SHS International Baccalaureate Programme

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Sumner High School Mission Statement

The Sumner High School community develops all students to be inquiring, knowledgeable, ethical and caring individuals who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

IBO 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.


Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) has a presence in countries throughout the world. There are IB World Schools across the globe, and universities worldwide recognize the strength of our Diploma Programme.

The effectiveness of the IB programs worldwide is attributed to the depth of the individual courses and also the comprehensive nature of the total program. Unlike other honors programs, IB requires each student to take advanced courses in six academic areas.

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Diploma Candidates

Students who wish to pursue the most rigorous college-preparatory program available to them choose to pursue the IB Diploma Programme. The IB Diploma Programme is an academic programme for highly motivated students in grades 11 and 12 that focuses on six core subjects. The final culminating pieces—CAS projects, the extended essay, and Theory of Knowledge— allow for the student to further develop a cross cultural understanding of the world.

Course Candidates

Students who would like to take IB courses but not necessarily as many as full Diploma Candidates, may take courses and exams in areas of interest only and are not responsible for the TOK, CAS, EE core. These students still have the benefit of participating in advanced coursework and may be awarded college credit if they choose to sit for exams.

Why Should a Student Consider the IB Program?

This program challenges and meets the needs of highly motivated, academically-oriented students in all subject areas. Preparation for college is assured, and many colleges give admission preference to IB students and award college credit for IB work. Being in this program assures students that the quality of their education is as high as that of students in superior schools all over the world. IB students have the opportunity to obtain a thoroughly well-rounded education. They take extremely challenging courses in areas of their strengths and in areas which they have less strength, as well. Graduates of these programs often point to their success in their weaker subjects with the greatest pride. IB insists that students challenge themselves in all areas of the broad curriculum. Beyond the academic advantages, through the CAS Project, students are encouraged to give time to make the world a better place. This is a key part of the global nature of IB.

Advantages for College Admission

Students in preparatory courses and IB classes receive weighted value for their grades, which enhances their grade point averages in the school and the district. Hundreds of colleges worldwide have recognition policies for students with IB diplomas. Each college sets its own criteria, so students should view their IB courses in the context of the perspective college’s requirements. We will counsel students to be sure that they have the opportunity to meet the requirements. In some cases, a full year of college credit is awarded to IB diploma holders. Some students will be awarded college credit in selected courses.

Contact Information

Monica Swigart, NBCT

SHS IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

Sumner High School, Sumner WA 98390

Please note that current 8th and 9th graders are encouraged to direct scheduling questions first to their SHS Guidance Counselor to ensure that all credit requirements are met.