About International Baccalaureate


What is IB?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a challenging two-year curriculum for students between the ages of 16 -19 (primarily juniors and seniors). Only 2% of our nation’s high schools offer the IB Diploma Program – Rio Mesa High School is proud to be among that 2%. IB helps students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

IB in Action

Rio Mesa IB students visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on November 17, 2014, to hear a presentation from Vietnam War Veteran Karl Marlantes.

Rio Mesa IB students visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on November 17, 2014, to hear a presentation from Vietnam War Veteran Karl Marlantes.

  • RMHS IB Presents:  Affirmation of Being
  • 2015 Visual Arts Gallery Show and  Reception
  • Camarillo Ranch House  4:40 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday – March 26, 2015

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What do our graduates have to say about IB?

How is IB different from AP (Advanced Placement)?

  • The IB curriculum is the same throughout the United States and the world.
  • AP is a United States program only.
  • All instructors must be trained.
  • IB focuses on a student’s depth of learning not on preparing a student to take an exam.
  • IB courses focus on world perspectives.
  • IB courses involve research and written components. (all courses)
  • IB courses are for Juniors and Seniors; however, freshmen can take courses to prepare for the rigors of IB.

How is IB similar to AP (Advanced Placement)?

  • Just like AP (Advanced Placement) courses, IB courses offer more rigorous and challenging learning opportunities,
  • Most IB courses provide higher GPA calculations (5.0 scale)
  • Performing well on IB exams provides students with opportunities to earn elective credit at colleges and universities.

What do universities know about IB students?

  • International Baccalaureate courses are widely recognized by the world’s leading universities because IB students learn more than a collection of facts.
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is different from other pre-university courses or assessments in that it is a comprehensive,integrated program that emphasizes international perspectives.
  • IB assessments include multiple, varied forms of external and internal assessment.
  • Recent studies on IB Diploma Program graduates at universities confirm that they perform well and have significantly higher grade point averages and higher graduation rates than students who did not complete the IB Diploma Program. Scores on IB assessments are also a significant predictor of university performance.

You don’t have to be an Honors student to take IB classes

IB classes are for any student who wants to challenge him or herself with a higher-level course. Those students who have taken Honors level courses might be better prepared for the workload and challenges of an IB course, but if you are willing to work hard, you will do just fine.

What courses are available for juniors?

Math Studies SL, Economics SL, History of the Americas HL, English 3 SL and HL, Chemistry SL and HL, Visual Arts SL and HL, Spanish SL (prerequisite required), French SL (prerequisite required), Theory of Knowledge

What is the difference between HL and SL courses?

Both levels are challenging and rigorous. The main difference is in teaching hours per course:  SL courses require a minimum of 150 teaching hours and HL courses require a minimum of 240 hours.  HL courses provide a more in-depth study of a particular subject.

How many IB courses should I take?

Students can register for just one IB course or as many as six. If you are interested in attaining a full IB Diploma, please see Mrs. Wrout.

Which IB courses receive the extra point for my GPA?

All IB courses are calculated on the 5.0 scale except for the following:
Math Studies SL, Spanish SL, Chemistry SL, Theory of Knowledge, and year one of Chemistry HL

Important Resources

Full Diploma Requirements

Attaining an IB Diploma is a challenging yet rewarding adventure.  The International Baccalaureate Organization has specific requirements and guidelines for students seeking an IB Diploma.  Students must also remember that in addition to meeting the IBO’s requirements, one must also fulfill the OUHSD graduation requirements and the CSU/UC A-G subject requirements.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the information provided below.

OUHSD Graduation Requirements


CSU/UC   A-G Subject Requirements


IB Diploma Requirements



RMHS IB Survey

IB students, Parents, and Alumni are invited to take our Program Review Survey.  Current students and parents please refer to the GOLD handout distributed to students on October 30.  Alumni, please contact Lori Wrout at lori.wrout@ouhsd.k12.ca.us for the survey link.  Survey closes on November 7, 2014.

Survey closes on November 7, 2014.

IB Program Calendar

IB Program Calendar for 2014-2105

The IB calendar lists dates for all major IB assignments, assessments, projects, and orals.

Note:  Calendar information subject to change.  IB students must verify all due dates and tasks with the appropriate IB staff members.

Important Documents

Contact Us

IB Diploma Program Subject Teachers:

Anna Binney – Mathematical Studies SL


Ingrid Brennan – English HL


Mia Chancer – English SL


Corene Duarte – Chemistry HL


David Gonzalez – Spanish B SL


Jeff Holloway – History of the Americas and US History Honors


Salima Houdoud – French B SL


Shi Young Kim – Visual Art HL and SL


Chris Moody – Economics SL and US History Honors


Verity Olliff – English SL


Joan O’Reilly – English SL


Rano Sidhu – Chemistry HL year one


Sandra Tchiprout – English HL


Lorraine Wood-Newberry – Environmental Systems and Societies SL


The IB Diploma Program Core:  ToK, EE, and CAS

Richard Kennedy – Theory of Knowledge


Margery Ricards – Extended Essay


Koreen FitzGerald – Creativity Action and Service (CAS)


IB Diploma Program Coordination and Counseling:

Paul Johnson – IB and Special Programs Counselor


Lori Wrout – IB Coordination


IB English 3 SL and HL Summer Work 2015

Please click on the document below as it contains all of the instructions you need to complete your summer work for IB English 3 SL and HL. Please read the instructions carefully – there is a reading component, as well as vocabulary to be studied.

 If you have any questions, email Ms. Olliff (SL) at verity.olliff@ouhsd.k12.ca.us or Ms. Brennan (HL) at ingrid.brennan@ouhsd.k12.ca.us as early in the summer as possible.  Please be patient when waiting for a response as it is summer. However, if you have not heard back within a week, then try again and/or try the other teacher.

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Summer Work Instructions for IB English 3 SL and HL