THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies (leading to examinations) that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students in the last two years of high school. When combined with the MVHS or BPHS ‘pre-IB’ preparatory courses in grades 9-10, the IB Diploma Programme is a coordinated four-year sequence of college preparatory study.
Students who are self-motivated and high-achieving may choose to enroll in one or more IB subject courses in an area of particular strength and interest, or they may enroll in the full IB Diploma Programme. Students who choose to pursue individual IB subjects earn an IB Certificate for each IB course successfully completed. Students who choose to pursue the full IB Diploma Programme work toward earning the IB Diploma (while simultaneously earning the Advanced Studies Diploma).
Students must fill out an application before enrolling in the full IB Diploma Programme. Students wishing to transfer from one SCPS school zone to MVHS or BPHS for the IB Diploma Program must apply for the full IB Diploma Program (may not transfer for individual IB courses).
Students pursuing the full IB Diploma must complete one subject from each of the six subject groups represented in the diagram below. In addition, the full IB Diploma student will write an independent 4000-word Extended Essay and complete the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course as well as Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) requirements. Full IB Diploma students must take at least three HL (higher level) IB courses during the junior and senior years; the remaining three IB courses will be SL (standard level).
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), currently offered at Mountain View High School and Brooke Point High School, is a rigorous pre-university course of studies (leading to examinations) that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students in their last two years of high school. Students may work toward the full diploma or they may take individual classes for which they will receive certificates. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national educational systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many. Students taking IB classes are expected to stay in the course during the entire school year and are to take the IB exam. For more information, please visit: Programs channel - IB tab.