Eighth grade students will continue with the IB Middle Years Program as they advance to School Lane Charter High School. Opened in 2014 with the first ninth grade class at a temporary location at 3330 Tillman Drive in Bensalem, SLCHS features 14 full-size classrooms, cafeteria, gym, and multi-purpose gathering space. Students are issued tablet computers in what will become a paperless environment. Over the next three years, grades 10-12 will be phased in. Plans for a permanent high school location are under way. Check back toward the end of the 2014-2015 school year for more details.
Shadowing is by far the best way to get to know our community’s dynamic energy, supportive environment and dedicated staff and students. Current 7-11 grade students who are interested in visiting with us for a day are encouraged to call our school to make an appointment. The number is (215) 245-6055, option 2.
Before you come to visit, please complete the shadow permission form. You may bring it with you on the day you visit with us.
Our open houses provide an opportunity for the families of prospective students to learn about our unique learning philosophy, interact with people from our school community and get a tour of the building.
Middle Years Program – Grades 9-10
The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement - essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. (from www.ibo.org)
Culminating Personal Project
The Personal Project is an opportunity for MYP students to develop their known strengths and discover new ones. The PP will be completed by students in Grade 10.
After completing the Middle Years Program, School Lane Charter High School students will progress to the Diploma Program. IB authorization is already underway.
Diploma Program — Grades 11-12
There are three core requirements: Extended Essay, which allows students to independently research questions that arise in their coursework; Theory of Knowledge, which serves to unify diverse academic disciplines; and Creativity, Action, Service, which brings students out of the classroom and into the world.
IB Diploma Program students choose one subject from each of five groups (1-5). Students may choose either an arts subject (group 6) or a second subject from groups 1-5.
Students take written exams at the end of the Diploma Program, which are graded by external IB examiners. The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points. The highest total that a Diploma Program student can be awarded is 45 points. Universities value the rigor and consistency of Diploma Program assessment practice.
For information about obtaining university recognition for IB credentials, visit the resource page on the IB official website.