In August of 2001, Linden High School was selected to join the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB-DIP), designed for highly motivated 11th and 12th grade students. Incorporating language arts, social and natural sciences, mathematics, elective courses, and community service, IB-DIP provides graduates with academic opportunities, including admission recognition to selective universities throughout the world. Some colleges and universities offer advanced standing or course credit to students with strong IB-DIP backgrounds. Students have the option of attempting one or several IB courses or electing to participate in the full IB Diploma Program. It is important to understand that students at Linden High School are encouraged to participate in the full diploma program, but may select to take individual courses and earn an IB Certificate for those courses. IB is a pre-university course of studies designed to expose high school students to a challenging, innovative and well-balanced academic program; coursework in the 11th and 12th grade years culminates in a series of examinations leading to an IB Diploma. Courses in the program are also open to interested students who do not wish to attempt the entire diploma program. Currently, over 1,200 schools world-wide have implemented the program. All IB Diploma students complete three compulsory elements: an interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge course, a Creativity-Action-Service component, and a sustained, 4,000 word independent essay on a topic of their choice. IB candidates experience high-interest coursework, regularly practice critical thinking skills, encounter activity-based academic situations, and, ultimately, gain an edge for college admissions.
The IB Diploma Program is a two-year program of studies across the disciplines with multiple components:
Successful completion of six IB courses in different subject area;
Completion of assessments and external examinations in each area;
Participation in CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) component;
Completion of a Theory of Knowledge course;
The writing and submission of an Extended Essay under the supervision
of a mentor. The International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland awards an IB Diploma to students who complete all of the above and perform successfully on the sic external examinations. Students at Linden High School are encouraged to participate in the full diploma program, but may select to take individual IB courses and earn an IB Certificate for those courses.
If you have further questions about the IB Diploma program, please contact:
Mrs. Bernadette Bottino, IB Coordinator
Tel: 908-486-5432 Fax: 908-486-1118 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents may also wish to access the official IB website at http://www.ibo.org/