International Baccalaureate

Introduction

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program 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. Full IB Diploma Students will take courses in English, World Language, History or Psychology, Science, Math, and in the Arts. The student can elect to forgo the Arts class and take a second Language, History, 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 elements: an interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge course, a Creativity-Action-Service (CAS) component, and a sustained, 4,000 word independent 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 practicing critical thinking skills, improving their command of the written and oral word, and encountering activity-based academic situations. Students who complete the rigors of the IB Diploma will find that they have an advantage in college admissions.

Courses in the program 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 take the full IB Diploma program. All students are encouraged to seek admittance into the IB Diploma program at RBR.