Preparing students for success in higher education and life in a global society
Kennewick School District's International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program is offered at Kennewick High School. The IB Diploma program, which offers an academically challenging and balanced education program with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond, has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. Individual student success is largely determined by academic motivation and active participation.
The IB program is recognized as one of the most academically rigorous, college preparatory programs in the world. The highly respected two-year curriculum focuses on classical liberal arts and sciences. Founded in the 1960's to serve international students, the IB Program is now available in over 1,460 schools around the world. This challenging educational program is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of life options, especially success in college.
The IB Program at Kennewick High School is a four-year course of student with two phases: Pre-IB and IB. Students begin with Pre-IB honors courses in grades 9 and 10. These classes prepare students for the rigor and critical thinking required in 11 and 12 grade IB courses. Official IB courses are take in junior and senior years.
IB curriculum subject areas:
- Social Studies
- World Language
- Electives: Music, Visual Art, Computer Science, and a second Science or a second World Language.
Kennewick High School students may pursue the internationally recognized IB Diploma by taking IB classes in six subject areas, the IB Scholar designation with four subject areas, or IB Certificates through individual courses. The IB program is also open to all interested Kennewick School District students, as well as transfer students from the surrounding area.