For Prospective IB Students

Are You an IB Learner?


IB Learners strive to be:

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance.

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.


Sample Four-Year Program

Freshman Year:
(Placement in some courses depends upon credit received or courses taken in middle school)

  • Pre-Bac English 9
  • World Language (Level 3 or 4)
  • Geometry or Pre-Bac Algebra 2
  • Pre-Bac Biology
  • Pre-Bac World History 2
  • Physical Education
  • Electives

Sophomore Year:

  • Pre-Bac English 10
  • World Language (Level 4 or 5)
  • Pre-Bac Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus
  • Pre-Bac Chemistry
  • Pre-Bac Government
  • Physical Education/Drivers Ed
  • Electives

To earn the full diploma, students must take either 3 HL and 3 SL courses or 4 HL and 2 SL course over the junior and senior years.  Students must also complete the Extended Essay and CAS requirements.

Junior Year:
(Anticipated Candidate)

  • IB English 11 HL A
  • IB World Language SL A or SL B
  • Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, IB Math Studies, or IB HL or SL Math
  • IB History of the Americas HL A
  • IB Biology SL or HL A, Chemistry SL or HL A, or Physics SL
  • IB Electives (Fine Arts, Film, Music, Psychology, Economics, & Philosophy)
  • Electives
  • Theory of Knowledge (Extended Essay/CAS)

Senior Year:
(Diploma Candidate)

  • IB English 12 HL B
  • IB World Language SL B
  • IB Math Studies, IB Math HL B or SL, or AP option
  • IB History of the Americas HL B
  • IB Biology SL or HL B, Chemistry SL or HL B, or Physics SL
  • IB Electives (Fine Arts, Film, Music, Psychology, Economics, or Philosophy)
  • Electives
  • Theory of Knowledge (Extended Essay/CAS)

*Some courses vary by schools.  There is flexibility with electives.


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IB Coordinator Contact Info

Wendy Edelman (AHS)

Jessica Orth (HHS)

Lesa Berlinghoff (LDHS)

Micah Eads (PHHS)

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