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 2016 and 2017 IB Diploma Graduates!
IB Diploma grad destinations:
American University in Paris
Arizona State University
Baylor University
Bentley University
Boston University
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Institute of the Arts
California Northstate University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont McKenna College
Cornell University
Cornish College of the Arts
Duke University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Kings College London
Macalester College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Oxford College of Emory University
Penn State
Purdue University
Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta
Stanford University
Temple University
Tufts University
Tulane University
United States Naval Academy
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Denver
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of Oklahoma
University of Padova
University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
University of Southern California 
University of Texas at Dallas
University of the Pacific
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Washington, Bothell
Vanderbilt University
Washington State University
Western Washington University



IB Exam Fees Unpaid

  All current unpaid IB Exam fees have been converted to fines and applied to                 student accounts.  Please inquire using the normal pay online feature on the                 Skyline HS Homepage to pay.

IB Exam Registration is still open but LATE FEES APPLY

    Please see Mr. Wilder in the Counseling Office ASAP to register.

December 19     IB Alumni Panel 3-4pm SHS Upper Commons

Come hear from past graduates about the benefits they have experienced at college from their experiences in IB.

January 23rd     IB Info Night for 9th and 10th grade families


February 27      IB Info Night for 7th and 8th grade families                      6:30-8:30pm


9/27/17 IB Exam Presentation If you missed this event the PPT can be found                     here: https://sites.google.com/site/skylinehighschoolib/ib-exams

8/30/17 IB Welcome Back Picnic: IB Diploma Seniors organized a delicious                          welcome back potluck for the rising IB Diploma Juniors. 

7/6/17 IB Results for May 2017 exams: IB Exam results are available                                 Misplaced access codes? Contact the IB Coordinator.

2/28/17 IB Information Night - Grades 7/8: The PowerPoint from the                              meeting is attached in Prospective Students: IB Program of Study

1/24/17 IB Information Night - Grades 9/10: The PowerPoint from that                          meeting is attached to the Prospective Students: IB Program of Study


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