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International Baccalaureate

IB logoThe International Baccalaureate is a rigorous, internationally-recognized pre-university course of study that prepares its students for competitive college admissions and for the rigors of college-level work. This program is recognized as the finest college-preparatory program offered to students. The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in the 1960s, resulting from an effort to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for geographically-mobile students.

For more information about the IB Diploma program at Hilhi, please contact:

Robert Bliss
IB Coordinator

Anya Hershberger
IB CAS Coordinator & Counselor


Courtney Leonard
IB Assistant Principal


Hilhi main office


2016-17 Course Catalog

IB graduates


Hillsboro High School was authorized as an IB World School in 2003 to offer students in grades 11-12 a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study and the opportunity to earn a Full IB Diploma or an IB Certificate in Diploma Programme courses. Hilhi is one of only 31 schools in Oregon to offer this curriculum. The common philosophy of IB World Schools is to deliver an educational experience that helps students develop the skills necessary to excel in an increasingly-competitive, global society.

The IB program places the student at the center of the educational experience and seeks to develop thoughtful students who strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Caring
  • Thinkers
  • Balanced
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Knowledgeable
  • Risk-takers
  • Communicators
  • Reflective

All IB courses are open to all Hilhi students, whether or not the students choose to pursue and IB diploma. If you choose to pursue the IB diploma or one of the Hilhi IB honors programs, please see the IB Coordinator and your counselor to ensure that you know and understand what is required. Students may choose to complete the entire program or individual courses.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that meet the needs of highly motivated students. It is open to any interested student on campus. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum, the diploma program challenges students to develop strong reading, writing, and analytical skills across the curriculum that will serve them well at the university level. This program also prepares students for the world after high school by emphasizing curriculum that is taught globally. Students who complete IB courses may choose to take examinations which may lead to college credit.

IB Diploma Programs available to students are:


IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM (FULL IB): Students will take and test in six IB DP courses (three SL and three HL), complete TOK (one semester in junior year and one in senior year), write an extended essay, and fulfill CAS hours.


HILHI IB DP HONORS PATHWAY (meets senior project requirement): Take and test in a minimum of one SL course and two HL courses, complete TOK (one semester in junior year and one in senior year), and fulfill CAS hours.


HILHI IB DP HONORS RECOGNITION: (does not meet senior project requirement but can earn honor cord at graduation): Take any three IB courses, TOK 1 and 2 (two semesters), and fulfill CAS hours.


Many colleges and universities offer credit for scores of five or above on IB tests.

The IB courses offered at Hilhi are represented in the graphic below (click the image for a larger view).

HL = higher level two-year course

SL = standard level one-year course

SL* = standard level two-year course


IB curriculum graphic


CURRICULUM: The IB diploma requires students to complete advanced, college-level courses in six curriculum areas, including English language arts, second language, social studies, mathematics, experimental science, and arts/electives. At least three, but not more than four, courses are taken at HL and the others at SL. In addition, students complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.

EXTENDED ESSAY: Students write an approximately 3,500-4,000-word essay on a topic of interest. The completion of this essay is supported by the IB Coordinator and staff advisors.

CREATIVITY, ACTION & SERVICE (CAS): Additionally, students fulfill 150 CAS hours over the course of their junior and senior years.

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