Welcome to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program 

at Baltimore City College!

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Baltimore City College has been a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization, whose headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1998.  The Diploma Program offers a rigorous course of study across all academic areas.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) promotes intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.  The IBO mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) Frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Can any student enroll in an IB program?

All 9th and 10th Graders are a part of the IB Middle Years Program.  The application process for Baltimore City College's IB Diploma Program begins in December of each school year beginning with an all 10th grade class interest meeting.  

Dates to remember (2016 - 17 School Year):

Week of 12/12-12/20 Diploma Program Coordinator Visits Sophomore Classes to share information about the program.

January 17, 2017 – Sophomore Parent Interest Meeting

Course Selections Spring 2017 

I am an IB student. Who do I turn to with questions about the programs?

See Mrs. Sarah Jeanblanc in the library, the Middle Years Program (MYP) Coordinator for 9th and 10th Grade Questions, including the Personal Project, and Ms. Ndaneh Smart-Smith, the Diploma Program (DP) Coordinator for 11th and 12th Questions in the IB Office, Room 102.  See Mrs. Jennifer Berg Gaither, the Librarian for any Extended Essay Questions and Nancy Chae in the Guidance Office or any Creativity, Activity and Service Questions.  



Can I transfer from one IB World School to another?

Yes, speak with either Mrs. Jeanblanc or Ms. Smart-Smith to discuss your child's circumstances.  


Is the Diploma Program curriculum the same all over the world?

The core requirements are the same but there is room for flexibility. The courses offered by one school may differ somewhat from those of another school.  Refer to the IB Pathways document on this website to see the requirements at Baltimore City College.


How successful are IB students in applying to university?

Recipients of the IB Diploma enjoy a high rate of acceptance at leading universities. Baltimore City College IB Full Diploma Graduates attend selective and highly selective colleges and universities such as College of William and Mary, College of Wooster, Duke University,   Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts,Georgetown University, Haverford College, Ithaca College, Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University,Tufts University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University, Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, some universities offer scholarships to IB graduates because of the rigor of IB courses.


Can I take individual Diploma Program (DP)courses?

Yes, at Baltimore City College, students may take individual Diploma Program Courses (usually one to five courses) junior and senior year and will earn an IB Diploma Certificate for individual courses taken, noting the courses they took and the marks they earned.  Students who take all DP Courses both years, complete all requirements and are successful, will earn the IB Diploma.  


How many examinations do Diploma Program students take, and when do they take them?

Diploma Program students generally take six examinations, including one literature course taught in the student’s native language, one foreign language, one social science, one experimental science, one mathematics and one arts course. The arts course can be replaced by a second social science, a second experimental science, or a third language. Students take their examinations at the end of the two-year Diploma Progra sometimes they take up to two of their examinations at the end of the first year of the Diploma Program.


Where can I find a list of universities that accept the IB Diploma?

IBO publishes an IB recognition policy on the country pages of the International Baccalaureate website:  www.ibo.org. Many other universities also accept the IB diploma but do not publish a recognition policy—you should contact them directly. Use the following link:  http://www.ibo.org/country/US/index.cfm to search individual schools' policy.


Where can I find a schedule of Diploma Program examinations?

Baltimore City College posts the exam schedule during the last two weeks of April each year.  The latest examination schedules are posted on the Information for students web page at www.ibo.org.


When are examination results made available?

Examination results are sent out in July for the May session. Students may also obtain their results online by clicking here. (https://candidates.ibo.org/) During senior clearance week at Baltimore City College, each student is given a copy of their pin number by Ms. Smart-Smith, the Diploma Program Coordinator.


As an IB graduate, how do I arrange to send a transcript of my grades to a university or graduate school?

IB graduates should send their requests for transcripts to the following addresses: for universities in Canada and the United States: transcripts.ibna@ibo.org.  The diploma program coordinator at City College will submit students' college/university of choice to IBO so that transcripts may be sent after scores are released.



Please contact the IB Program Coordinators for further information.


Sarah Jeanblanc (410) 396-6557



Ndaneh Smart-Smith (410) 396-6557


IB Diploma Attainment Requirements-English

DP-Guide for Parents – English

Handout for sophomore class

The IB Journey 21219 Presentation

IB Diploma Attainment Requirements Spanish

DP-Guide for Parents – Spanish

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