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What is the IB program?

What is the IB Program?

The IB program is excellent preparation for college-level work. In addition, when making admissions decisions, colleges look very favorably upon the IB program as an indication of a student’s level of motivation and ability to perform in a rigorous and challenging program. Studies on the acceptance rates of IB Diploma students show that these students have higher acceptance rates at colleges in the United States. Like the Advanced Placement program, many American colleges give course credit or advanced standing to a student who earns a satisfactory score on an IB examination. General information about university recognition of the IB can be found at and recognition/credit policies for specific colleges and universities can be found at Students who are interested in the IB program should consult the IB Coordinator and their counselor.

A suggested general sequence of courses for students who seek to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma is listed on the following pages for your reference. Each student’s IB Diploma program is planned to meet the individual student’s needs, strengths, and interests.

Students who complete advanced placement, college-level, or courses required for an International Baccalaureate Diploma shall be deemed to have completed the requirements for graduation under these standards provided that they have earned the verified credits as required of students earning either a standard or an advanced studies diploma.


· Provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education.

· Promote international understanding.

· Educate the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional, and social growth.

· Develop inquiry and thinking skills, and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically

· To prepare students for academic studies on a university level.

IB Course Descriptions