• IB Education at Parkland High School


    Mission Statement

    We are an “IB for all” school.  “IB for all” promotes the idea that all students desire to become adults who contribute to and are thoughtful participants in the ever-changing technological and global society.  We believe that, though many of our students come to us with educational and emotional gaps, they are all capable of tackling the varied, higher level tasks that will enable them to fully participate in such a society.  We believe that educators are facilitators, creating diverse ways for students to take responsibility for their own life-long learning and thinking for whichever life path they choose.


    IB Pathways at Parkland

    We are pleased to offer four different IB education pathways to meet our students’ varied needs:

    Both our CP and Course pathways permit students to take some IB classes from the traditional “DP” pathway without attempting the full Diploma Programme.  Overviews of each pathway follow.

     *Parkland is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme  and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.** 

    IB Parent Handbook: IB Parent Handbook

    IB Diploma Courses at Parkland

    All IB courses are two-year year-long courses that operate on an A-day/B-day schedule.  There are two levels of subject courses:

    • Higher level (HL) – 240 teaching hours
    • Standard level (SL) – 150 teaching hours

    Aims and objectives are often identical for both SL and HL courses.  While curriculum and assessment requirements for each level vary depending on the subject, assessment criteria are equally demanding at each level.

    SL courses are seen to be on par with AP courses in terms of academic rigor.

    Further information on each specific course option is available here.


    IB Assessment at Parkland

    Each IB course we offer has two types of assessment, which are monitored and verified by IBO:

    • Internal assessments (IA) – scored internally by the teacher, with a sample being moderated by IBO and teacher scores being adjusted up or down or left alone; examples include:
      • Presentations
      • Portfolios
      • Performances
    • External assessments – scored externally by the IBO; examples include:
      • IB examinations at the end of the senior year
      • Written assessments sent to IB

    Two kinds of scoring for IB Assessments

    Assessments and program components may be scored by mark or a grade.  Marks are determined according to a rubric, which may vary from subject to subject, and correspond to a specific grade.  Grades are either numerical or alphabetical:

    • 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest)
    • E (lowest) to A (highest)

    More information on the assessment process can be found in:

    Possible college/university course credit

    Depending on the final score in a particular course, candidates may be eligible to place out of corresponding courses at colleges and universities.  See the documentation for the schools in which you are interested to determine which scores correspond to which course placements.