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6 reasons to apply for the IB program

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is an academically challenging, balanced program that prepares students for success in college and life.

We asked six current and former students why they chose to enroll in the program. Here’s what they said:

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“IB let me be challenged in a wide variety of different areas. IB helped me become a well-rounded learner!”
—Jessica Ekeya, class of 2015, majoring in biology at Harvard University

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“I knew IB would be difficult for me and would challenge me to become a better person.”
—Isaac Stacey, class of 2015, majoring in music business, licensing and publishing at University of Colorado Denver

“IB was a great program to take in high school as a challenging and stimulating test run of what is to come in college and in later life.”
—Maddie Pirkl, class of 2015, majoring in mechanical engineering at George Fox University

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“I enrolled in IB in order to become a more balanced and well-rounded student and learner.”
—Colin Newton, Columbia River High School class of 2016

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“IB provided me with opportunities in research and other academic fields that helped me develop as a professional.”
—Sammi Clute, class of 2013, majoring in biology at Whitman College

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“IB taught me grit. Being able to work hard toward my goals no matter what obstacles have stood in my way will help me far beyond high school.”
—Kari Hampson, class of 2015, majoring in biology and Spanish at Whitman College

Apply to the program

Students who will be in high school during the 2016-17 school year may apply online from Jan. 12, 2016, at 4 p.m. PST to Monday, Feb. 8., at 4 p.m. PST. The program is free for accepted students, but an application, interview, transcripts and standardized test scores are required for consideration.

Admission is based on qualifications, which include completion of Algebra I with an A or B grade by the end of eighth grade. The order in which the application is received will not affect consideration. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

Students who live within district boundaries will be given priority over students from other districts. Transportation is provided for in-district students to and from their home school to Columbia River High School.

Acceptance letters will be mailed on Friday, March 11. Students who are not accepted to a program may be placed on a waiting list.

The school will hold an open house for all interested students and their parents on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia River High School, 800 NW 99th St.

For more information, visit the IB page, talk to a school counselor, email river.ib@vansd.org or call 360-313-3900.