International Baccalaureate Programme
What is the IB Diploma Programme?
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:
- develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
- acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from six subject groups
- develop the skills and a positive attitude towards learning that will prepare them for higher education
- study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own.
- make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
- undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
- enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, activity and service.
Courses offered at the DP level:
- Language and Literature
- Math Applications/Math Analysis
- History of the Americas
- IB Biology
- IB Film
- Information Technology in a Global Society
- Spanish B/Ab Initio Spanish
- Theory of Knowledge
Pre-DP students will be grouped in a cohort of advanced core classes to prepare them for the Diploma Programme.
Students should plan to take Algebra I and Biology in 8th grade whenever possible.
Scheduling allows for one elective, such as ROTC, football, band, etc. throughout the diploma years (11th-12th).
IB is a magnet program that is open to any student in the Judson ISD district. As a district of choice, students are responsible for transportation to chosen programs.
IB students who pass their exams with at least a 4 could earn around 24 credit hours at a Texas public college. To discover what courses the IB Diploma translates to for your student, please check with the college or university of your choice.
Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.
The IB continuum of international education for 3 to 19 year olds is unique because of its academic and personal rigour. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy. IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.
To be considered for the program, please fill out an online application.