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    Mission of the International Baccalaureate Program

    The International Baccalaureate 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.


    IB Learner Profile

    The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

    As IB learners we strive to be:


    We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


    We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


    We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. 


    We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.


    We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions. 


    We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change


    We express ourselves condently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


    We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


    We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.


    We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

    The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Princeton High School


    Princeton High School received their program authorization from the International Baccalaureate in 1984, making Princeton’s IB Program the oldest in the state of Ohio.  Since authorization over a thousand students have benefited from taking IB courses and over 200 Princeton alumni have received the Full IB Diploma. The Princeton Community embraces the IB Mission of developing lifelong learners who are willing to take an active role in society.


    We are currently evlauating our IB Diploma Program and would appreciate your feedback.  Please complete the survey posted below.  Anyone who completes a survey between now and December 31, 2020 will be registered to win a $25 Amazon gift card.  In order to be eligible for the gift card you will need to give your name in the survey.  You may complete the survey anonymously, but you will not be eligible for the gift card.

    IB Program Parent Survey in English

    Encuesta para padres del programa IB en español


    What are the benefits of the IB Full Diploma?

    • You will learn how to effectively analyze, evaluate, and think critically about the world in which you live. These are invaluable skills you will use the rest of your life.
    • You will develop skills and strategies--like time management, delegation, and prioritizing--that are not necessarily 'taught' in traditional courses.
    • You will be able to play to your strengths.  The assessments for every IB course are multifaceted and multipart; no one assessment determines your final score.
    • You will distinguish yourself as someone who welcomes challenges by choosing an advanced program over an advanced course.
    • You could earn college credit for both your individual IB courses and your IB Diploma 
    • You could receive scholarships created specifically for IB students
    • You will set yourself apart from other students with similar GPAs. Pursuing the IB Diploma demonstrates dedication to the completion of an advanced and accelerated 2-year program.
    • You will render yourself an outstanding candidate in our increasingly global world. The IB Diploma is internationally recognized because all IB schools are required to follow the same program standards. If you intend to pursue schooling outside of the United States, the IB Diploma can help you meet these programs' entrance requirements.

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    Program Related Policies


     IB Testing Calendar: May 2021 Testing Calendar

    Requirements for IB Full Diploma

    1. Must take one course from each of the following groups:

      1. Group 1 English: Literature
      2. Group 2 Foreign Language: French, Spanish, Initio Spanish
      3. Group 3 Social Sciences:  History, Business 
      4. Group 4  Sciences: Biology, Physics
      5. Group 5  Mathematics:
      6. Group 6   Arts: Film, Art, Music

    *  If course scheduling allows, students may take two courses from one group instead of a Group 6 course.

    1. Must take Theory of Knowledge Course

      1. Will meet on scheduled days during Junior year
      2. Will meet every day during Senior year
      1. Take the course over two years
    2.  Must take a minimum of 3 HL and no more than 4 HL 

      1. Options for HL Courses for Full Diploma:
        1. Literature (All candidates must take this course)
        2. Spanish
        3. French
        4. History
        5. Biology

    4.  Must take at least 2 courses at the SL level

    International Baacalaureate Course Offerings at Princeton High School


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    Group 1

    Studies in Language & Literature

    Language A Literature HL


    Year 1 Teacher: Kate Lampe



    Year 2 Teacher: Cheryl Adams





                                                                                   Group 2

    Language Acquisition

    French SL/HL

    French Curriculum SL/SHL

    Teacher: Emily Minelli




    Initio French

    Initio French Curriculum

    Teacher: Emily Minelli




    Spanish SL/HL

    Spanish Curriculum SL/HL

    Teacher: Paige Bellafonte




    Initio Spanish

    Initio Spanish Curriculum

    Teacher: Kim Thyberg






    Group 3

    Individuals & Societies

    History SL/HL


    Year 1 Teacher: Amanda Setters



    Year 2 & SL Teacher: Michele Ritzie



    Business Management SL


    Teacher: Rebecca McCowan






     Group 4


    Biology HL


    Teacher: Becky Heckman



    Physics SL


    Teacher: Jeremy Zimmerman



    Group 5


    Mathematics:Analysis & Application SL


    Teacher: Bradley Shank



    Group 6

    The Arts

     Film SL/HL


    Teacher: Mike Fielder



    Music SL


    Teacher: Heather Hurley



    Visual Arts SL/HL


    Teacher: Lindsay Holliday



    CAS Guide For PHS The Core

    Theory of Knowledge


    Advisor: Kate Lampe



    Extended Essay


    Advisor: Michele Ritzie





    CAS Guide for PHS

    Advisor: Michele Ritzie



     If you would like more information on the IB Diploma Program offered at Princeton High School, please contact our IB Coordinator, Mrs. Michele Ritzie, at (513)864-1845 or at mritzie@vikingmail.org


    IB in Action at Princeton High School




    TOK & IB Film SL/HL Collaboration

    TOK and Film collaborating on an exploration of race and ethnicity using the TOK History Area of Knowledge


    Congratulations to our IB Diploma Candidate Learner Profile Student of the month for November Isabelle Stuever

    Our first-ever IB Diploma Candidate Learner Profile Award winner exhibits all of these qualities, but has shown herself to be an extremely effective Communicator.  She is a valuable participant in our class discussions, whether that's in IB English or during guest appearances in IB TOK, and her writing displays this same high level of clarity and insight.  Congratulations to Isabelle Stuever!


    Congratulations to our IB Diploma Candidate Learner Profile Student of the month for December Annette Stricklin

    Annette Stricklin is a wonderful example of a principled IB student. Her commitment to her academic success is shown in her work ethic, as well as her priorities. She sets ambitious goals and focuses on what she needs to do to achieve them. One of her greatest attributes is how she faces challenges; she never chooses the easy way out, but instead works diligently until she overcomes them. Her principled approach to work, in and out of school, will serve her well throughout her life! 


    Congratulations to our IB Diploma Candidate Learner Profile Student of the Month for January Ashley Boyd


    Ashley Boyd consistently demonstatrates the attributes of a communicator.  Whether in class discussions or in general conversations Ashley demonstrates awareness of different perspectives and communicates in a way thay allows everyone to participate in the coversation.  She is not afraid to speak up when someone's voice is not being heard.


    Congratulations to our IB Diploma Candidate Learner Profile Student of the Month for February McKinely Roza

    McKinley definitely embodies all of the attributes of the IB Learner but what stands out in History class is her Inquiry and Open Mindedness.  McKinley is a voracious learner who listens attentively and reflects deeply both verbally and in written work.  She is passionate about connecting the present and the past and the creativity and risk taking she displays in her work shows her commitment to valuing the traditions and cultures of others.  In History class she is also gifted in her ability to learn both independently as well as with the larger group.  She is remarkable in her ability to learn with enthusiasm everyday with each assignment.  She loves the joy of learning and creatively exploring new ideas.  I am so proud of you, McKinley!







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