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Welcome to the IB Diploma Programme!
Welcome to the IB Diploma Programme!
Dear Parents,

Thank you for considering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for your student.

My name is Amber Donnell, and I serve as the IB World School coordinator at Dublin High School.

An IB learner is someone who is highly-motivated, creative and ready to take on the challenges that will shape the community and world for generations to come.

At Dublin High School, we will prepare your student to tackle those challenges and, more importantly, grow into productive members of society.

We are here to help your student navigate through the many course offerings and opportunities available to them through the IB World Diploma Programme, and give them every chance to realize their full potential.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with your questions, concerns and suggestions on how we can best meet your student's needs, and how you can help as well.

Educationally Yours,

Amber Donnell
IB Coordinator/DHS Beta Club Sponsor

Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Program at Dublin High School

6 months ago

IB is an advanced academic program offered at Dublin High School. Entering the program entails an application process for interested students who qualify.  Application details are found at the end of this page.

9th and 10th grade are Preparatory-IB, (PIB) involving completion of prerequisites and requirements for Georgia HS graduation and for the IB 11th and 12th grade years.

11th and 12th grade students are fully registered with IB as Diploma Candidates. 11th and 12th grade involves full participation in all 6 academic areas, submission of TOK and Extended Essays, and completion of CAS. An examination for one SL course is in May of the 11th grade year, and full international examinations for the remainder of the subjects are in May of the 12th grade year.

What is IB?

IB stands for International Baccalaureate.  It is a non-profit organization with the following mission:


The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


IB Diplomas are recognized at many of the most prestigious colleges and universities around the world. These schools recognize IB diploma holders as people who:

  • Have demonstrated competence with university level material
  • Have self-confidence
  • Have the capacity for university level research and study
  • Have sound thinking and communication skills
  • Can think in global terms with cultural sensitivity and international mindedness
  • Have successfully engaged in extra-curricular activities and community service while completing rigorous studies


* This URL will provide you with U.S. Colleges,



  • The IB programme is built around a consistent teaching philosophy and method of assessment.  Teachers in different subject areas work together to prepare an integrated curricula.  Courses can be taken individually, but the real value of the programme is realized from completing the whole diploma requirements. The Extended Essay, CAS, and Theory of Knowledge course make the whole experience greater than the sum of the parts.
  • The IB Diploma Programme is different from the school's college prep program. It is a comprehensive 2-year curriculum and assessment system that requires all diploma candidates to study courses across six disciplines allowing students to explore the connections between the six major subject areas; Language A (English), Second Language (Spanish), Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and The Sixth Subject.  Students will study each subject through an international perspective, will reflect critically on what it means to be a 'knower', will pursue one subject in great detail through independent research, and will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in community outreach.
  • Assessment of student achievement happens in a variety of ways throughout the two-year program.  It includes assessment of student work both by outside examiners, as well as the students' own teachers.  All assessment undergoes careful review or moderation to ensure that a common, international standard is applied equally to the work of students around the world.
  • IB is a lot of work, but there are advantages for enrolling in the program.   Students who have taken IB courses report that their involvement with IB has given them the tools needed to successfully continue their education and to make the most of their university experience.  In particular, students comment on their sense of preparedness, their self-confidence, their research skills, their ability to manage their time, and their willingness to be actively engaged in their own learning.  They have developed a sense of the world around them, their responsibility to it, and the skills with which to embrace the complexities of life.

IB learners strive to be:

- Inquirers

- Knowledgeable

- Thinkers

- Communicators

- Principled

- Open-minded

- Caring

- Risk-takers

- Balanced

- Reflective


* This URL will provide you more information on the characteristics of the IB student



All IB courses are taken during the junior and senior years.  Because IB values concurrency of learning, and in order to enhance learning and show how topics are often interconnected, IB courses are taken during the same time frame.


  • HL (higher level) courses require a minimum of 240 hours of instruction
  • SL (standard level) courses require a minimum of 150 hours of instruction
  • ToK (Theory of Knowledge) requires a minimum of 100 hours of instruction

How Do I Earn an IB Diploma?

To earn an IB Diploma:

  • All assessment components for each of the six subjects and the additional IB Diploma requirements must be completed in order to qualify for the award of the IB Diploma.
  • Performance in each of the six IB Diploma subjects is graded on a scale of 1 point (minimum) to 7 points (maximum). A maximum of 3 points is awarded for combined performance in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The maximum total Diploma Programme point score is therefore 45.


The IB Diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 24, 25, 26, or 27 points, provided all the following requirements have been met:

  • Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the Diploma
  • All CAS requirements have been met
  • Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both Theory of Knowledge and an Extended Essay, with a grade of at least D in both of them
  • There is no grade 1 in any subject
  • There is no grade 2 at higher level
  • There is no more than one grade 2 at standard level
  • Overall, there are no more than three grades 3 or below
  • At least 12 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for four higher level subjects must gain at least 16 points at higher level)
  • At least 9 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for two standard level subjects must gain at least 6 points at standard level)
  • The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice


The IB Diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 28 points or above, provided all the following requirements have been met:

  • Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the diploma
  • All CAS requirements have been met
  • Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both Theory of Knowledge and an Extended Essay, with a grade of at least D in one of them
  • There is no grade 1 in any subject
  • There is no more than one grade 2 at higher level
  • There are no more than two grades 2 at standard level
  • Overall, there are no more than three grades at 3 or below
  • At least 11 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for four higher level subjects must gain at least 14 points at higher level)
  • At least 8 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for two standard level subjects must gain at least 5 points at standard level)
  • The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice


The following courses would be the initial offerings for Dublin High School students. Additional courses can be added as the program grows. 

Group 1:  Studies in Language and Literature

This is your native language; the language you speak at home.  IB offers 45, Group 1 languages in either SL or HL courses.  For most of us at DHS, our native language is English.

  • HL English Literature

Group 2:  Language Acquisition
This is the language you are attempting to learn so that you can better understand another culture.  It is important that you have some previous experience learning this language and/or you are committed to working diligently.

  • SL Spanish

Group 3:  Individuals and Societies

  • HL History of the Americas

Group 4:  Experimental Sciences

  • HL Biology

Group 5:   Mathematics

  • SL Mathematics

Group 6: 6th Subject

  • Environmental Science

Theory of Knowledge

  • ToK

Theory of Knowledge is a course that links the IB curriculum.  It is taken in the junior and senior years and requires a minimum of 100 hours of instruction. 

Students will explore the following questions:

What counts as knowledge?

  • How does it grow?
  • What are its limits?
  • Who owns knowledge?
  • What is the value of knowledge?
  • What are the implications of having, or not having knowledge?


This URL can provide more on ToK:


Extended Essay

The Extended Essay is part of the full diploma curriculum.  It is a 4000 word (approx. 12 page) paper that is the culmination of the student's independent, self-directed research on a topic of the student's own choosing related to one of the student's IB courses.

The purpose of the extended essay is to prepare students for undergraduate level university research and to give students a chance to explore a topic of personal interest in detail.


This URL can provide more information on the Extended Essay:



CAS provides a balance to a purely academic curriculum. It involves a minimum of 150 hours of service related activities over the 2 year period.  The 150 hours may be split among the areas:  creativity, action, and service, or a single large-scale project may be used to meet the time requirement.

Students successfully completing CAS requirements will demonstrate these outcomes:

  • Increased awareness of individual strengths and areas for growth
  • Undertook new challenges
  • Planned and initiated activities
  • Worked collaboratively with others
  • Showed perseverance and commitment in activities
  • Engaged in issues of global importance
  • Considered the ethical implications of personal actions
  • Developed new skills


This URL will provide more information on CAS



Q:  Why is the IB Programme important to Dublin High School?

A:  The high school faculty recognizes the IB programme as a way to accomplish the mission and goals of the school as established by our various stakeholders.  The IB programme is a way for any student, who chooses to attempt the rigorous work, the chance to experience an internationally recognized liberal arts education in order to be well-prepared for university work, as well as a career in a global economy.


Q: Why is the IB Learner Profile stressed so much?

A: The IB Learner Profile is a set of qualities that IB believes all students need to be successful.  The profile is at the core of the IB programme.  These qualities include:

  • - inquirers
  • - knowledgeable
  • - thinkers
  • - communicators
  • - principled
  • - open-minded
  • - caring
  • - risk-takers
  • - balanced
  • - reflective


Q:  Do all students who attempt the IB Programme earn the IB Diploma?

A:  No. The reality is that just as in in other educational settings or curriculums, not all students attempting to earn the diploma will make the required scores to be successful.


Q:  How are the IB students who do not earn the IB Diploma awarded?

A:  Students will be awarded certificates for the examinations successfully completed, as well as a Dublin High School Diploma if they have successfully completed all graduation requirements.


Q:  Can IB students transfer from one Diploma Programme school to another?

A:  Yes, but while the Diploma Programme itself is the same from school to school, the subject choices available to students will vary from school to school.  Timelines and deadlines for central elements;  Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) requirements usually vary as well.


Q:  What is the average amount of time a diploma candidate should expect to spend on homework each night ? How should we study?

A:  From one to four hours per night.  Your study style is your own, but it is advisable to exercise good time-management skills.


Q:  What is "Theory of Knowledge"?

A:  Theory of Knowledge, or ToK, is a seminar-type course that explores the links between IB subject area courses.  It is part existential, philosophical, psychological and metaphysical.  It will span the junior and senior years and students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of instruction.  Students must fulfill an oral presentation requirement and author a 1600 word paper using the Areas of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing in order to successfully complete the course.

Q: What is Extended Essay?

A:  The Extended Essay is a 4,000 word piece of original research conducted by each IB Diploma candidate.  It is to be completed around the end of the first semester of the senior year.  The student researches and writes on a topic of his or her choosing and has a faculty coach, as well as the Extended Essay Supervisor to help with the essay.


Q:  Are all IB students required to write an Extended Essay?

A:  Students who take individual IB courses are not required to complete the Extended Essay.  Only full IB Diploma Candidates write the Extended Essay.


Q:  Is the Extended Essay done as part of one of the IB courses?

A:  The Extended Essay is not included in any IB course and is written outside of the classroom setting.  The essay topic must relate to one of the IB courses, however.


Q:  What is "CAS"?

A:  CAS stands for Creativity-Activity-Service. Each Diploma candidate must have documented 150 hours of after-school activities which take place during the junior and senior years.  The activities can be split among creative, action, and service (volunteer) oriented endeavors or a single overarching project. Students will discuss their personal growth through a culminating project upon completion of the 150 hour requirement.  The school has a CAS Advisor who works with each student to ensure the IB requirements are met.  Additionally, IB requires that students will reflect on his or her personal growth from these endeavors.


Q:  How many IB exams are there, and when do students take them?

A:  All diploma candidates at DHS will take six IB exams, including one literature course, one world language, one social science, one experimental science, one math, and one sixth subject course.    Of the six exams, three are taken at the standard level and three are taken at the higher level.

IB students are expected to take their exams at the conclusion of the 2 years of IB coursework. However, the IBO permits students to take one or two standard level examinations in May of the junior year, upon the recommendation of the school's IB Coordinator if the minimum instructional hour requirement has been met.  Higher level exams can only be taken at the end of the senior year.

Students who are not diploma candidates will take their exam(s) if they choose to pursue a certificate in a particular subject or subjects.


Q:  Can an IB exam be taken without having taken the course?

A:  No.  The IBO requires that students complete the minimum specified hours of instruction.

Q:  May I take IB examinations even if I am not attending an IB school?

A:  No.  The IBO permits only students enrolled in and attending IB-authorized schools to participate in an IB programme and take IB examinations.



DHS will be accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year beginning January of 2020.  Thank you for your interest.