International Baccalaureate Program


    IB International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) program, created in 1968, is a very rigorous series of academic programs for students world wide. IB encourages students to:  ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.  

    Desert Mountain High School offers the IB Diploma Program which has specific aims and assessment objectives, the distinctive aims of the program as a whole are to:  provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, promote international understanding, educate the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth and develop inquiry and thinking skills, and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically.  In order to be accredited by the IBO, schools go through an intensive application process and are reviewed every five years to make sure they are applying the IB standards.  IB currently has authorized about 1300 schools in 100 different countries. Desert Mountain has been an IB DP authorized school by the IBO since 1999.  The rigorous nature of the program is widely recognized by many selective and highly selective colleges and universities.

    IB Diploma Program Course Selection Meeting (coming soon)

    Desert Mountain High School now offers a fully authorized IB Middle Years Programme. Ninth and tenth grade students may apply to participants in this highly acclaimed internationally recognized academic program.

    The IB MYP exposes students to six of eight subject areas, developing skills, and creating experiences so that students will learn to see knowledge as an interrelated whole. The instruction reflects and is responsive to the different perspectives of all students and should guide them in forming their own international outlook. The IB MYP framework seeks to shift the emphasis from teacher-led instruction to student-led learning wherever possible. A focus on higher-order thinking skills gives students opportunities to develop a growing awareness of themselves and others as they explore real-world issues (International Baccalaureate). The Middle Years Programme aims to help all students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

     DMHS IB students created this video (while remote learning) to help answer the question 'Why Chose an IB education at DMHS'

    DMHS Community Information Night (updated from 2019 "live"" presentation)

    DMHS IB Information Booklet

    DMHS IB MYP Frequently Asked Questions

    DMHS Course Selection Information Night Presentation -  IB MYP January 14, 2021

    DMHS Course Selection Information NIght Presentation - IB DP January 25, 2021  - DMHS IB Parent Organization


    Incoming 9th graders online form 

    Incoming 9th graders hard copy form

    Incoming 10th graders (only required for those NEW to the program)


    Click here for the SUSD IB Homepage for more general program information 

Seal of Biliteracy Program

  • Arizona Department of Education Seal of Biliteracy Program

    SUSD is excited to offer the Seal of Biliteracy to eligible seniors beginning with the 2018 graduating class.  30 states to date have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy, a program designed to recognize high school students who achieve proficiency in English plus at least one additional language. The seal is placed on the student’s diploma, noted on the transcript, and students will be recognized at graduation.

    For SUSD World Language students to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy they must meet the following requirements:

    English Language Arts requirements:

    • Student must take 4 years of ELA courses 
    • Students must have an overall 2.0 GPA in ELA classes on a 4.0 scale
    • Pass AZMerit at Proficient or above

    If student has a primary home language other than English,

    • The student shall obtain a score of proficiency on the AZELLA

    2 options to meet the World Language proficiency requirement:

    • Students must meet cut scores below on one of the State approved tests:
    Arizona Department of Education Seal of Biliteracy Program logo
    Language & Category Test
    Spanish, French, and Russian 
    Category 1-3 Languages
    STAMP4s PS, IL, PW, IR: Intermediate Mid (5) 
    AP: Attain a score of 3 or higher (Must be taken before Sr. year to be recognized at graduation.)
    IB: Attain a score of 4 or higher for HL and 5 or higher for SL (Must be taken before Sr. year to be recognized at graduation.)
    Mandarin Chinese and Japanese
    Category IV Language
    STAMP4s PS, IL: Intermediate Mid (5)
    PW, IR: Intermediate Mid (4)
    AP: Attain a score of 3 or higher (Must be taken before Sr. year to be recognized at graduation.)
    IB: Attain a score of 4 or higher for HL and 5 or higher for SL
    (Must be taken before Sr. year to be recognized at graduation.)
  • More information regarding Seal of Biliteracy