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IBO recently updated their COVID-19 update page. The May exams are still cancelled. However, in order to still award scores, certificates and diplomas for IB coursework, all SL, SL2 and HL2 IB students will be required to complete all previously assigned internal assessments and related coursework by Friday, April 3. Teachers will use all completed coursework to assign predicted grades. IB will use predicted grades and now externally scored external assessments to award scores, certificates, and diplomas. What does this mean for Novi students? Look for more detailed communication coming from your IB teachers in terms of course specific deadlines. IBO is still finalizing the details.

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Novi High School’s Language Policy for International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools are required to have a written language policy. This document includes provisions for second language teaching and mother-tongue language support that meets the needs of students and reflects the principles of the program. At Novi Community High School, the IB Diploma Program Language Policy sets out the philosophy and aims of language teaching and learning. This document reviews the currently available options in Group 1 and 2, links directly to the Novi Community School District English Language Learner Program, and addresses our support for mother-tongue languages.


School Profile: Novi is a city of approximately 60,000 residents, earning a median income of $80,151. More than 55.7% of the population has earned at least a bachelor’s degree. The racial and ethnic background of the community is diverse with 71% white, 15% Asian, 8% African American, 3.0% Hispanic, and 1.8% multiracial (courtesy of ). Currently, there are 263 Japanese families in the community. We house the Japanese School of Detroit at our high school on Saturdays.

Our high school reflects this data as well. At Novi High School, 41 languages were self-reported by students as their primary language in the August 2015 registration. After review, and combining languages like Chinese with Mandarin, a simplified graph was produced. Although English is the dominant language, there is a wide range of languages spoken by Novi students both in school as well as in the home.

Language Philosophy

At Novi High School language learning, learning through language, and learning about language is a cornerstone of all learning. We use language to construct meaning, inquire about the world, and share understanding with others.

Authentic language learning crosses all disciplines and promotes critical thinking. Students are equipped and empowered to use strategies, or learning tools, to engage in inquiry-based learning. Using these tools, students read, listen, and view in order to comprehend texts of all kinds. They write, speak, and present to navigate the complexity of ideas they encounter within all disciplines. The following ten beliefs about language learning anchor and guide our instructional practices:


1. Language acquisition is a life-long process connected to intellectual, emotional, and social growth.

2. Language learning requires decision-making and reflects upon one’s knowledge of language usage.

3. Language learning communities are local, regional, national, and international. All spheres of language interaction are interrelated.

4. Language learning in the mother-tongue maintains cultural identity.

5. Language proficiency in one language transfers to learning other languages and other content.

6. Language usage allows students to communicate learning for personal, public, and academic reasons.

7. Language usage produces intended and unintended messages.

8. Language learning is both natural and unnatural, but language acquisition, in general, is progressive.

9. Language is a social construct and is a foundation for all learning

10. Language learning fosters equity and builds community.

IB Research

IB Research 

DP Studies 

  • Diploma Programme students's enrollment and outcomes at US postsecondary institutions (2015)
  • An analysis of the development of positive academic mindsets in diverse International Baccalaureate  World Schools (2017)
  • A study of "reflectin" in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (2016)
  • Establishing a STEM pipeline: Trends in male and female enrollment and performance in higher level secondary STEM courses (2015)
  • Case studies of learner profile implementation and impact in the United States (2014)
  • Postsecondary education attainment of IB Diploma Programme candidates from US high schools (2013)
  • Student perceptions of the value of the International Baccalaureate extended essay in preparing them for university studies (2013)