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International Baccalaureate (IB)

About the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

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In 1965, in Switzerland, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) set out to establish a program of studies that would assure quality educational standards for students studying in international schools throughout the world. Today the International Baccalaureate Program is offered at 3875 schools in 147 countries. The Curriculum and Assessment Center in Cardiff, Wales, is responsible for continuously updating the curriculum, developing examinations, assessing student work, training teachers, and evaluating the program with input from IB teachers worldwide.

The IB Program at West High School

The IB Program at West High is for academically able students who desire a curriculum that presents subject matter from a worldwide perspective. Students who are highly motivated and productive will benefit from this course of study. Students are admitted for 9th grade through an application process, which begins in November of 8th grade. Selection is based on grades, teacher recommendations, and evidence of motivation. Students who complete the IB Diploma Program earn a high school diploma and the internationally recognized IB Diploma. Students who complete the IB Career-Related Certificate Program earn an IB certificate. Students may earn college credit and advanced standing at institutions of higher learning throughout the world.

The six IB subjects areas and the courses offered at West High are:

  • Language A (best language) - English A: Literature HL
  • Language B (second modern language) - Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish
  • Individuals and Societies - History, Geography, Psychology, Business & Management, Art History and Economics
  • Experimental Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Exercise Sport and Health, and Environmental Systems and Societies and Computer Science
  • Mathematics - Math HL -Discrete Math Option, Math SL and Math Studies
  • Arts and Electives - Music, Visual Art, Theatre Arts, Dance, Art History, and Film Studies

Preparatory and IB Curricula

The West High School preparatory course of study for the IB program is offered to students in 9th and 10th grades as training for the two-year IB Diploma Program in 11th and 12th grades. Students take English, a foreign language, social studies, science, and mathematics. The IBO defines the IB student as one who is in either 11th or 12th grade. Thus, it is in the last two years of high school that students prepare specifically for the IB examinations and diploma requirements. Courses in the junior and senior years continue to stress content, writing skills, critical thinking, and the application of concepts in the six subject groups and in a Theory of Knowledge course, which stimulates critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.

IB Career-Related Program Requirements

To be eligible for the IB Diploma, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of a West High School career pathway.
  • Successful completion of 2 IB Diploma Courses and Exams related to the chosen career pathway.
  • Complete the Approaches to Learning Course
  • Complete Language Development Course
  • Complete Community and Service Learning
  • Complete a Reflective Project

IB Diploma Requirements

To be eligible for the IB Diploma, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete course work and IB examination requirements in three higher-level disciplines and in three standard-level disciplines selected from the six subject areas listed above.
  • Write an extended essay (4,000 words) in one of the IB subject areas.
  • Complete the Theory of Knowledge course.
  • Create a Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) portfolio by participating in CAS-related experiences and completing a CAS project.

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Kelly Boren

Kelly Boren

Titles: Education Specialist
Departments: West High School
Sandra Crockett

Sandra Crockett

Titles: Administrative Assistant
Departments: West High School