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International Bacclaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a two-year course of study for students in 11th and 12th grades. Students in the IB Diploma Program gain rigorous and balanced academic preparation, an ability to draw on knowledge and understanding of various cultures and histories, and the experience of learning how to think critically and apply what they have learned across disciplines. 

The IB Diploma Program consists of the IB core curriculum and six distinct “groups” of study, listed below. At least three but no more than four will be at the higher level (HL) and the remainder will be at the standard level (SL). Course selection within IB is based on student interest, availability, and prerequisites. In most cases, IB students are in dedicated IB classes, listed below; in certain disciplines, students continue in the regular departmental offerings. 

There are no required “pre-IB” courses at Country Day but completing some advanced/Honors level courses during 9th and 10th grades is recommended. Interested students apply to the IB 
program during February of the 10th grade year. 

Course Descriptions

The following items form the "core" of the IB experience and are required for all IB students: