IB students complete course and exams in the six area of study around the hexagon. Vanguard offers the following:
|English:||Students study major authors representing poetry, prose, fiction, drama and world literature in translation. Analysis is both oral and written.|
|Foreign Language:||Spanish and French are offered.|
|Individual and Societies:||Students complete World History, American Government, Economics, American History and History of the Americas|
|Experimental Sciences:||All students complete one credit of biology and physical science. The final 2 credits are chosen in biology, chemistry or physics.|
|Mathematics:||All students complete geometry and algebra II. They then choose pre-calculus and calculus or trigonometry/analytic geometry and math studies.|
|Arts and Electives:||Students choose from physics, theater arts, psychology or information technology in a global society.|
Theory of knowledge (TOK) - is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. TOK challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subject and ideological biases, and to develop a personal mode of thought based on analysis of evidence expressed in rational argument. The key element in the IBO’s educational philosophy, Theory of Knowledge seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
Extended Essay - Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and write an Extended Essay of some 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected in a university. There are currently 57 subjects, including 36 in the languages area, in which the essay may be written.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) - is a fundamental part of the diploma curriculum. This requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to the academic self-absorptions some may feel within a demanding school program. Participation in theater productions, sports, and community service activities encourages young people to share their energies and talents while developing awareness, concern and ability to work cooperatively with others. The goal of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate citizenry comes alive in an immediate way when students reach beyond themselves and their books.