International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
The American Overseas School of Rome has proudly offered the IB Diploma Program since 1989. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a highly challenging two year, pre-university program of studies for grade 11 and 12 students.
The focus of the IB Diploma program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB Diploma promotes lifelong learning by requiring students to develop the attributes of the IB Learner Profile (below).
While it is the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) that prescribes the curriculum, its implementation has been carefully and successfully followed at AOSR for decades, resulting in students gaining admission to prestigious universities in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world, and because of its equipollenza with the Italian "Maturità", Italian universities as well.Learn more about the core components:To earn an IB Diploma at AOSR, students take 6 core subjects, follow a course in the Theory of Knowledge, submit an Extended Essay and participate in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) programs. Finally, students sit for 6 exams in the core subjects at the end of year 12.
Ms. Belinda Fiochi
Mrs. Belinda Fiochi joined AOSR in September 1982 and has since been an active member of the mathematics department who cares deeply and passionately about the school.
In her long tenure at AOSR, Mrs. Fiochi has taught mathematics at all levels in the secondary school, developed computer science curricula, headed committees to revise and review the mathematics programs offered, and served many years as chair of the mathematics department. For the past twenty years she has been the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) and the Advanced Placement (AP) programs coordinator.
Mrs. Fiochi feels strongly the need to be of service to the community and strives to continuously improve her ability to lead the AP and IB programs at AOSR. She considers herself a learner and attends frequent professional development opportunities, always staying informed to fulfill her role of pedagogical leader of the IB and AP faculty.
She feels it is a privilege to guide students through the many facets of these challenging academic programs and is proud to work in a school that offers the choice of the best-fit program for its students. She is always available to help families with updated and accurate information on both the AP and IB program regulations and their worldwide recognition policies.
Prior to AOSR, Mrs. Fiochi taught mathematics in Texas, and Honduras.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas - Pan American, and many certificates in Computer Science and Teaching Advanced Mathematics from several institutions including the American University of Paris and the National University of Honduras.
IB Courses at AOSR
|1||Language A: Literature
Language A: Language & Literature
|Italian, French, Spanish
|4||Exp. Sciences||Biology, Physics, Chemistry|
|5||Mathematics||Math HL, Math SL, Math Studies|
Students in the IB Program
AOSR students all have access to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program based on their academic performance, interest, and teacher recommendations.
Students apply for the program in 10th grade and the application is submitted by our IB Coordinator, Ms. Belinda Fiochi. The student’s teacher recommendations will be reviewed by the IB Coordinator and the Secondary School Principal. If a student wishes to participate in the program, he or she will be registered and a meeting will be arranged with parents in order to determine the program of studies, and to sign IB Diploma Program Regulations which indicate understanding and agreement. Students must also understand the commitment to the extra components of the program: Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).
Two levels of exams exist: higher and standard. Candidates must complete successfully three at the higher level and three at the standard level. Students must average a score of four on a scale of seven on each level and complete the core components to earn the IB diploma. In the two years of the program it is expected that students maintain a 3.0 GPA and that they strive constantly to develop the traits of the IB Learner Profile.
More information about the IB Program at AOSR can be found in the:
The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper. As a required component, it provides:
- practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level
- an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject.
Emphasis is placed on the research process:
- formulating an appropriate research question
- engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
- communicating ideas
- developing an argument.
Participation in this process develops the capacity to:
- synthesize, and
- evaluate knowledge.
Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a supervisor (a teacher at AOSR).
The theory of knowledge (TOK) requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
It offers students and their teachers the opportunity to:
- reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge
- consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.
In addition, it prompts students to:
- be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge
- recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world.
As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is "How do we know?"
It is a stated aim of TOK that students should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected.
TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.
The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the IB Program at AOSR and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies.
- Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of arts activities as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects.
- Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
- Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities. Some examples include helping children with special needs, visiting hospitals and working with refugees or homeless people.
Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three hours each week during the two years of the program.
A CAS supervisor at AOSR is responsible for providing a varied choice of activities for students. Programs are monitored by IB regional offices.
A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation to themselves and to others, and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.
AOSR students are expected and encouraged to:
- Join sports teams
- Work in student government
- Organize charity drives
- Assist Elementary School teachers
- Help out in school libraries
- Volunteer outside of school
- Join summer programs for personal growth and/or service projects