IB Diploma Classes at DHS

  • Juniors and Seniors at Decatur High School can take IB courses in all six IB subject areas: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and Arts. Some students pursue the full IB Diploma, some the IB Career Certificate, while others apply for classes a la carte. All IB courses are two years long and include IB assessments during and at the end of the course. We offer (HL=Higher level, SL=Standard level):

    Group 1-Language and Literature
    Language and Literature HL (SL available for students pursuing the Diploma)

    Group 2-Language Acquisition
    Spanish HL/SL
    French SL
    German SL

    Group 3-Individuals and Societies
    History HL (SL available for students pursuing the Diploma)
    Psychology SL (with AP Psychology)

    Group 4-Experimental Sciences
    Biology HL/SL
    Physics HL/SL

    Group 5-Mathematics
    Mathematics SL (with AP Stats and/or AP Calculus)
    Mathematics Studies SL

    Group 6-Arts
    Visual Arts SL
    Music SL
    Theater SL

    Pursuing the IB Diploma
    Students pursuing the full IB Diploma take three HL courses and three SL courses, one in each of the six subject areas. Students may take a 2nd subject in groups 1-5, rather than a group 6 subject. Students also pursue the IB core of Theory of Knowledge, Creativity-Action-Service, and the Extended Essay. Students can earn college credit for their results in IB HL courses, depending on their final results. Students that earn the Diploma can often earn credit for their SL courses. Currently about 25% of our juniors and seniors are pursuing IB Diplomas.

    Pursuing the IB Career Certificate (IBCC)
    Students pursuing the IBCC take a minimum of two IB SL and/or HL courses, complete a Decatur Career Academy pathway, and complete the IBCC core of Personal and Professional Skills, The Reflective Project, and Community Service. Students may earn college credit for their results in IB HL courses. 

    Taking Individual IB Courses
    Students can apply to take IB courses in any of the subject areas and potentially earn college credit for their HL courses. All students at DHS take some level of IB Biology and about half of our students will graduate having taken another IB class.