• Are you interested in finding out what IB is all about and if it's the right program for you? An overview of the IB program is provided below, but you can also contact our IB Coordinator, Amy Bomke, or our IB Counselor, Jessica Dale, directly with your questions! 

    Amy Bomke, IB Coordinator, abomke@amphi.com, 520-696-5592

     Jessica Dale, IB Counselor, jdale@amphi.com, 520-696-5594  

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    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous, 11th and 12th grade diploma program for students seeking personal and academic growth that prepares them to compete in the 21st Century marketplace. IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective; all characteristics that are valued in the Amphitheater School District and at Canyon del Oro High School. Canyon del Oro was authorized to offer the Diploma Programme in February 2012 and is one of only three International Baccalaureate schools in Southern Arizona (and the only high school in Oro Valley).

    What makes IB unique?

    • Students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme explore relationships between all subjects and learn about the world in ways that reach beyond each single subject/discipline.
    • IB aims to develop active, compassionate, lifelong learners with international awareness - qualities highly sought after by the most selective colleges and universities in the United States and around the world.
    • Students are encouraged to have a positive attitude toward learning, ask challenging questions, reflect critically, develop research skills, learn how to learn, and participate in community service designed to build leadership skills and connect learning beyond the classroom into real-world action.
    • IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer one or more of the Programmes, which includes a study of the school's resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
    • IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
    • The IB Diploma Programme receives international recognition with potential scholarships. For a sampling, visit:  50 Scholarships for new IB graduates

    Hear what CDO IB Diploma Programme students say about their experiences:

     IB & AP Considerations

    • AP courses are one-year in duration and may be taken beginning in grade 9. In contrast, most IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses are two-years in duration and are available to students beginning in grade 11.
    • Both programs will enable high achieving students to earn college credit and academic accolades.
    • The IB Diploma requires the study of a second language in both the junior and senior years, emphasizing linguistic skills and increased cultural understanding.
    • IB courses provide multiple assessment types to give a more accurate depiction of student learning. Students are assessed in practical applications such as fieldwork, lab experiments, literary performances, mathematical investigations, presentations, reflections, and formal exams. 
    • IB has a specific emphasis on writing, discussion, critical thinking, and developing the whole student in all courses.
    • Compared to their non-IB peers, IB DP graduates report being more comfortable with doing research and more willing to engage in research at the college level.

    Below, Assistant Dean of Admission for Stanford University, Debra Von Bargen, who has firsthand experience working with many IB graduates, including her son, discusses the 21st century skills developed as result of the IB Diploma Programme.