International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
Mountainside High School is an authorized IB World School for Diploma Programme (DP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
IB Mission Statement
- 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.
IB Diploma Program Coordinator
IB Middle Years Program Coordinator
Students can be involved with IB DP courses in three ways:
- choosing DP courses to support academic and career interests;
- becoming an IB Diploma course candidate (taking courses and tests); or
- pursuing an IB Diploma.
Students can work toward a full IB Diploma or simply enroll in single IB DP classes. Both IB SL (Standard Level) and HL (Higher Level) classes are great options for students who might not have time in their schedules for the full IB Diploma Program. Students who complete International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and with strong scores may be granted college credit at many universities. Many Oregon Public Universities grant credit for scores of 5 or above on HL or SL exams.
- IB Diploma at MHS
- General IB DP Information
- IB Courses at MHS
- IBDP Forecasting
- IB Exams
- IB Summer Info
The Diploma Program is a challenging two-year program open to all juniors and seniors. The Diploma Program curriculum consists of six subject areas Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals & Societies, Science, Math, and the Arts; an extended essay of up to 4,000 words; participation in the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) class; and an extra-curricular requirement called CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). Students who pursue the IB Diploma take courses and exams in these six subjects, one in each area as outlined. A minimum of three subjects must be taken at a higher level (HL) and the rest at a standard level (SL). There must be no more than four subjects taken at a Higher Level. All subjects are assessed using both internal and external assessment, including final exams given in May.
To create an IB Diploma plan at Mountainside, students must choose one subject from each of the six groups of study: Language Acquisition, Sciences, The Arts, Mathematics, Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature. Three of these groups are to be chosen as Higher Level (HL) subjects, and three of them as Standard Level (SL) subjects. Students should choose their (HL) subjects first, and these should be the subjects in which they have the most success or interest. For Group 6, it is possible to choose a second subject from Group 3 or 4, rather than one of the Arts. Most IB Courses, both HL and SL are two year courses; however, there is less material in the SL courses than in the HL courses. We offer a few 1-year SL courses. Students who seek a diploma are also required to take two semesters of the Theory of Knowledge course, one in junior year and the second in senior year.
Students interested in the full IB Diploma will be required to fill out a two year diploma plan during forecasting in February of their sophomore year. This form requires signatures by the IB Coordinator and a parent to ensure that the student has a planned for a viable IB Diploma.
GROUP 1: Language A
Language and Literature SL/HL
GROUP 2: Language B
GROUP 3: Individuals & Societies
Global Politics SL/HL
World Religions SL
GROUP 4: Science
Environmental Systems & Societies SL
GROUP 5: Math
Analysis & Approaches SL/HL
Applications & Interpretations SL
GROUP 6: Arts
Visual Arts SL/HL
Forecasting for 2022-23 will begin in March.
Ms. Mayo will hold a student meeting on in March 18th for 10th graders interested in learning more about the IB Diploma Program.
Sophomores interested in joining the IB Diploma Program junior year will meet with Ms. Mayo in March-April to complete an IB Diploma plan and forecasting form.
IB Exams are the culminating assessment component for most IB Diploma Courses. Exams generally take place during the first three weeks of May and are administered at Mountainside High School. Exam dates are set by the IBO and are NOT flexible except in the case of civil unrest or natural disaster. Each 'exam' is often comprised of multiple 'exam papers' given over the course of 1-3 days.
IB EXAM CALENDAR
The May 2022 IB Exam dates (MHS locations TBD) can be found here. Times will not be changed to accommodate non-IB conflicts per IBO policy. Please be sure to arrive in time to be in the examination room prior to the time listed so we can stay on time. Late arrivals will be allowed to take exams but no additional time will be granted.
IB EXAM ATTENDANCE POLICY
In an effort to best support students during the IB exam window, MHS recognizes:
a student's need for additional rest and study time during exams,
teachers' need to know with some reliability who will be attending school, and
teachers' efforts to run meaningful review sessions leading up to the exam.
The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement - essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.
In addition to taking MYP courses at the 9th and 10th grade, Mountainside students will participate in the Personal Project, an opportunity for them to learn something that interests them. Whether they want to play guitar, speak German, or design and create a piece of clothing, the Personal Project requires them to ask questions and better understand their own learning process. Advisory courses will support students in successful completion of the Personal Project, which is introduced at the end of the 9th grade and completed in 10th grade.
By participating in an MYP education in 9th and 10th grade, Mountainside students will develop the foundational, real-world skills that will prepare them for success in their career pathways and the IB Diploma Program.
Frequently Asked Questions About IB
Q: Can students take IB courses and exams without being a diploma candidate?
A: Yes. Students are encouraged to take the IB courses in all subjects. If students, in addition to taking the class, register and take the IB exams, they are referred to as “Course Candidates.”
Q: What is the relationship between the IB Diploma Program and the Career Pathways?
A: The IB Diploma Program is considered a Career Pathway itself. Also, many of our Career Pathways have a capstone class that is in the Group 6 category of IB Courses.
Q: Do colleges and universities give credit for IB exams?
A: Typically, a score of 5, 6, or 7 on an IB (HL) exam will receive credit at most colleges. In Oregon, college credit will be awarded for IB scores of 5 and above for either SL or HL exams at most Oregon Public Universities. Consult college websites for the most current IB credit policy. For more information, see our IB Coordinator or the IB website, www.ibo.org.
Q: What science should I take my freshman year?
A: The Beaverton school district has adopted a three year science curriculum consisting of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. If a student is planning on taking HL Biology, they should take Physics their 9th grade year, and Chemistry in 10th grade. If a student is planning on taking HL Physics their Junior and Senior years, they should take Chemistry their 9th grade year and Biology in 10th grade.
Q: I’m an 8th or 9th grader. Is there anything I should know now if I want to pursue the full IB Diploma?
A: Students doing the full diploma are expected to take 4 years of World Language and should be at level 4 or above by the time they are a senior.
Students pursuing IB Music should plan to take Music Theory prior to their junior year in order to meet all of the music theory requirements of the IB Music Assessment.
Since the three core science are all required for BSD graduation, plan your science courses with IB in mind to ensure you have taken Physics, Chemistry, and Biology before graduation.
Q: Can a student be in the IB program and be in sports, music, leadership, and other extracurricular activities?
A: Many of our IB students are involved in either sports or other extracurricular activities such as band, leadership, clubs, outside music, dance lessons, etc. Some of our most successful students are our busiest. Success in the IB program depends upon students' ability to manage their time, set priorities, and follow through with commitments.
Q: How will students benefit from being a part of the IB program?
A: Students will be better prepared for university studies. As the IB curriculum is based on the inquiry model encouraging students to become independent thinkers, students will also have attained a higher level of critical thinking which will help them be responsible contributors to society. Being prepared for the rigorous academics of college is the single most important benefit of participation in the IB program. Many universities report that IB prepares students well for college work. Most colleges also offer credit for success in IB courses, and some offer up to sophomore standing for the completion of the full IB Diploma.