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  • International Baccalaureate


    IB Program

    Diploma Coordinator -
     Ms. Kamilah Williams



    What is the IB Diploma Programme?
    The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers.  This sophisticated two-year curriculum covers a wide range of academic subjects and has stood the test of time for over half a million students in 119 countries since 1968.  IB Diploma Programme graduates are welcomed by the world's leading universities.




    The Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme

    Universities recognize the outstanding qualities of IB Diploma Programme students.  Typically, diploma holders are ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide leadership and support in the local and global community.  They demonstrate a capacity for in-depth study while maintaining a broad perspective of the different subject areas.  They are able to ask challenging questions but also know how to research a topic and express their opinion.




    Broad Spectrum of Subjects
    IB Diploma Programme students choose to study six subjects - one from each of the subject areas highlighted in the above diagram.

    Unique Learning Opportunities
    The IB Diploma Programme is about more than the six subjects that students study.  At its heart are three core requirements that are integral to the curriculum and make the IB Diploma Programme unique.

    • Theory of knowledge (TOK) -an internally and externally assessed interdisciplinary component that explores the different concepts of knowledge found in the subject areas.  Because IB Diploma Programme students study six subjects simultaneously, TOK teachers can, for example, ask their students to compare a historian's approach to problem solving with that  of a scientist or an artist.
    • Extended essay - an externally assessed, independent research assignment of 4,000 words in CLone of the six subject areas.  This is one of the ways in which IB Diploma Programme students can specialize in a certain subject area and prepare for university studies.
    Creativity, action, service (CAS) - a minimum of 150 hours of participation over the two years in creative, physical and service activities in the local community.  The CAS requirement allows students to gain real-life experience beyond the classroom.

    Internationally Recognized Standards
    The IB Diploma Programme is widely recognized for its high academic standards.  Assessment is varied and takes place over two years, with final examinations in each subject.  Students' work is assessed by an international board of examiners, who are themselves rigorously trained and monitored by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

    Subjects are scored on a 1-7 scale with a further three points available for theory of knowledge and the extended essay.  Students who display good levels of performance across all six subjects and achieve a minimum of 24 points (out of a possible 45) are awarded the diploma.  All others receive a certificate for each of the subjects completed.

    For further information visit

    New                For the May 2015 IB Testing calendar, please click here and to view a pamphlet about Suitland's program, click here

     PointerClick IB Course Offerings  to learn more about the programs offered at Suitland HS.

    Book            Click here to download the IB Learner Profile Booklet in PDF format.

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     Click here to view presentation reporting the effectiveness of the International Baccalaureate Programme in preparing students for college. 

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