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    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.


    The media has been paying a lot of attention to our IB Program.Read all about it below:

    HBO Takes a Hard Look at Inequality in Seattle Schools
    – KUOW, March 2019

    The New Rainier Beach High School
    – Seattle Times, September 2013

    Debating IB and other Big Questions at Rainier Beach High
    – Seattle Times, January 2014

    Guest: Improvement at schools like Rainier Beach requires sustained funding
    – Seattle Times, February 2014

    Warts-and-all: merging an elite program with a high-needs school
    – Seattle Times, May 2014

    And even a mention in an excellent article about our basketball team: On Rainier Beach
    – The Classical Blog


    Steven Miller
    IB Diploma Program Coordinator

    Additional Links

    SPS International Baccalaureate Webpage
    International Baccalaureate Website