Ramsay IB High School
The IB Diploma Program (DP) is a rigorous, academically challenging and balanced program of education designed to prepare students aged 16-19 for success at university and life beyond. The DP aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable, inquiring, caring and compassionate, and to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and the attitudes necessary to respect and evaluate a range of view points.
To ensure breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, students must take at least three subjects at the higher level-HL (240 teaching hours), while the remaining are taken at the standard level-SL (150 teaching hours).
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"Formed in the spirit of dynamic growth, social justice and intellectual pursuits."
IB CORE REQUIREMENTS
The Extended Essay (EE) introduces the student to personal research. It will be based on a topic of the student's choice, chosen from six subject areas. The EE is a 4,000 word essay written outside of the classroom on the student's own time.
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The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is an interdisciplinary class designed to review and challenge knowledge. It involves the study of language, logic, ethics, knowledge, and truth. The course examines the methods used to obtain knowledge in various subject areas. Above all, TOK is a course of questions. The most central of these is "How do we know?"
TOK is a two-semester course taken in the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year.
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/ Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a fundamental part of the diploma curriculum. The CAS requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to the academic self-absorption some may feel within a demanding school program.
Ramsay IB HS is situated between 12th and 13th avenues and 17th and 19th streets, south. It is near Five Points South on the crest of one of the foothills of Red Mountain in the South Highlands of Birmingham, Alabama.
The school was named after board president, Erskine Ramsay, a capitalist, industrialist, engineer, and philanthropist. The school was dedicated on September 19, 1930.
Ramsay was accredited by the Souther Association of Colleges and Schools in 1932. It was in 1975 that Ramsay became a school serving above average students from throughout the city.
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Students from across the city submit applications and are selected to attend based upon their standardized test scores, report card averages, teacher recommendations, and entrance exam.
In addition to academics, numerous opportunities are available for students to participate in athletic and extracurricular activities, as well as fine arts, community service, and social and/or community organizations.