International Baccalaureate

What is an IB Education?

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


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.
  • 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. 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.

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


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.

RMHS IB Inclusion Policy
RMHS IB Póliza de 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
Policy Video
IB Learner Profile
Perfil de la comunidad de aprendizaje del IB
IB General Regulations
IB Reglamento General del Programa del Diploma

Parents/Guardians:  After reading and reviewing the document entitled General Regulations: Diploma Programme and the document entitled Academic Honesty and Authenticity Policy/Student Resource Guide, please use one of the following links to complete the Google form that serves as your acknowledgment and receipt of said documents. 

Google Form (English)

Padres / tutores: Después de leer y revisar el documento titulado Reglamento General: Programa del Diploma y el documento titulado Política de Honestidad Académica y Autenticidad / Guía de Recursos Estudiantiles, utilice uno de los siguientes enlaces para completar el formulario de Google que sirve como reconocimiento y recibo de dichos documentos. 

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

Anna Binney – Mathematical Studies SL

Ingrid Brennan – English HL

Mia Chancer – English SL

Carrie Fong – Environmental Systems and Societies SL

David Gonzalez – Spanish B SL

Nikki Hansen – Math HL

Jeff Holloway – History of the Americas and US History Honors

Salima Houdoud – French B SL

Matt Jackson – Chemistry SL

Shi Young Kim – Visual Art HL and SL

Yen Law – Math HL

Mark Martinez – US History Honors

Chris Moody – Economics SL

Verity Olliff – English HL and TOK

Rano Sidhu – Chemistry HL year one and year two

Sandra Tchiprout – English HL

Derrick Timmons – English SL

William Trude – Design Technology 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