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What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, whose headquarters are based in Geneva, Switzerland, with North American headquarters in New York City, is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that results in internationally recognized achievement. In September 1999, Foothill High School became a fully authorized International Baccalaureate Diploma School and the first class of IB Diploma Candidates was graduated in 2001.

The IB Diploma Program offers students challenging, comprehensive course work in the traditional disciplines. In addition, diploma candidates write a four thousand word extended research essay (EE) and complete 150 hours of creativity, action and service (CAS). The diploma also requires a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class that examines the relationship among academic disciplines, and investigates how one arrives at knowledge and develops reasoning skills.

The program promotes organization and time management skills, a facility in oral and written communication and a commitment to community service and extracurricular activities. Additionally, the proficiency in six demanding areas (English, Foreign Language, Social Science, Science, Math and an elective) gives students an advantage in gaining admission to the college or university of their choice. In recognition of their efforts, students may receive advanced placement or college credit for each exam passed.


Who is eligible to enter the IB Program?

Although academic excellence is certainly an essential criterion, success in the program also depends to a great degree on motivation and character. Therefore, students considering the program should possess the dedication required to complete a rigorous, four-year program marked by conceptual thinking, creative expression, and writing across the curriculum. Students entering the IB program should ideally have completed Algebra I as a prerequisite to enroll in Geometry as freshmen.


What is the main difference between an IB and AP schedule over the course of four years?

The courses listed below compare the IB and the AP coursework available by grade level.

Grade Level

IB Course


AP Courses



  World History Honors   World History Honors
  English Honors   English Honors
  Biology Honors   Biology Honors


  European History AP   European History AP
  Chemistry Honors   Chemistry Honors


  English IB HL 1   English Lang AP
  US History AP   US History AP
  Biology AP   Physics AP
  Pre-Calculus/H or Calculus AB or BC   Pre-Calculus/H or Calculus AB or BC
  Visual Arts SL or Psychology AP/SL   Psychology AP
  Theory of Knowledge    


  English IB HL 2   English Lit AP
  History of the Americas HL   Economics/Am Govt AP
  Math SL   Calculus AB/BC or Statistics 
  Biology HL   Biology AP/Environmental AP
  Foreign Lang AP   Foreign Language AP
  Theory of Knowledge    

Why enter the IB Program?

IB presents students with a challenging and stimulating curriculum. IB emphasizes the philosophy of applied knowledge and the process of learning. IB involves students in an interdisciplinary education with “global” perspective. IB rewards students for being well-rounded and responsible citizens. IB offers the possibility of course credit in many colleges and universities and enhances students’ chances of admission. IB aids students in making a smooth transition from high school to college. Please contact Victoria Owens at (714) 730-7464 x 629 or email for more information on the International Baccalaureate Program.


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