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The International Baccalaureate Program


The IB Program offers a wide range of academic choices and challenges for students at Long Beach High School. Please review the benefits it provides for our students.

Benefits for the students:

·        IB students become active learners. All courses, especially the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), encourage students to understand how they learn, how they connect learning, and how they apply learning.

·        IB ensures a world-class education through a standardized curriculum and a balanced array of assessment methods.

·        IB offers a comprehensive curriculum. Many programs of rigor for gifted and motivated students focus on one or more select academic areas, while IB gives students a solid base in all areas of knowledge. IB is a "full service" curriculum and teaching philosophy aimed at developing a student as a whole.

·        IB attracts motivated students, and when introduced in public schools and used like many magnet programs, it promotes access for underprivileged students.

·        The community service component throughout all IB curriculum which fosters a sense of responsibility and involvement in the students' communities.

·        In addition to an internationally oriented curriculum, IB gives students first-hand experience of being part of an international community and of having a common bond with students all over the world.

·        The rigorous curriculum and inquiry-based approach to learning prepare students to move to the next level of their education.  

·        IB diplomas and certificates are widely respected by colleges and universities. Participation in the Diploma Program signals a student's hard work and dedication and often leads to acceptance to competitive universities and advanced college placement.

Who is IB for?

IB is for students who are willing to work hard. The IB program draws upon a wide range of interests, abilities and talents attracting many different types of students. Students need to be able deal with several demanding classes simultaneously, have a willingness to develop self discipline, learn to manage their time more effectively, have the ability to think critically, want a more internationally minded outlook, and have a desire to become fluent in a second language. The IB Program is open to any and all students.  

IB Diploma Program at Long Beach High School




Requirements for an International Baccalaureate Diploma


Three Higher Level Courses  

Three Standard Level Courses


One course from each of six core curriculum groups

Group 1: Language A (English)

Group 2: Language B

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Group 4: Experimental Science

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts and electives

Theory of Knowledge

Extended Essay



  • Each course is graded on a scale of 1 to 7; 24 points are required to get an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Higher grades in one course may be used to make up for lower grades in another course, provided that the total points are 24+ and the 3 HL’s average at least 4 points.
  • ToK and the Extended Essay may contribute Bonus Points (up to 3) to the Diploma.
  • Please note- for their sixth subject, in addition to the courses offered in Group 6, they may also do a second course from Groups 3 or 4.



International Baccalaureate Program
Long Beach Public Schools