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Week4_5_WebThe International Baccalaureate

The Khabele School is now an IB World School offering the Diploma Programme. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that The Khabele School believes is important for our students.

Some helpful links about IB:
The International Baccalaureate website
IB Information for Parents
IB Information for Students
Texas IB Schools Website


Approach

At the Khabele High School, we intend that all students demonstrate the “5 Attributes of Success” upon graduation. These 5 attributes are the Khabele School’s mission “on the ground.” They were distinguished by envisioning the capacities of graduates who embody the school’s mission. Our curriculum, hiring policies, teacher training, parent education, student services, and programming are based on the development of these 5 attributes in our students:  Well-Being; Environmental/Cultural Awareness; Self-Generating Learner; Self Expression; Leadership.

Advisory

Foundational to our academic structure is our advisory curriculum. Much more than a home room, a Khabele advisory creates a small scale support structure for academic and personal success.  The advisor serves as a first point of communication between a child’s teachers and their parents. Advisors deliver a school-designed character development curriculum that has our students write mission statements, set goals, and conduct holistic self-evaluations. Through advisory all school members are joined by community dialogs and shared activities.  Furthermore, through advisory and its community service project called the “One-for-One Program” students take part in community service that connects them to the world at large.

By the Numbers

MS/HS Profile

AP Exams

Percentage of Khabele seniors who scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school: 73.1%
National average: 19.5%

See our full score report here (click to enlarge):

SAT Scores
Reading Average: 615
Math Average: 578
Writing Average: 606
Composite Average: 1,799
National Composite Average: 1,509

College Matriculation 99.3% of our graduates are accepted to at least one of their top choice colleges, with 95% of them matriculating.

Graduation Plan

For detailed course descriptions, please download the 2012-2013 Course Catalog & Student Handbook

  • Core classes: Khabele students take four years of high school study in English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Foreign Language and the Arts. Juniors and seniors in the graduating classes of 2014 and 2015 have a selection of AP classes to enhance their choices. Starting with the class of 2016, juniors and seniors will choose from a wide array of IB courses, which they can take at the standard level or higher level.
  • Physical Education: 100 hours per year
  • Community Service: 50 hours per year
  • Public Speaking: one semester
  • Health and Financial Literacy: one semester
  • College Planning: Spring of Junior Year and Fall of Senior Year

In addition, students must make sincere effort in advisory and with each project week. We also expect, by graduation, each student to have completed some foreign immersion trip—either with our school or outside of the school.

What does class look like?

Between classes there is the normal hustle and bustle of adolescent life, students laughing, gathering their materials and talking to their friends as they head to class.   Then there is a silence that passes over the school. Each class at Khabele starts exactly on time, doors close and students and teachers take a few minutes to do a simple centering practice. For a moment, we are still and take stock of our day, our mind and our body.  Class begins with intention.  Across the school some students will be taking pop quizzes, some will be engaged in silent reading, some will be setting up labs, or typing up papers. Many will be in discussions, some listening to lectures, or doing group projects while others are rehearsing, creating art, or doing self-directed studies.  There is no formula for lesson delivery and each teacher has the autonomy to respond to his or her class as necessary. At the end of class, however, every class resumes to a united structure.  We debrief every class, taking an opportunity to observe and communicate what worked, or what could be improved in our own process, the classroom environment or in the lesson itself. Class dismissed.

Assessment 

Assessment at Khabele happens in many ways. Most teachers in the Middle School value a students’ participation, their homework, projects and tests as part of their class grade. Assignments are recorded by the teacher and available to parents and student via Powerschool. Students write a weekly update to their advisor, and cc their parents, to summarize their academic progress, grades and plans. This ongoing dialogue gives the student consistent opportunities for advisor feedback, as well as self-evaluation. Teachers provide formal comments at mid-semester and report cards are sent out at the end of each semester. To give a holistic perspective on a student’s academic and character progress, the advisor submits a comprehensive narrative evaluation as well.

Additional Support

If a student needs or desires additional help from a teacher, they can seek the teacher after school for office hours. In some cases, teachers will require students to come to office hours in order to get such support in they have concerns for their long term success. While we don’t offer special services for students with learning disabilities, we find that our office hours structure usually provides the help that a motivated student needs to overcome many lingering skill gaps.

Advanced Studies

There are many options for those students that want to do more advanced work. Starting in 9th grade we offer science honors seminar for students that want to do project based-intensified learning.  These are offered in Biology and Astronomy. In many of our humanities classes, students can choose to take the class at a standard or higher level. Juniors and seniors take either AP or IB courses. Students may also enroll in dual credit classes in ACC, located only two blocks from campus. All honors seminars, higher level classes, AP and IB classes have increased weight on the GPA scale. Students that show initiative and consistently excellent results are invited to create their own courses, and indeed even create their own graduation plan if their interests are specialized.