In January 1997, SMCHS became the first Catholic high school in the Western United States to join the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as an IB World School, offering a rigorous curriculum and an opportunity to earn an internationally recognized diploma. The IB’s holistic focus on personal, psychological and academic development aligns well with the SMCHS mission of whole person education. Similarly, in the context of the school charism of Caritas Christi, the IB student learns to approach oneself, others and the planet with responsibility, respect, compassion and empathy.

In addition to these outcomes, the hallmarks of an IB diploma include a Theory of Knowledge seminar course to apply thinking and inquiry across all subject areas, an extended research essay of 4,000 words on a student-enerated inquiry/research question, and independently engaging in creativity, physical activity and service (CAS).


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97% *
full diploma pass rate versus a world average of 58%

*50+ candidates each year

overall pass rate versus a world average of 82

*this figure includes certificate students

IB courses offered in a wide variety of subjects


Dr. Maria Andrade Johnson, IB Coordinator, at 949-766-6000 ext. 4192