International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

LINK:  City Honors IB Diploma Program Blog

IB Diploma Program Agreement

  • City Honors is home to one of the oldest IB Diploma Programs in the world and was New York State’s first IB Diploma Program outside of the New York Metro area.
  • The Diploma Program services juniors and seniors in high school. IB Diploma Candidates at City Honors take three IB Higher Level (HL) courses (240 course hours) and three IB Standard Level (SL) courses (150 course hours). In addition to this requirement, students must take one course from each of the five IB subject area groups and one elective course from Group 6 or Groups 1-4. At City Honors, all IB Diploma candidates take IB English HL and IB History of the Americas HL (year one of IB History is co-seated with AP US History & Government). Therefore, they must choose one more Higher Level course and three Standard Level courses.
  • Group 1 Studies in Language & Literature (English A: Literature HL); Group 2 Language Acquisition (French B SL, Spanish B SL, Mandarin B SL); Group 3 Individuals and Societies (History of the Americas HL); Group 4 Sciences (Physics SL/HL or Biology SL/HL); Group 5 Mathematics (Mathematics SL or Math Studies SL); Group 6 Arts & Electives (Film HL, Visual Arts SL/HL, Economics SL, Business & Management SL).
  • In addition to the balance between the humanities and sciences, the IB Diploma Program includes three core requirements: TOK, CAS, & the Extended Essay.
  1. Theory of Knowledge (TOK): an interdisciplinary course designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspective.

    1. Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS): encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. The goal is to participate an hour or two a week in CAS - with there being a balance between the three strands by the end of the program. Reflection on CAS experiences is a key element of completing this requirement.

    2. Extended Essay (EE): is an up to 4,000 word college-level analytical research paper. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected in college.

      •  The rigor of the IB Diploma Program is recognized by the world’s leading universities and IB Diploma Candidates are accepted into colleges and universities at higher rates than those who are not.
      •  Our candidates go on to attend such colleges and universities as: Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, Cornell, Brown, Howard, NYU, SUNY Potsdam's Honors Program, the University at Buffalo Honor’s College, and SUNY Geneseo’s Honors Program.

      A detailed information sheet about how the IB Diploma Program works at City Honors is here.

      The program not only prepares students for the academic challenges of college, but it also gives them a chance to receive college credit, provided they do well enough on the assessments. Many of our graduates have received 18-36 college credits for their IB Diploma and sophomore standing. This can directly translate into monetary savings because enough credit can be gained to eliminate an entire year of college.

      The IB recognition policy of thousands of colleges and universities in the United States can be accessed here. Please note, not every entry is 100% accurate. It is recommended that the website of the particular college/university of interest be consulted. (Also, performing a web search for the college name along with "international baccalaureate" will usually bring you to the page where this information can be accessed.

      The International Baccalaureate recently performed a study on the long-term effects of IB on those who participated in the program. A summary of this study can be downloaded here.

      Check out the IB Blog to view videos about the myriad of ways the IB Diploma Program impacts students.

      Facts and figures about IB are linked here.

      Frequently asked questions and other information about the program can be found here.

      Information from IB about University Recognition and many other FAQs is linked here

      Information from IB about AP vs. IB is linked here.

      IB's brochure on "Understanding the IB Diploma Program scores" can be downloaded here.

      Grade descriptors for each of IB's subject groups are here.

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      International Baccalaureate Transcript Information

      IB transcripts are automatically sent out in mid-July to the college a student indicated on the senior exit survey that he/she filled out in May. If you are transferring to another school and need a copy of your IB transcript, you must contact IB directly. Information on how to request an IB transcript, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about IB transcripts, can be found here.

            The Coordinator of City Honors IB Diploma Program is Elissa Morganti Banas.