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The Gold Standard for University Admission


What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) began in the 1960s within the international school community as a way to establish a rigorous academic credential that would be recognized globally.

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous and balanced two-year curriculum for juniors and seniors noted for developing students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge and flourish intellectually, emotionally, physically and ethically. The program uses instructional techniques that emphasize critical thinking and knowledge application, while also encouraging international mindedness. Today, the IB Diploma Programme is respected by the world's top universities as one of the most comprehensive college preparation programs available.

Quarry Lane is proud to be the only private school in the East Bay Area to offer the prestigious IB Diploma Programme. The IB pedagogy inspires exemplary teaching and meaningful learning that aligns with Quarry Lane's mission of instilling an authentic lifelong love of learning in our students.


How Does the IB Diploma Programme Work?


Students choose courses from the six different IB groups: English, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Math and The Arts. Students have the opportunity to focus in on their strengths and interest by taking at least three and no more than four courses of their choice at the Higher Level, while the remaining classes are taken at the Standard Level. All courses are taught over two-years. In addition to the courses, students will complete all IB Core Requirements.

Core Requirements

Extended Essay

The Extended Essay is a 4,000 word written essay. It gives students the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study on a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. It offers students the opportunity to reflect critically, ask questions and become aware of their thoughts and opinions.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Participation in the school’s CAS program encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and other activities and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. These elements are aligned with college admission expectations.



The Value of an IB Education


In addition to the depth and breadth of the knowledge that an IB education provides, colleges and universities from across the world regard the IB Diploma Programme as one of the finest college preparatory programs available. Research shows that students who successfully complete the IB Diploma Programme are more likely to be enrolled in the nation's top prestigious universities. See how Stanford University's Assistant Dean of Admissions Debra Von Bargen describes the value of an IB education below:


The approach IB has to a student's learning is extremely well-rounded, including a rigorous curriculum, requirements that ensure students are committed to their communities and lots of practice with writing... I have come to find that the full picture of the IB Program has been extremely important in my college selection journey"

Sena Adansi, Quarry Lane alumnus '17, attending Columbia University




“Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.”

-Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Admission, Harvard University

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