International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you're looking for a rigorous, college-level course of study, community camaraderie and potential college credit, you'll find it all in the full IB Diploma Programme at Minnetonka High School. IB is ideally suited for motivated students who enjoy delving deeper into concepts and considering their global implications. IB students share a well-rounded academic experience that emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to diverse viewpoints.

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Course Listing

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French for the 3rd Language Learner (FTL) 

Course: #IB340, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB342, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB344, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB346, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
 .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisite: K-8 Language Immersion or students who have been successful in their prior language learning.

This two-year course is designed specifically for students who are literate in a second language. The course is comprised of three interconnected areas: language, themes, and texts.

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German for the 3rd Language Learner (GTL)

Course: #IB308, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB310, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB312, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB314, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisite: K-8 Language Immersion enrollment or students who have been successful in their prior language learning.

This course is designed specifically for students who are literate in a second language. It is ideal for immersion students who would like to learn German as a third language.

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IB Ab Initio – French 

Course: #IB332, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB334, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB336, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB338, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisites: None

IB Ab Initio is a highly rigorous two-year program for juniors and seniors. It is designed to give students with little or no prior French language experience IB language acquisition credit.

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IB Ab Initio German

Course: #IB300, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB302, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB304, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB306, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None

IB Ab Initio is a highly rigorous two-year program for juniors and seniors. It is designed to give students with little or no prior German language experience IB language acquisition credit.

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IB Ab Initio Spanish

Course: #IB316, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB318, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB320, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB322, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)

IB Ab Initio is a highly rigorous two-year program for juniors and seniors. It is designed to give students with little or no prior Spanish language experience IB language acquisition credit.

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IB Biology SL & IB Biology HL

IB Biology SL & IB Biology HL
SL Course:
#IB500, S1 
SL Course:
#IB502, S2 
HL Course: #IB508, S1
HL Course: #IB510, S2
Grade(s) offered:    11-12    
Credits:  1 (Each Year)
Prerequisites: Chemistry or Chemistry Honors for IB Biology SL course; IB Biology SL for IB Biology HL course

IB Biology SL will concentrate on cell biology, biochemistry, DNA and biotechnology, genetics, and evolution.

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IB Business Management SL

Course: #IB900, S1
Course: #IB902, S2   
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1 (one-year course)
.5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None

IB Business Management is an interactive, discussion-based course that explores the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management.

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IB Chinese HL

Course: #IB204, S1
Course: #IB206, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB Chinese SL

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the target language.

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IB Chinese SL

Course: #IB200, S1
Course: #IB202, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Chinese IV

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the Chinese language.

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IB Computer Science HL

Course: #IB652, S1
Course: #IB653, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12
Credits: .5 (per semester) 
Prerequisites: AP Computer Science A

This course will allow students to become aware of how computer scientists work and communicate with each other and with other stakeholders in the successful development and implementation of IT solutions.

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IB Computer Science SL

Course: #IB650, S1
Course: #IB651, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 0.5 (per semester), 1.0 (year-long course)
Prerequisites: C or better in Higher Algebra, Higher Algebra Honors, or Instructor’s permission

This course will allow students to become aware of how computer scientists work and communicate with each other and with other stakeholders in the successful development and implementation of IT solutions.

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IB Economics SL

Course: #IB412, S1
Course: #IB414, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
Prerequisites: None

This one-year course covers macroeconomics and microeconomics as well as development and international economics.

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IB French HL

Course: #IB212, S1
Course: #IB214, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB French SL

IB French HL is the second year of study following SL. Students will continue to study of a variety of topics, including: cultural leisure activities, holidays, festivals, and traditions.

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IB French SL

Course: #IB208, S1
Course: #IB210, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French III Honors

In IB French SL, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures.

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IB Further Mathematics HL

Course: #IB615, summer (independent work)
Course: #IB616, S1
Course: #IB618, S2
Grade offered: 12
Credits: 1.5 (year-long course plus independent summer course, enroll in all three)
Prerequisites: IB Mathematics HL Year 2 or AP Calculus AB and AP Stats

Advanced course beyond Calculus that includes: Linear algebra, discrete math, advanced geometry, sequence and series calculus, advanced statistics, group theory

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IB German HL

Course: #IB228, S1
Course: #IB230, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB German SL

Students will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the German language.

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IB German SL

Course: #IB224, S1
Course: #IB226, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: German III 

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the German language.

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IB Global Politics SL (Spanish Immersion)

Year-long social studies elective course which can be applied to the 12th grade required social studies credit
Course: #IM264, S1
Course: #IM265, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
Prerequisites: K-10/11 enrollment in Spanish Immersion

This course aims to develop international mindedness and an awareness of multiple perspectives while studying contemporary political issues around the world

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IB History HL

Course: #IB400, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB402, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB404, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB406, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)    
Prerequisites: AP U.S. History, Contemporary U.S. History, American Studies 10 Honors

This course is a two-year introduction to contemporary world history. The first year of the course begins with units that include the Industrial Revolution in Britain, Europe, and Japan as well as a study of Imperial Russia, revolutions and the emergence of the Soviet State.

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IB Language and Literature SL

Course: #IB108, S1
Course: #IB110, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)

Prerequisites: Any English 10 or English 11 course

Students examine how language impacts the world, shapes identity and is used in the media, including newspapers, magazines, the Internet, social networking, mobile telephony, radio, and film.

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IB Language and Literature SL, Language A (Chinese Immersion)

Course: #IM116, Year 1, S1
Course: #IM117, Year 1, S2
Course: #IM118, Year 2, S1
Course: #IM119, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11 (year 1); 12 (year 2)
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
Prerequisites: Chinese Humanities Honors (or AP Chinese Language and Culture with teacher recommendation)

This two-year course represents a new way of looking at the Chinese language, examining how language develops in specific cultural contexts and how it impacts the world.

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IB Language and Literature SL, Language A (Spanish Immersion)

Course: #IM216, Year 1, S1
Course: #IM217, Year 1, S2
Course: #IM218, Year 2, S1
Course: #IM219, Year 2, S2

Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
Prerequisites: Hispanic Humanities Honors (or AP Spanish Language and Culture with teacher recommendation)

This course represents a new way of looking at the Spanish language, examining how language develops in specific cultural contexts and how it impacts the world.

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IB Literature and Performance SL

Course: #IB112, S1
Course: #IB114, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)  
This course fulfills the Arts credit requirement.    
Prerequisites: Any English 10 or English 11

In this course, students will experience a unique synthesis of language and theater study and explore the dynamic relationship between the two.

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IB Literature HL

Course: #IB116 Year 1, S1
Course: #IB118 Year 1, S2
Course: #IB120 Year 2, S1
Course: #IB122 Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2 (two-year course), .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisites: Year 1: Any English 10 Course; Year 2: IB Lit HL Year 1

This course encourages students to read literature in a deep, focused, interpretive manner, while also fostering confidence in individual insights and thoughtful reflection.
 

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IB Mathematics HL

Course: #IB612, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB614, Year 2, S2    
Grade(s) offered:
 10-12
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
Prerequisites: IB Mathematics HL Year 1

This course covers advanced math topics including pure and applied mathematics with emphasis on probability distributions, statistical analysis, and calculus.

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IB Mathematics SL

Course: #IB604, S1 
Course:
#IB606, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
Prerequisites: Completion of Precalculus (grade B or better) or Precalculus Honors (grade C or better)

This course is a study of a variety of mathematical topics with emphasis on statistics and the fundamentals of calculus.

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IB Math Studies SL

Course: #IB600, S1 
Course:
#IB602, S2 
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
.5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of FST or permission from the Advanced Learning Coordinator

This course is a survey of mathematical topics, pure and applied. Several of the topics covered are outside of the typical math sequence.

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IB Music SL 

Course: #IB712 S1
Course: #IB714 S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
Completion of both courses fulfills the Arts required credit
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra or Symphony Orchestra. Theory pre-test or AP Music Theory.

This course will examine the major style periods of Western music and explore the diversity of music throughout the world. Comparisons and observations will be made about art, society, and world events as they relate to the music style.

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IB Physics SL

Course: #IB512, S1
Course: #IB514, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Chemistry 

IB Physics SL teaches physics and physical measurement, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, as well as atomic and nuclear physics.

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IB Psychology SL

Course: #IB408, S1 
Course: #IB410, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
Prerequisites: None

IB psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior.

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IB Spanish HL

Course: #IB276, S1
Course: #IB278, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12    
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB Spanish SL

In Spanish IB HL, students will continue to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the German language.

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IB Spanish SL

Course: #IB272, S1
Course: #IB274, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish III Honors or Spanish 3 with recommendation from instructor

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the target language.

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IB Theory of Knowledge

Course: #IB800, S1 (IB Diploma course)
Course: #IB802, S2 (IB Diploma course)
Course: #IB804, S1 (non-diploma course)
Course: #IB806, S2 (non-diploma course)
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB800, IB802: enrollment in full IB Diploma Programme; IB804, IB806: none

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course that is about the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge.

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IB Visual Arts HL

HL Course: #IB704, S1 Year 1
HL Course: #IB706, S2 Year 1
HL Course: #IB708, S1 Year 2
HL Course: #IB710, S2 Year 2    
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2 credit course, .5 (per semester)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites:  None

IB Art is for all abilities. Students learn to use several media to create a unique portfolio of work based on research while documenting their process.

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IB Visual Arts SL

SL Course: #IB700, S1 
SL Course: #IB702, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1 credit course, .5 (per semester)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites: None

IB Art is for all abilities. Students learn to use several media to create a unique portfolio of work based on research while documenting their process. 

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Spanish for the 3rd Language Learner (STL) 

Course: #IB324, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB326, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB328, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB330, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisite: K-8 language immersion or students who have been successful in their prior language learning. 

This two-year course is designed specifically for students who are literate in a second language. ​​​​​The course is comprised of three interconnected areas: language, themes, and texts.

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