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    IB Exam Refunds: Posted May 6, 2020

    IBO has not made any specific comment regarding refunds of exam fees. Students will receive an IB grade for their registered subjects.

    When IB cancelled the May exams in response to the global crisis, resources were shifted to develop a grading system for the May session. IB consulted with direct stakeholders as well as colleges and universities to ensure that the IB scores would be recognized and trusted by colleges and universities throughout the world

    Early in March, the IBO started work on developing a statistical model for awarding grades with limited student coursework. IB has a huge trove of data from decades of examinations and coursework. They are able to look at subject data for trends at global, national, state and school levels. IB drew on its long experience in moderating internal assessment scores for a subject based on a sample of work. They also took into account that students tend to perform better on exams than on coursework. The predicted subject grades provided by teachers will also be considered in calculating grades. A top priority throughout the process has been to ensure the grades would be considered valid for university admission.
    By state law, public colleges and universities in Washington must recognize any IB score of 4 or higher. All of the public higher ed institutions now have a policy in place. It’s doubtful they can walk away from that legislative mandate. IB closely watched and supported the process to achieve that goal. In discussions with senior IB leadership in North America, they believe IB has constructed a system that will maintain a high level of trust with students and universities.

    Information for accessing scores will be sent out in June – scores are released in early July.

    MAY 2020 NEWS

     With the cancellation of the May 2020 IB exams, IB will still award a grade for a subject. Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the program.

    The coursework includes internal assessments (IA’s) for every subject and external assessments for some subjects, such as written tasks and assignments in the English courses.

    Deadlines in Ingraham’s IB assessment calendar prior to March 12, 2020 remain in place.  Adjustments for IA deadlines after March 12, 2020 will be communicated to students by their teachers. 

    Any deadlines you find on the IBO website are the deadlines for schools to have submitted scores for external and internal assessments, sample internal assessments and external assessments for some subjects.   

    All stakeholders in the IB have many questions about the cancellation of exams. I do not have answers for most of those questions.  This week I will be working with teachers with regards to internal and external assessments that have been completed, working with other coordinators in the region to insure we are working from the same page and moving forward on assigning extended essay advisors for the 2021 cohort.

    IBO has assured us that more details and a FAQ sheet will be available to us by March 27. 

    Extended Essay:  We are moving forward with the extended essay.  We may be a bit behind schedule for assigning advisors – but not more than a week.  Once advisors are assigned, they will contact their advisees. 


    International Baccalaureate - Introduction

    IB Learner Profile

    The aim of all IB programs 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.

    The International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous pre-college course of study for the highly motivated high school student. Established in 1967, the prestigious IB Program has grown to include over 1000 schools in more than 100 countries. The program offered by Ingraham High School is one of only 13 in the state of Washington. 

    Participants in the IB Program become part of an international group of students taking similar courses based on rigorous academic standards. Experienced examiners worldwide evaluate their work. IB examination is internationally accredited.

    The IB Program takes a renaissance approach to education, seeking to develop well-rounded, productive members of society. Students learn how to critically analyze, thoughtfully question, and carefully reach conclusions about cultures, languages, literature, mathematics, and the natural world.

    The IB program:

    • Raises educational standards to meet high expectations.
    • Provides a course of study for a well-rounded, highly capable and achieving student.
    • Enables the student to compete in an international arena.
    • Establishes examination accountability for teachers and students.
    • Establishes a cooperative student/teacher relationship.
    • Program participants are highly sought after applicants at major colleges and universities worldwide.

    Full IB Diploma

    IB Diploma Candidates must:

    • Take the Grade 11 and 12 courses
    • Write an extended essay
    • Complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class
    • Fulfill the Creativity Action Service requirement
    • Complete the IB exams

    Students who earn the IB Diploma may receive college credits or advanced placement for their high school work.

    Unique Learning Opportunities

    The IB Diploma Program is about more than six subjects that students study. At its heart are three core requirements that are integral to the curriculum and make the IB Diploma Program unique. 

    Theory of Knowledge (TOK) - an internally and externally assessed interdisciplinary component that explores the different concepts of knowledge found in the subject areas. Because IB Diploma Program students study six subjects simultaneously, TOK teachers can, for example, ask their students to compare a historian's approach to problem solving with that of a scientist or an artist. 

    Extended essay (link takes you to the IB guidebook on the extended essay) - an externally assessed, independent research assignment of 4,000 words in one of the six subject areas. This is one of the ways in which IB Diploma Program Students can specialize in a certain subject area and prepare for university studies.

    Examples of student essays from the past:

    The Effects of Prenatal Androgen Exposure on Gendered Behavior, Childhood Play Behavior, and Sexual Behavior

    The Socio-political Effects of the European Depression on Polish Minorities from 1930-1939

    The Effect of pH Conditions on Budding in Zoanthid Corals

    The Influence of 'Pulp Fiction': An In-Depth Analysis into the Extent 'Pulp Fiction' Influenced the Film Industry

    Musical Application of the Fibonacci Number Sequence

    North Korea and the Maintenance of a Totalitarian Regime

    An Analysis of the Portrayal of Social Hierarchy within F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'

    Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) - a minimum of 150 hours of participation over the two years in creative physical and service activities in the local community. The CAS requirement allows students to gain real-life experience beyond the classroom.

    The Benefits of the IB Diploma Program

    Universities recognize the outstanding qualities of IB Diploma Program students. Typically, diploma holders are ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide leadership and support in the local and global community. They demonstrate a capacity for in-depth study while maintaining a broad perspective of the different subject areas. They are able to ask challenging questions but also know how to research a topic and express their opinion. They have a strong sense of their own culture and identity, as well as the ability to communicate in two or more languages with people who have a different perspective of the world.

    Internationally Recognized Standards

    The IB Diploma Program is widely recognized for its high academic standards. Assessment is varied and takes place over two years, with final examinations in each subject. Students' work is assessed by an international board of examiners, who are themselves rigorously trained and monitored by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). 

    Subjects are scored on a 1-7 scale with a further three points available for theory of knowledge and the extended essay. Students who display good levels of performance across all six subjects and achieve a minimum of 24 points (out of a possible 45) are awarded the diploma. All others receive a certificate for each of the subjects completed.

    IB Certificates

    Students who are most interested in one or several of the individual IB content areas may work toward IB certificates. Certificate students may receive college credits or advanced placement for successfully completing the individual Higher-Level IB exams

    Honors Program - Grades 9 and 10

    While not a pre-requisite for admission to the IB Program, it is recommended that freshmen and sophomores who intend to enroll in IB courses take the designated honors classes at their grade level. These classes, modeled after IB courses offered to juniors and seniors, are excellent preparation for the kind of study and critical thinking required of students taking classes in the IB Program.


    Starting with the registration for Fall of 2010, an application for pre-IB/honors courses is not required. Students will register for the pre-IB/honors courses based on recommendations from their teachers and counselors. Ingraham counselors will review students’ academic records during the registration process and advise students as needed regarding course selection. Students entering as transfer students for the diploma program as juniors are still required to complete the application including teacher recommendations.

    IB General Regulations


    The following link will take you to the IB’s General Regulations for the Diploma Program

    General Rules and Regulations

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    For further information about our IB program, please contact:
    Guy Thomas 
    Ingraham High School IB Coordinator 

    Please contact Guy Thomas, IB Coordinator, for exam registration materials and financial aid information.