International Baccalaureate Program
Contact: Linda Saeta
On December 5th, 2008 the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) approved Claremont High School’s application to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) beginning in the fall of 2009. Claremont High School became one of 77 IB World Schools in California, and one of 634 nationwide, authorized to offer this program.
This IB Diploma Program is a two-year program, which provides 11th and 12th grade students with advanced courses in six academic areas and complete a course of study in the theory of knowledge, present an extended essay reflecting independent research and analysis, and who participate in 150 hours of Creative, Action, and Service (CAS) endeavors. The first class to be eligible for the IB Diploma at CHS will be the Class of 2011. Students graduating with an IB diploma have higher acceptance rates at colleges of choice and are often granted college level credits for their work.
Students involved in the International Baccalaureate program gain valuable experience and knowledge that increases opportunities for success in college. Also, students gain an international perspective that helps them compete in a global economy. The International Baccalaureate diploma is recognized worldwide as an elite accomplishment and the curriculum is considered the gold standard for high school curriculum. While our current Advanced Placement program provides rigor, the IB program focuses on the whole student in all major academic subjects and on extra-curricular interests.
The IB program promotes the Claremont Unified School District’s School Board goal to provide all students with an appropriate rigorous education. This program complements other new program and course offerings at CHS such as AVID, Mathematics and English fundamental classes, Honors programs and the ROP program that includes Engineering Drawing, Culinary Arts and Virtual Enterprise. Taken together all these programs provide a rich offering for all students at CHS.
IB Learners strive to be: