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Mrs. McCobb's Class

Welcome to my class!  I am excited to have you with me.  This class will be full of information that is crucial to your education here at Nogales High School.  I am hoping that this class will prepare you for your college level courses that you will be taking shortly. 
I teach IB Biology HL (year 2) and Anatomy & Physiology.
A little about me:
My name is Melissa McCobb and this is my thirteenth year teaching at Nogales High School. I grew up in Diamond Bar, CA and graduated from DBHS in 2001.  I then continued my education at Cal State Fullerton and graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies in 2006, my teaching credential in 2007,  and my Master's in Secondary Education in 2012. 
Feel free to contact me ANYTIME day or night.  By e-mail or phone.  
Email: Click link below my picture
Cell Phone: (626) 667-4135  You can call OR text. Please make sure to tell me who you are!

What is IB? The Diploma Program (DP) is a curriculum framework designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students in the last two years of high school. IB students graduating with the IB diploma are able to study at universities all around the world, often with advanced credit. Students report that their involvement with the IB has given them the tools needed to succeed at college. In particular, students comment on their sense of preparedness, self-confidence, research skills and their ability to manage their time. Even more important, they have developed a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it. Diploma Program students study six college level subjects over two years and complete three additional requirements (Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, CAS Experiences).

IB Mission Statement: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right

Summary of research related to the IB Diploma Program (DP) 
1. Students who participate in IB during high school are more academically adjusted to the rigor and expectations of college courses.
2. Students who participate in IB are not intimidated by the heavy workload required in college courses.
3. Students who participate in IB believe the program taught them how to balance coursework and manage their time more efficiently.
4. Students who participate in IB have higher rates of university enrollment and graduation at four-year institutions compared to the national average.
5. Students from Title I schools who participate in IB enroll in college at much higher rates than the national averages