In the spirit of the rigorous and holistic approach of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), Mountain Creek State High School offers the Year 10 preparatory program as thorough preparation for the IBDP and senior schooling generally.
The Year 10 prep program is based on the same philosophy and principles as the IBDP, tailored to that age level. It introduces students to the
IB learner profile, mirrors the procedures and policies of the IB, while teaching students powerful critical thinking strategies and independent learning techniques.
As with the IBDP, Year 10 students take 6 subjects, along with 1 lesson per week of 'core' class where students are introduced to the elements of the
IBDP core: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge (TOK)and the Extended Essay (EE). In CAS, students undertake CAS projects in large groups as preparation for future CAS projects done as pairs or individually.
Students are guided in making the transition from Year 9 Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) standards, and are coached to develop the auxiliary general skills of time management, organization, prioritization to facilitate academic and overall success. A significant aspect that Year 10 prep program students begin to appreciate are the benefits of a shared learning journey with like-minded people. Many past IBDP graduates have stated that they start to feel more at home in their schooling once entering the prep program.
Candidates in the Year 10 prep are asked to commit to the program for the whole year. This is so as to be able to adequately assess the full value of the program across all ups and downs, and allowing for an adjustment of expectations from the past. In an age of instant gratification and numerous easy opportunities for stimulation, it is very easy to withdraw and change pathways when challenged or stuck. A significant benefit of the IBDP and the year 10 prep program is the cultivation of grit and resilience in the face of obstacles, inner and outer.
Should students and their families decide the IB pathway is not a good match, it is not mandatory to continue on to the IBDP in Year 11. Students may transition to the Qld government Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) system or VET pathway. In fact, some students choose to do the Year 10 prep program knowing they will change to the QCAA for Year 11 simply because of the excellent preparation that the prep program provides. Interestingly though, some of these students who 'knew' they would return to the QCAA end up staying with the IBDP once they become more fully aware of the benefits and features of the program.
The entry process into the Year 10 preparatory program is outlined in greater detail in
application and costs.