International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) Overview
WHAT IS IB?
The International Baccalaureate Programme is an internationally recognized diploma program, offering rigorous, challenging and advanced academic curriculum, while also developing students into community leaders and global citizens in the 21st century.
The IB Programme offers courses within six academic subject groups. An IB Diploma Candidate must select one course from each of the six groups and study three at the higher level (HL) and three at the standard level (SL). Additionally, Diploma Candidates must complete the three core components of the IB program: Theory of Knowledge class; Extended Essay; and a CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) project. The goal for an IB Diploma Candidate is to pass all six exams with a total minimum score of 24 (with no failing conditions,) and successfully complete the three core components of the IB Programme. Students may also choose to study IB courses and pass on pursuing the diploma.
As required by the IB Organization, all HL classes are two-year courses. The IB Mathematics SL and IB Math Studies SL courses are also two-year courses. All other IB SL courses at Del Mar High School are one-year courses.
|WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR IB?
— IMPORTANT UPDATES AS OF JUNE 12, 2023 —
All Del Mar High School Juniors and Senior students are eligible and encouraged to enroll in IB courses. There is no application required to be a part of the IB Programme at Del Mar, although a student must receive a C- or better in the IB course's subject the previous year and some IB courses do require prerequisite courses to ensure success - for example, students must have successfully completed Integrated Math 3 before they are eligible to enroll in IB Mathematics SL. Students and their families will need to speak with Del Mar's IB Coordinator and/or their Guidance Counselor regarding specific questions about prerequisites for specific IB courses and pathways toward earning the IB Diploma. Once a student is enrolled in a course, they must maintain a C- or better to be eligible to remain in the course and/or move on to year 2.
The IB Programme offers a rigorous and high quality education to all of its students. The types of research, writing, thinking and communication of ideas that IB courses require, reflect college-level expectations. IB helps students get into college, and more importantly, prepares students to be successful in college once they are there. Recent research provides evidence that Diploma Programme graduates pursue and successfully complete postsecondary studies in higher proportions than other high school graduates (Shah, Dean and Chen 2010; HESA 2011; Caspary 2011; Edwards and Underwood 2012; Coca et al 2012).
|HOW IS IB DIFFERENT THAN OTHER CURRICULA?
The IB Programme is different from other curricula because it:
Throughout their IB experience, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and educational progress, encouraged to try different approaches to learning, and understand how knowledge itself is constructed. (This is further to IB's unique Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.)