IB in High Schools (Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme)
Annapolis High School, Meade High School and Old Mill High School are fully authorized by the IB to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP 9-10) for students in grades 9 and 10 and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) for students in grades 11 and 12.
What is the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme?
In the high schools, the IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP 9-10) prepares students in grades 9 and 10 for the two year IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) that qualified students will enter in grades 11 and 12. High School IB MYP (9-10) students must be eligible for, and plan to complete the IB DP, an internationally recognized, pre-university course of study designed to foster an intercultural understanding of the global community.
IB MYP (9-10) and IB DP (11-12) high schools apply for authorization from the IB organization. Teachers are trained by the IB organization and use IB assessment criteria to evaluate student learning.
What are the benefits for students?
IB students engage in a program recognized by colleges and universities throughout the world. Participation and diligence in the IB Diploma Programme have led to awards and scholarships for IB students. In addition, the breadth and academic intensity of the program prepares students for pursuits in college, internships, and employment.
What will students do in the IB Programmes?
The IB MYP (9-10) engages students in academically rigorous courses focused on eight subject groups: English, World Language, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, the Arts, Technology, and Physical Education. IB MYP (9-10) students learn to think creatively and independently as they immerse themselves in this interdisciplinary education.
In the IB DP (11-12), students continue to develop an international outlook through a challenging course of study. The standard and higher level courses in which students engage are focused around six subject groups: Literature, World Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Science, Mathematics, and the Arts and Electives. Upon successful completion of the program and its requirements, students may be eligible for the IB Diploma, a globally recognized college qualification.
What additional opportunities will IB students have?
Over the course of this four year program, students will have the opportunity to:
- Complete an IB MYP Personal Project by researching and showcasing a topic about which they are passionate.
- Learn to communicate in a second language.
- Write an original and independently researched Extended Essay.
- Complete interdisciplinary courses that stimulate critical reflection of knowledge and experience gained in and out of the classroom.
- Develop a Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) portfolio to document ongoing participation in community activities that encourage students to share their energies and talents with others outside the academic structure.
Are there any additional costs involved with the program?
IB Diploma Candidates take IB assessments in grades 11 and 12. The total cost of the test fees for an IB Candidate is approximately $700. Families needing additional financial assistance should contact their school's IB coordinator.
Who is eligible?
Students apply to the IB MYP/DP for 9-12 when they are in grade 8. Click here to find specific information about the requirements for applying to the IB MYP/DP program. Students in grade 10 who are interested in the program should contact their IB school/school-based IB Programme Coordinator for information on the 10th Grade Criteria for Selection.