IB Diploma Program at Newport Harbor High School

IB in Practice

The International Baccalaureate Organization regularly conducts research on the benefits of its program.  The latest study again showed that the an IB education increases a student's chance at college success.  Read a summary or the full report here.

I THINK, THEREFORE IB

NHHS's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Program is an intellectually-rich, well-rounded two-year course of study for juniors and seniors that is built around three core experiences:

  • Theory of Knowledge, a college-level seminar
  • Creativity, Action, and Service, a student-designed community service project; and
  • Extended Essay, a research project

IB Diploma Candidates also pursue college-level work in six subjects: English, a second language, history, math, science, and an elective.

IB classes are open to all juniors and seniors, not just those in the full Diploma Program.  Like AP, IB classes are recognized by colleges and universities as excellent preparation for higher education.  Successful completion of AP and IB courses is usually rewarded with course credit or used for placement.  

NHHS IB classes
All IB classes are either Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL).  Most are two-year classes.  Some are combined with AP classes.

LANGUAGE A
IB Literature HL 1 (combined with AP Literature) and HL 2
IB Language and Literature HL 1 and 2

LANGUAGE B
IB Latin SL 1 and SL 2
IB French SL 1 and SL 2
IB Spanish SL 1 and SL 2
IB Spanish HL 1 (combined with AP Spanish Language) and HL 2

SOCIAL SCIENCE
IB History HL 1 (combined with APUSH) and HL 2

MATH
IB Math HL 1 (combined with AP Calculus AB) and HL 2 (combined with AP Calculus BC)
IB Math SL 1 (combined with Honors Pre-Calculus) and SL 2 (combined with AP Calculus AB)
IB Math Studies SL (one-year course, pre-requisite: Math 3)

SCIENCE
IB Physics HL 1 (combined with AP Physics C: Mech) and HL 2 (combined with AP Phyiscs C: E&M)
IB Biology SL (one-year)
IB ESS SL (one-year; combined with AP ESS)
IB Astronomy SL (one-year) [proposed]

ELECTIVES
IB Visual Arts HL 1 and HL 2
IB Theatre HL 1 and HL 2
IB Film HL 1 and HL 2
IB Music HL 1 and HL 2
IB Business and Management HL 1 and HL 2 
IB Computer Science HL 1 and HL 2 [proposed]

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Information for current IB students

For more information, please contact Laura Barnebey, IB Coordinator, at: LBarnebey@nmusd.us.

IB Diploma Program

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