International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate is one of the most highly respected high school academic programs in the world. The IB Diploma is recognized worldwide as an elite accomplishment and the curriculum is considered to be the gold standard. The program is a rigorous two-year course of study with an international focus. Students are taught to apply what they learn in the classroom to the world around them. Coursework is taken in the 11th and 12th grade years.

IB at Ogden High School


The IB Program is a nationally and internationally recognized academic program known for its excellence. This unique program has over 35 years of development and refinement and is currently implemented in over 138 countries. Benefits of this rigorous pre -university education include: - A rigorous and challenging program that prepares students for university level coursework - Global curriculum - Up to 30 hours of college credits at local universities and prestigious universities around the country - Universities look highly on IB students for college admissions and show favor for scholarship opportunities - IB program provides challenging education for all motivated students and can be tailored to fit individual student needs ranging from participating in one class to earning IB diploma - Comprehensive and continuing professional development for teachers - Frequent and global assessment of student work to ensure quality of teaching and student work - Prepares students to be competitive with students across Utah and compete in a global economy - Emphasis on balancing and excelling in both extracurricular activities and academics

IB Program

IB Mission

IB MISSION

To develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Key Components

There are four key components to the IB Program:

  1. ACADEMIC RIGOR Students learn how to learn, analyze, and reach considered conclusions about the world.
  2. COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM Students study six subject areas including language, foreign language, individuals & societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts.
  3. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE Students are encouraged to think globally, and the curriculum is based on international standards.
  4. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT The Creativity Action Service (CAS) component allows students to participate in extra curricular activities, including sports and community service projects.

University Recognition

Many universities throughout the world recognize IB diplomas with entry level university credits including prestigious national universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford as well as Utah’s local universities listed below:

  • Weber State University up to 30 credit hours and a waiver of all Intellectual Exploration req.
  • University of Utah up to 30 credit hours
  • Brigham Young University 3-6 semester hours of credit per IB exam for a total possible of 30

For an ever-increasing worldwide list go to: http://ibo.org/diploma/recognition

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Frequently Asked Questions

AM I AN IB STUDENT?
An IB candidate: - Is eager and passionate about learning - Enjoys to read and engage in discussion - Is self-motivated, organized and capable of meeting deadlines - GPA of 3.5 or above

HOW DO I EARN THE IB DIPLOMA?
An IB Diploma is awarded to students who pass external exams in the six academic areas, complete a course of study in the Theory of Knowledge, present an Extended Essay reflecting independent research and analysis and participate in 150 hours of Creativity Action Service (CAS).

CAN I TAKE IB COURSES WITHOUT ENROLLING IN THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM?
Yes. Students can enroll in any IB course and can receive college credit for each IB test that is passed.

HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?
The IB Program, while demanding, is open to any student. Read the OHS IB Program Student handbook and fill out the IB Student application to get started. To learn more contact the OHS IB department at 801-737-8700 or gerrardh@ogdensd.org.

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