IB at ET

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a rigorous 2-year program that focuses on critical thinking skills and international-mindedness. Similar to AP and ECP students, IB diploma and course students may earn college credit. In recognition of earning an IB Diploma, students wear a gold robe at graduation.

image of IB hexagon that contains the names of the six core subjects

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally, three subjects are studied at the higher level (HL = 240 teaching hours). In most cases, this is a 2-year course. The remaining three subjects are studied at the standard level (SL = 150 teaching hours).

ETHS IB Course Offerings:

Language A1: English HL (Junior & Senior year)

Language B: Chinese, French, or Spanish (SL / 4th year)

Individuals & Societies: Global Politics HL (Senior year) Course includes Civics Requirement

Experimental Sciences: Biology SL (senior year)

Mathematics: Math Studies SL or Mathematics SL

The Arts: (Must meet prerequisites) Psychology HL

Theory of Knowledge

IB Diploma Core Requirements

Extended Essay

The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

Participation in the school’s CAS program encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.

Advantages of IB

Advantages of the IB Program:

  • Diploma graduates receive 30 UC credits; equivalent to one year of college.
  • Possibility of entering other colleges with advanced standing – enhances the student’s chances of admittance.
  • Interesting courses that focus on thinking, writing, communicating, and experimenting. Rigorous and comprehensive education.
  • A commitment to community and human welfare.
  • High standard of teaching required by the IB program.
  • Participation in a community of scholars.
  • Emphasizes the philosophy of applied knowledge rather than basic learning

picture of 2014 commencement lineup showing IB grads in yellow graduating first

What do students think about IB?

“I learn deeper meaning applications when compared to other subjects, making the learning fun…”

“The coursework and homework is very manageable; my IB teachers go the extra distance to help me.”

“Never before have I taken a class I wanted to study for so much…The topics we discuss and the material we dive into fascinate me…”

El Toro IB University Acceptances

Yale University

Cornell University

Brown University


UC Berkeley

Yale University

Cornell University

Brown University


UC Berkeley








University of San Diego

Cal Poly Pomona

Point Loma


American University of Paris

Tulane University

University of Virginia

Texas A & M

Virginia Tech


Georgia Tech

Naval Academy

University of Nebraska

West Point

University of Arizona

Boston University

Chapman University


Notre Dame

University of Washington

Northern Arizona University

Northeastern University

Boston College

Bates College

Wesleyan College

Wheaton University

Case Western

Drexel University

Contact Information

Assistant Principal : Curriculum

Jimmy Martin



IB Coordinators:

Marjorie Farmer



Holly Sheridan



IB Guidance Counselor:

Echo Sualua


picture of class of 2016 IB in gold robes

El Toro High School IB Class of 2016