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Newport Harbor High School Starts 13th Year of International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Posted 9/12/22

NHHS IB students collaboratingNewport Harbor High School (NHHS) is entering its 13th year of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Since 2010, NHHS has offered the IB Diploma Program to high school juniors and seniors who are looking for an intensive two-year experience built around three core experiences. 

The core of the IB Program is:

  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), or experiences outside of academics, such as painting, hiking and volunteering, culminating in a personal project.

  • Extended Essay (EE), which is a 4,000-word research paper with citations on a topic of interest; the process, similar to that of a college thesis, involves reflection sessions with an advisor and a concluding interview. 

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a seminar series designed to improve students’ critical thinking skills that concludes with an oral presentation and 1,600-word essay that shows the awareness they gained of their personal and ideological assumptions, as well as the appreciation they developed of cultural perspectives. 

These experiences are designed to challenge students and better prepare them for the next step in their academic journey. 

Additionally, IB students must complete college-level courses in English, history, math and science, plus a second language and an elective. Students must demonstrate a higher level of knowledge, understanding and skills than they would at the standard high school level. Among the more popular electives are business management, film, theater and visual arts. 

According to a study by the Education Policy Improvement Center, students who completed the IB Diploma Program are better adjusted to the rigors demanded by college than the average college freshman.

NHHS IB student at work“The dedication necessary for completing the IB Diploma Program proves to colleges that the student is serious about their education; nearly all IB Diploma students who are awarded their IB Diploma start college with one year of college credit already completed through the IB Program,” said Alma Di Giorgio, IB Coordinator at NHHS. 

The 2022 NHHS IB graduate class all enrolled in colleges this fall, including UC Berkeley, Princeton, UC Irvine and Pepperdine University, to name a few. 

“IB was an amazing academic opportunity that led the way to merit scholarships and a well-rounded education,” said Alee Winley, 2022 IB Diploma graduate, who is attending Pepperdine University this fall. “I am so grateful to have met, learned from, and grown closer to each and every one of my peers in the program. And I’ve never had any teachers as kind, caring and intuitive as those who are involved in the IB Diploma Program.”

Visit the NHHS IB Program webpage to learn more. 

*Photos by Allie McCoy (Newport Harbor High School)