IB Diploma Program at Newport Harbor High School

Apply to NHHS's IBDP

An information meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, at 7pm in the NHHS Library.  Current 9th and 10th graders and their families are welcome. 

Applications for the IB Diploma Program class of 2017 are now available at:

Only current NHHS sophomores may apply. 

Current 8th grade families interested in transferring to NHHS for the IB Signature Academy need to complete the district's application at:



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.

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

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

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

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)

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]

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]


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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