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Diploma Requirements

To earn an International Baccalaureate diploma, students must:
  • Complete courses in six academic subjects, one from each of the IB six subject groups:
    • IB diploma candidates must select one subject from each of the six subject groups;
    • a second subject from groups 3 or 4 may be substituted for a subject in group 6;
    • three IB subjects must be taken at the higher level (HL), and three are taken at the standard level (SL).
  • Complete the core elements:
    • the extended essay, a personal research paper;
    • the Theory of Knowledge, a senior seminar course designed to connect all of the disciplines;
    • CAS, a student action requirement that requires extra-curricular work in the areas of creativity, activity, and service. IB students must meet 7 learning outcomes with their CAS projects.
All of the above must be done during the students' junior and senior years.

During the four years of high school, students must take the following courses in order to graduate. These are the graduation requirements that are not also required of our IB program. These courses must be considered when developing a four-year plan.
  • Physical Education: 4 semesters during grades 9 and 10
  • Social Science: US History (1 year), Civics (1 semester), Economics (1 semester)
  • Health: 1 semester
  • Applied Arts: 3 semesters of vocational or creative art must include a course that demonstrates computer literacy.
In addition, the University of California and the California State University entrance requirements include a one-year course in the visual or performing arts.