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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

What is an International Baccalaureate?
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.

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.
The IB Learner Profile
IB Tutoring Hours
IB Tutoring times are available as arranged between the student and teacher.

A Welcome from the IB Coordinator:

It is an honor and a privilege to welcome you to explore the wonderful world of IB at Cholla High School. Our goal at Cholla is to provide a safe environment for our students to learn and grow as they move towards adulthood. We hope our students feel they belong, are free to express themselves, to grow, explore, develop, and ultimately meet their potential.Cholla IB Coordinator Dr. Teresa Green

I've been involved in education for 36 years! I've been a classroom teacher, exceptional education teacher, and a school counselor. I've had a wide variety of experiences within the IB Programme as well. I worked for 7 years in Saudi Arabia as an IB Counselor as that school became an IB World School and went through the IB's rigorous authorization process. I worked for 3 years in Malawi, Africa at an IB World School that offered the PYP, MYP and DP programmes as their IB and University Counselor as well as their IB CAS Coordinator. I also worked one year in Caracas, Venezuela at an IB World School as their IB and University Counselor. I moved back to Tucson in 2018 and have worked at Cholla High School as a school counselor and now as the IB Programme's Coordinator.
I was so excited to see that Cholla HS offered the IB Diploma Programme to its students. The IB Programme has the opportunity to open so many doors for students' future! In the short time that I have been the IB Coordinator, Cholla HS has added IB Psychology to its course offerings and we are soon to be an authorized IB Career-Related Program school working hand-in-hand with the many Career and Technical Programs that Cholla offers, as well as the IB Diploma Programme.
I enjoy the opportunity to work with your child, to watch them grow and mature into their potential and supporting that process via the IB Programmes at Cholla. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
Dr. Teresa Green, 520-225-4116
Email Dr. Teresa Green
Colleges and Universities value IB.

The average acceptance rate of IB students into university/college is 22% higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population.
A 2011 study of almost 25, 000 IB Diploma and certificate students found that IB students were more likely than the national average to attend college full-time, with nearly 70% attending selective or more selected colleges.

Students enrolled in IB are more likely to succeed in higher education.

A 2010 study of IB students' experiences after high school found that IB students graduated from college at higher rates, with 81% of IB students graduating within 6 years of enrolling full-time at a 4-year institution, compared to the national average of 57%.
Inquirers: 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.

Knowledgeable: 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.

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

Communicators: 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.

Principled: 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.

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and 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 are willing to grow from the experience.

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

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

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

Reflective: 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.
"IB is well known to us as excellent preparation. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are pleased to see the credential of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript."

-Maryln McGrath Lewis, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Harvard University

"In our minds, there is no more challenging curriculum than the IB curriculum. Not only does it prepare students for a demanding college programme, but the IB curriculum also instills in students a love of learning and an understanding of the truly interdisciplinary nature of education. Instead of working on each subject in a vacuum, IB students are shown how each of their classes connects both with the other classes and with the world around them."

-Thyra L. Briggs, Dean of Enrollment, Sarah Lawrence College
Class of 2024

"I joined the IB Programme because my sister informed me about the college credits I could receive. This seemed like a good idea because I would be able to get college credit for free and it would also help my GPA. Throughout my experience in the IB program I learned so much more than I thought I would. I took three IB classes, English, Bio, and History of the Americas. All these classes used inquiry-based learning and helped me gain critical thinking skills. My Bio class helped me to gain a deeper understanding of science and helped me get a feel for what college would be like in the future. My English and History class were so unique because I was able to hear and learn perspectives of people outside of the US. We covered LGBTQ, race, sexism (men and women), and so much more in both classes. The topics interested most of all the students in class, and sparked conversations between the students. It helped broaden my worldview on many aspects, such as the truth of history and race, and my skills for researching are extremely better thanks to Bio and History."
"I enrolled in the IB Programme for college credit opportunities. It has provided me with numerous opportunities especially for college, while also encouraging me to think critically, develop research skills, and engage with diverse perspectives. The IB Programme has not only prepared me for higher education but has taught me viable skills, and perspectives essential for navigating the world around me. It is a great look into college and prepares you significantly for college with scholarship opportunities and a weighted GPA."

“It is fair to say that it is a tough game...being an IB Diploma student has taught me to view the world as the storage of knowledge. I’ve learned to be resilient and dedicated to where I am most passionate and how to dive into the new sphere of conception. The International Baccalaureate Programme prepares students from Cholla to learn communication and research techniques that will be useful for pursuing higher education in the soonest future. If am being honest, IB just opens a whole new normal of ways to think about something, that's the beauty of it, the unlimited possibilities of knowledge."

Class of 2023

"The IB Programme at Cholla High School has helped benefit my life as a college student in many ways. Firstly, I learned many time management skills which become very important at a university level. I learned how to be a much more productive student early on and that has helped me tackle many challenges while being at the University of Arizona. The IB programme helped me gain self-confidence in myself, knowing what I can and have accomplished. Without the IB programme, I feel like I would not have been as efficient when it comes to pressure and the workload that I have dealt with already. I feel more confident knowing that I have been introduced to high level courses that have helped me become ready by the time I started college."
Class of 2012

"These have been two years of significant personal and educational growth...Had someone told me in the beginning of this programme that I would be learning so much that it would carry into my every day life, I would never have believed it. However, now there is no denying the difference this level of education has had in my life."

“Being in IB has taught me so much about life in so many different ways I could never have imagined...I feel more confident that I will be successful in college if I apply all the strategies I learned in IB.”

“I have definitely gained the knowledge and motivation I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.”

“Joining IB was one of the best decisions I made.”

Class of 2011

"I've matured, in my opinion, so much in these past two years of school and I believe that the International Baccalaureate Programme has made me grow even more than I had ever expected... I wasn't ever bored and the teachers were the most incredible. I felt as if I was more involved in my learning process... since I have started the IB programme I have thought in more complex and universal ways than I had thought prior."

"If I had the chance, I would take the programme over again... By going through these two years of [IB], I can now say I am a college student, the first one in my family to go to a four year college."

"I feel I am well prepared for college since I have been given the proper tools to succeed."