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International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

DP's IB Program offers students a rigorous, creative, college-level curriculum that develops students' academic and personal skills. 

As captured in the 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.


During the junior and senior years, students will complete several rigorous criteria: 

Six IB courses

  • (3 at the Higher Level [2 yr. courses] and 3 at the Standard Level [1 yr. courses])
  • Theory of Knowledge course
  • 150 hours of CAS (Creativity/Action/Service )
  • Extended Essay – a 4,000 word senior thesis on a selected topic
  • Year-end IB exams

Why do IB? 

Upon scoring well in the above criteria, students receive an IB Diploma. Pursuing the IB Diploma can provide preferred acceptance by select universities, prospective college credits for IB coursework, and complete preparation for the demands of postsecondary academic and professional life.

How do I apply?

Students who wish to pursue the IB Diploma should enroll in the same courses as they would for the traditional four year rigorous college plan (see the DPHS Registration Guide.) In Feb./Mar. of the sophomore year, applications to the IB program are made available through the front desk, counseling, or from the IB Coordinator. Notification of acceptance occurs in April.

Interested students also should speak to their counselor. When making course selections for the junior year, students should indicate their desire to complete the IB Diploma program by enrolling in IB classes.


Matt Moran, IB Coordinator, (805) 968-2541 x4603

Jeff Sofro, IB Counselor,, (805) 968-2541 x4525

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