International Baccalaureate FAQ

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 Nick Beyer, Dean of Academics, at (216) 325-7350.