Weber High School
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I'M INTERSETED, WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

You must communicate with your guidance counselor that you are interested in the IB Program. In order for students to have room to complete the entire IB diploma program it is crucial that students sign up for the right classes during 9th and 10th grade. We recommend that every student takes English Honors, Foriegn Language (Spanish, German, or Chinese), Math Honors, Lab based Science (Biology, Physics, or Chemistry), Health/Fit for Life, a CTE Elective, PE, and Financial Lit/AP Government.

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES?

Although students coming from honors classes will have a clear advantage in the program, there are no requirements to have taken honors courses. It is suggested that students interested in IB take an AP course either in the 9th or 10th grade year. We also suggest that students take Financial Literacy and Government their sophomore year.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Currently the IB program fees are $119 per test (6 subjects) for a total of $714.
*Fees are subject to increase by IB and do not include late payment fees.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The benefits of the IB program are tremendous. The IB program aims to prepare students for college-level work, support independent research, and teach the value of a diverse world. A student that successfully completes the diploma program can earn up to 30 college credits. 

*Colleges do vary in the amount of IB credit they accept and they also vary in the type of credit that students can earn (subject specific or elective). Check out schools that you are interested in attending by visiting their websites. 

IS IB RIGHT FOR ME OR MY CHILD?

The IBDP is a rigorous course of study for curious and  motivated students. That said, prior academic success is less an indicator of ability to earn the diploma than are a student’s determination to do his or her best, willingness to be organized in order to complete the work while leading a full, balanced life, and a strong commitment to learning in and beyond the classroom.

WHY IB AT WEBER?

The International Baccalaureate Program focuses on research, inquiry, analysis, and critical thinking across all subject areas. The IB Program has higher standards and smaller class sizes than traditional classes with teachers who have received additional IB training.  If you have ever considered going to private school, then IB is the place for you. IB is the best of both worlds, it has small class sizes, rigorous courses, like minded students with no discipline problems, and you still have the benefits of going to a large public school (sports, clubs, electives, buses, etc). 

 

 

Will I have any free time in the IB Program?

Yes! One of our IB seniors took the lead role in Mama Mia, while another senior is on the lacrosse team. We also have a junior on the swim team and another junior who holds two different after school jobs.

HOW IS IB DIFFERENT FROM AP?

IB is a holistic program, meaning you can't just take one or two IB courses, you have to participate in the full program.
  • IB courses also focus on writing and analyzing rather than memorizing large quantities of information.
  • IB courses focus on student choice and creativity. (Science students create their own labs)
  • IB courses also contain Internal Assessments that make up a portion of each grade (not just one test).

WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE THE ELECTIVES THAT I WANT?

Students in the IB Program will have room for a minimum of 1.5 electives each year to a maximum of 3.5 electives each year.  While we cannot guarantee your first choice of electives (due to scheduling conflicts) we will do our best to accommodate all students.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

  1. Visit the IB website at http://www.ibo.org/ 
  2. Attend school meetings and events 
  3. Speak with your school’s DP coordinator