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IB students have a distinct advantage in college admission over their peers. Universities consistently admit students at a higher rate than their non-IB counterparts. In a 2011 survey, over 4,200 IB seniors were asked to report which universities accepted them.

The Quarry Lane School's goal is to provide the foundation for tomorrow's global leaders. We foster the growth of our students as they prepare for entrance into the nation's top universities.

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) began in the 1960s within the international school community. Today, the IB Diploma is recognized around the world and is considered the gold standard of university admissions.

The IB program is a rigorous and balanced two-year curriculum for juniors and seniors noted for its depth, challenge and international perspective. The program uses instructional techniques that emphasize critical thinking and knowledge application, while also encouraging international mindedness. Students are internally and externally assessed by the IB organization. These assessments, combined with the core elements, determine the final IB score. Quarry Lane is the only private school in the East Bay to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

Weighted Grades and College Credit

Students can receive weighted grades and can also receive college credit when successfully completing their IB courses. Starting with the class of 2016, Quarry Lane GPA grading will be consistent with UC grading. All HL courses are designated as honors courses by the UC system and will therefore receive weighted grades. Some, but not all SL courses are designated as honors courses - only those SL courses designated as honor courses will receive weighted grades. Please check the Quarry Lane School UC approved course list on the UC Doorways website to see if an SL course is designated as honors.

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.

What are the core requirements?

Extended essay: The extended essay is a 4,000 words 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, action, 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.


What is the IB Course Certificate?

Students select individual course(s) out of the six subjects group as part of their high school program. Class work and progress are internally and externally assessed by the IB organization. These assessments determine the final IB score.

How to prepare for IB?

Click here for the Quarry Lane IB application process.

International Baccalaureate Track

These photos are represent the Extended Essay Presentation Night, 2013. These 4000-word essays are researched and written by seniors in our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme over the course of the junior and senior years and are then evaluated by experts in the field in which they were written.

What College Admission Directors are saying about IB...

“IB is well known to us for its excellent preparations. Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.”

Marlyn McGrath Lewis
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Harvard University

“One of the advantages of the IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated program, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality if IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.”

Christoph Guttentag
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Duke University

“Send us prepared students a la IB. . . It is the ‘best’ high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.”

Marilee Jones
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What students are saying about IB...

“I feel like the IB program gave me the confidence that I could handle large workloads and demanding academic material. It gave me the confidence to challenge myself in university and elsewhere..."

-IB Diploma Graduate

“My success as an undergraduate, both in academic and extracurricular setting, was largely due to the time-management and analytical skills developed during my years in IB..."

-IB Diploma Graduate

“...I find that IB's greatest benefit was that it left me with a better understanding of myself: my capabilities, my strengths as well as my weakness. By pushing my boundaries, the program compelled me to strive for a higher degree of excellence and in doing so it fostered within me both academic and personal growth..."

-IB Diploma Graduate

These quotes are from In Their Own Words: Quotes about IBO


What experts are saying about IB...

"When you sign up your child to be in the IB diploma program, you are not signing up to see how many credits they are going to get in their freshman year of college. You are signing up to see how well can we develop critical thinking skills, how well can we educate your child in all facets of education.”

“The IB students on average had a GPA decline of from 3.8 to 3.3, only a 0.5 drop, while AP students dropped 0.8, from 3.9 to 3.1, and regular college prep students lost a whole grade point, from 3.6 to 2.6.”

These quotes are from the Washington Post

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