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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Program


International Baccalaureate (IB) is a magnet program at Ocean View High School. As a two-year, comprehensive and rigorous pre-university program, the IB Diploma Program provides one of the most respected secondary educations available. Successful IB candidates are typically granted advanced placement credit at the finest universities and colleges in the nation. Students who participate in the full diploma program are actively engaged in a liberal arts curriculum that includes:

  • Curriculum containing six subject groups (see course sequencing below)
  • Research paper (Extended Essay)
  • Critical thinking class (Theory of Knowledge)
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and community services (CAS)

The extended essay (limit 4000 words) offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. The Theory of Knowledge class is an interdisciplinary liberal studies course in critical thinking and applied philosophy, exploring the nature of knowledge across academic disciplines and encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. Participation in the CAS program encourages students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activity, and community service work, fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.


The recommended course sequence is designed to best prepare students for their IB courses. While there are no required 9th and 10th grades classes for the IB Program, students should have the skills and proficiency necessary to be successful in IB courses taken in grades 11 and 12.


The IB Diploma and Advanced Placement Credit

Each IB exam is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum).  IB Diplomas are awarded with a minimum total of 24 points. Students completing the IB Diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive 30 quarter (20 semester) units total toward their UC undergraduate degree. The University grants 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units to students who receive IB certificates with scores of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher Level.

Designated examinations may be considered equivalent to freshman-level courses in the subject and may be used to satisfy general education or breadth requirements. For all schools—UC or otherwise—contact an individual campus for more information on how subject credit may be granted.

*US Government and Economics are required for the HBUHSD diploma. Successful completion of IB World History fulfills the US Government and Economics graduation requirement.

**If a student takes Foreign Language 4 during their junior year, they may take an elective during their senior year. Otherwise, all students are required to be enrolled in a Foreign Language class in 12th grade.


The International Baccalaureate Program at Ocean View High School is approved and supported by the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

For additional information about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program see:


Brenda McDonough, International Baccalaureate Coordinator
(714) 848-0656 x4301