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Newbury Park High School, an IB World School since 1996

Interested in applying for Full IB Diploma Candidacy?

Current 10th-grade students can now apply for the full IB Diploma Program at NPHS.  Students need not apply to take IB classes, assuming they have the appropriate prerequisite coursework.  However, students interested in working toward a diploma from the International Baccalaureate Organization should take a look at the information here to see if they qualify.  If eligible, there are many benefits for students who earn this highly-respected, internationally-recognized diploma, while also working toward a traditional high school diploma.

Information about International Baccalaureate (DP) at NPHS, take a look at the materials below:

Information about the IB Diploma Program at NPHS

Planning your IB Course Pathways (for grades 9-12)

Submitting your application for full IB Diploma Candidacy (current 1oth grade students)

Here are a few IB publications about the benefits of the IB Diploma:

Information for current IB students:

Guidelines for submitting internal and external assessments to IB:

Students, please review the guidelines for IB assessments and ensure that the final version of all IB work is submitted to by the deadlines shared by your IB teachers.

2021 IB Exams:

Here is the link to the 2020-21 calendar of IB exams and internal deadlines for student planning purposes, and the exams are all shown on the April & May portions of this calendar.  If a student has a time conflict with an AP exam, contact Mrs. Ricafort via email right away to request an alternate testing date for your AP exam.  IB exams must be taken on the designated day.

Registration for 2021 IB testing closed on Oct 30. Exam registration can be confirmed by your IB teachers or by contacting the IB Coordinator. For more details on testing level by course, take a look at the fall IB newsletter.

As of now, socially-distanced, in-person exams are planned and scheduled for April and May of 2021.  In the event that in-person exams are not possible (which was true for the May 2020 exam session), IB scores will be determined via a well-tested, school-based algorithm in conjunction will all work submitted to IB prior to the May exams.  We will keep you posted. IB has responded to the pandemic by reducing the requirements in many classes for this school year only.

IB & AP Twilight Academies for extra support (test prep, etc.):

Here is the calendar of IB/AP twilight academies, led by your IB & AP teachers.  Sessions will help reinforce content, assist students with exam prep., and provide guidance on the internal and external assessments for IB.  Your IB and AP teachers will provide you with the Zoom links to attend these sessions.  Unless they inform you otherwise, all sessions run from 3:30-5:30.


General information about the IB Diploma Programme at NPHS:

Newbury Park High School offers the Diploma Program (DP), a rigorous pre-university course of study for highly motivated secondary school students. This broad and balanced curriculum requires 11th and 12th grade IB diploma candidates to study multiple languages, a social science, an experimental science, mathematics, and an elective. As an alternative to the full diploma program, students may choose to test in one or more IB subjects for individual course recognition.

Overview of the IBO

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), founded in 1968, is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that works with nearly 4,000 schools to develop and offer four challenging programs in 146 countries to over a million students.

Wherever possible, the subjects are approached from an international perspective. The IBO promotes intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.  Teachers, counselors and administrators have been trained in the curriculum and assessment procedures of IB, and professional development related to IB is ongoing.  All DP courses are reviewed on a seven-year teaching cycle to ensure that each is fit for purpose in a changing world and incorporates the experience of IB schools and the latest educational research.

The IB diploma has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Many schools take IB participation into account in evaluation of applicants, and most give credit for successful completion of the diploma, or individual IB exams.

Students pursuing the IB diploma at NPHS fulfill all State of California education requirements and can graduate with a diploma from NPHS and one from IB.  Ninth- and tenth-grade students who wish to participate in the diploma program follow an “IB Pathway” of courses in preparation for the rigorous junior and senior years.

How are the students assessed?

All academic courses in the IB Program are rigorously tested. Responsibility for academic judgments about the quality of candidates’ work rests with 15,000 DP examiners worldwide, led by chief examiners with international authority in their fields adhering to uniform standards set by the IB.

Each student completes internal assignments: essays, recorded orals, presentations, portfolios, or lab work done within the curriculum.  These Internal Assessments are scored by our IB teachers against specific rubrics and scores are submitted to IB.  Samples of the student work, selected randomly, are rescored by an examiner assigned by IB in order to maintain standardized application of the rubric.  Students complete the process with examinations during May of their junior and senior years, scored by external examiners. The final grade combines Internal Assessment and May exam scores.

College Credit

Higher Level test scores of 5 or higher on a 7 point scale currently receive 8 quarter units of credit in the UC system and similar credit at the other colleges and universities, whether the student is a full diploma candidate or a student taking an individual IB course. A student who earns a 30-point or better IB Diploma will receive 30 quarter units in the UC system.  For more information, visit

Requirements for earning the Full IB Diploma:

Approximately 400 juniors and seniors at NPHS are currently enrolled in one or more IB courses.  However, many students choose to work toward the IB diploma, which requires them to take and test in DP (Diploma Program) courses across six disciplines and to complete additional core requirements.

To obtain an International Baccalaureate Diploma, candidates must:

  • Successfully complete one course from each of the subject groups listed above. Most require two years of instruction during the 11th and 12th grade. Three or four of the courses are taken at a Higher Level (HL) as defined by IB, and the others are taken at a Standard Level (SL).
  • Complete Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a class which challenges students to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and areas of knowledge, and to consider the role which knowledge plays in a global society.
  • Prepare and submit a research paper in a student-chosen subject (4000-word Extended Essay).
  • Complete a CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) program. This program requires students to perform    150 hours of extra-curricular activities, portions of which must involve service to the school or community.

For more information about IB, visit
For California-specific information, visit

For more information about the NPHS IB Diploma Program, contact Debbie Doğançay, IB Coordinator.