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IB Highlights: IB Diploma Statistics

IB Questions of the Week:  

Is my student required to be a full IB DP candidate once they enter 11th and 12th grades?
No, some students decide to be a courses-only candidate and not attempt to earn the full IB diploma.  Remember, all SGS students, once having met SGS graduation requirements, receive an SGS diploma.  The IB diploma is additional. Colleges and universities, if they award credit for IB scores in courses, give the credit regardless of whether a student is a full diploma candidate or a courses-only candidate.  Some colleges and universities may give credit for obtaining the full diploma as well, and some, mostly European, may require the full diploma.  Always check the specific college or university website for information on IB award credit.

What are the school’s IB statistics for the last 6 years?
Below are stats for the last six years since the first SGS IB Diplomas were awarded in 2016.  If you would like information about SGS specifics for particular subjects, please email

*Note:  For some years, you will see juniors registered for exams.  This is not a norm, but was in response to specific needs of our students.

IB Alumni Highlight:
On Wednesday, January 5, there will be an IB alumni panel.  This event will allow our current students and parents to talk to SGS IB alumni who are now in colleges putting the skills they left SGS with into practice.  SGS has organized an IB alumni panel in the past, and we feel that it can be valuable as a resource for students and parents to talk to students who now have reflected on their time with the IB and have a helpful perspective on it.  

The panelists will include:
From the Class of 2020:
Kathryn Moon (attending the University of Pennsylvania)
Marshall Roll (attending Macalester College)
Jocelyn Thew (attending Loyola Marymount University)
Miya Jacobs (attending University of San Diego)
Caleb Flegel (attending Whitworth University)
From the Class of 2021:
Gabi Cunningham (attending Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service)
John DeForest* (attending Dartmouth College)
(*will be calling in remotely)

The academic schedule for January 5 will be shortened for all MS and US students.  The panel will be available for students in grades 6-12 from 2:05-3:05pm in Founders Theater.  Parents who are interested in talking to our panelists and learning more about the IB will have a session from 3:15-4:00pm in the theater.  If you are a SGS parent and intend to attend the session from 3:15-4:00pm on Wednesday, January 5, please email to RSVP.

Upper School Experience IB Info Night is Nov.30

Middle School parents are invited to an Information Night on the Upper School Experience and the International Baccalaureate Program on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Founders Theater.  (This is especially helpful for parents of 8th graders, who will be starting their journey through the Upper School next year.)  Learn what makes the SGS Upper School unique and what students can expect in grades 9-12.  Here’s the schedule:

Introduction to the Upper School experience; Academics with Dr. Francesca; Clubs, music & arts, mentors, & events with Coach Rickard; Sports with Coach Peplinski.
BREAK with coffee and treats. Upper School students will share their perspectives on the US experience and CAS projects. 
What’s the International Baccalaureate (IB)?; What’s the advantage of IB versus AP?; How does the IB support the college admissions process?; followed by a Q&A time.

Feel free to attend the first part, the second part, or both presentations.  Please RSVP to Paige Halliburton ( if you plan to attend.

IB Highlights: Thanksgiving Cards & Assessments

CAS Experience Highlights:CAS experiences for all of our Upper School Students reported this week included learning new piano songs, helping with the Santa Express, participating in FTC Robotics, and writing military Thanksgiving cards.  (See a Photo Gallery of students writing Thanksgiving cards for the service members at Fairchild AFB.) 

IB Alumni Highlight:  On Wednesday, January 5, several SGS alumni from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 will be here to talk to the students in grades 6-12 about the IB and their experiences at college.  There will be a special schedule that day for Middle and Upper School students that will allow for a Q&A time with the IB Alumni panel: Students grades 6-12:  2:05-3:05pm (Theater)Parents:  3:15-4:00pm (Theater) 

IB Question of the Week:   In each IB class, what are the Internal Assessments and the External Assessments? 

The IB uses both external and internal assessments in the Diploma Program (DP) to assess student learning. 

  • The external assessments (EA) include the exams in May of a student’s senior year. These EAs count for 70 – 80% of the score in an IB course. The EAs are sent in to the IB for grading by IB examiners. If a student takes IB Visual Arts, their EA is an exhibition. In addition, if a student takes a Language A HL course (Chinese A Literature HL or English A Literature HL), they also produce a written assignment. These assessments are called “external” because teachers outside of SGS assess and decide what grade they earn. IB examiners and assessors are all over the globe but trained by the IB to ensure uniformity.
  • The internal assessments (IA) include the many investigations and projects that students undertake here at SGS during the two-year program. 20 – 30% of the student’s score is derived from the IA. SGS students complete an IA in each course. The grade for the IA is assessed by the SGS teacher but it is externally moderated by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization), meaning they are reviewed for grading accuracy. 

External assessment: Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses. This is because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability.

They include:

  • essays
  • structured problems
  • short-response questions
  • data-response questions
  • text-response questions
  • case-study questions
  • multiple-choice questions 

Internal assessment: Teacher assessment is also used for all courses. This includes:

  • written work in languages
  • oral work in languages
  • laboratory work in the sciences
  • investigations in mathematics
  • artistic performances

Please email with any IB questions you may have, otherwise she will pick one to answer.  For more information about the DP grading and assessment please follow this link:

IB Highlights: 100 Meter Dash

Extended Essay Highlight:  Senior Fair Niven is asking this question for her EE:  “How does the amount of protein in a protein shake effect the heart rate of a person running the 100m dash?”  She plans to have Mark Rickard as her supervisor.  She will be collecting her own data and comparing it to other data that has been already collected.  Fair ran the 100 meter dash in 12.76 seconds this spring to win the race at the District 7 NE 2B Championships! 

CAS Project Highlight:  Stella Brown and Maddy Roberts, both seniors, proposed a Saint George’s mural.  They are experienced with both physical and digital art, which is why they chose to do this CAS project.  For their investigation, they are going to do research and learn more about how to design and paint a mural, and also how to logistically keep it from fading away.  We cannot wait to see this new addition to our campus! 

IB Question of the Week:Who is the Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB)?  Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen started his tenure as the eighth Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in May 2021.  You can read more about him here: 

Please refer to the International Baccalaureate page on the SGS website and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning for detailed IB information.  As an overview, the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE). 

• CAS Experiences: All of our Upper School students, pre-IB (grades 9-10), full diploma candidates and course candidates, complete CAS experiences with reflections.

• CAS Project: Our full diploma students complete CAS projects that follow an 18-month portfolio, full of reflections. 

• EE: Seniors spend a year researching and writing a 4000-word extended essay on a topic of their choice.