Welcome to Skyline High School's IB program
Skyline  High School is committed to developing students who represent the qualities of scholarship, integrity, honor, excellence and pride. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program helps us do this through its philosophy of educating the whole person. The IB learner profile supports Skyline's mission. It aims to produce students who are:
  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Communicators
  • Courageous
  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Open-minded
  • Principled
  • Reflective
  • Thinkers
IB students develop these qualities through courses that encourage them to make connections between subjects and prepare students to be part of the constantly changing global community. As a pre-university course of study based on international standards, the IB program is infused with global consideration in every subject area. Students have an opportunity to study their subjects in depth across the curriculum, conduct independent research, perform complex assessments and develop compassion for others.
Consistently, our students who take IB classes report back from college that they feel well prepared for college coursework. Currently 65% of Skyline seniors and 40% of Skyline juniors are enrolled in one or more IB classes.


Congratulations Classes of 2015 and 2016 IB Diploma Graduates!
IB Diploma grad destinations:
American University in Paris
Arizona State University
Bellevue College
Boston University
California Institute of the Arts
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Duke University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gonzaga University
Harvey Mudd College
Indiana University, Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oxford College of Emory University
Pacific Lutheran University
Penn State
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta
Stanford University
Temple University
Tulane University
United States Military Academy, West Point
United States Naval Academy
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of Padova
University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
University of Southern California 
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Washington
University of Washington, Bothell
Washington State University
Wesleyan University
Western Washington University



An IB Information Night for 7th and 8th graders and their parents was held February 28th. The PowerPoint from the meeting is attached at the bottom of the Prospective Students: IB Program of Study page.

An IB Information Night for 9th and 10th graders and their parents was held January 24th at 7 PM in the Lyceum Theater. The PowerPoint from that meeting is attached at the bottom of the Prospective Students: IB Program of Study page.

Dates of IB exams in May 2017 are available in the IB Exam schedule attached to the bottom of the IB Exams page.


Requesting an IB Transcript: This link will take you to a page where you can request an IB transcript. You will need your personal code, which is a 6 figure alphanumeric code listed at the bottom of your IB Diploma or Certificate.

Preparing for IB Sciences: Information on how to help your student prepare for IB Science courses is on the Prospective Students: IB Classes page.

A Detailed Breakdown of the conditions students need to meet to achieve the IB diploma, along with the Diploma Points Matrix, which shows how students can achieve the 3 extra points from their TOK and EE work, is attached to the bottom of the IB Exams page.

Want to know how our IB Alums feel about the IB Program? Read our Testimonials page to find out.

IB in Washington State: Take a look at this flyer about IB in Washington State at the bottom of the links page.

The IBO has created a Parent Page with information about the diploma and career-related programs, plus recommended resources, research, advice on how to get transcripts, how to help student prepare for the move to higher education, and much more. Check out the page here

The IB Good News Letter highlights universities that IB feels have a particularly strong and/or exciting IB recognition policy, offer credit for SL courses, and/or offer scholarships specific to IB students. Each edition features seven or eight universities or scholarship programs, and includes some past features as well. To see the archive of the Good News Letter, click here

23 In-depth Interviews Explore the Lasting Impact of IB ProgramsThis blog entry discusses a research study on the long term impacts of IB on the lives of graduates. The full study is available through a link to IB's public website in the blog entry.

Take a look at the IB Community Blog's article Think Like an Admissions Officer. Stanford University's assistant dean of admissions tell us in a series of videos how universities view IB scores and talks about their familiarity with different aspects of the program, including the IB Career Related Program. Find the videos here.

Read through the IB Organization's powerpoint of research findings about the IB Diploma program attached to the Links page.


Ms. Carol Burris sings the praise of the IB in her contribution to The Atlantic's article on, "What Kids Would Know but the Time They're Done With School".  Her specific comments:

"Anyone who claims they know what students will need to know and be able to do 20 years from now is engaging in speculation. Technology is moving at an astounding rate, and the job market of the next generation is impossible to predict. We do students a disservice when we follow fads—students will learn technological skills on their own. What remains invaluable is a sound academic education that develops well-rounded, informed citizens of the nation and the world.

Our society needs adults who are competent, critical readers who can write with clarity and purpose. Fluency in math is important not only for the development of computational skills, but also because of the abstract reasoning it develops. As important as literacy and numeracy are, students deserve so much more. They need knowledge of historical events along with the ability to analyze those events from differing points of view. Students deserve to communicate in a second language. A physical or biological science along with hands-on laboratory experiences will be a part of school curriculum every year. And all students will participate in the arts at least through their elementary- and middle-school years.

I am a great fan of the International Baccalaureate program, which integrates all of the above and more. Its curriculum and assessments should be a model for all schools.

 Carol Burris, the executive director of the Network for Public Education

Here's the link to the article if you'd care to read it in its entirety:


Liberal Arts Degrees can pay off later on, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal from Sept. 11, 2016.

Read about the IB program's impact on Rainier Beach High School in this article in The Seattle Times from March 17, 2015.

The Elite Squeeze by Frank Bruni (Time Magazine, 3/30/2015) explains how although top schools appear more exclusive than ever, a high-quality education has never been easier to find. He says the key to getting a great education is not having your heart set on any one school and not fetishizing the idea of exclusivity. Find the article attached to the bottom of the College page.

In the publication Inside Higher Ed, a study finds that while liberal arts graduates in fields like history start off slowly in the job market, they catch up and exceed their pre-professional degree peers in mid-life when it's peak earnings time, if they've also earned an advanced degree. Read about it here: Liberal Arts Grads Win Long Term