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the mission statement of the international baccalaureate organization
The Mission Statement of the International Baccalaureate Organization
  • The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • The IB encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right
history of the ib programme
History of the IB Programme
  • created in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland
  • established a common curriculum and valid university entry credentials for students moving from one country to another
  • developed to emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and exposure to a variety of points of view
benefits of ib to students school and community
Benefits of IB to Students, School and Community
  • Students are engaged in a comprehensive, challenging interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Students are encouraged to think and act as world citizens
  • Teachers implement IB philosophy and teaching practices in their non-IB classes
college recognition of ib
College Recognition of IB
  • Many universities grant sophomore status for students with IB Diplomas
  • Many universities guarantee admission for students with IB Diplomas
  • All nine campuses of the University of California now award 30 hours of credit to any IB student who earns an IB diploma with a score of 30 points or higher
college acceptance rates
IB Rates

University of MD – 89%

University of VA -70%

Johns Hopkins – 69%

Carlton College – 89%

Cornell University – 51%

Average Rates

University of MD – 44%

University of VA -38%

Johns Hopkins – 35%

Carlton College -34%

Cornell University – 29%

College Acceptance Rates
ib students are
IB Students are…
  • Inquirers
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Risk takers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Open-minded
  • Reflective
  • Principled
  • Well balanced
about the ib diploma programme
About the IB Diploma Programme
  • The IB Diploma Programme is a two year course of study which allows students to fulfill the requirements of an internationally recognized rigorous course of study.
  • The IB Diploma Programme offers a broad and balanced curriculum in which students are encouraged to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world issues and problems.
ib subject groups
IB Subject Groups
  • Group 1 – Language A – literature courses in a student’s first language (English)
  • Group 2 – Language B – courses which promote the acquisition of a second language (French/Spanish)
  • Group 3 – Individuals and Societies – the study of human experience and social environments and institutions (Social Studies)
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IB Subject Groups
  • Group 4 – Experimental Sciences – courses that demonstrate knowledge, methods and techniques of science (Biology/Chemistry/Physics)
  • Group 5 – Mathematics and Computer Science – courses designed to develop logical and creative thinking in mathematics (Math Methods/Math Studies)
  • Group 6 – The Arts – courses that emphasize the making of art and expression in the arts (Music/Art)
core requirements
Core Requirements
  • Theory of Knowledge – designed to explore questions about different sources of knowledge (perception,language, emotion, reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical, historical) (TOK 1 and 2)
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Core Requirements
  • Creativity, Action, Service – participation in artistic activities (creativity), sports, expeditions, or local/international projects (action), and community or social service projects (CAS – 150 hours required)
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Core Requirements
  • Extended Essay – a 4000 word, in-depth, independent research assignment on a topic of special interest designed to prepare students for research at the college level
ib assessment
IB Assessment
  • The IB Diploma Programme is criterion based; each student’s performance is measured against well defined levels of achievement. Grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards that are applied equally to all IB schools.
  • Diploma candidates select one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least three are taken at higher level (HL), representing 240 hours of instruction (2 years). The other courses are taken at standard level (SL), representing 150 hours of instruction (1 year).
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IB Assessment
  • IB is a complete program with exams in all disciplines.
  • IB assessments include written exams, oral examinations, lab notebooks, research papers, portfolios of work
  • IB exams are 80-100% written essays, not multiple choice
  • Students may also take AP exams in IB subjects when curriculum matches
how to prepare for the ib
How to Prepare for the IB


Sequence of Courses

Pre-IB English 9

Spanish or French (appropriate level)

Pre-IB History 9

Appropriate Mathematics (honors geometry or Algebra 2 with analysis)

Honors Biology

Technology or Fine Arts

Physical Education

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How to Prepare for the IB


Sequence of Courses

Pre-IB English 10

Spanish or French

AP NSL Government

Appropriate Mathematics (Algebra 2 with analysis or Pre-Cal)

Honors Chemistry

Technology or Fine Arts

Health and Elective

grade 11 and 12 diploma programme options
Grade 11 and 12 Diploma Programme Options

Within the SIX SUBJECT AREAS, students will develop schedules appropriate to their individual interests and needs. Including:

3 HL courses

  • IB Language A / English HL - required
  • IB History HL - required
other hl options include
Other HL Options include:
  • IB Biology (HL)
  • IB French (HL)
  • IB Spanish (HL)
  • IB Visual Arts (HL)
3 sl courses from the following options
3 SL courses from the following options
  • IB Physics (SL)
  • IB French (SL)
  • IB Spanish (SL)
  • IB Psychology SL)
  • IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) (SL)
  • Visual Arts (SL)
  • Mathematical Studies (SL)
  • Mathematics (SL)
ib core requirements
IB core requirements:
  • Theory of Knowledge 1 and 2 (ToK)
  • Extended Essay
  • Creativity, Action, Service Hours (CAS)
additional information
Additional Information

Deborah Wilchek

IB Coordinator, Rockville High School



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