Broughton IB Diploma Programme

Needham B. Broughton Global Studies & Language Immersion Magnet High School

Welcome to the Broughton Global Studies/Language Immersion Magnet High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme website!

Broughton is a comprehensive high school located in downtown Raleigh, NC, USA. As one of the most historic schools in our state, we have a rich history, strong legacy, and wonderful community support. We are also growing into an exciting future!

Broughton is a Global Studies & Language Immersion magnet school, and the IB Diploma Programme is a central opportunity that is available to all Broughton 11th and 12th grade students. Broughton is Magnet Schools of America Nationally Certified Demonstration School and has offered the IB Diploma Programme since 2002.

Our Vision:

Through rigorous and innovative lessons that invite risk-taking and critical thinking, Broughton students will become global citizens who value diversity, collaborate effectively, and share their talents to improve the world.

IB Mission and Context

The International Baccalaureate Organization, a non-profit educational foundation based in Switzerland, has authorized nearly 6,000 schools across the world. The IB offers the Diploma Programme for students in the final two years of high school. The program provides engaging and challenging coursework that emphasizes the development of excellent depth of understanding, critical thinking, writing, and research across a broad range of subject areas.

IB Mission:

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.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners strive to be:


  • They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning, and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


  • They explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


  • They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and they make reasoned, ethical decisions.


  • They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


  • They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


  • They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and they are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and they are willing to grow from the experience.


  • They show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and they act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


  • They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and they have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


  • They understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


  • They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning

The IB emphasizes why, what, and how students learn. The following skills and approaches are emphasized throughout the IB curriculum.

Approaches to learning:

  • Thinking skills--analysis, evaluation, application, problem-solving

  • Communication--production and communication of messages and meaning

  • Social skills--participation, collaboration, intercultural understanding, respect for differences

  • Research skills--finding, generating, and sharing information ethically and effectively

  • Self-management skills--goal setting, time management, motivation, resilience

Approaches to teaching:

  • Inquiry-based

  • Focused on conceptual understanding

  • Developed in local and global contexts

  • Focused on effective collaboration

  • Differentiated to meet learners' needs

  • Informed by assessment

Contact Information:

Needham B. Broughton Magnet High School

723 St. Mary's Street

Raleigh, NC 27605 USA

Phone: 919-856-7810

IB Coordinator:

Mr. Lee Quinn,

Magnet and IB Coordinator:

Dr. David Brooks,

Head of School:

Mrs. Janiece Dilts,