Program Overview

IB Mission Statement

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.

About the Coursework

Students in the Diploma Program take six courses taken from the six subject groups. Three of these courses are studied at the Higher Level (HL) and at least three are studied at the Standard Level (SL).  SL courses are usually a yearlong and include 150 hours of instruction, while HL courses are two years long and include 240 hours of instruction.  All students take HL English Literature, and are able to choose the rest of their course offerings.

GW students have two options to participate in IB courses:

  • As a full Diploma student, you take six IB courses over your junior and senior years, and participate in the IB Core.
  • As an individual course student, you can take as many IB courses as you are comfortable with.

No matter which option you pick, GW students are expected to participate in all aspects of IB classes in which they enroll including IB internal assessments (occurring at various times throughout the course) and IB external assessments (occurring in May, at the conclusion of the course). All students have the option of completing the testing components in order to earn college credit.

There is no application process or admission requirements to participate in the Diploma Programme. Students will indicate if they are a full Diploma student through the Choice of Studies process or by meeting with their counselor.

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