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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Our goal is that ALL Skyline students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal, and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.

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.

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Updates/Pressing Tasks for the 2023-24 School Year

For class expectations, procedures, and other SHS IB course level details, please see your teachers' Canvas pages.

February 13th Update
Completed Diploma or Career Programme enrollment plans will be due to Mr. Phelan by Monday, February 26th (signed physical form AND electronic Microsoft Form)
 
Please bring the signed paper form to the Counseling office by the end of the day on Monday, February 26th AND complete the Microsoft Form here for the program of your choice:

 

January 31st Update

Here is the student schedule for May 2024 IB exams at Skyline (link) -- Please note that there were conflicts for some students originally scheduled to take two tests at the same time. Adjustments for those tests are noted in the right-hand column after recently receiving approval from the International Baccalaureate. 

Sign-up for an intake session with the SHS IB Coordinator in the Counseling Office. These sessions are for 10th grade students only - please sign up using the student's name. Students will be bringing home the information after the session to review with their families.
February 8th-9th: IB Diploma (link) 
February 12th-13th: IB Career (link) 
 

Student signup for 2024-25 classes via Course Request Process (CRP) will take place in March. More information on this process will be available on the main SHS webpage starting in 2024. 

Follow-up from January 10th and 17th IB Info Nights:

 

December 14th Update

It is no longer possible to register for IB exams for May 2024. Thank you to those of you who registered - I know you are all going to do great :)

Exam fees are now posted to student accounts and should be paid ASAP. Thank you! Please remember that all exam cancellations before January 10, 2024 allow for a refund. After that date, NO REFUNDS will be granted no matter the reason. 
 

IB Exams Schedule for May 2024 - We are currently working with IBO to amend the posted schedule to accommodate those students who have been scheduled for multiple exams with overlapping start/stop times. An amended and final schedule should be available sometime in January 2024. An announcement will be made here in future news updates.

Skyline High School IB Programmes Information sessions:

In anticipation of these important events, please make sure to review this page for information on all 3 IB pathways. There is a series of FAQs in the "About the IB" section, further down this page. 

Wednesday, January 3rd (FlexTime) – IB Coordinator will be joining the Counseling team to present to ALL 10th graders in the Theater to share overall program info and list of dates for upcoming info sessions/panels.

Wednesday, January 10th: 9th/10th grade IB info night (Diploma Programme, Career Programme, and Course Pathway combined) - 7-8pm on Zoom (link)
  • Note: There will be no live Q&A for the Zoom sessions – questions will be accepted at the end of the presentation if it was not covered already. The presentations will be recorded and posted here the following day if you cannot make it to the live sessions. 
Wednesday, January 17th: Middle School IB info night - 7-8pm on Zoom (link)
 

Wednesday, January 31st: Prospective IB student info session/student panel for current 10th graders - FlexTime in the Theater

Tuesday, February 13th: Student-led panel for current Middle School students/families
 
 
December 4th Update

Late IB Exam registration is still open until this Friday, December 8th. Please see the links below from the November update to register. 

Exam fees are now posted to student accounts and should be paid ASAP. Thank you!

Course Request Process for 2024-25 Academic Year - ATTENTION prospective IB Career and IB Diploma students

  • Online information sessions will start in January. Signups will appear in the next News Update here (soon).
  • In-person Sophomore intake sessions will take place in early February. Signups will appear in the January News Update on this page.
  • Program Enrollment Forms (with requested courses) will be due by the end of February. Forms will be available at the intake sessions in early February.
  • Student signup for 2024-25 classes via Course Request Process (CRP) will take place in March. More information on this process will be available on the main SHS webpage starting in 2024. 

In anticipation of these important events, please make sure to review this page for information on all 3 IB pathways. There is a series of FAQs in the "About the IB" section, further down this page. 

 
November 9th Update

LATE IB Exam Registration for May 2024 - is now OPEN. LATE REGISTRATION will stay open until December 8th. This is your last chance to register for the May 2024 IB exams.

Junior LATE Registration form (past deadline)

Senior LATE Registration form (past deadline)

IB Exam Registration Guidance - this document outlines the benefits of taking IB exams and how to correctly answer certain questions on the registration form. Please reach out with questions about accessing accommodations. 

IB General Regulations - this document outlines the rights, responsibilities and guidelines of the IBO, its member schools, and the student constituents of those schools. By signing your Exam Registration Form you are agreeing to the rules and conditions outlined within this document.

Paying for IB Exams - Fees for verified IB Exams will be posted onto student Skyward accounts by November 15th. Please login and pay your exam fees in late-November. SHS Online Payment Portal (link)

*Note: IB Diploma Juniors and Seniors use a software platform called "ManageBac" to complete their CAS and Extended Essay requirements for the Diploma. IB Career Programme Seniors also use this platform to complete Community Service and Reflective Project components. There is a yearly charge for this software that comes to approximately $20 per student and is reflected in student accounts around the same time exam fees are posted. 

 

November 1st Update

IB Exam Registration for May 2024 - is now CLOSED. LATE REGISTRATION will open in a couple of weeks with info here about late fees and the link to the registration page. STAY TUNED...it will only be open for 2-3 weeks and this is the final opportunity to sign up for May 2024 exams.

On-time IB Exam Registration Verification is now underway. All IBCP Seniors and DP students will see Mr. Phelan coming through Personal & Professional Skills and ToK classes the first week of November to check the accuracy of IB Exam registration details. Mr. Phelan will visit other IB classes to personally confirm test registration for IBCP Juniors and individual IB Course students. 

*Note for IBCP Juniors: if you did not see an email from Mr. Phelan on October 26th, it means that I don't have a good email address for you -- please contact me with an email address that will work for future communications. Thanks!

Paying for IB Exams - Fees for verified IB Exams will be posted onto student Skyward accounts sometime mid-November. Please login and pay your exam fees starting around Thanksgiving Break.

 

October 2nd Update

IB Exam Registration for May 2024 is now open until October 31st, 2023.

Eligible Juniors and Seniors can sign up for May 2024 IB exams in the "IB Exams" section, further down this page. In order for students to be eligible for college credit, they must complete the SHS IB course AND take the May IB exam.

There are going to be some conflicts in exam times and tests that students need to take that are scheduled at the same time. In November, after candidates have submitted their test registration choices, I will look at the conflicts and submit requests for adjustments to IB and work out a plan with them so that everyone can test in their subjects without problem.

Likely in January, exact times for tests will be posted after those conflicts have been ironed out.

Course Changes for 2023-24
Any further course changes do result in an 'F' on the transcript for the course they leave, and this does carry an impact on GPA.
 
 
September 15th Update
Course Changes for 2023-24
While most students are settled in their classes, there remains an opportunity to change courses. 
  • Any class dropped between September 11th and September 27th will result in a “W” on the student’s transcript. Because of this, any course change request will require a review conversation with the student, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and an administrator.
  • Any course dropped beginning September 28th will show as an “F” on the student’s transcript and will be included in the GPA calculation.
College Visitations
The Skyline HS College and Career Center is pleased to return to in-person visits from college representatives.  For a complete list of visiting schools and dates of visit, please see the calendar at the bottom of the SHS College and Career page.

 

August 25th - First Update of the 2023-24 School Year

Welcome back, Spartans! Hope you had a great summer break. Here is what's happening in the IB Office this week:

  1. We are hard at work enrolling students and fixing course schedules.
  2. We are working with teachers to make sure they have the resources they need.
  3. Class of 2025 Diploma students - we are starting to create email contact groups for Diploma students and enroll them in ManageBac.
  4. Class of 2024 Diploma students - please get your CAS and Extended Essay details current in ManageBac.
  5. Class of 2023 - All IB Students - Paper transcripts from the May 2023 session will be mailed to the home address listed in Skyward. These should be in the mail right after the Labor Day holiday.

Course Changes for 2023-24
Students seeking changes to the 2023-24 courses they requested in the Course Request Process (CRP) should follow the procedures available near the start of school in August. Please use the online course change request links on the SHS Counseling site.

New Enrollment at SHS
Families seeking enrollment at SHS should reference the online resources provided by the district (links below). All enrollment at Skyline HS is predicated on residence in the Skyline HS catchment zone.  Once the online portion of the enrollment process is complete, the Skyline HS registrar will contact families to set up an in-person appointment to meet with counselors to finalize course selections and coordinate an orientation.
ISD Enrollment (link) 
SHS Catchment (link) 

A note from your new IB Coordinator

Hello! My name is Spenser Phelan, and I am very excited to be Skyline's new IB Coordinator. In my previous roles, I was an IB English teacher at Sumner High School and an Assistant Principal here at Skyline from 2018-2021. I have a deep respect for the tenets and learning model of the IB program. I will be assuming responsibility for the totality of Skyline's IB program (IB Career, IB Course, and IB Diploma) starting July 2023. I look forward to supporting all of our students, families, and teachers as I grow into this new role in the coming year :)

IB Exams

Diploma Programme

Career Programme

About the IB

The Skyline High School IB Learner Profile

Contact Information

Spenser Phelan
Skyline High School IB Programmes Coordinator
phelans@issaquah.wednet.edu