International Baccalaureate Programs: Diploma Program (DP), Certificate Program (CP), and Middle Years Program (MYP)

International Baccalaureate 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.

McCaskey Campus Mission Statement: The McCaskey Campus, a diverse and open-minded learning community, prepares all students to meet their highest potential as successful, resourceful, and principled citizens through increased academic demand and preparation for real-life applications in a global society.

McCaskey Campus Policies for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

  • Academic Honesty Policy
  • Assessment Policy
  • Inclusion Policy
  • Language Policy

IB LEARNER PROFILE

INQUIRERS: They develop their natural curiosity, acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.

KNOWLEDGEABLE: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

THINKERS: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

PRINCIPLED: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.

OPEN-MINDED: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

CARING: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

RISK-TAKERS: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

BALANCED: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

REFLECTIVE: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Middle Years Program (Grades 9-10)

What is the Middle Years Program (MYP)?

The main goal of MYP is to prepare students to be successful in school and to be active life-long learners. Teachers in MYP classes have taken part in professional development sessions to grow in their practice as they engage students in authentic, internationally-minded lessons and assessments.

All students in grades 9 and 10 will take MYP courses. Courses in the MYP have slightly different names. However, courses will continue to provide rigorous instruction with opportunities for students to successfully showcase their mastery of content and skills.

Parent Information

Student Information

IB Middle Years Program Website

Diploma Program (Grades 11-12):

What is the Diploma Program (DP)?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a comprehensive and challenging, two-year curriculum, designed for highly motivated students aged 16 to 19.  In U.S.  high schools, students typically participate in the IB Diploma program in their junior and senior years.

The IB Diploma Program prepares students to meet the demands of university study by encouraging them to

  • ask challenging questions.
  • learn how to learn.
  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.
  • develop the ability to communicate with, and understand, people from other countries and cultures. 

Beyond completing rigorous coursework, full IB Diploma students are also required to participate in community service, individual research and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge.   The program strives to prepare students to become fully engaged citizens who embrace their own culture, are open and responsive to other cultures, and will be prepared to live and work in a global economy.

Students who successfully complete the full IB Diploma Program are awarded the IB Diploma, an achievement that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.  However, students may also choose individual IB classes. In addition, the Campus offers the IB Career- related Program.  All of these options are available to J.P. McCaskey High School students, and each is described in more detail below.

Option A: The full Diploma Program

Curriculum Requirements
  • Participate in, and complete both internal and external examinations for, six IB courses:
    • 3 Higher Level (HL) courses (4 maximum)
    • 3 Standard Level (SL) courses (2 minimum)
  • Complete the two year Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course
  • Submit a 4,000 word Extended Essay
    • an in-depth study on a topic of the student’s choice
  • Complete the requirements for the Creativity, Activity and Service component of the program
Assessment Requirements and Awarding of the IB Diploma:
  • Take examinations in all IB classes (except for Theory of Knowledge)
  • Complete satisfactorily the IB internal assessments for all IB classes
  • Achieve a sufficient point total to be eligible for the IB Diploma

Option B: Individual Subject Certificates

  • Students who wish to take IB courses, but do not wish to the pursue the IB Diploma, may do so. All students taking IB classes are required to complete all internal and external assessments and take the IB Exams for those classes. The International Baccalaureate Organization awards certificates to students who achieve sufficient point totals on the assessments and exams.

Option C: Career-related Program

Curriculum Requirements:
  • Participate in, and complete both internal and external examinations for, two IB courses
  • One course is complete in 11th grade and one course is completed in 12th grade
  • Complete a two-year CTE lab during 11th & 12th grade
  • Complete the two-year IB Approaches to Learning course

Creativity, Activity, Service

Within the Diploma Program, CAS provides the main opportunity to develop many of the attributes described in the IB learner profile. The CAS program aims to develop students who:

  • enjoy and find significance in a range of CAS experiences
  • purposefully reflect upon their experiences
  • identify goals, develop strategies and determine further actions for personal growth
  • explore new possibilities, embrace new challenges and adapt to to new roles
  • actively participate in planned, sustains, and collaborative CAS projects
  • understand they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.

CAS Handbook

IB and University Recognition

IB & University Resources