International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Diploma Program was created in 1968. It is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations and it is designed for highly motivated High School juniors and seniors.

Luther Burbank High School began offering the IB Certificate programs for the first time to students in the class of 2006.The first full IB Diplomas were granted in 2007.

The IB has become a signature program for LBHS, promoting the philosophy of the IB learner and the IB mission statement so students remain inquisitive, knowledgeable, and caring learners who help to create a better, more peaceful world.

The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. Luther Burbank High School’s IB candidates have gone on to study at Stanford, Mills, Cal Poly, the Universities of California, and our United States military academies along with many other prestigious universities.

The Diploma Program’s grading system is criterion-referenced, which means that each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. These are consistent from one examination session to the next and are applied equally to all schools.

For their last two years of high school, students at LBHS can choose a program that best serves their needs. Some students will want to try some two-year IB Certificate courses. Others may choose, based on their needs and abilities, to try the full IB Diploma. For further information and a more detailed description of the program, please utilize the web-links found on this page.