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International Baccalaureate at North Canyon

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

The IB Organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Visit the Official IB Website

IB Students and Parents

Characteristics of an IB Student

IB is designed for students who are motivated to become active and compassionate lifelong learners. This is a program for students who are interested in or may benefit from more challenging and engaging classes, serving the community, and opportunities to explore areas of personal interest.

Learner Profile

IB strives to develop learners who are:

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

Characteristics of the IB Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program offers a world-class education that empowers students with a global perspective and a well-rounded skill set. Here are some reasons why you should consider the IB program:

Consider the IB program as a pathway to a brighter future for students, where they can thrive academically, personally, and globally.

The IB at North Canyon High School

NCHS IB Mission

We foster lifelong learning by emphasizing academic rigor and creating opportunities for personal growth as caring, knowledgeable individuals.

Here are four things at the CORE of what we do:


Build lifelong friendships in a community of like-minded learners.


Become a well-rounded, caring student, while enjoying small class sizes and access to scholarships and social and service opportunities.


Explore each subject in depth and learn from experienced and supportive teachers.


IB students routinely receive awards, special recognition, and scholarships.

Contact the IB Coordinator

Matt Case

Degrees: BA, University of Arizona and M.Ed, Northern Arizona University

Steps to earn the IB Diploma:

  • Take six IB subject exams and pass with a total score of 24-plus points.
    • Students can earn college credit from their IB exams.
  • Write a 4,000-word research paper.
  • Complete Creativity, Activity, and Service hours.
  • Take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class and complete the TOK exhibition and essay.

Benefits of the IB Diploma:

  • Preparation for college and beyond.

  • Higher GPAs and SAT scores.

  • Savings through college credit and scholarships.

  • Complete college faster.