IB Diploma Programme

Archbishop Walsh Academy is designated as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to offer the Diploma Programme. With this designation, Walsh is one of only 3% of the high schools in the United States certified to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

The IB Diploma Programme is an internationally acclaimed and structurally rigorous academic program with approximately 2,200 schools in the world offering an IB curriculum. With the achievement of this certification, the Academy is now positioned to offer a comprehensive program of excellence in education through the Montessori pre-school, the top-ranked elementary school, and the International Baccalaureate high school. 

There are many advantages for students who earn the IB Diploma as well as for those who participate in an IB curriculum.  IB and its world-class academic standards are accepted throughout the world at selective universities, making it a passport to higher education at the best colleges. Students participating in the program will receive a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth, encourages international-mindedness, develops a positive attitude towards learning, holds to published global standards through rigorous external assessment and emphasizes the development of the whole student - physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Universities around the world welcome the unique characteristics of students who have earned an IB Diploma and recognize the way in which the program helps to prepare students for university-level education.

Students study in six academic areas:

  • Language
  • Second Language
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Individuals and Society
  • Elective that can be within the Arts or another area of study listed above.


The programme also has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding: The Extended Essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical). Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom.

Students take examinations at the end of their senior year and based on their scores, students may receive an IB diploma.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. [www.ibo.org

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