The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced educational program to prepare students for success in college and beyond. This program is internationally recognized and respected by the world's leading universities.
Fridley High School students may choose to take part in any IB Diploma course and will take a final examination at the end of the course with the potential to earn college credit. We believe in the benefits of this program for all students as they prepare for post-secondary studies and careers. Core curriculum at FHS in Language and Literature (English), Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), and Mathematics includes Diploma Programme courses for all students.
FHS students may also choose to take part in the full Diploma Programme and become an IB Diploma Candidate. Diploma Candidates choose a balanced program of six Diploma courses, take part in a Theory of Knowledge course, write an Extended Essay, and develop a Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) project. At the completion of the program, Diploma Candidates have the opportunity to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to their Fridley High School Diploma.
Fridley High School received authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Diploma Programme (DP) in 2009.
IB DP & CP Coordinator
IB Diploma Courses and College Recognition
IB Diploma Courses are recognized at most universities through offering college credit, allowing students to skip over pre-requisite courses, or allowing placement in advanced-level coursework. Universities offering credit almost always award the credit based on the students' exam score. Score requirements and credit offered varies greatly by university. Below are links to a few credit policies and some helpful tips for navigating your way through this process.
- Don't count on college tour guides or students answering the phones in the admissions office to be knowedgeable about the IB policies. IB is not as well known as AP, and people easily get confused -- even in admissions offices. Try to speak with the Director of Admissions if at all possible, or at least a permanent member of the admissions staff -- not a student worker.
- Always double check the policies you find on the website with a member of the admissions staff. Sometimes university websites are not up-to-date.
- When you go to a university website, use the search bar to search the website for "IB" or "International Baccalaureate" instead of trying to find the policies through clicking on links.
- When filling out applications and asking questions, be sure to use the term "IB" not "DP". We use "DP" at Fridley to differentiate between the Diploma Programme and the other IB Programmes, but colleges use "IB."
- If you are having any problems, PLEASE see Ms. Baker! I want to know what issues our students are running into so we can prevent the same problem for others. I am willing to work with admissions offices to advocate for you or to educate them about IB, if needed.