The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme was created in 1968 in response to the educational needs of geographically mobile students. Today IB is a worldwide, comprehensive college preparatory program that has earned a reputation for high quality curriculum and rigorous assessment that give IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. The mission of the IB programme is “to develop inquiring knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” (www.ibo.org).
The IB programme offers courses within six academic subjects. An IB diploma candidate must select one course from each of the six groups* and study three at the higher level (HL) and three at the standard level (SL). Additionally, diploma candidates must complete the three core components of the IB program: the Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay, and the CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) project. The goal for an IB diploma candidate is to pass all 6 exams with a total minimum score of 24 with no failing conditions and successfully complete the three core components of the IB program. Students not wishing to earn the full IB diploma may select IB courses from those subjects of particular interest. As required by the IB Organization, all HL classes are two year courses. The IB Mathematics SL and IB Math Studies SL courses are also two year courses. All other IB SL courses at Del Mar High School are one year courses.
Any and all Del Mar High School juniors and seniors are eligible and encouraged to enroll in IB courses. There is no application required to be a part of the IB programme at Del Mar. Some IB classes do require prerequisite courses. For example, students must have successfully completed Integrated Math 3 before they are eligible to enroll in IB Mathematics SL. Students and their families will need to speak with the IB Coordinator and/or their counselor regarding specific questions about prerequisites for specific IB courses and pathways toward earning an IB Diploma.
The IB programme offers a rigorous and high quality education to all of its students. The types of research, writing, thinking and communication of ideas that IB courses require reflect college level expectations. IB not only helps students get into college, but more importantly, prepares students to be successful in college once they are there. Recent research provides evidence that DP graduates pursue and successfully complete postsecondary studies in higher proportions than other high school graduates (Shah, Dean and Chen 2010; HESA 2011; Caspary 2011; Edwards and Underwood 2012; Coca et al 2012).
Depending on the IB score earned and individual college policy, IB scores may lead to earning college credits prior to entering the institution and/or advanced course placement, allowing students to skip a lower division course requirement. For example the UC awards students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30 or above with 30 quarter (20 semester) units toward their UC degree. Students who receive IB certificates with scores of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams may receive 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units at some universities. *Please visit individual university websites for their IB credit/ advanced course placement policy.