District to save $500,000 by consolidating IB program at Emerald Campus

Dublin City Schools high school students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program will be taking those courses at Emerald Campus beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

IB is an internationally recognized program found in almost 5,000 schools globally, and in more than 150 countries around the world. IB credentials are viewed favorably by college admissions offices and can help students be accepted at their first choice school.

IB is a course of study in which students have the opportunity to take classes that emphasize research skills, internationalism, critical thinking, the application of knowledge, intercultural understanding, and interdisciplinary learning.  

“We are proud to be able to offer this world-class curriculum to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “By consolidating the program into one location, the District will save about $500,000 annually in licensing fees and staffing costs.”

About 150 students participate in the IB program across our three high schools. Students have the option to take the diploma program, meaning they take IB courses in each of the IB subject groups listed below during their junior and senior years.

Students in the IB Diploma Program Take Courses in Six Subject Groups Including:
Group 1. Language A1 (English)
Group 2. Second Language
Group 3. Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
Group 4. Experimental Sciences
Group 5. Mathematics
Group 6. The Arts and Electives

IB Diploma students also complete unique components, which include a Theory of Knowledge course, an extended essay, and CAS – Creativity, Action, and Service.

The diploma program is offered during the last two years of high school and serves as a bridge to prepare students as they leave high school and enter higher education.

Students are also able to take individual IB courses to supplement AP, Honors, and regular classroom work.

“The IB program has been successful in Dublin City Schools and provides participating students with an advantage in a college environment,” said Director of Secondary Education Craig Heath. “It serves as a powerful indicator of college success and can help earn students college credit while still in high school.”  

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