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International Baccalaureate

IB Program Coordinator
Diana Decker
Phone - 845-758-2241 ext. 71073  
What is the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate is a diploma-granting program, recognized worldwide, that requires students to study their own national identity—their own language, literature, history, cultural and scientific heritage—no matter where in the world they live. Beyond that, the IB asks that students identify with the corresponding traditions of others. It is not expected that they adopt differing points of view, merely that they are exposed to them and respond intelligently.

The ultimate goal is to foster a more knowledgeable, compassionate and tolerant person. While the degree of challenge in the IB can be significant, the program is flexible enough so that all students can benefit from participation, and all who enroll can succeed. Indeed, the expectation is that the entire school community will benefit immediately through the preparation of new courses for the IB and continually through the broadened scope of knowledge and world view found in this program.

The IB became part of the educational program at Red Hook High School beginning in September 2002. The Curriculum consists of Six Groups of Study, and courses are taken at either the Standard Level (SL) or the Higher Level (HL).

Group 1 - Language A: Literature English HL
Group 2– Language B:
French SL/HL
German SL/HL
Spanish SL/HL
Group 3 - Individuals & Societies:
History of the Americas HL
Group 4 - Experimental Sciences:
Biology HL
Chemistry HL
Physics SL
Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL
Group 5 - Mathematics:
Mathematical Analysis SL
Mathematical Applications SL
Group 6 - Arts & Electives:
Film SL/HL
Music SL/HL
Visual Arts SL/HL
Psychology SL  
Earning the IB Diploma

To be eligible for the IB Diploma, a student must:   · Complete one course from each of the six subject groups. At least three and not more than four must be taken at the higher level. The remainder are taken at the standard level (SL).
  • Receive acceptable scores on examinations in each of the six subjects. The exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 7.
  • Submit an Extended Essay.
  • Complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.
  • Complete the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement.
  • Earn a minimum total of 24 points out of the possible 45. (The maximum score includes 3 points for work in TOK and the Extended Essay.)
  • Candidates who do not earn the IB Diploma may earn certificates in individual subjects.  
Need more information?

For more information about the IB Program, including a directory of college and university IB recognition policies and publications such as the General Regulations for the Diploma Program, visit IBO’s website at