Welcome to SUSD International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program, created in 1968, is a very rigorous academic program for juniors and seniors at Desert Mountain High School, which has been an 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 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. While each component of the Diploma Program 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.
During the junior and senior years, students are required to take 3 Higher Level (HL) classes and 3 Standard Level (SL) classes. The HL classes require two years of study during the student’s junior and senior years. The SL classes require one year of study at either the junior or senior year. During the junior year, most students take the first year of 3 HL classes and complete 2 SL classes, and in their senior year, they complete the second year of 3 HL classes and complete 1 SL class.
Three Core Components of IB
Aside from the IB curriculum, all students are required to complete the following three core components during their junior and senior years:
IB Testing Results
Where do DMHS IB Graduates Attend Post-Secondary Education?
IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Requirements to Earn an IB Diploma
How does a Student earn an IB Diploma?
The following requirements must be met:
1. The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 24, 25, 26 or 27 points, provided all the following requirements have been met.
2. The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 28 points or above, provided all the following requirements have been met.
The IB diploma is an additional diploma to the SUSD diploma. If students do not earn enough points to earn an IB diploma, they will still earn an SUSD diploma as long as they satisfy all of the SUSD graduation requirements. They are two separate diplomas.
Sample 4 Year Schedule
Desert Mountain High School
If you are a current 8th grader, please fill out the "Incoming 9th Grade" application.
If you are a current 9th grader, please fill out the "Incoming 10 Grade" application.
If you are a current 10th grader, please fill out the IB application.
IB Shadowing Form
Shadowing for 8th Graders:
Forms will be available soon. Shadowing will start in November.