Pleasant Valley High School is proud to be able to offer the world
renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) Program to our students. The International Baccalaureate
is acknowledged around the world for providing challenging programs and
rigorous assessment through high quality curriculum for over fifty years.
IB is an integrated program of study which emphasizes
concurrency of learning, internationalism, academic integrity, breadth
and depth of study, and education of the whole person. Originally
designed in 1967 as a course of study for international schools, the
excellence of the IB has been proven and accepted by more than 113
It is important to stay in contact with Ms. Burton regarding
your plans for an IB Diploma/Certificate to make sure that all
requirements are being met in order to graduate with either an IB
Diploma or IB Partial Program.
Entering the IB Program:
Diploma candidates will enroll with the IB coordinator during the end
of the sophomore year. IB Certificate candidates will enroll with the
IB coordinator during the same time. ALL students are allowed to enroll
in the IB Program as long as they meet the prerequisites. With few
exceptions, all IB coursework must be completed during the junior and
2 Programs within the IB Program
IB Diploma Program
IB Partial Program
The IB Diploma is awarded by The International Baccalaureate Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. The IB Diploma students must successfully complete:
3-4 Higher Level courses (in-depth two year courses)
2-3 Standard Level courses (less demanding one year courses)
The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course
The Extended Essay
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) of at least 150 hours over two years. *
Students may receive up to one year of college credit and advanced standing based on their Diploma score.
IB Partial Program students receive a certificate which is awarded by The International Baccalaureate Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
Students must successfully complete the internal and external assessments of up to seven courses in any of the six subject groups in standard or higher level.
Students may choose to apply for college credit or advanced standing based on their examination scores.
The IB Diploma Program requires the successful completion of four basic components:
1. Comprehensive Curriculum
IB Diploma students complete most state high school requirements during grades 9 & 10. Juniors and Seniors study six subjects each of which require a comprehensive exam administered in May. There are currently three pathways to the IB Diploma.
2. Theory of Knowledge Class (TOK)
TOK is a required course for IB diploma candidates. The goal of this course is to develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed, critically examined, evaluated and renewed by communities and individuals. It is to encourage an interest in the diversity of ways of knowing and thinking and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions.
Non-IB Diploma candidates may enroll if room allows, but will be expected to complete all parts of the TOK curriculum. Questions regarding the TOK course should be directed to Ms. Burton.
3. Creative Activity Service (CAS) Information
Each Full IB candidate is required to complete at least 150 hours in Creativity, Action, and Service within the Junior and Senior years of high school. Questions regarding the CAS component, should be directed to Mrs. Holen
4. Extended Essay
An extended essay of 4,000 words on an IB subject that has resulted from independent study, research, and analysis is required for the IB Diploma.
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 programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
For more information on The International Baccalaureate Organization, click on: http://www.ibo.org
Quotes From Educators
"Send us prepared students á la IB…It is the "best" high school prep curriculum an American school can offer."
Director of Undergraduate Admission Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"IB is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript."
Marilyn McGrath Lewis
Director of Undergraduate Admission Harvard University
"One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated programme, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific."
Director of Undergraduate Admission Duke University