Diana Cinatl

Diana Cinatl

IB Coordinator

Email: diana.cinatl@desertsands.us

Phone: (760) 772-4150 ext. 25299

Office Hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm

IB Office closed during all school vacations and summer

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The IB Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The IB Diploma Program, created in 1968, is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations; it is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16-19. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universities. International Baccalaureate has shown, over the course of 30 years, that students are well prepared for university work.

The IB Diploma is awarded by the International Baccalaureate to students who successfully meet the assessment criteria for internal and external examinations in six academic subject areas, complete a course of study in the Theory of Knowledge, present and extended essay reflecting the student's independent research and analysis in one of the six subjects studied, and engage in 150 hours of activities that represent creativity, action, and service during their junior and senior year.

In order to meet the requirements for the full IB Diploma, students must select from each of the six IB areas above. Three group areas must be at the higher level (HL) and three at the standard level (SL). IB candidates must submit all assessments for each subject and complete all requirements for the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Action, Service.

Students can choose to study for individual subject certificates, rather than the full diploma, if the diploma combination does not best meet their individual needs or circumstances.


IB Monthly Meetings:

9th will meet Tuesday, February 6th at lunch in the gym

10th graders will meet Wednesday, February 7th at lunch in the ROOM 603

11th & 12th graders will meet Thursday, February 8th at lunch in the gym

IB Parents will meet Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm in the Staff Lounge

Agenda Items:

  • Welcome
  • IB Diploma Requirements: Extended Essay Information
  • IB Orientation - Feb. 6 & 8 at 6:30 pm in our theater (IB Applications due Thursday, Feb. 22nd)
  • Parent Volunteers for IB Exams - Please help!
  • IB Club pictures - Wed. Feb. 14th at lunch in the gym. Be there!
  • Save the Date - Senior IB Diploma Dinner - May 24th @ Roy's
  • Coming in March (TOK) and April (CAS): IB Diploma Requirements
  • IB Diploma Requirements (Extended Essay, TOK, CAS)
  • Be Proactive. Keep a file. Start searching universities (www.ibo.org)
  • Are you following your IB Four Year Plan
  • IB Transfers need to maintain 3 IB subjects and a 3.0 GPA
  • "Proof is in the Performance"
  • Questions and Comments

IB Orientation for the Class of 2022

La Quinta High School will host an IB Diploma Program Orientation on Feb. 6th (Tuesday) and 8th (Thursday) for incoming eighth graders and their parents. The Orientation will be held in our theater at 6:30 pm. Please join us one of the nights to find out how IB can prepare you for university. A complete overview of our IB Diploma Program will be shared, along with the IB Application and expectations. Applications will be due to Mrs. Cinatl at LQHS by 3:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 22nd.

MAY 2018 IB Exam Fees:

May 2018 IB Exam Fees are due no later than Thursday, Oct. 12th for students enrolled in the following SL and HL2 IB classes:

  • IB English A Literature HL2, not HL1
  • IB French B HL2, not HL1
  • IB French B SL
  • IB Spanish B HL2, not HL1
  • IB Spanish B SL
  • IB Economics SL
  • IB History HL2, not HL1
  • IB History SL
  • IB Biology HL2, not HL1
  • IB Biology SL
  • IB Math Studies SL
  • IB Theater HL2, not HL1
  • IB Theater SL
  • IB Visual Arts HL2, not HL1
  • IB Visual Arts SL

Please note: There are numerous fees determined by IB. For those candidates pursuing the full diploma, the cost is approximately $850 for the May 2018 IB exams. Currently, our school (w/help from our IB fundraising) and the school district pay our annual fee ($11,090) and 85% of each student's registration fee ($172 per student). Students pay a $20 registration fee plus a per subject fee of $119. These fees go towards paying IB Examiners around the world who individually assess each exam. Our students are very lucky to get the financial assistance from our school and district, but there will come a time when those costs will have to be passed on to our students because of budget constraints. It is the responsibility of the IB candidate to pay all fees associated with the IB and their assessments by the set deadlines (Oct. 12th) for May 2018 exams. ALL FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE! Please plan ahead. Students will receive an invoice by the end of September.

Extended Essay - Class of 2018 & 2019 Diploma Candidates:

The Extended Essay Subject Guide can be found on the Library's webpage ( https://sites.google.com/a/desertsands.us/ib-extended-essay/) under "IB Extended Essay." Be sure to follow the subject specific details found on pages 21-154. Your Extended Essay is to be turned in before our Thanksgiving Break. Be sure to sign up for your Viva Voce appointment (Dec. 1-15) with Mrs. Cinatl when you email your PDF and 2 final hard copies by end of lunch on Nov. 17th.

IB Diploma Graduates!

Our IB Diploma Graduates have been accepted at: Princeton, Cornell, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown, Boston College, NYU, Duke, MIT, U.S. Air Force Academy, Morehouse, Villanova, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Santa Clara, University of Miami, University of Rochester, Notre Dame, BYU, Harvey Mudd, University of San Diego, Pepperdine University, Scripps, Williams College, Vassar College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Redlands, Emerson College, Trinity College, University of Washington, Indiana University, George Mason University, Baylor University, Woodbury University, California Lutheran University, and Arizona State.

IB Learner Profile

As IB Learners we strive to be:


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives--intellectual, physical, and emotional--to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our won ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

Alumni: New features on LinkedIn for IB graduates

Your IB graduates now can officially list their IB diploma, coursework or certificates under the “Education” section on their LinkedIn profiles. You and your graduates also can search among all listed IB alumni on the new International Baccalaureatepage on LinkedIn.

So please let your alumni know they can add the International Baccalaureate to their education profile. They can add an education listing for your school too.

How to add International Baccalaureate to a LinkedIn profile:

Login to LinkedIn

• Click “Edit Profile” and scroll down to “Add education”

• Type “International Baccalaureate” in the field for “School”

• Add “Dates Attended,” if you like

• Add “Activities and Societies,” if you want

• Click "Save" to complete the process

• Click “Add education” again to list your IB World School

Check out the International Baccalaureate page on LinkedIn to...

• Keep in touch with other graduates

• Explore IB alumni career pathways

• Find influential alumni from around the globe

IB Coordinator: Mrs. Cinatl

Email: diana.cinatl@desertsands.us

Phone: (760) 772-4150 ext. 25299

Office Hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm

IB Office closed during all school vacations and summer