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High School International Baccaluareate Program

Learning is empowerment to shape the coming world. At Spring Lake, our educators all carry a duty to cultivate that power within you responsibly. That’s why we help our students to pursue the most rigorous of achievement expectations through our International Baccalaureate (IB) program. IB encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. By blending critical thinking and empathy with knowledge, the IB curriculum creates more integrated and solutions-oriented thinkers who understand that we all must take ownership for the global story.

If you long to be a doctor or you want to teach the next generation, if you see yourself sitting in a courthouse or standing in the White House, if you want to bring local change to this community or bring global change across communities, consider joining the IB program.

According to national averages, IB students have higher acceptance rates to universities like Harvard, Duke, Cornell and the University of Michigan. Program details included below.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Courses of Study

• Group 1: Literature
• Group 2: Second Language
• Group 3: Individuals and Societies • Group 4: Experimental Sciences
• Group 5: Mathematics
• Group 6: Arts

Concurrent Course of Study

• HL: Three subjects at higher level (240 hours each)
• SL: Three subjects at standard level (150 hours each)
• All three parts of the core Core Requirements
• Extended Essay- 4,000 words offering the opportunity to investigate and research question of individual interest.
• Theory of Knowledge- A course taken during junior and senior year that explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines and encourages an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
• Creativity, Action and Service-Encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service.


If you are interested in the IB Diploma Program, please contact Ann Henke at

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