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Diploma Programme

What is the IB Diploma Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Programme is an internationally recognized diploma program, offering rigorous, challenging, and advanced academic curriculum, while also developing students into community leaders and global citizen in the 21st century. 
  • Comprehensive, engaging, and balanced college-preparatory program for grades 11 and 12
  • Internationally recognized diploma
  • Offered in 4,900 schools worldwide, over 145 countries
  • Provides flexibility to accommodate student interest and abilities
  • Challenges students to not only exercise strengths, but also develop in areas where they may feel less confident
  • Globally recognized with internationalism as the integral theme
  • Recognized as a standard for college admissions
  • IB students are generally better prepared and outperform other students in college
  • Students take all their classes at the IB level, which carries weight (like AP classes)
  • Students who successfully complete the program may achieve the IB Diploma, which is an international qualification, and may earn enough credits to start college as sophomores!
  • Sense of preparedness, self-confidence, college-level research skills, and the willingness to be actively engaged in their own learning
IB Diploma Programme Requirements:
  • Successfully complete 6 IB level courses (across six groups of study)
  • Successfully complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course
  • Successfully complete the Extended Essay (EE)
  • Successfully complete the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement
IB Diploma Programme Anticipated Course of Study:
  Subject Group: Course: Level(s):
Group 1 Language A Language and Literature HL
Group 2 Language B
Group 3 Individuals and Societies History HL
Group 4 Experimental Sciences
Group 5 Mathematics Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL/HL
Group 6 The Arts/Electives
Visual Arts
Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences
Environmental Systems and Societies
DP Core Requirements
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
a course that integrates the 6 subject groups through common inquiry and reflection on the nature of truth and worldwide cultural shifts
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
take part in experiences and a project to develop self-confidence and to become more well-rounded
Extended Essay 
an independent, self-directed 4,000 word academic research paper on topic of interest
IB Diploma Programme FAQs:
Q. Can I be a full IB diploma candidate and still be a member of ROTC, Band, or Leadership?
A. Yes. The MHS administration and DP Leadership are developing a flexible schedule model that allows you to do both.
Q. Is it possible for an IB diploma candidate to maintain their academy affiliation?
A. Yes. The course offerings have been selected with the AMP, MAOS, & SPARC academies in mind and all academy directors have been involved in the IB DP planning process.
Q. Is it possible to take Diploma Programme courses and not attempt the full diploma?
A. Yes. Students are encouraged to discuss their interests and strengths with their counselor when scheduling classes for the next school year in late January or early February of their sophomore year. 
IB Diploma Programme Application:
Please submit applications by January 31, 2019 to the IB Center in the library or the
DP Coordinator's mailbox. If possible, please submit applications prior to the deadline.

Monterey High School is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy--a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Monterey High School believes is important for our students. 


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

IB Diploma Program (DP) Coordinator 
David Swartz
IB Learner Profile
  • Inquirers
  • Open-Minded
  • Knowledgeable
  • Caring
  • Thinkers
  • Risk-Takers
  • Communicators
  • Balanced
  • Principled
  • Reflective

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