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IB Preparation: Middle School

Recommendations for entering high school

  • Complete at least Algebra I
  • Complete two years of a world language (it is possible to earn the IB diploma with only one year)
  • Enjoy being academically challenged
  • Be a self-motivated & independent learner
  • Have drive, energy, and desire for excellence
  • Enjoy searching for answers to penetrating, thought-provoking questions
  • Learn best from teacher as a coach versus a lecturer
  • Thrive in a task-oriented class and feel comfortable with a fast-paced curriculum


Post-Secondary Outcomes


The chart above shows the comparison over a four-year period of 18,000+ Diploma Program and non-Program students from Chicago Public Schools. Please see the IB Global Research department’s collaborative research findings for more details relating to standards alignment, program implementation, student performance, and learner profile. Of particular interest are the findings of a study conducted at UVa related to the extended essay and how it prepares students for university-level research and academic success, mainly that IB students were more likely to indicate that they:

  • felt prepared for college-level research
  • were proud of their research
  • intended to conduct future research
  • believed research skills were important to their continued success

Additionally, the study showed a statistically significant relationship between the EE score and college GPA.


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IB Coordinator Contact Info

Wendy Edelman (AHS)

Jessica Orth (HHS)

Lesa Berlinghoff (LDHS)

Micah Eads (PHHS)

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