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Welcome to the IB Program at Renton High School

Malcolm Collie is the IB Coordinator at Renton High School.  If you have any questions about the program - or if you want to share comments or concerns - please contact Mr. Collie at 


Welcome to the International Baccalaureate site for the Renton School District IB Program located at Renton High School. This site provides information for parents, students and IB staff in the following areas:

  • An Overview of the Renton High School IB Diploma Program and IB Career Program
  • IBO Exam Registration Process for current IB Juniors and Seniors
  • Parent Meetings and Events
  • May 2023 Exam Schedule (see Announcements page)
  • Links to IB Program policies of RHS (see IB Documents)
  • Links to official IBO sites and other helpful sites (see Links page)


Renton High School hosts a successful and growing IB Program.  Since IBO authorization in 2014, over 90 RHS students have earned the coveted IB Diploma, and over 400 have been awarded at least one IB Course Certificate. In fact, most RHS Juniors and Seniors are now taking at least 1 IB class each year.

All students in grades 9-10 are prepared for success in IB courses, which are available for students to take during the 11th and 12th grades.

In 2022, Renton High was approved by IB to offer the Career Program, an option for students that combines rigorous IB classes with a career-related course of study that leads to an industry or professional qualification.

Currently, around 400 Juniors and Seniors are registered for one or more IB classes, and over 40 students in grades 11-12 are currently working towards the full-IB diploma! Over 100 students will take at least one IB exam in May 2023. Clearly, many of our students are finding success in the IB program. 

The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond.  The IBO program provides a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth while encouraging international mindedness, starting with a foundation in a student's own language and culture. The IBO program has gained a reputation for the rigor of its program - and its high international standards - making this a qualification welcomed by universities worldwide.

IB Courses Offered at RHS

All IB courses are open to all RHS students in grades 11 and 12; students register for specific IB courses during Spring course registration. Some courses may not be offered in a specific year.

  • English Language & Literature (HL)
  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (SL/HL)
  • Spanish (SL ab initio option)
  • History of the Americas (HL)
  • Biology (SL)
  • Computer Science (SL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)
  • Sport, Exercise, and Health Science (SL)
  • Business Management (HL)
  • Psychology (HL)
  • Visual Arts (HL)

In addition to courses from the list above, full-IB diploma candidates also take the Theory of Knowledge course (also open to course certificate candidates), engage in a specialized research paper in a subject area of choice (the Extended Essay), and commit to Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) experiences.

IB learners strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.

Students take written examinations at the end of the diploma program, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external examiners or sent directly to world-wide examination sites. Marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).  Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.  The IB diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points (in addition to allowing for IBO point requirements). Assessment is criterion based, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations.

IB is a challenging program that demands effort from both motivated students and teachers.  The RHS IB staff is committed to an extensive program of IB professional development that, in addition to three levels of workshop training, also includes access to an online program resource center which provides program documentation, examples of student work, and acts as a hub for an international community of teachers.

For further information on the program, go to the IBO site found at: or follow the links on the IB Links page.

Taking IB Exams

If a student is in an IB course - and that course ends with a formal IB exam - we fully expect that student to register for - and complete - the IB exam for that course.  A 100% fee waiver for IB exam fees is available for students who qualify for the free-and-reduced lunch program. For this reason, we urge all IB families to complete the free-and-reduced lunch paperwork.  

Looking for Exam Information (dates, rules, etc.) for the May 2023 Exams? See the Announcements page of this site.