The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at the university level and in life beyond. The program has gained worldwide recognition and respect since its inception in 1968.
The IB Diploma Program provides 11th and 12 grade students the opportunity to explore a subject's breadth and depth greater than any other academic curriculum. This includes extensive study of the nature of knowledge itself in its unique Theory of Knowledge course. Students also engage in service-oriented activities outside of the traditional classroom through IB's Creativity, Action, and Service requirements. In addition, the program has earned a reputation for its rigorous external and internal assessments that meet global standards and by its emphasis on educating the whole student—intellectually, physically, emotionally, and ethically.
Besides being well-prepared for the challenges of college, the IB Diploma graduate possesses the characteristics necessary to be a productive, contributing citizen in the new global age.
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.
- These are exams that students sit for in May.
- They are comprised of two or three individual paper exams that take place in one, two, or (in some cases) three separate exam sessions spread out normally over two days.
- External assessments are pen and paper exams.
- External assessments account for generally 70 to 80 percent of the IB student's score for the course.
- External assessments are graded by international examiners around the world using universal assessment criteria.
- These are projects, labs, oral commentaries, and essays that students complete as part of required classwork.
- Internal assessments take place well before the external assessments, usually midway to three-quarters of the way through the year.
- Internal assessments account for 20 to 30 percent of the IB student's total score.
- Internal assessments are graded by the teacher.
- Student samples are then sent to international moderators to be checked for compliance with IB standards.
Pre-Diploma IB Program
The Pre-Diploma IB Program is specifically designed to prepare 9th and 10th grade students for the academic challenges of the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.