Santa Margarita Catholic High School

About IB

 
 
IB at Santa Margarita Catholic High School
 
 
 
On January 6, 1997 Santa Margarita Catholic High School joined the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization, which offers academically talented and motivated high school students an opportunity to take IB courses and to earn an internationally recognized diploma. As of August 2015, there are 4,267 IB world schools with 2,633 of them in North America. Santa Margarita is one of the few Catholic high schools in the USA to be a member of this organization.
 
This comprehensive two-year program is designed for juniors and seniors who take courses and sit for examinations in specified subject areas. Students who opt for the Full Diploma must take courses in all six specific subject areas and also complete creative, athletic, and social service activities (CAS) including the CAS independent project, write a 4,000 word extended essay of original research and take a course entitled Theory of Knowledge, which explores the nature of values and the essence of truth in the various disciplines. Students who opt for individual IB courses (Certificate/Courses) must also sit for examinations, but do not have to complete the additional requirements of service hours, write the extended essay, or take Theory of Knowledge.
 
Why Should a Student Choose the IB Programme?
To participate in the IB Programme means participating in a challenging, broad-based curriculum, which opens a student to, issues affecting the community and the world. Choosing this curriculum option allows students:
  • To be prepared for a rigorous course of studies offered at the finest colleges and universities
  • To earn college credit and advanced standing at many colleges and universities
  • To enhance chances of admission to those institutions
  • To work toward earning an internationally acclaimed diploma
  • To attain an international perspective throughout all disciplines
  • To enhance a sense of community and global awareness
 
IB Course Offerings 2016/2017:
  • English A Literature HL
  • Spanish B SL
  • Spanish B HL
  • French B SL
  • French B HL
  • Latin SL 
  • Latin HL 
  • Mandarin Chinese SL
  • Philosophy HL 
  • History of the Americas HL 
  • Economics SL
  • Business Management HL - online
  • Biology SL
  • Biology HL
  • Chemistry SL
  • Physics SL
  • Physics HL
  • Environmental Systems SL
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematics HL 
  • Math Studies SL
  • Further Math HL 
  • Dance HL
  • Film HL
  • Music HL
  • Music SL
  • Theatre HL
  • Theatre SL
  • Visual Art HL
  • Theory of Knowledge
 
SMCHS Statistics:
 
Overall Pass Rates
 
   Year:  May '16
   Rate:   87%
 
    Year:  May '15
    Rate:  90%
Year:  May '14
Rate:  86%
 
Year:  May '13
Rate:  91%
 
Year:  May '12
Rate:  84%
 
Year:  May '11
Rate:  82%
 
Year:  May '10
Rate:  90%
 
Year:  May '09
Rate:  86%

Year:  May '08
Rate:  89%

Year:  May '07
Rate:  89%

Year:  May '06
Rate:  88%

Year:  May '05
Rate:  85%

Year:  May '04
Rate:  96%

Year:  May '03
Rate:  81%

Year:  May '02
Rate:  91%

Year:  May '01
Rate:  86%

Year:  May '00
Rate:  90%

Year:  May '99
Rate:  85%

Year:  May '98
Rate:  92%
 
May 2015 IB Exam Subject Results:
  
English A Literature HL:                         83/83                     100%                     

Chinese B Mandarin SL:                       11/11                       100%

Classical Greek SL:                               1/1                          100%

French B HL:                                         1/1                          100%

French B SL:                                          6/6                          100%

Latin HL:                                                1/1                          100%

Latin SL:                                                 14/14                     100%

Spanish B HL:                                        5/5                          100%

Spanish B SL:                                         35/35                     100%

Economics SL:                                       24/31                     77%

Philosophy HL:                                       36/36                     100%

Biology HL:                                            14/20                     70%

Biology SL:                                             14/15                     93%

Chemistry SL:                                        42/45                     93%

Physics HL:                                            5/26                       58%

Math Studies SL:                                   87/97                     90%

Math SL:                                                43/48                     90%

Math HL:                                                9/12                       75%

Further Math HL:                                     1/2                          50%

Dance HL:                                              13/13                     100%

Film HL:                                                  25/29                     86%

Music Group Perform. SL:                        3/3                          100%

Music HL:                                              2/3                          66%

Theatre SL:                                            1/1                          100%

Theatre HL:                                           6/6                          100%

Visual Arts HL:                                      3/3                          100%  


Documents to Download:

Click below to view the 2016-2017 SMCHS IB faculty roster 
Click below to view the 2016-2017 SMCHS IB calendar.

Contact Information:

IB Program Coordinator:
Mr. Justin Calbreath
(949) 766-6033

IB Secretaries:
Mrs. Cindy Cunha
(949) 766-6034
Monday - Thursday

Mrs. Susi Hughes
(949) 766-6034
Friday