IB Highlights: A Dragon in Dublin

October 11, 2021

IB Alumni Highlight:  Alli Dixon graduated last year and is currently in a dual program at Trinity College in Dublin and Columbia University.  She writes to us, “I am currently studying Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures at Trinity College Dublin as a part of their dual degree program with Columbia University.  I love living in Dublin and all of the opportunities that I have being located in a European capital city.  This weekend I’ll be traveling to Galway in Ireland as a part of the Trinity Law Society to attend a conference on international law.  I am so thankful that the IB and Saint George’s provided me with the academic skills and international credentials to succeed in a prestigious multinational program."  We can’t wait to follow Alli on her academic journey!
Extended Essay Highlight: Senior James Gunn wanted to do his EE in Spanish to improve his Spanish and challenge himself.  He thinks that the historic period of post-civil-war Spain is quite interesting as well as relevant to some of the things he is studying.  So he decided to use the book Cuarto de Atras by Carmen Martin Gaite as a basis for his topic.  His current research question is: "How does Carmen Martin Gaite's use of metafiction and literary structure frame and undermine society in post-civil-war Spain?"
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For detailed IB information, please refer to the International Baccalaureate page on the SGS website and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning.  As an overview, the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE).  
• CAS Experiences: All of our Upper School students, pre-IB (grades 9-10), full diploma candidates and course candidates, complete CAS experiences with reflections.
• CAS Project: Our full diploma students complete CAS projects that follow an 18-month portfolio, full of reflections. 
• EE: Seniors spend a year researching and writing a 4000-word extended essay on a topic of their choice.