Diploma Programme (DP)
What is DP?
The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years (11th and 12th grade) and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities (ibo.org).
Is the curriculum different from what Utah state expects?
An IB education looks at the State Core as a minimum requirement. Students will receive the educational requirements expected by the state of Utah in addition to a few more expectations. The IB MYP programme consists of eight subject groups-Language A (English), Language B (Spanish), Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical Education, and Technology (ibo.org).
How are students graded?
The IB uses assessment that is criterion-related, so students will always know how to reach the highest level on assessments. Criterion-related assessment means that all students have access to the pre-determined criteria on which they will be graded. The purpose of assessment is to provide feedback for learning, improve teaching, promote positive attitudes toward learning, promote deeper understanding of content, promote cognitive skills, and support the holistic nature of the programme.
What is the benefit of an IB diploma?
There are many sources that demonstrate that an IB student is more likely to gain entry into, and graduate from, top universities in the US and around the world than their peers. Most top Universities recruit IB students by offering them college credit for the work they do as part of a DP High School program. In Utah, schools including Utah State, Weber State, Westminster College, and the University of Utah provide 30 credit hours and a waiver of general education requirements for students who graduate with an IB Diploma. BYU provides individual credits for specific IB courses taken
The National Student Clearinghouse tracks enrollment and graduation data for over 90% of students attending colleges, universities, and other post-secondary schools in the United States. Here's what they found about the success rates of IB students in college:
IB students are more likely to get a bachelor's degree. An IB student is more likely to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Over 69% of IB students receive their bachelor's degree, compared to 58% of all US students.
The better a child's IB program performance, the higher his or her college success rate. Students who earn an IB diploma have the highest success rates, with 80% going on to attain a bachelor's degree. And students participating in the IB diploma program (diploma or certificate) who pass three or more exams attain a bachelor's degree at a rate of 74%.
The IB approach succeeds in schools of all economic sectors. 76% of all diploma candidates from low-income schools earned a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university.
IB students in public schools get the same great college results as students from private schools. 69% of IB students from public schools earned a bachelor's degree, compared to 70% for IB students from private schools.
Students who receive the IB diploma are 38% more likely to graduate from a university with a degree than other students in higher-education institutions.
86% of US IB diploma students received a bachelor's degree within six years or less, compared to a rate of 58% for all students.