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International Baccalaureate Program

ib-world-school-logo-1-colour.pngThe International Baccalaureate (IB) program, created in 1968, is a very rigorous academic program for juniors and seniors at Desert Mountain High School, which has been an authorized school by the IBO since 1999.  The rigorous nature of the program is widely recognized by many selective and highly selective colleges and universities.  IB encourages students to:  ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.  While each component of the Diploma Program has specific aims and assessment objectives, the distinctive aims of the program as a whole are to:  provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, promote international understanding, educate the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth and develop inquiry and thinking skills, and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically.  In order to be accredited by the IBO, schools go through an intensive application process and are reviewed every five years to make sure they are applying the IB standards.  IB currently has authorized about 1300 schools in 100 different countries.

8th Grade Informational Night

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 6:30pm, Desert Mountain High School will host an informational night for all 8th graders and their families who are interested in learning more about the IB program and the pre-diploma program.  Families will learn about the application process, shadowing program and entrance requirements.  They can also ask questions of administrators, teachers, students and parents involved in IB.  It will be held in the auditorium, and families should park in the lot between Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School.  Informational fliers and shadowing forms will be sent home, through all SUSD 8th grade English classes after fall break.  For questions, please contact, Laura Kamka, IB Coordinator, at lkamka@susd.org.