PMHS IB Program


Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalized world, requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, something that International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme students come to know and understand.

IB Testing season is upon us! Please click here to view the testing schedule (rooms and times) for the May 2016 IB Tests at Pedro Menendez.

Best of luck to all of our Juniors and Seniors testing this year! We know your hard work and preparation will pay off!

Sign up Mrs. Murphy or Mrs. Toffaletti to sign up for Camp College June 2016.

Timeline for Potential IB Students

January 21, 2016 Academy Applications open for 8th graders on Home Access Center. (Please be sure if you are applying out of zone, you must apply for an academy as your #1 choice, and IB as your #2 choice). In-Zone students can just apply for IB as their first choice unless they would like to do both an academy and IB (which is very common at our school).

February 8, 2016 Academy Applications on Home Access Center CLOSE. Please be sure you have applied or made any corrections in HAC by 11:59pm on February 8th. 

February 15-20, 2016, IB acceptance letters will will be mailed out. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery. Please contact Vicki Murphy, with any questions regarding IB acceptance. 

Timeline for Current IB Students (Current 9th Graders)

February 8, 2016 Orientation for registration through Inquiry Skills classes.

March 1, 2016 Registration for classes.

Timeline for Current IB Students (Current 10th Graders)

February 9, 2016 Orientation for registration through English classes.

February 17, 2016 Registration for classes.

Timeline for Current IB Students (Current 11th Graders)

January 29, 2016 Orientation for registration through TOK classes.

February 24, 2016 Registration for classes.

CAS Requirements for Juniors and Seniors:

CAS Contact Report: Students are required to meet with their CAS Coordinator five (5) times throughout their two (2) year IB career. Please use the form below.

CAS Contact Report

CAS Contact Report

Juniors and Seniors, looking to log your CAS activities? Click on the links below…

PMHS IB CAS Activity Log and Reflection (PDF Version)

PMHS IB CAS Activity Log and Reflection (DOC Version)



What is IB?

The IB or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

What is Pre-IB?

Pre-IB Academy instruction consists of intensified courses in Grades 9 and 10 in English, Spanish, social studies, science, and mathematics in preparation for the rigorous college-level curriculum of the Grade 11-12 IB Diploma Program.

The Curriculum

IB Diploma students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject at PMHS is psychology, and beginning in 2014, a second science will be available.

In addition the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers – They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Click on the IB Logo to link to their website

IB Calendar (Junior and Senior Due Dates)

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