The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO 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.
What is so special about IB programs?
- IB programs are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
- IB programs focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
- IB World Schools undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer IB programs, including a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IBO mission and philosophy.
- IB teachers participate in extensive professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
- Many students graduating from the Diploma Program find that it enhances their college opportunities.
- The core components of IB programs encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.
IB Course Requirements
The IB diploma program is completed by all students in their junior and senior years. Of course, all Reagan seniors graduate with a MPS high school diploma if they meet the district and state credit requirements. However, our students can also qualify for an IB Full Diploma or IB Course Certificates. These credentials are highly valued by colleges. Universities show preference to applicants with an IB Diploma/Certificates and some offer college credits for IB Diploma Program (DP) courses.
During grades 11/12 students choose standard level (SL) and honors level (HL) classes, depending upon their own strengths and interests. The chosen courses come from six IB subject areas: English (Literature or Literature & Peformance), World Languages (French or Spanish), Humanities (History, Psychology, Geography, Global Politics), Experimental Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Systems), Math (Math Studies, Math SL, Math HL), and the Fine Arts.*
All students must participate in the IB program at Reagan High School . To obtain an IB Full Diploma, students take IB exams in all six IB subject areas, and complete three additional tasks: TOK (Theory of Knowledge course), CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service volunteer hours), and the Extended Essay (4000 word independent research). If a student chooses not to pursue an IB Full Diploma, an IB Course Certificate can be gained by completing any IB DP course and then passing the IB exam. Ronald Reagan also offers the IB Career Program (CP), in which students take a career related course (health science or computer science), test in two Diploma Program courses, participate in community service, complete a Reflective Project, and create a Language Portfolio.
* An additional class can be chosen from another subject area (sciences or humanities) if a student has no interest in a Fine Arts line of study.