International Baccalaureate Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) at Queensbury High School is a rigorous course of study open to juniors and seniors that prepares students to succeed in college and to effectively participate in an increasingly global society. Research has shown that IB DP graduates are much more likely to be enrolled at top higher education institutions than entrants holding other qualifications. More importantly, IB DP helps students become confident learners and critical thinkers who desire to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students for success at the university level and beyond. The program is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

IB Diploma students study six academic areas over two years in which they are awarded points. Students complete assessment tasks in the classroom, which are scored by their teachers, and then moderated by IB. Additionally, students take written examinations at the end of the program, which are marked by external IB examiners.

Why choose IB?

Courses in the IB Diploma Programme stress depth over breadth in learning and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Because students are required to accept more responsibility and accountability for their education, the Diploma Program will have students exceptionally well prepared to succeed at the university level.

IB teachers are required to complete ongoing high-quality professional development in their subject area. A worldwide network of teachers and examiners is available to link educators through online forums and best practices in their respective curricula.


The challenging IB curriculum is designed to prepare high school students for the rigor they will face at the university level. The IB Diploma is highly regarded worldwide as excellent preparation for college readiness and success. The curriculum is comprised of six core subjects plus a Theory of Knowledge class.

Six core subjects

The IB curriculum is comprised of 6 subject areas in which students are tested, surrounding a unifying core. These core requirements are intended to unify the subject areas and give students ownership of their educational experience.

The 6 core subjects are:

  • Group 1 – Language Arts
    • Subject: English Language and Literature
  • Group 2 – Second Language
    • Subjects: French, Spanish
  • Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
    • Subject: History of the Americas, Psychology, Economics
  • Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
    • Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Group 5 – Mathematics
    • Subjects: Mathematics
  • Group 6 – The Arts & Electives
    • Subjects: Music, Visual Arts

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge unifies the six subject areas and develops inquiry and critical thinking. Students learn the development of cognition and to identify how and why cultural norms exist.

Other requirements

In addition to the six academic subjects, diploma candidates must meet:

Creativity, Activity, Service requires students to be involved in sports, artistic pursuits, and community service with a goal of providing a balance between academic and social life.

The Extended Essay offers an opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest at length and to become familiar with the research and writing skills expected at the university level. It provides for a mentor teacher to assist students in developing this “mini-thesis.”