International Baccalaureate Program

  • Overview

    The International Baccalaureate program at Mira Loma is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization's worldwide system of schools. The IBO's mission statement clearly indicates the philosophical approach of all IB schools:

    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.

    To this end, the 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. (

    The IBO offers three distinct programs: Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Years. At Mira Loma, we offer both the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP).

    Middle Years Program

    The IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP) is designed for students aged 11 through 15. The IBMYP is a 5-year program beginning in the 6th grade. Mira Loma offers years 4 and 5 (9th & 10th grade) of the program. Students are welcome to begin the IBMYP in year 4 as a 9th grader without previous IBMYP experience.

    Middle Years students are in classes that feature a student-centered approach to learning. All Middle Years classes are coordinated around the areas of interaction - interdisciplinary themes that unify the student's educational experience. Middle years students complete a personal project in the 10th grade which enables them to earn an IB Middle Years Certificate.

    The IB Middle Years prepares students to enter the IB Diploma Program in their 11th-grade year.

    For more detailed information, contact Ms. Rachel Volzer

    Diploma Program

    Here at Mira Loma, we have a very inclusive diploma program. Students in the junior and senior years can opt to pursue one of three different options:

    Diploma Candidates take six IB courses of study leading to six examinations, do 150 hours of community service and write an extended research essay.

    Mira Loma Associate Candidates take four IB courses of study leading to four examinations and do 100 hours of community service.

    Mira Loma Certificate Candidates take three or IB courses leading to three or fewer IB examinations.

    Most years we have between six hundred and seven hundred students enrolled in IB MYP and Diploma courses on our campus.

    For more detailed information about the program, you can follow the at the bottom of this page to Mr. Mathews' website.

    IB Parent's Group      

    Mira Loma has a very active and involved Parent Organization (IBPO). This group is critical for the success of the IB program, and we strongly encourage you to visit our parent webpage (HERE) and find ways to participate and be informed. Whether it be financially, or with volunteering, your involvement is crucial.

Last Modified on February 17, 2021