“Creating a vibrant internationally minded community where students are encouraged to seek a life of inquiry, reflection, and merit.” Principal: Donna Dunson Assistant Principal of Curriculum: Daniele Shick Director of Operations & IB: Anuj Saran Director of School Counseling: Rebecca Thomas LAKE WALES CHARTER SCHOOLS In 2004, the Lake Wales community decided to take control of its schools and design a model system. Using Florida’s charter school law, the teachers and parents voted to support community leadership and converted five public schools into a locally governed community school system – the Lake Wales Charter Schools. The charter schools continue as public schools but are no longer operated by a large, out-of-town bureaucracy. Now Lake Wales has a local system led by a Board of Trustees that has the ability to grant schools the freedom to be flexible and creative. Students have responded with improved academic achievement and there has been a substantial reduction in discipline issues. LAKE WALES HIGH SCHOOL IB Program Continued In their freshman and sophomore years, all students take Baccalaureate Prep courses; junior and senior years are devoted to IB courses. Many students also take additional AP and Honors courses. In order to qualify for the IB diploma, students must study Theory of Knowledge, a course unique to IB, and write a 4,000-word original research Extended Essay. They must also complete the 18-month CAS requirement (Creativity, Action, and Service) and receive passing scores on their IB exams. Students who do not successfully complete any of these requirements do not earn their IB diplomas. RIDGE LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM Lake Wales High School offers a program of study for all students. Students who do not wish to join IB or a Career Academy apply to Ridge Liberal Arts; a program of study where graduation requirements are met; however there is no concentration on a specific career or unified academic program. Lake Wales High School was founded in 1920 and is in its 10th year as a Lake Wales Charter System school. It serves approximately 1,325 ninth through twelfth grade students. The school uses an overall core spiral curriculum that includes leadership and ethics training, design thinking and technology along with a focus on scholastic academies. One of the school’s top priorities is encouraging students to know about and be involved in their community. GRADING AND RANKING INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM Weighted courses: 1.0 weight is given to all IB and AP courses. LWHS offers 129 courses with quality points, of which five are AP. Eleven IB courses are offered for the class of 2014 as well. For weighted courses, A = 5 points, B = 4, C = 3, with no weight for a D. In non-weighted courses, A = 4 points, B = 3, C = 2 and D = 1 The LWHS Henry McCance IB program opened in 2012/2013. There are approximately 200 students currently participating in the program, grades nine through eleven. These students are dynamic, highly-motivated, and prepared for a four-year university and life beyond. The LWHS IB program operates as a school-within-a-school, with its own code and curriculum. IB PROGRAM OF STUDY & REQUIREMENTS Due to the rigor of the diploma program, Florida IB graduation requirements are different than those pursuing a standard high school diploma. The IB Program of Study is outlined in the table on page 3. Each student selects three subjects to be studied at the Higher Level (HL) and three subjects to be studied at the Standard Level (SL), each for a two-year period that culminates in international exams. International Baccalaureate students are not ranked with one another due to the rigorous nature of the IB selection process and curriculum. Student ranks and GPAs cover a period from August to June. Students take seven courses each year. The graduating class of 2013 had the opportunity to take 8 courses their freshmen and sophomore years. Grading Scale A B C D F 90-100 80-89 70-79 60-69 59 or below Advanced Placement Course Offerings for the 13/14 SY Psychology Human Geography World History 6/29/2013 Average ACT Scores GPA Distribution Class of 2013 GPA # of students % 2010 2011 2012 16 15.1 16.1 3.75 and above 51 19.8% 3.5 - 3.74 26 10% Math 18.4 18 18.5 3.2 - 3.49 42 16.3% Reading 17.5 16.8 18.7 Below 3.2 139 53.9% Total Science 17.2 16.3 17.1 258 Composite 17.4 16.7 17.7 2010 2011 2012 English AP Results Average SAT Scores Year # Exams: % Score 3-5 2008 193 46% 2009 167 38.7% Reading 453 467 473 2010 276 48.2% Math 481 482 490 2011 315 35% Writing 438 439 455 2012 375 22.67% Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that select a subset of students and teachers for a two-, three-, or four-year span. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support. A career academy involves teachers from different subjects working together as a team. Career Academy Course Sequence Certification(s) Agricultural Academy (will begin 2013-2014) Culinary Digital Media & Multimedia Design Agriscience Foundations Agritechnology 2-4 Culinary Arts 1-4 Early Childhood & Teacher Education Digital Media and Multimedia Design 1-4 Early Childhood Education 1-4 Florida’s Natural Growers Automation and Production Technology Automation & Production Technology 1-3 (will begin 2013-2014) Agritechnician Certified Professional Food Manager (ServSafe) Adobe Certs* Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC)/Child Development Associate (CDA) Manufacturing Skills Standards Certification (MSSC) Certified Production Tech (CPT)* EMR EKG (began in 2011-2012) Health Sci 1/2 EMR 3 EKG 3 Medical IB PROGRAM OF STUDY *BP=Baccalaureate Prep 9 GRADE 10th GRADE 11th GRADE 12th GRADE Language A BP English 1 BP English 2 IB English HL IB English HL Language B BP Spanish 1 or BP Spanish 2 BP/AP Human Geography BP Biology 1 BP Spanish 2 or BP Spanish 3 BP World History Spanish B SL, or Ab Initio Spanish IB History of the Americas HL IB Biology HL Spanish B SL or Ab Initio Spanish IB History of the Americas HL IB Biology HL Individuals & Societies Experimental Sciences th Mathematics BP Algebra 1 or BP Geometry Arts & Electives BP Inquiry Skills Seventh Subject Elective .5 BP Chemistry 1 and .5 BP Physics BP Algebra 2 or IB Math SL (IB Precalculus) IB Math SL (IB Calculus) BP Pre-Calculus or Math Studies or (IB Math Analysis) IB Math Studies BP Physics 1 IB Film Studies or Music SL IB Film Studies or or Music SL or IB Chemistry SL or Physics IB Chemistry SL or SL Physics SL Elective Elective IB Theory of Knowledge LWHS is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.