International Baccalaureate (IB) Program


Mansueto High School is officially a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Program. 

It is our goal to be an authorized IB World School by the 2018-2019 school year, allowing our founding class to participate in IB examinations and earn their IB Diploma.
While the IB program is extremely selective around the city of Chicago, it is our belief that the exposure to the level of rigor that IB offers is of the utmost importance for our students. Therefore, the International Baccalaureate Program at Mansueto High School will not be selective in nature. Any students willing to work hard and do what it takes will be exposed to the IB rigor.
What is the International Baccalaureate Program?
The International Baccalaureate was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland and currently exists in over 3,500 schools in 148 countries to develop and offer challenging programs. These are schools that share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, and international education. The International Baccalaureate provides a rigorous education for highly motivated and academically proficient students in grades 11 and 12.
The University of Chicago, recently conducted a study on the impact of the International Baccalaureate Program.Students who participate in the IB program are not only more likely to be accepted into more selective schools, but they also graduate from college at a much higher rate than their counterparts.
While the International Baccalaureate Program is open to 11th and 12th graders, the instructors at Mansueto High School begin preparing students for the IB rigor in the 9th grade. Students who are interested in the International Baccalaureate Program enroll in Mansueto specific Pre-DP Honor courses allowing them to grapple with the rigor as soon as they start high school.
The Diploma Programme (DP) consists of a full schedule of IB courses for 11th and 12th grade students in the following areas:
English (Advanced Literature)
World Language (Spanish)
Experimental Sciences (Biology)
Mathematics (Pre-Calculus/Calculus/Advanced Statistics)
History (20th Century Topics)
Fine Arts (Dance)

In addition to taking a full course load of extremely rigorous instruction, students are also required to fulfill the following in order to earn their IB diploma:

The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research (4,000 words) through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.

Theory of Knowledge is a critical thinking course that develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking.
Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.
Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic.