IB Diploma Program
The International Baccalaureate Program at University High School includes the 9th and 10th grade Pre-IB Program and the 11th and 12th grade IB Diploma Program.
The Pre-IB Program at UHS began in the 1999-2000 school year with its first freshman class. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) authorized affiliation in July 2000 and the first group of IB students graduated in 2003.
The IB offers a variety of liberal arts courses that appeal to both the humanities and science-oriented student. While the strong academic program prepares IB students for challenging college classes, students may also earn college credit in advance, depending on the scores they receive on their IB assessments.
The IB Diploma Program is academically challenging, comprehensive and demanding. The program was founded to provide students of different linguistic, cultural and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives they need for success in college.
The intent of the program is that students learn how to learn and how to reach conclusions about human interaction with society, language, literature and science. This critical reflection is intended to extend also to the larger issue of international global awareness.
The goal of the IB is to encourage students to be informed and open-minded to the diversity of the world. After sharing a common course of study with other young adults around the world, students should be willing and able to share their considered opinions on a vast array of global topics.