The Sunny Hills IB Advantage

Most of the prominent universities in the United States have developed International Baccalaureate policies for Diploma and Certificate candidates. As of September 2016, the IBO database listed over 2000 post-secondary institutions with an IB recognition policy. Such considerations may include advanced placement, course credit, advanced standing, and special consideration at the time of admission. For example, the University of California campuses* award IB Diploma recipients with 30 points or more earned on their diploma, 30 quarter units or 20 semester units upon matriculation. These policies have been developed primarily because of the positive experience universities have had with previous International Baccalaureate students and also because of serious interest in the challenge that the IB Program offers to secondary school pupils. Admission directors and registrars have come to appreciate the caliber of International Baccalaureate students and wish to attract them to their campuses.
*see specific campus policy

What is so special about IB programmes?

  • IB programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
  • The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
  • 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.
  • Many students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.
  • The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.
  • The IB Learner Profile/Mission