International Baccalaureate (IB)

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Oconomowoc High School (OHS) is proud to offer educational opportunities through the International Baccalaureate® (IB).  Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

OHS May 2021 AP/IB Examination Calendar

Accelerated Courses

The high standards implicit in the IB course content and the IB assessments assume high levels of achievement, effort, and preparation in grades 9-10. The purpose of the accelerated courses at OHS is to refine students’ skills and build an academic foundation that prepares students for success in the IB courses. OHS offers the following IB courses:

  • IB English HL 1, 2
  • IB German HL 1, 2
  • IB German SL 1, 2
  • IB Spanish HL 1, 2
  • IB Spanish SL 1, 2
  • IB Chinese SL 1, 2
  • IB French SL
  • IB History of the Americas HL 1, 2
  • IB Theory of Knowledge 1, 2
  • IB Economics SL 1
  • IB Economics HL 1, 2
  • IB Biology HL 1, 2
  • IB Chemistry HL 1, 2
  • IB Physics SL
  • IB Math SL
  • IB Theater SL
  • IB Music SL
  • IB Studio Art SL or HL 1, 2
  • IB Music SL
  • IB Personal & Professional Skills
  • IB Extended Essay


The IBO requires a fee for the IB courses and examinations. The assessments take place in the final year of an IB course, and the IB course fees are included in the student’s registration fees for that year. IB assessment fees are approximately $122 per course. The cost for a 2021 IB Diploma (six courses) is approximately $732.  There is no formal application for the IB Diploma Programme or individual IB courses. Any interested student may pursue the IB Diploma or the IB Course offerings.

OHS IB Policies

OHS IB Assessment Policy

OHS IB Inclusive Education/Special Needs Policy

OHS IB Academic Honesty Policy


Carrie Schultz
262-560-3100, ext. 3282

IB Diploma Programme

IB Diploma Programme

Oconomowoc High School (OHS) is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Organization’s Diploma Programme. This outstanding pre-university course of study is designed for highly motivated students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. It is a comprehensive two-year curriculum, designed for students seeking a challenging and rigorous educational experience with a unique international, cross-curricular focus and exceptionally high standards for achievement. The IB program is designed to provide students with a balanced education through comprehensive studies of languages, sciences, mathematics, and humanities, along with community involvement.



The IB Diploma candidate must complete six IB courses and their corresponding examinations within the final two years of high school. A minimum of three HL courses, but no more than four, must be completed. In addition, students must complete:

  • Theory of Knowledge—an interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.
  • The Extended Essay—a research paper of about 4,000 words, which allows the student to explore a topic of personal interest.
  • At least 150 hours of CAS—the demonstration of Creativity, Activity, and Service in relation to school and community. 


OHS encourages all students who want to challenge themselves academically to consider pursuing an IB Diploma.


  • Is self-motivated and supported by his/her family
  • Has a desire to challenge him/herself intellectually
  • Possesses or is willing to acquire analytical/critical thinking skills
  • Participates in school and community activities
  • Is receptive to new ideas and different beliefs
  • Possesses or is ready to learn good time and stress management skills
  • Completes the IB internal and external exams for each IB course in which he/she is enrolled


  • Preparation for university success through stimulating, challenging coursework
  • Encourages an appreciation for different cultures and attitudes
  • Emphasis on learning how to learn and how to analyze, not an encyclopedic approach to education
  • Educating the “whole person” providing a broad general education while allowing specialized study in areas of an individual student’s interests
  • Externally monitored assessments ensure high academic standards
  • Training, guidance, and mentoring of OHS teachers provided by IBO
  • Successful completion of the full IB Diploma Programme earns students recognition, course credit, and advanced placement at many colleges and universities

Sample Four-Year Plan for an International Baccalaureate Full Diploma Candidate


  • Accelerated English 9 (1 credit)
  • Drawing (.5 credit)
  • World Language Level 2 (1 credit)
  • Intro to Humanities (1 credit)
  • Biology (1 credit)
  • Accelerated Geometry (1 credit)
  • Physical Education (.5 credit)
  • Electives (2 credits)


  • Accelerated English 10 (1 credit)
  • World Language Level 3 (1 credit)
  • Chemistry (1 credit)
  • Accelerated Algebra II (1 credit)
  • Health (.5 credit)
  • Vocational Education (.5 credit)
  • Physical Education (.5 credit)
  • Electives (2.5credits)


  • IB English HL I (1 credit)
  • IB World Language SL I (1 credit)
  • IB History of the Americas HL I (1 credit)
  • IB Math SL (2 credits)
  • IB Biology HL I (1 credit)
  • TOK I (.5 credit)
  • Physical Education (.5 credit)
  • Electives (1 credit)


  • IB English HL II (1 credit)
  • IB World Language SL II (1 credit)
  • IB History of the Americas HL II (1 credit)
  • IB Biology HL II (1 credit)
  • IB Physics SL (1.5 credits)
  • TOK II (.5 credit)
  • Personal Finance (.5 credit)
  • Electives (1.5 credits)

IB Career-Related Programme

IB Career-Related Programme (CP)

The CP is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique program addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. CP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a career-related study. The DP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigor of the program. The career-related study further supports the program’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. The CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

Individual IB Course Options

Individual IB Course Option

Students may take individual IB courses and receive scores for the courses and examinations they successfully complete. Most colleges award credit for successful completion of HL courses. Some colleges award credit for both HL and SL courses. Refer to the individual college IB credit policies for more specific information.

Oconomowoc High School
641 East Forest
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Nondiscrimination: The Oconomowoc Area School District provides assurance that no student is discriminated against because of the student's sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.
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