IB is a rigorous two-year comprehensive curriculum for grades 11 and 12 that prepares students for post-secondary study. Our District’s high schools have been authorized to offer IB since the 1998-99 school year.
Half of all of our juniors and seniors at Central and Northern High Schools take one or more IB classes.
Diploma Candidates Complete Work on Extended Essays
While half of all students at Central and Northern High Schools participate in the International Baccalaureate Program, a smaller number pursue the IB diploma, taking all IB classes during their junior and senior years. One of the requirements for the diploma candidates during senior year is a 4,000 word extended essay.
In addition to researching and writing what becomes approximately 16 pages, the students are challenged to shape their essay addressing a fine-tuned thesis. These are not the typical term papers on a broad topic, but more like magazine or journal articles.