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IB Diploma Programme

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma ProgrammeThe International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) program aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

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.

Classes Offered

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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

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 Four-Year Schedule

Ninth Grade Schedule

English
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

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

Math
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

English
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)

Science
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.

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

One Elective Class

Eleventh Grade Schedule

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

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

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.

Click to Expand - 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

2014

31

4.91

43

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

2010

30

4.76

35

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

2006

31

5.10

42

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%

2015

48

58

80%

2014

85

97

88% 

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

2010

41

54

75% 

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

2006

51

57

89%

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

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

2010

9

4

2009 11 7
2008 16 11
2007 4 4

2006

16

15

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)

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

School Name Number of Students

Albright College

1

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

Babson College

3

Barnard College 1
Baylor University

4

Belmont University 1
Berklee College of Music  1

Boston University

11

Bowdoin 1
Brandeis University 4
Brigham Young University  1

Brown University

2

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

1

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

Clarkson University

1

Colorado College 1
Colorado State University- Fort Collins

4

Columbia University 4

Cornell University

5

Creighton University 1
Dalhousie University, Halifax 1
Dartmouth University

6

Diablo Valley College 1

Duke University

5

Emory University 4
Fordham University 1
Furman University 1

Georgetown University

1

George Washington University 10
Georgia Tech University 2
Gonzaga University 1

Grand Canyon University

2

Grove City College 1
Lake Forest College 2
Hamline University 1

Harvard University

1

Harvey Mudd College 3
Haverford College 1
Iowa State University 1

Ithaca College

1

Kenyon College 2
Lehigh University 1
Loyola Marymount University 2

Macalester College

1

Marist University 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6
Middlebury College 4

Mount Holyoke College

1

New York University 14
Northeastern University 1
Northern Arizona University 10

Northwestern University

8

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

Oxford College at Emory University

1

Pace University 1
Pennsylvania State University 1
Pepperdine University 2

Pitzer College

1

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

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2

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

1

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

2

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

Stetson University

1

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

Tulane University

3

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

1

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

3

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

1

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

University of Michigan

7

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

1

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

University of St. Andrews- United Kingdom

1

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

5

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

Virginia Tech University

1

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