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IB Diploma Programme

International Baccalaureate Organization: Mission

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. To this end the IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

The IB at Guajome

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is the most rigorous course of study available for junior and senior students at Guajome Park Academy.             

Students who embrace this challenging  program live up to international standards of academic excellence. In the course of their two-year work within the Diploma Programme, students are expected to take multiple internal and external assessments in six academic areas.  In addition, students who seek the Full IB Diploma undertake three additional core elements, including a research project on a subject of their choice, composing a 4,000 word Extended Essay, completing an 18 month Creativity, Activity, and Service Project, and participating in the unique Theory of Knowledge course.

​At Guajome Park Academy students can choose to pursue a full IB Diploma or can simply choose to take individual IB courses in any of the IB courses available.

Why Take an IB Course?

Statistically IB Students:

  • Are more engaged in high school
  • Enter college/university at higher rates than their non-IB peers
  • Graduate college/university sooner and in higher rates than their non-IB peers
  • Are accepted to premier colleges and universities at higher rates than their non-IB peers

One advantage for students taking IB courses is the potential ability to earn college credit. Each college and university has its own policy regarding how they recognize IB examinations and scores when issuing college credit. 

Why the Diploma Programme?

Through the Diploma Programme, we work to develop students who:

  • Have both an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • Flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically
  • Study at least two languages
  • Excel in traditional academic subjects
  • Give back to their community in an extensive Creativity, Activity, and Service Project
  • Conduct an extensive collegiate level research paper in their Extended Essay
  • Explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge course
Assessments Within the IB

In all IB courses there are a number of internal and external assessments throughout that year. These assessments focus on performance tasks that  include, but are not limited to:

  • Essays
  • Structured problems
  • Short-response questions
  • Case-study questions
  • Oral work in languages
  • Laboratory work in the sciences
  • Artistic performances

While the internal assessments happen at different times for each course throughout the year, external assessments take place in May of each year and are standardized assessments moderated by readers across the world. Students register for their assessments in the fall.


 

IB COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

IB Mathematics (Coming Soon)

Group 6