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    Cougar Academy featuring International Baccalaureate- Students who are actively planning to attend college following graduation from high school will find the Cougar Academy at Western Hills to be an incomparable opportunity.  Students in the Cougar Academy Program can choose between Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Dual Credit courses during their four year high school career.  In some cases, students can mix-and-match courses - allowing them to maximize their college credit potential and increase their GPA. No other high school offers student the complexities of three platforms in a single program! 


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    What is the DP?

    Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

    Find out more about the DP .


    The DP curriculum

    The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.

    Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.


    Assessment and exams

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses.

    Who is the DP for?

    The DP is open to any student aged 16 to 19, at schools that have been authorized to implement the programme.

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    Community Service

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is committed to developing students who will make a meaningful contribution to the world, both during and after their education. 

    As part of our commitment to this, the Diploma Programme (DP), includes creativity, activity, service (CAS) as one of the required components of the DP core. The DP core is studied throughout the curriculum, alongside a student’s chosen subjects.

    The service element of CAS requires students to undertake an unpaid and voluntary exchange, which then has learning benefits.

    Students therefore apply knowledge and skills to community service, complementing their academic study.


    Developing civic responsibility

    Research suggests that CAS develops students’ skills for civic engagement.

    One study says that students can develop valuable project-management skills that will serve them well as citi­zens and in their careers.

    A second study looked specifically at CAS. Students and coordinators at IB World Schools responded positively, stating that students develop personally and socially as a result of service.

    Both groups thought students:

    • developed an ethic of service
    • became more caring, open-minded, and reflective
    • developed greater levels of self-confidence and maturity.


    How is CAS structured? 

    The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:

    • Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
    • Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
    • Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

    In order to demonstrate these concepts, students are required to undertake a CAS Project. The project challenges students to:

    • show initiative
    • demonstrate perseverance
    • develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making.

    What is the significance of CAS?

    CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.

    It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work.

    At the same time, CAS is an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the DP.

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    Register your student for a tour and get answers to your questions about our program.

    Contact Karen Hiller @ karen.hiller@fwisd.org

  • Advanced Placement

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  • If a student chooses the AP pathway, the student must take at least 2 AP classes each year in 11th and 12th grade.  College credit may be awarded by colleges and Universities based upon the student’s score on the AP exam associated with the course.  All AP exams are offered in May each year for courses taken that year.


    If a student chooses to enter dual enrollment, the student is required to attempt all UT level assignments as part of the high school course. Any class the student passes with at least a 70 is transferrable to most Texas colleges and may be transferrable out of state.  Students must take at least 2 OR courses before graduation.


    **A student can COMBINE AP and OR courses to maximize credit while in high school.**

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