Rainier Beach High School

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Rainier Beach International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

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IB Fall 2023 Newsletter

RBHS will now offer the IB Career-related Program (CP)!

Great news – Rainier Beach High School is now an authorized International Baccalaureate World School for the prestigious IB Career-related Program (CP). This is a considerable accomplishment we worked very hard to achieve.

As an IB school offering the CP, we are now part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to successfully negotiate their futures and make contributions to their families and communities. In practical terms, it means that our Skills Center and career-oriented students will now belong to a quality program together and have an adult and class that will help them attain quality internships and high-paying union jobs right after graduation, if that is their goal!

The Career Program complements the IB Diploma Program we have been offering for several years now. We are very proud and excited to now be able to offer both programs!

Please congratulate Mr. Miller, our IB coordinator, who worked extremely hard to secure this excellent program for our scholars!

View more information about the IB Career Program

What is IB?

The IB Diploma Program is highly regarded as an integrated, college prep high school curriculum for 11th and 12th grade students. The IB mission is to promote international understanding and responsible world citizenship through high academic standards. It is a goal to develop students who are lifelong learners who think critically. There are over 1300 IB high school programs around the world in over 110 countries.

Participants in IB become part of an international group of students taking similar courses and based on clear academic standards. Experienced examiners from other countries as well as their Rainier Beach teachers evaluate student work including science experiments, recorded oral examinations, and projects

The IB Curriculum

The IB Program provides an integrated and proven approach to college preparation. Students learn critical thinking skills, how to compare and contrast information, to manage their time, to work independently and with others, to draw connections from their knowledge of a variety of fields, and consider global perspectives.

Levels of Participation

At the highest level of participation, students complete IB courses and exams in six subject areas over two years. Additionally they complete a college level essay independently, conduct a service learning project, and complete an interdisciplinary course called the Theory of Knowledge. If the meet the standard, they can earn a diploma from IB in addition to their Seattle Public Schools diploma.

Alternatively, students can challenge themselves with one, two, as many as six IB courses and exams. Currently, over 95% of our juniors are taking at least one IB course. These students are challenging themselves and improving their college readiness.

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