The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a high school diploma program with worldwide recognition and is offered at Skyline High School only. By emphasizing the dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, experience, and critical thinking, IB promotes academic achievement along with active and responsible citizenship. IB classes offer excellent preparation for the demands of four-year university work. The IB curriculum is divided into Higher Level courses (2 years of study) and Standard Level (1 to 2 years of study), as well as independent activities. To earn the IB Diploma, students must take IB classes in all academic areas and pass examinations and assessments in 3 to 4 Higher Level and 2 to 3 Standard Level subjects (6 total), as well as complete additional requirements. Students wishing to pursue the IB Diploma complete a diploma plan and sign an IB contract in March of their sophomore year prior to registering for classes. Please note: It is not necessary to pursue the full IB Diploma in order to take IB courses. All 11th and 12th grade students are eligible to enroll in IB courses.

Students taking IB courses may choose to take the corresponding IB exams and pay the associated fee. Fees are paid in the fall during exam registration. Depending on their scores, students may receive credit, advanced placement, or both from colleges and universities.

IB options: (see the following section for curriculum, assessment, and diploma details)

  • Full Diploma - Student meets all of the above requirements (awarded by IB). Under RCW 28A.230.122 students who complete all IB requirements, pass all IB classes, and sit as a registered taker for all exams in the IB Diploma are considered to have satisfied District graduation requirements, with the exception of Northwest Studies, US History, and meeting standards on all mandated state assessments. Failure to meet the standards above as required by law will result in the nullification of any waivers and will require the student to complete all Issaquah School District graduation requirements.
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP) - The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. See below for further program requirements.
  • Certificates - Awarded for each Higher Level and Standard Level exam passed (awarded by IB).
  • Class only - students do all class work, but do not take the IB exam.

 

 ACADEMIC AREA

 TEST CATEGORY

 1. English 

ENG652 - IB English: Language and Literature 1 HL

ENG661 - IB English: Language and Literature 2 HL

Higher Level Only

 2. Social Studies 

BUS651 - IB Business Management SL

BUS652 - IB Business Management HL

Higher and Standard Levels

SST650 - IB History of the Americas 1 HL

SST655 - IB History 2 HL

Higher Level Only

SST670 - IB Psychology SL

Standard Level Only

SST661 - IB World Religions SL

Standard Level Only

SST672 - IB Economics SL

Standard Level Only

 3. World Languages

FOR650 - IB French SL

Standard Level

FOR655 - IB French HL

Higher Level

FOR660 - IB Japanese SL

Standard Level

FOR661 - IB Japanese HL 

Higher Level

FOR674 - IB Mandarin Chinese SL

Standard Level

FOR675 - IB Mandarin Chinese HL

Higher Level

FOR670 - IB Spanish SL

Standard Level

FOR671 - IB Spanish HL

Higher Level

 4. Science

SCI650 - IB Biology 1 HL

SCI655 - IB Biology 2 HL

Higher Level Only

SCI660 - IB Chemistry 1 SL

Standard Level Only

COM650 - IB Computer Science SL

COM651 - IB Computer Science HL

Higher and Standard Levels

SCI680 - IB Environmental Systems & Society SL

Standard Level Only

SCI670 - IB Physics 1 HL

SCI675 - IB Physics 2 HL

Higher Level Only

SCI682 - IB Exercise Science SL

Standard Level Only

5. Mathematics

MTH649 - IB Math Analysis and Approaches 1 HL

Higher Level Only

MTH651 - IB Math Applications and Interpretations 1 SL

Standard Level Only

MTH656 - IB Math 2 SL

Standard Level Only

MTH662 - IB Math 2 HL

Higher Level Only

6. Fine Arts (Select one)

ART651 - IB Film SL

Standard Level Only

IB Music SL & HL

Higher and Standard Levels

ART670 - IB Theatre Arts SL

ART671 - IB Theatre Arts HL

Higher and Standard Levels

ART650 - IB Visual Arts SL

ART652 - IB Visual Arts HL

Higher and Standard Levels

 

Diploma candidates must take at least one IB course and exam in English, World Languages, Science, Social Studies, and Math. The sixth exam may be in a Fine Art or may be a second exam in one of the five prior areas. Only two SL exams of any kind may be taken in the 11th grade. Please remember that while Fine Arts can be waived for the IB Diploma, it is required for college admission.