International Baccalaureate

SM North International Baccalaureate Page

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Shawnee Mission North is a two-year, college preparatory program with a comprehensive curriculum designed to address the needs of academically driven, challenge-seeking students. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, students will earn an IB diploma, which is recognized throughout the world by universities and colleges. Universities and colleges often offer advanced standing, preferential admission, and financial benefits to diploma earners.

To earn a diploma, students satisfactorily complete an extended essay, a Theory of Knowledge course, the Creativity Action and Service component, and a course in each of six academic groups: English, World Language, History, Science, Math, and Arts and other electives. Three of the courses must be higher level (HL) and three standard level (SL), which is dictated by curriculum. Most courses are two years in length, but all courses require a concluding assessment. Students who wish to participate in IB but not obtain a diploma can take individual classes for recognition via certificate.

The IB program provides the knowledge and critical-thinking skills students require to compete in a global context. Desired outcomes of the program include students who are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. To prepare for this endeavor, a student should enroll in challenging classes as a freshman and a sophomore.

Program costs for registration, exams, external assessments, and miscellaneous costs are the responsibility of the IB diploma students. These fees are assessed at the beginning of the junior year. Fees for IB diploma candidates are established annually by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Fees are assessed both junior and senior year and include program registration and examination fees. The current fee is $410.00.

The current certificate candidate registration fee is $160.00. Students are also responsible for the individual exam fees which are set annually by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Fees are subject to change based upon the fee structure established by the International Baccalaureate Organization


Group 1 – Language Arts
1155 IB English 11
1633 IB English 12

Group 2 – Language

5067 IB French 4SL
5068 IB French 5SL(H)
5069 IB French 6SL(H)
5222 IB Spanish 4SL
5223 IB Spanish 5SL(H)
5224 IB Spanish 6SL(H)

Group 3 – Individuals and Society

3172 IB History HL1(H)
History of the Americas
3193 IB American Government (H)
3374 IB 20th Century World History (H)
3362 IB Psychology SL (H)
3363 IB Psychology HL1 (H)
3364 IB Psychology HL2 (H)

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences

4172 IB Chemistry SL1 (H)
4173 IB Chemistry SL2 (H)

Group 5 – Mathematics

2071 IB Math SL1 (H)
2072 IB Math SL2 (H)
2075 IB Math HL1 (H)
2076 IB Math HL2 (H)

Group 6 – The Arts and Electives

7286 IB Film Studies SL
7287 IB Film Studies HL1
7288 IB Film Studies HL2
7311 IB Music SL (H)
7312 IB Music HL1 (H)
7313 IB Music HL2 (H)

Additional Requirements of the IB Diploma

3602 IB Theory of Knowledge
Extended Essay
CAS Hours