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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
Both levels are challenging and rigorous. SL courses are generally equivalent to Honors Level Work and HL courses are generally equivalent to AP level work, but in most cases are actually more rigorous than AP course work.
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.
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
- General Regulations - Parents, please read and discuss with your IB student. Return buff colored “Declaration of Receipt” to IB teachers
- IB Learner Profile
- Inclusion Policy
- Assessment Policy
- Language Policy
- Academic Honesty and Authenticity Policy /Resource Guide - Parents, please read and discuss with your IB student. Return yellow colored “Declaration of Receipt” to IB teachers
- Student Resource Guide – APA
- Student Resource Guide – MLA
- Effective Citing and Referencing
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