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International Baccalaureate

April 15th, 2024 Update...

We are Officially an IB World School

International Baccalaureate MISSION STATEMENT
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


OUR MISSION is to promote academic excellence, social development, and emotional growth of our students as lifelong learners who will contribute to an ever-changing world and global society.

OUR VISION is to create an empowering, collaborative and supportive learning environment
that promotes maximum success for all students.

Our Global Minded Dragons Journey to World Class Status at Westbury High School
As we continue our pathway to world class status the Westbury UFSD has embarked on a journey to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at our High school. The first step was taken in the spring of 2021 where we submitted our interest to the International Baccalaureate Organization. As our next step, in the early fall of 2022 we trained our high school administration team along with district leadership, which included our superintendent of schools and our assistant superintendents. Upon finishing the training, we submitted our application for candidacy which was granted in October of 2022. Throughout the winter we worked in conjunction with the International Baccalaureate Organization to register our teachers for International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subject specific training.  A team of 20 teachers in various subjects attended training in the spring and summer of 2023. Furthermore, during this time we created school wide policies that include academic integrity and honesty, language, assessment, inclusion and admissions. These belief statements were created with the input of the whole school community which included staff, students, administrators and community members. Throughout the spring our faculty continued to work collaboratively on specific course outlines along with curriculum writing for their respective courses. Over the summer our faculty continued to gather resources and information which will help them plan to effectively teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme starting in the Fall of 2024. As we continued through the authorization journey our staff continued to expand their IB network consulting with teacher colleagues from across our region through GIBS which stands for the Guild of IB Schools for the Northeast. On September 14th and 15th we had our consultation visit at Westbury High School. Throughout the two days our IB consultant sat down candidly with our faculty to guide them through the process of writing curriculum, as well as discuss the implementation of the Diploma Programme at Westbury High School. Soon after we completed our application for authorization which was submitted on October 30, 2023. In December of 2023 we received feedback from our application for authorization. Our last step was to have our verification visit which took place on February 29th and March 1st of 2024. This was a significant milestone in our journey to authorization to become an IB world school. On March 27th , 2024 we received feedback from our visiting team who commended our students, faculty, community members and board of education on a job well done.  On April 15th, 2024 we were officially authorized as an IB world school. CONGRATULATIONS!!

"Education for a better world"


For more information on the international Baccalaureate Diploma Programme:


Ib Programme COntact Information

Assistant Superintendent of
Secondary Curriculum and Instruction:
Mr. Brendan Gallivan
IB Programme Coordinator:
Koriene Petrelli
Extended Essay Coordinator:
Ms. Amy Kahn
Creativity, Activity, Service Coordinator:
Dr. Nicolette James

Informational IB DP MEeting and google slide presentation English - Spanish Meet the IB teacher Night 4/16/24 10th grade registration flyer IB Brochure Approaches to teaching and learning Essay Overview (Translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole) Creativity, Activity, Service Overview (Translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole) TOK Overview (Translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole)

Upcoming Events

Cohort #1 Start date- September 2024

What is the international baccalaureate diploma Programme?The Diploma Programme (DP) is a curriculum framework  designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students  in the last two years of high school.

IB students graduating with the IB diploma are able to study  at universities all around the world, often with advanced  credit. Students report that their involvement with the IB has  given them the tools needed to succeed at college. In particular, students comment on their sense of preparedness,  self-confidence, research skills and their ability to manage  their time. Even more important, they have developed a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it.

Diploma Programme students study six subjects (three at standard level and three at higher level) over two years  and complete three additional requirements: the theory of  knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and at least 150 hours  of CAS—creativity, activity and service tasks outside of the  classroom. In addition to these requirements, students must  earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 points on  the final assessments which are externally marked and moderated by the IB, in order to receive an IB diploma.

What is an IB Education?

Why IB at WHS?

In order to continue on our mission to reach world-class status, we need to have a world-class program.

  • This program will enable students to direct their own learning pathway and develop the skills and confidence they need to thrive and make a lasting difference in our ever-changing world.
  • The program will empower teachers as architects of learning excellence, working alongside engaged colleagues in a rewarding career supported by a strong global network. 
  • It will bring our school a strong reputation for successful outcomes that uplift the community as a whole.

What is an IB Experience ("IB for ALL")?

All Westbury High School students are encouraged to take at least one IB Diploma Programme course during their Junior and Senior year. An IB experience enables students to elect to take an IB course or multiple IB courses without pursuing the full IB diploma. Colleges and Universities often consider IB scores for college credit, class placement, and merit-based scholarships. 

The IB Diploma Program (DP) at Westbury High School will provide  a framework for academic rigor and innovation that will encourage students to challenge themselves, and to apply their broad range and depth of knowledge in the real world. 

Our Commitment to our Scholars...

At Westbury, we are implementing the DP to help our students in pre-university preparation. IB is highly regarded by leading colleges and universities worldwide for its challenging curriculum and for predicting student success in higher education. Diploma program graduates qualify for college credit at most U.S. colleges and universities.

Our teachers will inspire DP students to tap into their critical-thinking skills and personal passions to focus on one area for in-depth study — one child at a time, in Westbury's commitment to educating our students in an environment in which they will develop a life-long love of learning and successfully engage in a rapidly changing, inter-connected global community.

Westbury High School is ready to:

  1. Teach students a broad range of subjects, including several at a higher level and of their own choosing, ranging from experimental sciences and mathematics, to the arts, economics and finance, film, technology, and languages.

  2. Introduce students to philosophy through the compulsory IB Theory of Knowledge course, where they explore the nature of knowledge and are challenged to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing.

  3. Encourage students to explore the arts and creative thinking, physical activity, and community service through CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) requirements on a journey of self-discovery. 

  4. Engage students in independent research through in-depth study and writing an extended essay. 

  5. Emphasize the development of the whole student intellectually, emotionally, physically, and ethically. 

  6. Embrace the IB Learner Profile: Westbury students are knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, courageous, balanced, and reflective.


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Course Offerings At Westbury High SchoolGroup 1- Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language and Literature HL
Group 2- Language Acquisition
  • Spanish HL- French SL
Group 3- Individuals and Societies
  • History of the Americas HL
  • Business Management SL
Group 4- Sciences
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL- HL
  • Chemistry SL-HL
Group 5- Mathematics
  • Math Applications and Interpretations SL
Group 6-  The Arts
  • Music SL and HL
  • Visual Arts SL and HL
The CORE for full Diploma Programme Students
  • TOK- Theory of Knowledge (Can take as IB Experience Class)
  • CAS- Creativity-Activity-Service
  • Extended Essay