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Nicholas Senn High School

IB Diploma Prep/DP
What is IB?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) provides challenging programs that help students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills they need to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, the IB has sustained its reputation for high quality education for over 35 years. IB programs focus on international mindedness and on promoting a positive attitude towards learning. Collectively, they represent the best curricula from around the world. The IB now has programs in over 3000 schools in over 135 countries.

IB Mission Statement

"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 programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
"These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."
Visit www.ibo.org for additional information on the International Baccalaureate Programme.
Click here to read about the IB Learner Profile at the foundation of all IB Programmes.


Diploma Programme (See blue diagram to the right)
The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging college-preparatory program offered to qualified, highly motivated 11th and 12th grade students. The program requires a two-year study of six subjects and a 4,000 word extended essay on an independent investigation of a self-selected topic. In addition, IB Diploma candidates are required to gain experience in a range of extracurricular pursuits including the arts, community service, and physical activities.
Universities around the world recognize that IB Diploma Programme graduates have completed rigorous coursework and assessments. The IB Diploma Programme has a distinguished reputation for emphasizing international perspectives and fostering the development of skills and attributes to prepare students for university and life.
Any school wishing to offer the Diploma Programme and attain IB World School Status must first go through the rigorous authorization process. Additionally, each authorized IB World School must undergo program evaluation every five years by the International Baccalaureate to ensure the school is implementing the programme successfully and maintaining IB standards and policies. Nicholas Senn High School was authorized* to offer the Diploma Programme in 1999 and has successfully completed evaluations in 2006 and 2011 with commendations for its performance.
Click here to see the CPS IB Diploma Programme video, featuring Senn graduate and IB Diploma recipient Jhanus Francisco.
Middle Years Programme (See orange diagram to the right)
Senn has been authorized* to offer the IB Middle Years Programme. Schools that offer IB Programmes share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Senn High School believes is important for its students.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to draw connections between traditional school subjects and the real world while promoting critical and reflective thinking. All MYP students take courses in 8 subject areas, participate in cross-disciplinary work, and complete a culminating Personal Project. Senn IB students will be in the MYP in 9th and 10th grades before qualifying for entry into the prestigious Diploma Program at the start of their junior year.

* Only schools authorized by the IB organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme.