The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

  • Luther Burbank High School
  • Where San Antonio finds world-class standards…..

What are we about?

Becoming a life-long learner

Fulfilling the dream of acquiring a university degree!

What is IB? - A set of definitions

  • A rigorous college preparatory curriculum
  • An international standard for secondary education
  • A Liberal Arts Education
  • Centered on the IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile – All IB students & teachers strive to be….

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

What Needs Does the IB Meet?

  • An educational environment for students seeking an academic challenge
  • An avenue that fosters active participation in the community
  • A structure that guides students through the requirements of academic standards
  • The need to reflect on how our actions, words, and thoughts impact the person we become

How does a student earn the IB Diploma?

  • Follow the Burbank IB Prep program in 9th & 10th grade
  • Register for IB courses in the United Kingdom the 11th & 12th grade
  • Pass all IB assessments
  • Write an Extended Essay, and complete a CAS Plan addressing creativity, action, and service.

What are the IB requirements ?

  • English, Spanish, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Fine Arts - taken the junior and senior year
  • Complete the CORE:
    • Extended Essay – 4000 word research essay
    • Theory of Knowledge – “How do we know what we know?”
    • CAS - Creativity, Action, and Service - done during the junior and senior year

A World of High Expectations

  • The IB teacher is….
    • trained in IB, AP, GT
    • a compassionate and understanding professional with high standards
  • The IB teacher requires….
    • students to work for the best
    • students to meet the challenge of the IB Standards

A World of High Expectations

  • IB teachers practice the IB Philosophy….and sponsor:
    • Interact Club
    • UIL
    • Munsa
    • History Club
    • World Traveler’s Club
    • Robotics Club
    • Global Vision
    • VASE, and other competitions

Can they earn the IB Diploma at another school?

  • The IBO has the following authorized schools
    • 2,481 DP schools worldwide in 140 countries
    • 810 DP schools in North America and the Caribbean
    • 53 DP schools in Texas
    • 1 school in San Antonio, Texas
  • Data taken from, accessed April 1, 2014.

What if a student does not earn the IB Diploma? Does that mean s/he will not graduate?

  • IB students at Burbank will graduate with a Texas high school diploma following the Foundation Program with Endorsements

How does HB 5 Impact IB?

  • Students completing the IB curriculum will follow the guidelines for the Multi-Disciplinary Studies Endorsement.
  • Students may be eligible for additional endorsements, including:
    • Arts and Humanities (Band, Drama, Spanish, Choir, Orchestra)
    • STEM (Math and Science)
    • Public Service (ROTC)

How does HB 5 Impact IB?

  • Students completing the IB curriculum will be eligible for the “Distinguished” achievement diploma provided that they meet the state’s TSI compliance.
  • Basically, be prepared to enter University without the need for remediation.
  • Meet the CCRS! 

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