International Baccalaureate

IB students

The International Baccalaureate is a highly respected high school academic program. Students graduating with an IB Diploma are given strong consideration for scholarships and acceptance by colleges and universities both nationally and internationally. The program is a rigorous two-year course of study emphasizing both the sciences and humanities. It is designed with an international focus and encourages research, extracurricular involvement, creative development, and community service, as well as academic achievement. Its focus is the development of the whole person. The courses must be taken in the 11th and 12th grade years (Davis School District).

NOTE: Students may take individual IB course as a certificate student, or they may enroll in the full IB Diploma Program.  Go to “IB Diploma Program” for more information.  When registering for any IB course, it is mandatory that the student complete all internal assessment pieces.  If the student is in a higher level course, he/she is also required to take the end of the exam; if taking a standard level course, taking the final test is optional.  

Please contact Gary Spurgin, IB Diploma Program Coordinator, for further information and/or questions:

More information can be found in this presentation created by IB:


Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The Learner Profile:

The aim of the IB programmes is to develop international minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners strive to be:

INQUIRERS:  We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

KNOWLEDGEABLE:  We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

THINKERS:  We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS:  We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

PRINCIPLED:  We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

OPEN-MINDED:  We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING:  We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

RISK-TAKERS:  We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

BALANCED:  We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, (spiritual) and emotional— to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

REFLECTIVE:  We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

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