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.
Mountainside Middle School and Desert Mountain High School are IB MYP candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. In preparation for final authorization, Mountainside and Desert Mountain have been sending administrators and educators for IB MYP training as well as preparing the school schedule and course catalog to reflect the changes that will accommodate the implementation of the MYP program. All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Mountainside will be part of the IB MYP program beginning in August, 2018. Students entering into Desert Mountain at grades 9 and 10 may apply to the IB MYP Program beginning August, 2019. Desert Mountain will offer this program as a school, within a school.
Sites below are directed to parents for general information and frequently asked questions about the IB MYP:
MYP Fact Sheet for Parents
The IB Middle Years Program provides a framework for students in sixth to tenth grades to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies and the real world. It stresses the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement-essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. The MYP framework does not change curricula, alter state standards, nor required impact mandated testing.
The IB Middle Years Program addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being. It provides students the opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future. MYP ensures the breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject (content) areas, and requires that learners study one world language in addition to their regular language of instruction to support their understanding of their own and others’ cultures. Students in an MYP school participate in community service and are thereby further prepared for future education, the workplace, and life-long learning.
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.
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.
Aside from the IB curriculum, all students are required to complete the following three core components during their junior and senior years:
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.
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.
IB DP Coordinator
Desert Mountain High School
IB MYP Coordinator
Desert Mountain High School
IB MYP Coordinator
Mountainside Middle School
8th Grade DMHS Info Night Tuesday, October 30 @ 6pm DMHS Auditorium
Incoming 9th Grade IB MYP Online Registration Form
Incoming 10th Grade 10th Grade Paper Registration Form *Only new students entering the program must complete
Incoming 11th/12th Grade IB DP Application