International Baccalaureate (IB)

TriWorldSchool2ColourmedThe International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a rigorous, two-year comprehensive curriculum for grades eleven and twelve that prepares you for post-secondary study through courses and instructional techniques that emphasize:

· Critical thinking

· Application of knowledge

· An interdisciplinary approach with strong international focus

Recognized around the world as an International Baccalaureate World School, we were the FIRST all-girls school in Ohio to begin IB and are the ONLY recognized IB school in northwest Ohio.  Since you can elect either a full diploma or subject area certificates, NDA’s IB program has an opportunity just right for YOU!

IB curriculum

IB courses for Grades 11-12 include:

Biology HL
Business Management SL
Chinese SL
English HL
French SL
History HL
Latin SL, HL
Mathematical Studies SL
Mathematics SL
Music SL, HL
Physics SL, HL
Spanish SL
Theatre Arts SL, HL
Visual Arts SL, HL

Diploma only: 

Creativity, Action, Service
Extended Essay
Theory of Knowledge

Online only:

Business and Management SL, HL
Economic SL, HL
French Ab Initio SL
Film SL
Information Technology in a Global Society SL, HL
Mathematics HL
Philosophy SL
Psychology SL, HL
Spanish B SL

How to plan for IB at NDA

If you are planning an IB path during your time at NDA we suggest the following curriculum choices whether you are planning to be a Full-Diploma Candidate or receive a International Baccalaureate Certificate in a subject.

In 9th grade consider:
English 1 – Regular or Honors
Spanish 1 – Honors (or higher), Chinese 1 Honors, or Latin 1 Honors (or higher)
World History – Regular or Honors
Biology – Regular or Honors
Math 1 Honors (or higher)
Speech and Drama 1 or Art 1
Theology 1

In 10th Grade consider:

English 2 – Regular OR Honors
Spanish 2 Honors (or higher), Chinese 2 Honors, or Latin 2 Honors (or higher)
AP Psychology, AP Art History, or U.S. History
Chemistry – (Regular or Honors)
Math 2 Honors (or higher)
Theology 2
Art 2 (required for IB Visual Arts only) or Elective
Computer Apps/Elective

Student testimonial

Hi! Good afternoon.
I was asked about writing a testimonial regarding my experience with IB. Seeing as IB was the single most transformative program I engaged in during high school, I am both proud and pleased to offer my thoughts.
The IB program turned learning into an interactive, critical, and highly engaging experience. This is the kind of learning I (and many other students) adapted to, and the kind of learning environment I began to flourish.
IB English Year 1 with Mrs. Wood in particular, was the single most influential class I took. Until that point, I had been apathetic towards school and had a pretty extrinsic motivation for doing well: namely, getting good grades. IB English took that attitude and revolutionized it. I began feeling more connected with what I was learning, more confident in the skills I was developing, and more expressive with my intelligence. The class turned into an outlet for thought and a culture of idea sharing rather than the stiff “memorization model”. As a result, I became more confident, more outspoken, more dynamic, and more engaged with learning– and I joined Speech Team, something I had been terrified of doing, but always intrigued with. Now as a college student and Foriegn Policy and Security Major, where the classroom is discussion based, I have the unique advantage of feeling comfortable in such an environment. It has allowed me to get ahead where my classmates struggle, and defined the career path I am currently following.
This confidence allowed me to maximize my participation in my other IB courses during my first year, which ultimately led to my deeper engagement and commitment to these classes. My second year of IB deepened these skills I began to develop my first year and gave me the true appreciation for the potential that learning has for transforming individuals!
My experience wouldn’t have been possible with all the wonderful teachers I’ve had along the way, including Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Beaverson, Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Huffman, Dr. Malik and Mrs. Wood. And of course Ms. Joseph as well! Everyone I’ve experienced along my IB journey has contributed to my development, and taught me not only about their respective subjects, but about me as a learner and an individual.
Thank you for all your work!

Alexis D. Oberdorf