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IB Diploma Program at Newport Harbor High School

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For more information, please contact Alma DiGiorgio, IB Coordinator, at

NHHS IB classes

All IB classes are either Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL).  Most are two-year classes.  Some are combined with AP classes.  Students must take at least 3 HL's for the Diploma.

IB Literature HL (AP Literature) 
IB Language and Literature HL 

IB Latin SL 
IB French SL 
IB Spanish SL 
IB Spanish HL 1 (AP Spanish Language)

IB Spanish HL 2 (AP Spanish Literature) 

IB History HL 

IB Math SL (AP Calculus AB)
IB Math Studies SL (one-year course, pre-requisite: Math 3)



IB Physics HL 1 (AP Physics C: Mech) HL 2 (AP Physics C: E&M)
IB Biology SL (one-year)

IB Visual Arts HL 
IB Theatre HL 
IB Film HL 
IB Music HL 
IB Business Management HL  

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IB in Practice

The International Baccalaureate Organization regularly conducts research on the benefits of its program.  The latest study again showed that the an IB education increases a student's chance at college success.

IB Diploma Handbook

2018-2019 IB Diploma Handbook

Evaluation guide and self-study questionnaire

I Think, Therfore IB

NHHS's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Program is an intellectually-rich, well-rounded two-year course of study for juniors and seniors that is built around three core experiences:

  • Theory of Knowledge, a college-level seminar
  • Creativity, Action, and Service, a student-designed community service project; and
  • Extended Essay, a research project

IB Diploma Candidates also pursue college-level work in six subjects: English, a second language, history, math, science, and an elective.

IB classes are open to all juniors and seniors, not just those in the full Diploma Program.  Like AP, IB classes are recognized by colleges and universities as excellent preparation for higher education.  Successful completion of AP and IB courses is usually rewarded with course credit or used for placement.  

IB students talk about the "Theory of Knowledge" class

IB World Student Conferences

Every year, hundreds of first year IB Diploma students, as well as those about to start the Diploma, meet for the IB World Student Conferences.  They engage with the world's leading professionals and academics, and collaboratively explore a topic of global significance. To learn more about past conferences and IB sponsorships. or to sign up for future World Student Conferences, see

To see some of the projects envisaged by the IB students from each summer's World Student Conferences, see

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Get to know the IB Alumni Network

In 2014 the IB Alumni Network is more than 35,000 alumni, a growing portion of the more than one million IB Program graduates worldwide.  Any IB Program graduate may join the alumni network, receive the quarterly  newsletter, and learn about the opportunities in his or her area.

The alumni network is open to the entire IB community of graduates, teachers, students, and friends.

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