Is there an entry requirement to get into the IB Diploma Program?

All students who have completed the 10th Grade at St. Mary’s will be eligible to be either an IB Course Candidate or an IB Full Diploma Candidate in the 11th Grade. However, for a student to become a Full Diploma Candidate, the school must be satisfied that the student is aware of the challenges, and capable of achieving them. In general, students who have below a 3.0 g.p.a. or have an F in a core subject in grades 9 and 10 are not eligible for the Full Diploma.

Am I locked into the Full Diploma Program once I begin it?

Although it is hoped that accurate course selections are made at the start of the 11th Grade year, and that students honor their commitment to the Full Diploma program, it is recognized that, on occasion, an adjustment may need to be made. In such cases, the IB Coordinator will work with the HS Counselor to modify the schedule as needed, including changing a student’s status to course candidate if needed.

Can I get into university without doing the Full Diploma Program?

Yes. There are multiple ways to get into college. Students are encouraged to consult with our college counselors for detailed, personalized advice.

Is the Full IB Diploma very hard?

The Full Diploma Program is hard, but it is also a rewarding and challenging program. A Full Diploma Candidate can expect to be quite busy for the full two years of the program but exit with a set of skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.

What is the difference between the IB Full Diploma Program and the IB Course Program?

In the Full IB Diploma Program, six subjects must be taken over two years, three or four of which must be at Higher Level. Full Diploma Candidates also have to complete an Extended Essay, do the 2-year TOK course and must participate in CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) activities. In the IB Course Program (or ‘Non-Diploma Program’), a student can take less than six subjects, does not have to do as many as three Higher Level subjects, does not have to do TOK and CAS, and does not have to write an Extended Essay.