International Baccalaureate

Greely High School received authorization and began offering IB courses and program to students in the fall of 2009.  Students in the graduating class of 2011 were the first to complete the IB program.

What do Greely graduates say about completing the IB Diploma Programme and how it prepared them for college/university?  


Why IB?
  • "IB’s standards, structured into interdisciplinary and multigrade lines of inquiry, were one of the models on which the common core was based, and the drive to meet the common core is drawing interest in IB even in the current tight school budget environment."
    Sparks, Sarah D. "Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core." Education Week., 10 Jan. 2013. Web. 30 July 2013.


  • Study finds IB Diploma graduates well prepared to succeed in college
    Summary Brief: International Baccalaureate Standards Development and Alignment Project
    The report, which analyzes the alignment of the IB Diploma Programme standards and the Knowledge and Skills for University Success (KSUS) college-ready standards, found IB standards to be “highly aligned with the KSUS standards.” In particular, the key cognitive strategies emphasized in the Diploma—critical thinking skills, intellectual inquisitiveness and interpretation—were found to be fully aligned with the expectations of university faculty.

GHS IB Teachers 2014-2015
Dina Lattanzi, Deb Pinkham, Barry Mothes, Kim MacDonald, Pat Thibault, Seth Knowles, Seb Brenes, Jessica Zipper, Grace Leavitt, Andy Tureff, Glenn Tracey, Julie Doughty, Audrey Northway, Carrie Gianattisio, Stacey Rodriguez, Kelly Welch, Denise Allen, Rye Daily, Farrah Alley, Doug Pride, Vanessa Sylvester, Jenn Tracey, Kevin Rollins, Jen Doane, Chris Hoffman, Sarah Way, Kelvin Hasch, Heather Perkinson

GHS IB Coordinator Vanessa Sylvester


Common abbreviations used by the IB
 

Throughout IB publications relating to the Diploma Programme, a number of abbreviations and acronyms are used. The following is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations. 

A    Anticipated candidate 
C    Course candidate (previously certificate) 
CAS    Creativity, Action, Service 
D    Diploma candidate 
DP    Diploma Programme 
EE    Extended essay 
H    Carry mark forward from a previous session 
HL    Higher level 
IA    Internal assessment 
IBCC    International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate 
ITGS    Information technology in a global society 
MCQ    Multiple choice (examination) 
MYP    Middle Years Programme 
N    No grade issued for the subject and level (or other 
diploma requirement) 
OCC    Online curriculum centre 
P    Pending (mark or grade not available) 
PG    Predicted grade 
PLA    Prescribed list of authors 
PLT    Prescribed literature in translation list 
PYP    Primary Years Programme 
R    Retake candidate 
SBC    Site based coordinator (for Diploma Programme courses online) 
SBS    School-based syllabus 
SL    Standard level 
ST    School supported self-taught (applies to language A literature SL only) 
TOK    Theory of knowledge 

Diploma Programme curriculum framework


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a comprehensive diploma program for students in grades 11 and 12. It aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people, who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IBO works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. The course of study utilizes international standards and is based on an integrated curriculum, and provides for multiple forms of learning techniques and assessments. The IB Diploma Programme has 2,283 schools in 132 countries. There are more than 1,173 IB Diploma Programme Schools in the Americas (Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean). Greely is the second school in the state of Maine to offer this comprehensive program.