IB Frequently Asked Questions

A Strong Commitment to Learning with IB at New Hampton School

International Baccalaureate has become a worldwide symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise. Students who satisfy its demands demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world. IB classes follow a curriculum created by educators from many countries, incorporating the best educational practices from a variety of school systems. The IB Curriculum has been recognized for its alignment with college and university readiness standards. Students can participate in IB as either a full Diploma Programme student or as a Diploma Programme course student. Only the most serious and highly motivated students participate in the two-year full Diploma Programme. These students have committed themselves to a unique endeavor, which demands the following:

• Study in six required subject areas
• Fulfillment of the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requirement
• Completion of the Extended Essay (EE) • Participation in the Theory of Knowledge Course (TOK) 

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the difference between the IB Diploma Programme and an IB Diploma course?

    The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over two years (11th and 12th grades), and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. In addition, the programme has three core requirements (CAS, EE, and TOK) that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

    IB Diploma Course enrollment is open to juniors and seniors. A student may earn an IB certificate in one or more of the six subject groups by taking the same course as a Diploma Programme student and successfully passing the corresponding exam. The last three requirements (CAS, Extended Essay and TOK) are only part of the full Diploma Programme and are not required when individual IB Diploma course(s) are taken. 
  • What is unique about the IB Diploma Programme?

    The IB Diploma Programme is one of the most comprehensive, rigorous, and assessed high school diplomas available in the world today. The Theory of Knowledge course; the 4,000-word Extended Essay research paper; the CAS requirement of approximately 150 hours of creativity, activity, and community service during 11th and 12th grades; the two-year commitment to six areas of study, plus the assessments scored using international standards, make the IB program unique.
  • Why International Baccalaureate?

    IB courses provide New Hampton School students with the opportunity to complete college level work that is measured against an international standard. Studies show that students taking one or more IB classes and assessments are twice as likely to graduate from college on time when compared with students who did not take college-level classes. IB Diploma students are challenged in a comprehensive program of study that requires both skill attainment and content mastery in six areas of study. Given the interdisciplinary approach IB demands, student are required to pursue academic areas outside of their perceived areas of academic strength. Beyond the requisite content area diversity, the IB also challenges students to exhibit their learning through research, writing, oral commentary, and self-directed study. The IB Diploma Programme student gains valuable time management and organizational skills necessary to manage this diverse and extensive program of study. 
    • Erin Moran

      Erin Moran '12

      “The IB Program really taught me how to manage my time, as well as how to be self-disciplined. These two skill sets helped me to succeed as I transitioned to college and were even improved along the way. As IB laid the foundation for my success as a student, by developing me into an independent, eager individual, I know that these skills will translate into my life after college. I was fortunate enough to learn the importance of time management in high school, carrying that into college allowed me to be extra prepared, and I hope these experiences enable me to “Go Beyond” as I start to navigate the real world.”

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