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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The only Northeast Ohio all-girls' high school offering the IB Diploma Programme.

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) was established 50 years ago in Switzerland to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding. Today, the Diploma Programme is viewed as a gold standard for academic rigor and college preparation throughout the world, currently offered in 3,179 schools in 147 countries. Beaumont is the only all-girls high school in Northeast Ohio currently offering the IB Diploma Programme. While we are proud to feature IB as a differentiator for our school, we are more excited by the ways in which IB serves as a differentiator for our students.


The Diploma Programme (DP) organizes teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core. Within each group, students pick one of the courses offered. For complete course descriptions, please view our Curriculum Guide. For IB course offerings, please view our IB Course Handout.

  • Studies in Language and Literature
    • English Literature
  • Language Acquisition
    • French
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Individuals and Societies
    • History
    • Psychology
  • Sciences
    • Biology
    • Design Technology
    • Physics
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
    • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations
  • The Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Music

The Core

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary course designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know.

Creativity-activity-service (CAS) is the experiential learning component of the IB. Students complete a wide variety of extracurricular, community service and athletic options to fulfill this requirement.

The Extended Essay (EE) introduces students to the demands and the rewards of independent work. Emphasis is placed on doing university-level research and communicating their ideas effectively in order to write a 4,000-word essay in an area of personal interest to them.

Why IB?

Students who complete the IB Diploma are twice as likely to get accepted into the most competitive universities in the world.

IB students can earn nearly two semesters worth of college credit through their IB courses.

Students who complete the IB Diploma receive far more scholarship dollars from universities.


IB Overview and Course Sequencing

IB Learner Profile

10 Reasons Why IB is Ideal for College Preparation

College Credit

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous, college-prep academic program for juniors and seniors. The programme was created to ensure challenging academic standards that would be accepted worldwide. IB is considered a gold standard for academic rigor and international scope worldwide.

What courses do IB students take?

Students who choose the IB Diploma Programme complete 6 two-year courses focused on Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (foreign language), Mathematics, Sciences, Individuals and Societies (social studies), and the Arts.

Students must also complete an extended essay, an in-depth research project relating to one of the six courses they take; Theory of Knowledge, a seventh academic course that ties together the other academic disciplines and serves as a capstone class; and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) hours, which require involvement in athletics, clubs and volunteerism.

Why should my daughter enroll in the IB Diploma Programme?

IB is recognized worldwide as a standard for academic rigor. Founded in 1968, IB is present in 146 countries worldwide and has educated more than one million students. There are currently more than 3,800 IB schools.
Students that earn the IB diploma have a higher chance of being accepted to selective universities, earn more scholarship dollars, and possibly receive college credit, according to IB statistics. Beaumont is currently the only all-girls school in the Cleveland area that will be an IB school.

When can my daughter begin taking the IB curriculum?

The Diploma Programme is available to junior and senior students, and the graduating class of 2019 will be the first Beaumont eligible for the programme.

Beaumont will begin a three-year candidate phase beginning during the 2014-2015 school year, where the school will begin building its IB courses and training teachers in the IB curriculum, which will end in being verified as an IB World School in time for the 2017-2018 school year.

Can my daughter take IB classes without enrolling in the IB Diploma Programme?

Yes. Students may enroll in certain IB courses without being in the IB Diploma Programme. Upon completion of the two-year course, the student will be awarded an IB Certificate in that subject area.

Why did Beaumont choose to pursue IB candidacy?

The mission of IB is very closely tied to Beaumont School’s philosophy. Both organizations value rigorous academics, leadership, diversity, compassion, and the value of becoming a lifelong learner. In addition to the IB Diploma Programme’s international acceptance as a high standard of academic excellence, the programme also has proven to increase college acceptance rates to selective institutions, as well increase the amount of scholarship received from colleges and universities.

Who should enroll in the IB Diploma Programme?

Any student is eligible for the program. We welcome any student who wishes to challenge herself with a rigorous academic program that will prepare the student for lifelong learning.

For more information on IB and its programmes, visit the IB website. For more information about the IB Diploma Programme at Beaumont, contact Ann Hoelzel, IB Coordinator, at (216) 321-2954.