International Baccalaureate

Rex Putnam High School


Would you like to learn more about Rex Putnam and our IB Programme? It is never to early to discover your options therefore we welcome students of all ages & parents! Come join us for IB Open House on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 pm in the Black Box Theatre of our Fine Arts Building. Bring your student and learn what it is like to be a Kingsman!

  • Hear from students, parents, teachers, administrators and our IB Coordinator
  • Tour the building
  • Sign up to shadow to a student for a day

Welcome to the Rex Putnam IB website. Rex Putnam is the proud home of the Kingsmen and also the proud home to the ONLY International Baccalaureate Programme in Clackamas County. I hope you find this website useful. Please contact me with questions or to schedule a time for further discussion.

Traci Clarke, IB Coordinator

503-353-5870 ext. 38619

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum for smart, motivated high school students. Juniors and seniors take six courses in the following subject groups: Literature/ language; second language; experimental sciences; individuals & societies; math and computer science; and the arts. IB Diploma candidates also engage in three core requirements: an extended essay (4,000 words); theory of knowledge (interdisciplinary course); and creativity, action, service (community service).

How are IB students evaluated?

Students who perform well in all six subjects and the three core requirements and earn passing scores on the final exams are awarded the IB Diploma. Those who take individual IB courses rather than the entire program receive certificates of completion.

Where can I take IB courses?

Only schools authorized as IB World Schools can offer the IB Diploma Programme, there are currently 1,861 IB World Schools in 130 countries. In Clackamas County, Rex Putnam High School is the only authorized IB World School. Rex Putnam accepts transfer students who want to pursue an IB Diploma. Please see the link to the left for information about transferring.

Why should I pursue an IB diploma?

The IB Diploma Programme helps you develop critical-thinking, independent learning, and research skills. It also provides a gateway to the development of intercultural understanding. IB courses aren't about reciting facts and figures - the IB Diploma Programme helps you learn how to learn, and appreciate the process. Furthermore it can also afford students preferred admission status as universities and access to scholarships.

Where is the IB diploma recognized?

The IB diploma is recognized by universities around the world. Students in the US who want to attend a university abroad will find an IB Diploma invaluable during the admissions process. For those who want stay within their own country an IB Diploma can afford a student advanced credit, preferred admission status, and scholarship opportunities. Oregon is the most recent state to adopt a statewide IB policy for students which allows IB Diploma recipients sophomore status at state universities. Please consult the school's IB Coordinator and/or the university admissions office for details about particular schools.