International Baccalaureate

Dunbar High Schools International Baccalaureate Programs

Mission Statements

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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Dunbar High Mission

Dunbar High School will cultivate young Individuals who will possess a conceptual understanding of local and global situations through inquiry and collaboration. With a focus on developing the holistic individual, Dunbar High School will promote the skills of communication, research, self-management, deep-thinking abilities, cultural awareness, and technological innovation to ignite students’ passion for lifelong learning, achievement, and interpersonal relationship-building. 

International Baccalaureate  - Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is designed to meet the highest standard required of any high school student in the world. Successful completion of the Diploma Program earns the student a diploma recognized for university admission throughout the world and for course credit and academic placement in leading colleges and universities around the world.

The IB Diploma program is a system of syllabi and examinations based on the idea that general education at the upper secondary level should encompass the development of all the main powers of the mind through which the student interprets, modifies, and enjoys his/her environment.  The Diploma Program incorporates standards that assume a high level of achievement during prior years.  The six areas of study are:

  • Language A English
  • Language B (French or Spanish)
  • Individuals & Societies (Social Studies- Business Management, History)
  • Experimental Sciences (Biology, Physics)
  • Mathematics (Math Analysis & Approaches, Math Applications and Interpretations)
  • Arts and Humanities

In addition to the above courses, the IB Diploma Candidate must also take a unique course called Theory of Knowledge, participate in a variety of activities and community service, and write an extended essay.

The three required CORE parts of the Diploma Program are the Extended Essay (EE), Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS), and the Theory of Knowledge course (TOK).

Students successfully completing the required parts of the program and scoring high on internal and external assessments will receive college credit for those courses.


International Baccalaureate - Career Related Programme

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Program framework allows students to specialize in, and focus on a career-related pathway.  The program’s three-part framework comprises the study of at least two Diploma Program courses alongside career-related studies and the distinctive IBCP core which is designed to create a bridge that connects each student’s chosen Diploma courses and their career-related studies (JROTC, STEM- Engineering, Biomedical, and Technology).

For IBCP student, Diploma Program courses provide theoretical underpinning and academic rigor of the program; career-related studies further support the program’s academic strength and provide practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the IBCP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for life-long learning.  The CP core includes a Professional and Personal Skills class (PPS), along with students developing a language portfolio, and a (written) Reflective Project.  Finally, students should complete a Service Learning piece that can relate to the Reflective Project and their area of study.

Diploma Program course chose by the student can come from any of the subject groups in the IB Diploma Program and may be studied at standard or higher levels.  It is possible to study from two to four Diploma Program courses depending on the nature of the student’s career-related studies and timetable.  The Diploma Program courses chosen should be relevant to the student’s career-related studies.

Career-related studies (JROTC & STEM)

The career-related studies available at DHS are:

  • PLTW: Biomedicine or Engineering
  • Academy for Technology Excellence: Digital Design, TV Production, Game Simulations and Animation, Foundations of Web Design, Engineering by Design, Intro to Information Technology, Network Administrator


IB scholars alongside  IB coordinator Gayle Baisch and Principal Carl Burnside IB scholars Studying inside Dunbar High Schools Media center Some of our IB scholars posing for a photo inside our media center

Learner Profile





Dunbar IB students are expected to exhibit the following descriptors as they pursue their educational goals:

Balanced          Caring      Communicators       Inquirers

Knowledgeable       Open-minded           Principled

Reflective         Risk-Takers      Thinkers

IB students should value and represents these attributes in all that they do. Three Head silhouettes - with words describing the IB program filled inside - Caring - Knowledgeable - Open Minded - Reflective - Principled -

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