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Welcome to SUSD International Baccalaureate Program

ib_logo.pngThe 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.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

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

 Read more about the IB Middle Years Program

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.

IB Diploma Program                                                                                                                                                   

Classes Offered

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.

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Desert Mountain currently offers:

Group 1 Language A1:
 English HL

Group 2 Language B:
 French SL
 Spanish SL
 Mandarin SL

Group 3 Individuals and Society:
 History of the Americas HL/SL
 Psychology SL
 Business and Management SL
 Economics SL

Group 4 Experimental Sciences:
 Biology HL/SL
 Physics SL
 Chemistry HL/SL
 Computer Science SL

Group 5 Mathematics/Computer Science:

 Mathematics HL
 Mathematics Studies SL
 Mathematics SL

Group 6 The Arts:
 Visual Arts HL/SL
 Music SL
 Theater HL/SL

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:

Creativity, Action and Service Hours

Creativity, Action and Service, otherwise known as the (CAS) requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of academics and provides a counterbalance. Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of arts and activities as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects. Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in local or international projects. Service encompasses both community and social service activities. Some examples include helping children with special needs, visiting hospitals and working with refugees or homeless people. A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation to themselves and to others.

Extended Essay

The Extended Essay is an independent, self-directed 4000 word research paper. The EE helps provide research preparation that is required at the college level, and it gives students an opportunity for an in-depth study of a topic that interests them. Emphasis is placed on formulating an appropriate research question, engaging in a personal exploration of the topic, communicating ideas and developing an argument. Students will ask a faculty mentor to support and supervise them throughout the process with advice and guidance.

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required interdisciplinary class that offers students an opportunity to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge while considering the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world. Also, it prompts students to be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge and recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world.

IB Testing Results

Average Points/Grade Obtained by Candidates Who Passed the Diploma

Average Points/Grade Obtained by Candidates Who Passed the Diploma

Year Average Total Points Average Grade Highest Total Points Earned
2017 32 5.09 38
2016 30 4.80 39
2015 32 5.04 41





2013 32 5.08 39
2012 32 4.98 40
2011 31 4.80 39





2009 30 4.71 38
2008 31 5.04 41
2007 30 4.72 44





2005 29 4.66 36
2004 30 4.88 36
2003 31 5.07 41
2002 31 4.97 36
2001 29 4.65 36
 2000 28  4.41 31 
IB Diplomas Earned

IB Diplomas Earned 

Class Diplomas Earned Diploma Candidates Success Rate
2017 49 57 86%
2016 58 75 77%









2013 58 62  94%
2012 58 60  97%
2011 45 52 86%





2009 42 46 91%
2008 46 49 94%
2007 45 53 85%





2005 32 39 82%
2004 26 31 84%
2003 31 35  88%
2002 19 24  79%
2001 13 18 72%
National Merit Semi- Finalist

National Merit Semi- Finalist

2018 7 5
2017 11 10
2016 8 3
2015 10 6
2014 14 11
2013 10 6
2012 11 9
2011 11 9




2009 11 7
2008 16 11
2007 4 4




2005 9 6
2004 6 2
2003 8 7
2002 8 4
2001 4 3
2000 3 2

Where do DMHS IB Graduates Attend Post-Secondary Education?

2004-2017 Graduate Data

From 2004 - 2016, DMHS IB graduates have attended (number of DMHS IB students attending that school)

School Name Number of Students

Albright College


American University  2
Amherst College 3
Arizona State University and/or Barrett Honors College 200

Babson College


Barnard College 1
Baylor University


Belmont University 1
Berklee College of Music  1

Boston University


Bowdoin 1
Brandeis University 4
Brigham Young University  1

Brown University


Bryn Mawr College 1
California Institute of Technology 1
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  2
Camberwell College of Arts- London 1

Carleton College


Carnegie Mellon University 2
Case Western Reserve University 1
Claremont McKenna College  1

Clarkson University


Colorado College 1
Colorado State University- Fort Collins


Columbia University 4

Cornell University


Creighton University 1
Dalhousie University, Halifax 1
Dartmouth University


Diablo Valley College 1

Duke University


Emory University 4
Fordham University 1
Furman University 1

Georgetown University


George Washington University 10
Georgia Tech University 2
Gonzaga University 1

Grand Canyon University


Grove City College 1
Lake Forest College 2
Hamline University 1

Harvard University


Harvey Mudd College 3
Haverford College 1
Iowa State University 1

Ithaca College


Kenyon College 2
Lehigh University 1
Loyola Marymount University 2

Macalester College


Marist University 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6
Middlebury College 4

Mount Holyoke College


New York University 14
Northeastern University 1
Northern Arizona University 10

Northwestern University


Nova Southeastern 1
Oberlin College 1
Occidental College 3
Ohio State University 1
Ohio Wesleyan University 1

Oxford College at Emory University


Pace University 1
Pennsylvania State University 1
Pepperdine University 2

Pitzer College


Portland State University 1
Princeton University 1
Purdue University 1
Queen Mary University, London 1
Reed College 3

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Rhode Island School of Design 1
Rice University 5
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 1
Saint Mary's University


Sarah Lawrence College 1
Savannah College of Art and Design 2
Scottsdale Community College 3
School for the Art Institute of Chicago 1

Scripps College


Seattle Pacific University 1
Seattle University 1
Smith College 3
Southern Methodist University 10
Stanford University 5

Stetson University


Syracuse University 1
Texas A&M University 2
Texas Christian University 2
Tufts University 3

Tulane University


United States Air Force Academy 2
United States Marine Corp 1
United States Military Academy-West Point 1
United States Naval Academy 2
University of Alabama 2
University of Arizona 179
University of British Colombia 1

Universita Bocconi- Italy


University of California- Berkeley 11
University of California-Davis 1
University of California- Irvine 1
University of California- Los Angeles 13

University of California- San Diego


University of California- Santa Barbara 3
University of Chicago 1
University of Colorado- Boulder 6
University of Denver
University of Guelph 1

University of Idaho


University of Illinois- Urbana/Champaign 3
University of Maryland 2
University of Massachusetts- Amherst  1

University of Michigan


University of Missouri- Columbia 1
University of Missouri- Kansas City 1
University of Northern Colorado 1
University of Notre Dame 3
University of Pennsylvania 4

University of Pittsburgh


University of Portland 1
University of Puget Sound 2
University of Richmond 1

University of St. Andrews- United Kingdom


University of San Diego 6
University of San Francisco 1
University of Southern California 19
University of Texas-Austin 1
University of Tulsa
University of Victoria- British Colombia  

University of Washington


University of Wisconsin- Madison 1
Vanderbilt University 7
Vassar College 1

Virginia Tech University


Wake Forest University 1
Washington State University 1
Washington University-St. Louis 4
Wellesley College 1
Wesleyan University 1
 Yale University 2

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.

IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers- They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable- They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers- They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators- They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled- They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded- They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring- They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers- They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced- They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective- They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

The IB learner profile
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2006
IB learner profile booklet

Requirements to Earn an IB Diploma

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

Ninth Grade Schedule

Ninth Grade:

  • IB MYP Honors English I 

Social Studies

  • IB MYP Honors World History 

Foreign Language

  • Spanish I, French I or Mandarin I- This would mean students would test in their foreign language their senior year
  • IB MYP Spanish II, French II, Mandarin II- This would mean that students would test in their foreign language their junior year


  • Physics First or Honors Physics First (for students concurrently enrolled in Geometry/Trigonometry Honors or higher), Physics First (For students concurrently enrolled in Algebra)


  • Algebra 1- These students would take their IB math test in their senior year
  • Geometry or Honors Geometry/Trigonometry- These students would have the opportunity to take Mathematic HL junior and senior years or test in Mathematics SL their junior year.

One Elective Class

Tenth Grade Schedule

Tenth Grade:

  • IB MYP English II Honors

Social Studies

  • IB MYP American History Honors

Foreign Language

  • IB MYP Spanish II, French II or Mandarin II(For students testing senior year) OR
  • IB MYP Spanish III, French III or Mandarin III (For students testing junior year)


  • Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
    *The sciences taken at the freshman and sophomore years, should not be a science the student may take at the HL level junior and senior year.


  • Geometry or Honors Geometry/Trigonometry  (For Mathematics SL candidates) OR
  • Algebra 2 Honors (For Mathematics HL candidates)

One Elective Class

Eleventh Grade Schedule

Eleventh Grade:
HL Class #1

  • English HL (year 1)

HL Classes #2 and #3

  • History HL, Mathematics HL, Chemistry HL or Biology HL (year 1)

SL Class #1

  • Spanish SL or French SL OR IB “Elective” class- IB Psychology SL, IB Business and Management SL, IB Computer Science SL, Visual Arts SL, Music SL or Theater SL

SL Class #2

  • Mathematics SL if currently enrolled in Biology HL or Chemistry HL OR Biology SL, Chemistry SL or Physics SL if currently enrolled in Mathematics HL

One Elective Class

Twelfth Grade Schedule

Twelfth Grade:
HL Class #1

  • English HL (year 2)

HL Classes #2 and #3

  • History HL, Mathematics HL, Chemistry HL or Biology HL (year 2)

SL Class #3

  • Spanish SL or French SL (if students started in Spanish 1 or French 1 as freshmen) OR
  • Mathematics SL (if students started in Algebra as a freshman) OR
  • IB “Elective” class- IB Psychology SL, IB Business and Management SL, IB Computer Science SL, Visual Arts SL, Music SL, Theater SL OR
  • Second IB Science SL class

Theory of Knowledge

One Elective Class

  • This could be Government/Economic.

*Students must also take Government/Economics prior to graduation


Laura Kamka
(480) 484-7062
IB DP Coordinator
Desert Mountain High School

Janet Emond
(480) 484-6970
IB MYP Coordinator
Desert Mountain High School

Lois Sugar
(480) 484-5500
IB MYP Coordinator
Mountainside Middle School

8th Grade DMHS Info Night                          Tuesday, October 30 @ 6pm                           DMHS Auditorium       

Slide show from 8th Grade Info Night                                                                                                                                             

IB Forms

Incoming 9th Grade                                            IB MYP Online Registration Form

IB MYP Paper 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