International Baccalaureate

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Overview

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a rigorous and comprehensive pre-university course of studies designed to expose motivated high school students to a challenging and well-balanced academic program. All IB coursework is completed in the 11th and 12th grade years and culminates in examinations which can lead to an IB Diploma. IB Diploma students will take courses in English, World Language, Social Studies, Science, Math, and the Arts. Diploma students can elect to forgo the Arts class and take a second World Language, Social Studies, or Science course. Students must take at least three and no more than four courses at the Higher level (HL). The rest of the classes will be taken at the Standard Level (SL).

All IB Diploma students must complete three compulsory core elements: an interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge course, a Creativity-Action-Service (CAS) component, and a sustained, 4,000 word independent Extended Essay on a topic of their choice. These three required elements with the six IB courses will develop a well rounded student. IB candidates experience high-level coursework, regularly practice critical thinking skills, improve their command of written and oral language, and encounter activity-based academic situations. Students who complete the rigors of the IB Diploma will find that they have an advantage in college admissions.

All courses within the IB Programme are also open to interested students who do not wish to attempt the entire diploma program. However, IB Diploma students will be given first preference to their IB selections and we encourage students to participate the full IB Diploma Programme. All students are encouraged to seek admittance into the IB Diploma Programme at RBR.