International Baccalaureate

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Prospective Students

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeably and caring young people to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship
of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:

  • Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
  • Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • Open-Minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from experience.
  • Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. 
  • Risk-takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
  • Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

What is International Baccalaureate (IB)?

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is one of the most highly respected high school academic programs in the world. The IB Diploma Programme is recognized worldwide as an elite program and the curriculum is considered to be the gold standard.

The program is a rigorous two-year course of study with an international focus. Students are taught to apply what they learn in the classroom to the world around them. Coursework begins junior year and is completed with a series of exams in the Spring of senior year.


Four Key Program Components

Academic Rigor 
Students learn how to learn, analyze and reach considered conclusions about the world.

Comprehensive Curriculum
Students study six areas including language, language acquisition, individuals & societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts.

Global Perspective
Students are encouraged to think globally, and the curriculum is based on international standards.

Community Involvement
The Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component allows students to participate in extra curricular activities, including sports, clubs and service projects.

IB Diploma courses provide students with:

  • A broad and balanced, yet academically demanding curriculum
  • The development of critical-thinking and reflective skills
  • The development of research skills
  • The development of independent learning skills
  • The development of intercultural understanding
  • A globally recognized university entrance qualification


Structure of the Diploma

Students must complete

  • Six (6) diploma courses
  • IB Diploma Core - Theory of Knowledge (ToK), Extended Essay (EE), Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)

Ogden High offers the following IB Courses:

Students must take one course from each of the six IB groups. IB courses also fulfill standard Ogden High graduation requirements. For specific information about the courses see OHS IB Courses.

Group 1: Language & Literature
Group 2: Spanish, French
Group 3: History of the Americas, Economics, Business Management
Group 4: Biology, Chemistry
Group 5: Mathematics: Approaches and Analysis
Group 6: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre





Current Students

Coordinator's Message

Welcome to the rich Ogden High tradition of excellence and achievement! As an Ogden transplant, I have loved being an Ogden High Tiger. I love
working in our beautiful, historic building and doing my part to add to the beloved legacy at Ogden High. I have never experienced a community that supports and celebrates each other the way the Ogden High community does. The IB Program is part of that tradition of excellence. We are excited to have you and to help you reach for the stars! Through hard work and the support of your peers, teachers and family, we know you can achieve great things. Great things never come from comfort zones. Participating in the IB Program at Ogden High will push you outside your comfort zone and will help you become, not only a better student, but a responsible, active globally minded citizen.

In the years I have been part of the Ogden High and IB family I have come to love the IB program and passionately believe in its mission and purpose. As IB teachers we “aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” In today’s world of growing  national and international tension, this mission becomes even more relevant and significant. Every lesson, text and assessment is created to help students embody this mission. The IB Learner Profile asks our students to be not only knowledgeable and inquirers, but also caring and open-minded. I love the International Baccalaureate program because it encourages students to find their best selves. It’s an honor to be part of that journey. 


College & Career Readiness

Ogden High is fortunate to have a full time college access adviser - Mrs. Francis. Students can stop by the Career Center or make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Francis to discuss scholarship opportunities, ACT test prep & test dates, how to register for the ACT, get assistance paying for the ACT, college application help, FAFSA help and so much more. The Career Center is located on the first floor just south of the Tiger Rotunda. Stop by and see her today!

Tips for Managing the application process

Gather Materials

Filling out each application takes time. Save some time by gathering your materials and keeping them organized together. Some items you may need are: high school transcript (know how to request via, academic resume, test scores, parent/guardian information, proof of academic honors and achievements.

Create a checklist for each application and cross things off your list as you complete the requirements for each application.

Create an Application Timeline

Research deadlines for all of your applications. Some specialty programs may have additional deadlines and applications for their programs. You'll need to be accepted to the school and the specific academic program or department. Create a timeline or list of application and testing deadlines for each of the schools you plan on applying to. These applications take time, so you want to get started early! Make sure you don't miss important deadlines by compiling a list early.

Get Organized

Figure out an organizational system that works for you. Once you've gathered all your materials and compiled all your deadlines, figure out an organizational system to keep all your application materials organized. Keep a folder for each school with a check list for that school. Cross things off your list as you complete tasks.

Customize Your Essays

Don't rewrite each scholarship or admissions essay. Most scholarships and admissions essays will be fairly similar. Write each essay once and save it in a Google or Word Doc. Adjust and tweak the essay to personalize the essay for each specific application. Be sure to type your essay in a program that will check for spelling and grammar. Most applications only provide a text box and will not check for grammar and spelling. Copy and paste your essay from a Google or Word Doc into the application.

Parent Resources

How to Support Your Honor Student

Support your Honor Student - 1. Designated study Space 2. Monitor Mental Health 3. Monitor Physical Health 4. Help them stay organized 5. Be interested and ask questions 6. Help them with academic planning - classes to take, admissions deadlines, scholarship searing, etc.


Tips for Managing Student Stress

Be supportive - don’t add extra pressure

IB students are good at putting the pressure on themselves - when your student is stressed and overwhelmed help them to make a plan to get through it. The plan can and should include ways to alleviate stress and relax in addition to a study schedule. Remind them that they are capable and can do this. Students sometimes need help finding ways to destress. It could be exercising, working on a hobby, visiting with friends and family, getting out of the house for a little while. Success in the IB program isn’t about studying more - it’s about studying smarter.

Encourage ACT Prep

At this point IB students don’t need to learn new material to be successful on the ACT. They need to review what they’ve already learned. IB students tend to struggle on the Math and English portions of the ACT more than the others because it is information they learned several years ago. Focusing on practice questions and reviewing content can help students perform better on the ACT. Math concepts such as geometry and algebra are common on the math section. Commas and apostrophe usage are the most common question types on the English section. Ogden High offers a low cost ACT prep class. Students can also use the online website Shmoop to get additional practice help. IB students should be scoring at least a 25 on the ACT, but it will take practice. IB students should also plan on taking the ACT at least twice - if not more. The free ACT is offered at OHS in February. Students should plan on taking it October of their junior year, and possibly over the summer between junior and senior year. The last test date to make it for college applications is September.

Help them remember they are still teenagers

Often IB students feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. They are still teenagers and should participate in normal, teenage activities. They can and should go to dances, sporting events, movies with friends. Help them find the balance.

Time Management

One of the greatest indicators of success as an IB student isn’t necessarily academic skills. Students with strong time management skills and grit are able to manage the workload and stress better. If your student doesn’t already use a planner (electronic or paper) help them learn how to use one. Schedule in time to work on homework, study for exams, work on EE research, socialize and rest. There will be the occasional late night, but it shouldn’t be the norm.

Encourage Mindfulness

Take a 5 or 10 minute break from whatever is causing the most stress at the moment and follow a 3-5 minute guided meditation. These can be found for free on YouTube or through a specific meditation app. Research has shown that practicing regular meditation helps reduce stress, sleep better, increase focus and concentration and manage emotions.

From Students to Parents

Student tips to parents

  • Trust us with studies
  • Don’t stress more than us
  • Let us work together to create a good work/social balance
  • Be supportive and caring
  • Let us take a break when we need it
  • Give us some space
  • Offer constructive criticism
  • Have a calendar that shows assessments, exams, trips, family time, etc.
  • Do not add stress or pressure during important or busy IB assessment times
  • Be proud of me
  • Support me no matter what
  • Don’t make me feel that if I don’t do well I will basically have an unhappy life
  • Let me keep up hobbies
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Let me study in peace - don’t interrupt when I’m working - keep siblings away when I’m working
  • Weekends are also for relaxing
  • Be interested
  • Smile
  • I know it’s important - I don’t need to be reminded all the time
  • Show me love ‘n stuff
  • Be considerate of the stress I’m under and be appropriate in the actions taken for punishment
  • Get excited about good grades in class and on assessments
  • Ask questions - don’t make demands
  • Buy chocolate
  • Have a greater understanding of what IB is about - ask questions if you aren’t sure
  • Provide a quiet study area
  • Keep positive. Tell us what we will do well, not focusing on things we have yet to do
  • Realize that when we get home we are exhausted