International Baccalaureate

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IB Mission Statement

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.

Learner Profile 

 The learner profile is an integral part of all four IB Programs.  IB students should strive to be: 

Balanced  Caring  Communicators  Inquirers  Knowledgeable  Open-minded  Principled  Reflective  Risk-takers  Thinkers

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Diploma Program

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 1000 leading colleges and universities in the United States.

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.

Embracing the last two years of secondary education, the curricula of the Diploma Program incorporates standards that assume a high level of achievement during the prior years. The subjects are outlined according to six areas:

  • Language A (English)
  • Language B (Foreign Language)
  • Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • 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 an intensive community service project, and write an extended essay.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge and experience gained inside and outside of the classroom.

Community Activity & Service (CAS) requires the student to demonstrate creativity, action and service in relationship to school and community.

Extended Essay (EE) is 4000 words on a subject of their choosing.

Career-Related Program

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

For IBCP students, Diploma Program courses provide the 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 lifelong learning.

CP Core Requirements

The core requirements for the CP Program are:

  • Reflective Project- A written project focusing on an ethical dilemma in the student's field of study. 
  • Language Portfolio- It is worked on in their Professional and Personal Skills class.
  • Service Learning- Students create, organize, and participate in a service project in their Junior and Senior years. 
  • Successful completion of Professional and Personal Skills class. 

IB World Schools select a number of IB Diploma Program courses as part of the IBCP framework. These courses can come from any of the subject groups in the IB Diploma Program and may be studied at standard or higher level. 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 (STEM)

The career-related element of the program provides the opportunity for students to learn about theories and concepts through application and practice while developing broad-based skills in authentic and meaningful contexts. The career-related studies available at DHS are:

  • Project Lead the Way (PTLW): Biomedicine or Engineering
  • JROTC:  Leadership training
  • Academy for Technology Excellence: Digital Design | TV Production | Game Simulations & Animation | Foundations of Web Design | Engineering by Design | Intro to Information Technology | Network Administrator

Dunbar High IB History
 Dunbar's IB Programs first group to graduate was the Class of 2017.  There were 31 students that participated in the program the first year.  In 2018, we had 24 students that were a part of both the CP and DP Programs.  This year, we have 41 students who are working to complete the programs.  In the fall of 2019, we will complete our self-study and be visited by the IBO organization to be reauthorized as an IB World School.



IB Coordinator

If you have any further questions regarding IB at Dunbar High School, please feel free to contact the Dunbar High School IB Coordinator:

Gayle Baisch
(239) 461-5322

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