International Baccalaureate (IB)

Full-day magnet

  • International Baccalaureate, IB, magnet program, Columbia River High School
  • International Baccalaureate, IB, magnet program, Columbia River High School
  • International Baccalaureate, IB, Columbia River High School

A world of knowledge is waiting

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. 

 

Application process

The application process is designed to measure your interest, motivation and academic performance. The process begins with an online application where you will be asked to respond to a few different writing prompts. 

Prerequisite for Diploma Program: Completion of Algebra I.

There is no prerequisite to enter the Career-related Program.

Apply online during the magnet program application period, which typically begins in mid-January. If the deadline to apply has passed, please inquire about availability.

Julie Nygaard360-313-3900
Diploma Program coordinator
Morgan Parker360-313-3922
Career-related Program coordinator

Sample four-year plan

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
PB English 9 PB English 10 IB English 11 IB English Seminar
PB Biology PB Chemistry IB Biology 2,
IB Chemistry 2 or
IB Physics
IB Biology 3,
IB Chemistry 3 or
IB Physics 2
PB Geometry or higher PB Algebra 2 or higher IB Pre-Calculus/
Trig/Stats or higher
or IB Math Studies
IB Calculus Methods or higher or
IB Math Studies 2
World Language: Spanish, French or German (same language all four years) World Language: Spanish, French or German (same language all four years) World Language: Spanish, French or German (same language all four years) World Language: Spanish, French or German (same language all four years)
Elective: PE and Health PB World Themes IB History of Americas IB Modern World History
Art Elective or Occupational Education Elective Elective: Visual Art, Music, Video Production, Photography or Pottery Elective: IB Art,
IB Music, IB Film,
IB Photography,
IB Pottery, IB Psychology, IB Computer Science, Second World Language or Second IB Science
Elective: IB Art,
IB Music, IB Film,
IB Photography,
IB Pottery,  IB Psychology, IB Computer Science, Second World Language or Second IB Science
Theory of Knowledge (second semester) Theory of Knowledge (first semester)

Recognition

  • IB diploma
  • IB certificate

Certification

  • Washington State Career Skills Certificate
    • Basic Digital Photography
    • Video Production