As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we provide our academically motivated students with the unique opportunity to study university-level courses during their junior and senior year with an emphasis on inquiry, knowledge, and caring. In fact, we are the only boarding school in California that offers the IB Diploma Programme. As an IB Diploma candidate, you will become globally-minded and discover ways in which you can positively impact the world.

    You may choose to take individual courses in depth or challenge yourself to go for the full diploma. Students graduating with the full diploma are able to study at universities all over the world, often with advanced credit. These university-level courses in the Diploma Programme will enable our students to be more successful in the university setting through research, writing, critical thinking, time management, and self-confidence. More importantly, these skills are usually lifelong in giving the IB graduates an understanding and respect for other people, cultures, and ecological issues and their responsibilities towards them.

    The Diploma Programme requires students to study six subject groups (three at the standard level and three at the higher level) over two years and complete three additional core requirements: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) hours outside of class. Additionally, students must earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 points on final assessments which are externally marked, in order to receive an IB diploma.

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