IB at Newport Harbor High School


Starting with the IB Class of 2015, IB students must take gov/econ in order to graduate.  This is in addition to (not instead of) IB History. 

Students have several choices:

1. Some students will have room in their schedule senior year to take gov/econ (or AP Government or AP Comparative Government) as their sixth class.  This depends on their SL choices.   

2. Others will take it online during the summer.  Students can take one of these one-semester classes online the summer before junior year and the other before senior year, or two in one summer. 

3. Students may also take this online during the school year or request the regular (in-person) class as a 7th class senior year. 


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.  

Class of 2017 APPLICATION

Current Newport Harbor High School students:

Please complete the online application, and then make an appointment to meet with Ms. Barnebey (LBarnebey@nmusd.us)

The application includes an essay.  You may want to prepare your answer before beginning the application.  Read the Learner Profile.  In what way do you already embody or strive to embody TWO of the qualities in the Profile?  Write a paragraph about each of your two that includes one or more examples of what you do and/or will do to embody it.

District-transfer students:

The District plans to have an online application form ready for you by the end of February. 

Out-of-district transfer students:

Please contact Ms. Barnebey (LBarnebey@nmusd.us) for application information.

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.

IB Literature HL 1 and HL 2 (combined with AP Literature)
IB Language and Literature HL 1 and 2

IB Latin SL 1 and SL 2
IB French SL 1 and SL 2
IB Spanish SL 1 and SL 2
IB Spanish HL 1 (combined with AP Spanish Language) and HL 2

IB History HL 1 (combined with APUSH) and HL 2

IB Math HL 1 (combined with AP Calculus AB) and HL 2 (combined with AP Calculus BC)
IB Math SL 1 (combined with Honors Pre-Calculus) and SL 2 (combined with AP Calculus AB)
IB Math Studies SL (one-year course, pre-requisite: Math 3)

IB Physics HL 1 (combined with AP Physics C: Mech) and HL 2 (combined with AP Phyiscs C: E&M)
IB Biology SL (one-year)
IB ESS SL (one-year; combined with AP ESS)

IB Visual Arts HL 1 and HL 2
IB Theatre HL 1 and HL 2
IB Film HL 1 and HL 2
IB Music HL 1 and HL 2
IB Business and Management HL 1 and HL 2 


Information for current IB students

For more information, please contact Laura Barnebey, IB Coordinator, at: LBarnebey@nmusd.us.

IB Program

IB Program