IB Diploma Program

Due to the coronavirus-related shutdowns, the IB had to cancel its May 2020 exam sessions. The IB organization used a different format for assessing student work (including collecting internal assessments from our IB teachers) and assigning IB scores. There have been a lot of questions about if and how colleges will accept IB scores for credit, as they did in the past. I’ve reached out to all the public universities in the state to get their updated IB credit policies and I’ve compiled their answers in this document.



March 27 Update

Dear IB Students and Parents,

As a follow-up to its communication on March 23rd (see letter here), the International Baccalaureate (IB) has released its latest update regarding the May 2020 exam session.

In summary, the May 2020 IB Examinations will not take place. In lieu of the exams, all students’ Internal Assessments (IAs) must be submitted to the IB by April 20th. The IB examiners will then grade the IAs and award course grades based on the students’ internal assessments, predicted grades supplied by the teacher, and other comparative data employed by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Upon the closure of many schools due to COVID-19, the IB had initially granted an extension for all work. It is now asking for this work to be completed and submitted to teachers then uploaded to the IB by April 20th, in an attempt to issue results by July 5th.

Fenton High School IB students are in good shape, as most of their IAs have already been submitted to teachers. Due to the nature of certain IB subjects, some students’ IAs had been scheduled to be completed during the last two weeks, a time when we now find ourselves in the midst of widespread school closures. We will work with teachers and students to support the completion of those assessments, some of them remotely; an updated timeline will be provided to impacted students in the near future. We encourage students to continue their studies of IB subjects and to submit their best work by the deadlines put forth by their teachers.

You may read the IB’s Frequently Asked Questions here:


The International Baccalaureate Organization is aware that this is an unprecedented situation and is working diligently to ensure a fair and equitable process for students.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at kboike@fentonschools.org if you have any questions or concerns.


Kelly Boike
IB Coordinator/Post-Secondary Coordinator
Fenton Area Public Schools

What is the Diploma Program?
The IB Diploma Program is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study that demands the best from students. The program is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Fenton has been authorized to teach the IB Diploma Program since 2008.

These academically challenging and balanced classes help students develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, innovation, and initiative. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of concepts studied in these classes, become ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective, and increase their aptitude for effectively communicating their knowledge, opinions, and ideas.

The IB Diploma Program is for students in grades 11 and 12. Currently at Fenton High School, 170 students participate in the IB Diploma Program by taking one or more Diploma Program classes. Fenton High School’s tenth cohort of Full Diploma students will graduate in June. These students have taken on the challenge of 6 Diploma Program classes, the IB Theory of Knowledge class, a research essay and out-of-classroom experiences which are called CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). The Full Diploma is highly regarded as excellent preparation for success in both career and college.

For more information, contact our district coordinator Kelly Boike at (810) 591-2909 or kboike@fentonschools.org

Additional Parent Resources

Information For Parents – https://www.ibo.org/information-for-parents/

Downloadable Informational PDF – Click Here

For more information, contact our district coordinator Kelly Boike at (810) 591-2909 or kboike@fentonschools.org

IB Programme description
Why Choose IB?

Why Choose IB?

  • Global perspective
  • Internationally respected curriculum and assessment
  • National and international recognition
  • Fosters independent thinking and study habits—important preparation for university studies
  • Develops oral communication skills
  • Breadth and depth of coursework produces diverse skills valued by employers
  • Criterion referenced results are unscaled

Who Should Consider IB?

Any student who enjoys learning will benefit. Originally developed for the international community, IB will give students access to universities around the world.

IB Prepares Students To:

  • Ask challenging questions.
  • Learn how to acquire knowledge.
  • Develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.
  • Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other cultures and countries.

The IB programme is rigorous—and THAT is one of its values. It equips young people for responsible world citizenship.

IB Learner Profile

Universities recognize the outstanding qualities of IB Diploma Programme students. Typically, diploma holders are well prepared to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide leadership and support in the local and global community. Through the IB programme, students should recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet while helping to create a better and more peaceful world. IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge.

IB Courses Offered at Fenton High School

Fenton High School offer numerous IB courses at the Stand Level (SL) and the Higher Level (HL).

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IB Literature and Language HL
IB French SL and HL
IB Spanish SL and HL
IB History HL
IB Economics SL
IB Biology HL
IB Chemistry SL
IB Math SL
IB Theatre SL
IB Visual Arts SL and HL
Theory of Knowledge

How Can I Participate in the IB Diploma Program

At Fenton High School, there are two different ways to benefit from the IB Diploma Program:

Be a full IB Diploma candidate. A student who completes three higher level IB courses, three standard level IB courses and the core components: a Theory of Knowledge course, an Extended Essay, and dedicated Creativity, Activity, and Service, hours may earn the respected credential known as the full International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Be an IB Certificate candidate. A student who chooses to take one or more IB courses, without completing the additional Diploma Program components, may earn an IB certificate in each of the subjects for which he/she successfully completes the coursework and assessment requirements.

How can I prepare to take IB Diploma Program Courses?

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