. 

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.  They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations. 

IB Quotes

Hear from educators and other parents and students who have experienced the IB Programme.

BTW 2018 IB Diploma Candidate, Sam Long
Samantha Delong, 2018 IB Diploma Candidate

"The IB program helped me become prepared for college through challenging classes that motivated me academically.  Because of the program, I now feel ready for rigorous college courses." 

Colleges and the IB Diploma

How are diploma points awarded?

Students will earn their IB diploma when they accrue 24-45 points.  This includes a total of 12 points in HL subjects.  If a student scores a 2 in an HL, the student must then total 28 points in order to receive the diploma.  IB exams (papers) are marked on a scale of 1-7.  Students take 6 exams.  In addition, students may earn up to 3 points for combined work on the Extended Essay and in TOK. 

Some universities offer differing levels of recognition depending upon the number of diploma points earned.  For instance, the University of Tulsa will award 30 hours of credit to students that earn the IB Diploma with a score of 28 or higher.  The University of Texas will award a minimum of 24 hours credit to any student that earns a “4” or better on all exams attempted.  At the University of Oklahoma, credit may be awarded to students who earn a “4” or higher on an HL exams; such credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis as recommended by the University of Oklahoma faculty.  The University of California system grants 30 semester credits to an IB Diploma score of 30 or above. 

How do colleges award credit?

Many colleges award credit for HL exams with a score of 5 or higher.  Some colleges are beginning to award credit, or in some cases, advanced standing for SL courses as well.  Ultimately, different colleges have different policies.  The best way to get current information is to go to and click on “Information for Universities” and then “Universities that recognize the diploma”.  You may search by country and university name.   

How do colleges consider IB in the admissions process?

Colleges report that they are interested in students who take the most challenging and rigorous curriculum available.  Students presenting a transcript with IB courses cannot count on getting in to the school of their dreams; but they can be assured that their application will be given serious consideration.

The latest survey of a North American IB class (2002) indicated that with respect to almost every selective college, IB students had a higher rate of acceptance than the general applicant pool.  The University of Pennsylvania, for example, accepted 22% of the general population of applicants, whereas 58% of IB Diploma candidate applicants were accepted.

How is IB Diploma different from AP (Advanced Placement)?

While both IB and AP offer a rigorous curriculum for highly motivated students, the IB Diploma program represents a comprehensive international standard of excellence while the AP represents the US national standard.  AP exams have no external evaluation feedback loop, and students choose to take individual classes.  Currently there is not a comprehensive AP program.  IB exams are scored 1-7; IB scores are based in part on graded class work (internal assessments) performed during the year.  AP exams are scored 1-5.  Overall, IB is a holistic program, and although students receive college credit/advanced standing, the goals of the program are larger.

Full Diploma or Individual Courses

Eligibility:  All students enrolled at BTW are eligible for the IB Diploma program. 

Option A: Full Diploma Program

  • Participate in and complete internal/external assessments for six IB courses.
  • 3 (or not more than 4) Higher Level courses
  • 3 (or 2) Standard Level courses
  • Complete Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Submit an Extended Essay, an in-depth study of a limited topic chosen by the student and supervised by a mentor.  The essay represents approximately 40 hours of work and should be no more than 4000 words.
  • Submit a completed Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) portfolio, completed over 2 years. 
  • Diploma students must test in all courses except the Theory of Knowledge

Option B: Individual Subjects
All juniors and seniors are encouraged to take IB Diploma courses.  In order to receive a weighted grade in the course, all students enrolled in an IB course will be required to complete the internal and external assessments for that course and will be required to sit for the exam in May.  Students who receive passing scores may receive college credit or placement from their respective universities.


Successful Diploma Programme students meet three requirements in addition to the six subjects:

1. The interdisciplinary theory of knowledge (TOK) course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
2. The extended essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. 

3. Participation in the creativity, action, service (CAS) requirement encourages students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and service projects in the local, national and international contexts.

International Baccalaureate Mission Statement:

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."

BTW IB diploma candidates sing the school song during graduation

The IB Diploma Program:

The IB Diploma Program is a demanding pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, designed for highly motivated secondary school students. Conceived as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national educational systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of several. Its reputation for rigorous assessment gives IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities and solid preparation for high achievement once enrolled.

Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least three subjects are taken at the higher level (240 teaching hours) and 3 at the standard level (150 teaching hours). Students must also enroll in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) for two years, complete a 4000 word Extended Essay, and fulfill the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirement.

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