International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
As the longest running Diploma Program in the state of Colorado, GWIB prides itself on cultivating a community of students who become critical thinkers, inquiring learners, and engaged citizens of the world.
Created in 1968, the Diploma Program was established in order to provide an international education where young people would be better equipped to handle and manage the complexities of the world, and providing them with the knowledge and skills to improve it. Informed by continual research and over 40 years of experience in international education, the IB is a dynamic organization who has always promoted critical engagement with challenging ideas, one that both values the past and is open to innovation.
A rigorous college prep program, students are immersed in the full Diploma Program beginning in the 11th grade. Students enroll in challenging coursework in six different subjects: English, Math, World Languages, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, and the Arts. In addition to their content areas, students engage with what IB calls The Core: Creativity, Activity, & Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and the Extended Essay (EE). The belief is that students leave the DP as well rounded, holistic critical thinkers who will change the world.
It is recommended that 9th and 10th grade students interested in the Diploma Program take a full suite of core honors classes in addition to the electives they are passionate about. Students do not decide about entering the Diploma Program until their sophomore year.
Nearly 200 GW students participate in the Diploma Program, not only as engaged learners, but also as engaged community members. You can find IB students on stage in a musical, on the court in a basketball game, in the classroom tutoring, showcasing their debate skills, and much more.