International Baccalaureate

IBThe Highland High IB information nights for 8th grade students and their parents/guardians will be held via Zoom on January 6th and 7th at 4:00pm and 6:00pm, respectively. These sessions are the same, so you only need to attend one.


Topic: IB Information Night January 6, 2021 4:00pm


Click here to fill out your application: HHS IB PROGRAM APP Completed applications will be due on January 15th. Only eighth grade students should apply.


Highland IB Handbook: This contains important information about what classes Highland offers in its 'one track' to diploma program. Click here to download: HHS IB Handbook

If you would like additional information about the IB Program and how to apply, please contact or



The IB Program is a challenging two-year curriculum for grades eleven and twelve. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Program prepares students for college-level work and encourages them to: ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, develop an ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. All students regardless of gender, race, culture, or family income are eligible to apply.



The Highland High School Pre-IB course of study is offered to students in 9th and 10th grades.  Highland High School Pre-IB students take Honors English, world language, AP Human Geography, Honors Chemistry and AP Physics in preparation for the IB Diploma Program.  The IBO defines the IB student as one who is in either 11th or 12th grade. Thus, it is in the last two years of high school that students prepare specifically for the IB examinations and diploma requirements. Courses in the junior and senior years continue to stress content, writing skills, critical thinking, and the application of concepts in the six subject groups and in a Theory of Knowledge course, which stimulates critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.


In the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Students may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 2 to 5.

The six IB subject areas and courses offered at Highland High are:

  • Language A: English HL
  • Language B: Spanish SL, French SL, German SL
  • Individuals and Societies: History of the Americas HL
  • Experimental Sciences: Biology HL and Chemistry SL
  • Mathematics: Mathematics SL
  • Fine Arts: Visual Art SL/HL, Music Performance SL, and Film Studies SL

Students at Highland will move through IB courses in 11th and 12th grade as a cohort.  The IB administrative team, IB teachers, parents and students form a learning community to support and encourage each other.

To be eligible for the IB Diploma, students must meet the following requirements:
Complete course work and IB examination requirements in three higher-level disciplines and in three standard-level disciplines selected from the six subject areas listed above during 11th and 12th grade. Write an extended essay (4,000 words) on a student selected topic in one of the IB subject areas. Complete the Theory of Knowledge course. Complete 150 hours of creativity, action, and service (CAS) activities.