Pre-IB Program, Grades 7 & 8

The Pre-IB Program prepares students for both the Diploma Program and the New York State Regents Exams. Eight subject groups form the curricular framework:

  • Language A – English
  • Language B – Mandarin
  • Mathematics – Pre-Algebra, Algebra
  • Sciences – General Science, Living Environment
  • Humanities – American History, Global Studies and Geography
  • Technology
  • The Arts – Music, Visual Arts
  • Physical Education – Health and Hygiene,
    Individual and Team Sports

Pre-IB Diploma Program, Grades 9 & 10

  • Language A – English
  • Language B – Spanish or French (9th Grade Year 1, 10th Grade Year 2)
  • Mathematics – Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II
  • Sciences – Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics
  • Humanities – Global Historty and Geography
  • Physical Education – Health and Hygiene,
    Individual and Team Sports

Diploma Program (DP), Grades 11 and 12

The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous course of study leading to external examinations in six core academic groups:

  • IB English Literature (Language A)
  • IB French or Spanish (Language B)
  • IB Mathematics Standard Level or
    IB Math Studies Standard Level
  • IB Biology or IB Chemistry Standard Level
  • IB History of the Americas Higher Level (Individuals and Societies/Government and Economics)

IB Program continued

Group 6: IB Computer Science Higher Level or
IB Visual Arts Higher Level

Physical Education

See for course descriptions.


Full Diploma candidates must also satisfy three special features included in the program in order to earn the IB Diploma:

Theory of Knowledge course – challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of
ideological biases, and to develop modes of thought based on analysis of evidence and rational argument. At the end of the course, students prepare a formal paper and an individual presentation.

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) – IB Diploma candidates are required to perform and document 150 hours of creativity, action and service activities during grades 11 and 12. These activities encourage students to share their energies and talents outside of
the classroom.

Extended Essay – a required essay of at least 4,000 words offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and prepares them for independent research and writing expected at the university level.