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The IB Diploma Programme at Springbrook High School is offered to motivated juniors and seniors wishing to pursue a rigorous college preparatory program of studies.  Students pursuing the IB diploma must take six subjects over the two years: three at higher level and three at standard level.  IB Diploma bound students must also complete the "core" of their IB studies which include Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay.  Students not wishing to earn the IB Diploma may earn subject certificates by successfully completing one or more IB subjects over the two years, including the "core."

Benefits of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

College Recognition of the IB

Many universities grant sophomore status for students with IB HL test scores of 5, 6, or 7 and allow them to enroll in classes beyond the introductory level.   Some universities also award credit for SL exams to students have completed the IB diploma.  


To search for a specific university’s policy, please see the list provided by IBO:

Recognition of IB Programmes


 IB College Acceptance Information

IB Maryland University Policy 2017

IB Diploma Requirements*

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) at Springbrook High School is a small community of highly motivated learners. Students in this program pursue a rigorous and comprehensive two year curricula. Diploma candidates must study one subject in each of the six groups (Group 6 being optional, students may choose a second subject from Groups 2, 3, or 4).

Students must also complete the eight outcomes for Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), three semesters of the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course and the Extended Essay (EE)/Guided Research course.




IB DP Assessments


There are two different types of assessments in IB DP subjects: Internal - those scored by the teacher and moderated by external examiners, and External - those scored by external examiners.  Most subjects have a minimum of four assessments, with at least one them taking place during the teaching of the subject.  The final grade for the subject that a student receives is a culmination of these assessments. Subject scores range from 1 to 7 (with 7 being the highest).

The awarding of the IB Diploma requires students to meet defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points for all six subjects combined, the satisfactory completion of the extended essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS activities. The maximum score that a student may receive is 45, including the up to 3 bonus points for the grades earned on the extended essay and in Theory of Knowledge. 

We strongly encourage our students to remember this … To earn an IB Diploma, an average score of “4” is required, thus any score of “4” is considered to be passing, and scores of “5”, “6”, or "7" are excellent scores (and often granted college credit).


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IB Resources

IB Student Registry -A free web-based service available exclusively to IB students to showcase their individual profiles and achievements to colleges and universities around the world.

Adobe PDF icon squareIB Rewards- A Listing of some colleges and universities that generously reward IB Diplomas and Certificates

ManageBac - A web-based resource for students pursuing the IB Diploma.

Turnitin.com - A web-based originality checking tool to help students with academic integrity.

Naviance Family Connection - A Web-based resource that provides students and families access to resources, communication tools, and college and career collaborative activities

IB & AP Comparison Guides

 IB & AP Comparison Guide

 IB Diploma Programme Contact


Amanda Trivers

IB Coordinator

CAS Coordinator

Email: Amanda_M_Trivers@mcpsmd.org  

Phone: 301.989.6077 (direct); 301.989.5700 (main)