International Baccalaureate
IB Diploma Program (IBDP)

​​​CMS Schools offering the Diploma Program:

East Mecklenburg High School, Harding University High School, Myers Park High School, North Mecklenburg High School, West Charlotte High School

The IB Diploma Program offers students college-preparatory and college-level courses with the goal of fostering a well-rounded education which meets entrance requirements for colleges throughout the world. Students must take courses in at least five subject areas: Studies in Language and Literature (in the student's primary language); Language Acquisition (a second language which is typically studied for five years); Individuals and Societies; Experimental Sciences; and Mathematics. Students must take a sixth subject, which can be a second course in one of the subject areas listed or could be an arts class. In addition, students take a course called Theory of Knowledge, which focuses on different areas of knowledge and the ways in which knowledge is acquired. Students also complete Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) hours, including a CAS project, and write a research paper called the Extended Essay. 

According to the Learner Profile, an IB learner is knowledgeable, a thinker, a communicatorreflective, a risk-takerprincipledopen-mindedcaring, an inquirer, and balanced.

The Diploma Program curriculum is often illustrated using the diagram below:

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Most Diploma Program courses are assessed via a combination of externally-graded written examinations and "internal assessments," where teachers grade student work which is then moderated by IB examiners. Students can earn scores of 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest) on IB examinations, which are taken in May. Students must earn at least 24 points to receive an IB Diploma; detailed information on IB Diploma requirements can be found by clicking on IB Diploma Program General Regulations.pdf. Many colleges award credit or placement for successful performance on IB examinations, though the amount of credit depends on the college, the level of the course, and the score earned.

IB courses are offered at either Standard Level or Higher Level. Higher Level (HL) courses contain more material to be studied, require more classroom contact hours, and typically have more rigorous assessments. In order to earn an IB Diploma, students must take at least three courses at Higher Level. In the United States, Higher Level courses typically earn more college credit.​

Typical course offerings for the CMS Diploma Programs:

​Grade 11
​Grade 12
​IB English Literature I or IB English Language & Literature I (varies by school)
​​IB English Literature II or IB English Language & Literature II (varies by school)
IB ​World Language I (prerequisite is level III in same world language)
​IB ​World Language II
​IB History of the Americas I
​IB History of the Americas II
​IB Science I (offerings vary by school)
​​IB Science II (offerings vary by school)
​IB Math Studies I or IB Math SL I
​​IB Math Studies II or IB Math SL II
​IB 6th Subject (offerings vary by school)*
​IB 6th Subject (offerings vary by school)*
​IB Theory of Knowledge I
​​IB Theory of Knowledge II

*IB 6th Subject can be a second social studies course (such as IB Business or IB Psychology), a second science, or an IB Visual Arts or IB Theatre class, depending on school's course offerings.

For more information about the IB DP, please visit