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International Baccalaureate Programme

About the IB Programme

Clarkston High School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, which sets the global standard in High School education. Students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme are involved in a demanding international curriculum that encourages divergent learning. Students share academic experiences which emphasize critical thinking and intercultural understanding.

The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in 1968 and currently works with more than 4,000 schools around the world. The curriculum coincides with state and national requirements. Students interested in earning the IB Diploma in addition to Clarkston Community Schools’ Diploma enter the two-year program as a high-school junior (ages 16 to 19). The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language. This sophisticated two-year curriculum covers a wide range of academic subjects and its graduates are welcomed by the world’s leading universities.

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IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective
IB World School logo

The education of the whole person is manifested through domains of knowledge with coursework that:

  • Covers a broad range of subjects drawing on content from educational cultures across the world.
  • Gives special emphasis to language acquisition and development.
  • Encourages learning across disciplines and focuses on developing the skills of learning.
  • Includes study of individual subjects and of transdisciplinary areas.
  • Provides opportunities for individual & collaborative planning and research.
  • Includes a community service component requiring action and reflection.

Diploma students take a minimum of six IB designated subjects in addition to submitting a 4,000 word extended essay, completing a course in theory of knowledge (TOK), and participating in creative, action and service (CAS) projects. The diploma is well recognized by the world’s leading universities. Students are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject.

Why Choose IB?

Why choose IB?

  • Global perspective
  • Internationally respected curriculum and assessment
  • National and international recognition
  • Fosters independent thinking and study habits—important preparation for university studies
  • Develops oral communication skills
  • Breadth and depth of coursework produces diverse skills valued by employers
  • Criterion referenced results are unscaled

Who should consider IB?

Any student who enjoys learning will benefit.

An international and conceptual approach is used.

Originally developed for the international community, IB will give students access to universities around the world.

IB prepares students to:

  • Ask challenging questions.
  • Learn how to acquire knowledge.
  • Develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.
  • Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other cultures and countries.

The IB programme is rigorous—and THAT is one of its values. It equips young people for responsible world citizenship.

Open the PowerPoints/presentations below to learn more about the Clarkston High School IB Program as well as research findings concerning IB.

2017 IB parent presentation

2016 IB parent presentation

IB Learner Profile

Universities recognize the outstanding qualities of IB Diploma Programme students. Typically, diploma holders are well prepared to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide leadership and support in the local and global community. Through the IB programme, students should recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet while helping to create a better and more peaceful world. IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge.

The IB Diploma

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous two-year, pre-university curriculum leading to examinations. The education of the whole person is manifested through domains of knowledge with coursework that:

  • Covers a broad range of subjects drawing on content from educational cultures across the world.
  • Gives special emphasis to language acquisition and development.
  • Encourages learning across disciplines and focuses on developing the skills of learning.
  • Includes study of individual subjects and of transdisciplinary areas.
  • Provides opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and research.
  • Includes a community service component requiring action and reflection.

Diploma students take a minimum of six IB designated subjects in addition to submitting a 4,000 word extended essay, completing a course in theory of knowledge (TOK), and participating in creative, action and service (CAS) projects. The diploma is well recognized by the world’s leading universities. Students are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject.

IB Courses Offered at CHS

At CHS, we offer the following IB classes:

IB English: Literature HL
IB French B SL
IB French Ab Initio SL
IB German SL
IB Japanese SL
IB Spanish SL
IB History HL
IB Psychology SL
IB Biology HL
IB Chemistry HL
IB Computer Science SL
IB Math Studies SL
IB Mathematics SL
IB Mathematics HL
IB Music SL

IB Requirements

IB Programme requirements

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts/Electives

Students study six courses – usually three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5 – ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, sciences and mathematics.

The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 4.

Knowledge depth is ensured by requiring three or four subjects at Higher Level.

Application & Open Enrollment

Clarkston Community Schools Schools is pleased to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, an academically challenging and balanced course of study that prepares students for success in college and life.

Students who apply to this highly challenging program should be able to demonstrate a strong ability, aptitude, and genuine interest in learning; an intellectual curiosity and self-motivation; the highest academic and personal integrity; and an aspiration to become a member of a worldwide community of lifelong learners.

Application Process

Out-of-District Applicants

I wanted to take the time to thank you for all that you have done to help me grow as a student. I am SO ready. Today was the first day of classes and we have already touched on the natural sciences and human sciences, indigenous knowledge systems, knowledge claims, and the ways of knowing. I hope this year continues to be well for you each, you are making such a big difference in preparing students to be successful. I cannot show enough gratitude for the role you and the IB programme have played in my life.
Renee Rogowski, CHS CLass of 2017
ib graduate

Resources

So I got my IB results and just wanted to share my gratitude for everything. I received a 5 in english, spanish, chemistry, and music theory, a 4 in history, and a 6 in math. I also got an A on my EE and a B in TOK. I received my diploma with a total of 33 points, and it still chokes me up a bit. I am forever grateful to you, your teaching, and your helpful guidance to the "path of righteousness." Overall, I should be receiving between 15 and 20 credits at UM and I'm thrilled to explore the endless cultural and academic opportunities that UM has. I'm not sure there are many other words to describe my gratitude, so I will just say thank you.
Rachael Bittick, CHS Class of 2015
IB Graduate