International Baccalaureate (IB)
The IB Diploma Program at Inglemoor High School is open to all Northshore School District students as well as all area students who complete the waiver process. The IB Program at Inglemoor provides an opportunity for students to take classes that have all the rigor and expectations found in private school courses while allowing these students to take advantage of the diversity of activities and leadership positions available at a large comprehensive high school. Over 15% of Inglemoor students are seeking the IB Diploma and over 50% are involved in one or more IB classes. At Inglemoor we are proud of the fact that our students have the opportunity to explore their individual strengths in an environment that supports achievement in all areas and disciplines.
The following is a program list of IB classes offered at Inglemoor:
- Biology HL
- Physics HL
- Chemistry SL
- Design & Technology SL
- Sports, Exercise and Health SL
- Environmental Systems and Society SL
- Spanish B HL
- Spanish B SL
- French B HL
- French B SL
- Japanese B SL
- German B SL
- Mandarin SL
- Mandarin ab initio*
- Mathematics HL
- Mathematics SL (Calculus)
- Math Studies SL
- English A1 HL
- History of Americas HL
- Psychology SL
- Business & Management SL
- Computer Science SL
- Film SL
- Visual Arts SL
- Visual Arts HL
Students must fill out an application in February of 8th grade to participate in 9th grade pre-IB courses at Inglemoor High School. The “Pre-IB Statement of Interest” is available at each Northshore School District middle school, from the IB office at Inglemoor High School, or on the Inglemoor website. Test scores are not used for IB participation. Preference is given to students who have at least a 3.2 GPA. We recognize that many capable students have not performed well enough up to this point and that their grades may not reflect ability. An interview with the student, parents, and the IB Coordinator at Inglemoor High School may be required for any student who is interested in IB with less than a 3.2 GPA.
- January - February: Waiver/Variance process
- January: IB Statements of Interest available at each junior high in Northshore, on-line at the Inglemoor High School web site (http://www.nsd.org/ib), or in the IB office at Inglemoor
- February 28: IB Information Night for all interested parents and students: Northshore Performing Arts Center, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
- March 14: IB Day at Inglemoor High School for interested 8th grader waiver students
- March 21: IB Statements of Interest due
How is IB different from an honors class?
The IB course is significantly more challenging than an honors course, both in content and assessment. Course assessment is prescribed and graded by international examiners. IB courses may earn college credit for students and, therefore, are taught and paced at a more advanced level than all other high school classes.
What if a student lives outside of the Inglemoor High School service area?
If you are an in-district transfer, starting in January of the 9th grade year, an “In-District Attendance Waiver Application” may be requested at the student’s junior high. The request needs to be completed and returned to the Office of Student Services. The waiver requests permission to attend Inglemoor. The out-of-district student must initiate the process by seeking an attendance variance from the home school district. It must be filled out according to that district’s requirements and sent to Northshore School District Office of Student Services.
Is there time for an IB student to participate in school sports, activities, or a job?
Many IB students successfully complete the IB Program as well as participate in sports and activities. An IB student will find it necessary to study at least two to three hours daily for class preparation. For the active student, time management will be crucial.
Can a student take classes other than those in the IB Program if he/she is a full diploma candidate?
Yes, if the student has enough time and room in their schedule.
How much does it cost?
The full diploma fee is between $800 and $900. Funding through a federal program reimburses 90% of the cost of exams for eligible students.
Can my child still get into the IB Program without having taken all the suggested Pre-IB coursework?
We make every effort to accommodate all interested students. Some students may be required to take additional courses during the summer in order to prepare for the IB Program.
How are IB students selected?
Students are required to fill out an “IB Statement Interest” in the 9th grade. The program is open to all students who wish to step up to the challenge. The IB Coordinators monitor the progress of all IB students and will meet with students that struggle academically to discuss their course of study.
Is a student required to do the full IB Diploma?
We encourage all interested students to consider the full IB Diploma because of its unique structure and preparation for a solid foundation in all areas of knowledge. However, this is not a requirement and a student may enroll in one or more IB courses.
Are IB students required to take the IB examinations?
While we cannot require the fees for assessment, we strongly encourage every IB student to participate in this aspect of the program.
Six IB classes, TOK, Extended Essay, Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Hours: 150 CAS hours are earned during the 11th and 12th grade years.
IB Certificate of Merit:
IB Certificate Student:
*IB Diploma students have priority enrollment in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class.