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.
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 at Pedro Menendez High School instruction consists of intensified courses in Grades 9 and 10 in English, Spanish, Science, and Mathematics in preparation for the rigorous college-level curriculum of the Grade 11-12 IB Diploma Program.
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. Students have a choice of a sixth subject at PMHS. This can either be Psychology, Visual Arts, or Dance. Please see the IB Four Year Plan here.
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. Students will participate in writing the Extended Essay, the Theory of Knowledge course, and complete CAS hours (Creativity, Activity, Service), including a personalized CAS project.
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, Activity, 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. In addition, students are required to create and complete a CAS project of their own design.
Still not convinced? Questions about how to get the IB Diploma? Take a look at our IB Parent/Student Survival Guide for answers to most of your common questions: Parent Student Survival Guide
More questions about IB, take a look at our IB Welcome Presentation here.
Are you an IB Learner?
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.
Pedro Menendez High School opened its doors to the International Baccalaureate Programme in the Fall of 2010. Our inaugural class had 17 full diploma students, and included study in English, History, Spanish, Biology, Mathematics, and Psychology. Since our first diploma candidate exams in 2011, we have grown to sustain over 69 full Diploma Candidates in 2018 (the largest class since the inception of IB at PMHS), offer two mathematics options (Calculus and Math Studies–Statistics), two spanish options (Spanish B and Spanish Ab. Initio), three science options (Biology, Physics, and Environmental Systems), and three group six options (Psychology, Visual Arts, and Dance). Many of our courses can now be taken either as SL or HL options, and all are compatible with the various Academy offerings at PMHS.
In 2018 we experienced a Diploma recipient rate of 52%, yet tested our largest Diploma class yet. Our Diploma Programme candidates remain strong with an average of 28 points on their DP results, and have held steady at 4.43 for the average grade of DP candidates on exams. In addition, we had the most subject entries to date (706), with one of the largest certificate candidate registrations in recent years (200). The ability for our students to pursue both the Diploma Programme and the Certificate options sets us apart from other programs in the nation and world.
|Past 4 years of IB at PMHS (by the numbers)||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|DP Pass #||36||39||39||32|
|DP Pass Rate %||52%||61%||62%||65%|
|Ave. Points on Diploma||28||28||28||29|
|Highest Points on DP||37||36||37||37|
|Ave. Grade on DP Exam||4.43||4.64||4.56||4.52|
IB Calendar (Junior and Senior Due Dates)