Consider different perspectives. Gain awareness and confidence. Think critically. Reflect.
International Baccalaureate (IB) is a worldwide honors program with an internationally designed curriculum stressing the importance of expertise in all academic areas. The program helps students develop critical thinking and research skills that will facilitate their success at college and in careers within the larger global society. The honors program in grades 9 and 10 prepares students for the rigorous course of study in the 11th and 12th grades.
Columbia River has two IB program tracks. The IB Diploma Program (DP) and the IB Career-related Program (CP). IB Diploma Program courses are offered in the areas of english, mathematics, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, history, philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, art, music, and film. Successful completion of one or more of these courses and exams can lead to college credit recognized at universities throughout the world. Completion of the entire IB Diploma Program may result in priority admission to universities, increased college credit and additional scholarship opportunities. Throughout both stages of the Diploma Program, students are encouraged to develop their skills in time management and problem-solving, view multiple perspectives and reflect on their learning as they apply it to new situations.
The IB Career-related Program allows students to mix academically rigorous coursework with a career pathway focus in their 11th and 12th grade years. Current pathway options include computer science, video, photography, graphic design, and marketing, with plans to expand pathway options each year. Students who complete this program are well-equipped to enter into apprenticeships or higher education, or go directly into competitive employment.