International Baccalaureate Career Programme (CP)

What is an IB Education?

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11th and 12th Grades

Name: Ingrid Brennan

Phone: 805-278-1454


Name: Ingrid Brennan

Phone: 805-278-1454


IB Learner Profile


To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, click on the link below.

  • The IB curriculum is the same throughout the United States and the world.
  • AP is a United States program only.
  • 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.

Recap: Determining Whether AP vs IB Is a Better Fit for You

Taking either AP or IB classes will look very good on your college applications, as it shows you’re challenging yourself with college-level courses. There’s no real preference or benefit from doing one program or the other, as long as you do well in your chosen courses.

As one admission officer at Northwestern stated, “One qualification (AP vs IB) is not better than another.”

However, you want to make sure that you are doing well in your classes and not overloading. There’s no point in taking 10 AP classes or the IB diploma if you get a low GPA and don’t pass the exams.


  • 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) Career 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 Career Program graduates at universities and in industries confirm that they perform well and have significantly higher grade point averages and higher graduation rates than students who did not complete the IB Program. Scores on IB assessments are also a significant predictor of university and industry 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.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

English SL

English HL

Spanish HL

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Spanish B SL (prerequisite required)

French B SL (prerequisite required)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Economics SL

History of the Americas HL

Group 4: Sciences

Environmental Systems and Societies SL

Biology HL

Chemistry HL

Group 5: Mathematics

Mathematical Studies SL

Mathematics HL

Group 6: The Arts

Visual Arts SL

Visual Arts HL

CoreTheory of Knowledge (Spring)


Both levels are challenging and rigorous.

The main difference is in teaching hours per course: 

  • SL courses require a minimum of 150 teaching hours
  • HL courses require a minimum of 240 hours thus HL providing a more in-depth study of a particular subject.

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

What is the difference between the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career Programme?


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

2021-2022 Calendar

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

RMHS IB Inclusion Policy
RMHS IB Póliza de Inclusión
IBO Access and Inclusion Policy
Política de acceso e inclusión
RMHS IB Language Policy
RMHS IB Política de idiomas
RMHS IB Admissions Policy
RMHS IB Política de admisiones
RMHS Assessment Policy
RMHS Póliza de Evaluación
RMHS Academic Honesty and Authenticity Policy
RMHS Un recurso práctico para la honestidad y autenticidad académicas
IBO Academic Integrity Policy
Integridad académica
Policy Video
IB Learner Profile
Perfil de la comunidad de aprendizaje del IB
Rules for IB World Schools
Normas para los Colegios del Mundo del IB
IB Diploma Requirements
Award of the IB Diploma
Obtención del diploma del IB
Overview of the Career-Related Programme

Parents/Guardians:  After watching the Policy Video and reading/reviewing the important IBO and RMHS policies, please use the following link to complete the Google form indicating your acknowledgment of these important IB documents.

Google Form (English)

Padres/tutores: Después de ver el vídeo de políticas y de leer/revisar las importantes políticas de IBO y RMHS, utilice el siguiente enlace para completar el formulario de Google que indica su reconocimiento de estos importantes documentos del IB.

Formulario de Google (Español)

-Purdue Online Writing Lab MLA

-Purdue Online Writing Lab APA

Additional resources:
Effective Citing and Referencing
What is Academic Honesty?


Cristina Aguirre – Spanish B SL

Gabriela Amon – Spanish HL

Anna Binney – Math SL

Ingrid Brennan – English HL

Mia Chancer – English SL

Beulah Espinoza – Biology HL

Carrie Fong – Environmental Systems and Societies SL

David Gonzalez – Spanish B SL

Nikki Hansen – Math HL

Jeff Holloway – History of the Americas HL

Salima Houdoud – French B SL

Matt Jackson – Chemistry HL

Shi Young Kim – Visual Art HL and SL

Yen Law – Math HL

Mark Martinez – History of the Americas HL

Chris Moody – Economics SL

Verity Olliff – English HL and TOK

Rano Sidhu – Chemistry HL

Sandra Tchiprout – English HL

Derrick Timmons – English SL

The IB Diploma Program Core:  EE, CAS, and TOK (TOK teachers listed above)

Ingrid Brennan – Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Advisor

Margery Ricards – Extended Essay


Cuba Montero – IB and Special Programs Counselor

Lori Wrout – IB Coordination