International Baccalaureate Programme

  • The IB Diploma Program at Renton High School is open to all Renton School District students. The IB Program at Renton High School provides an opportunity for students to take classes that have all the rigor and expectations found in private school courses while allowing these students to take advantage of the diversity of activities and leadership positions available at a large comprehensive high school. Over 15% of RHS students are seeking the IB Diploma and 100% of 11th and 12 graders are involved in one or more IB classes. At Renton High School we are proud of the fact that our students have the opportunity to explore their individual strengths in an environment that supports achievement in all areas and disciplines.

    Prospective Students

    Who can do the IB?

    The program is open to all students within Renton School District in the 11th and 12th grades.

    Would you like to be part of IB?

    We are a program with an international focus and we take pride in the fact that we are able to provide opportunities to all students interested in our program. Our program has a reputation for accommodating and meeting the needs of students from the Renton School District, the United States, and from all over the world.
    The IB program also prepares and develops students completing the program. It encourages students to take academic risks and study subjects in depth, developing a student's intellectual maturity, critical thinking skills, and patience to analyze complex issues. Students are educated to meet international standards, preparing them for a 21st century and global economy.
    Students completing an IB course have the opportunity to receive a score, from 1 through 7, which may earn the student college credit. The University of Washington will award up to 45 credits for IB scores. Other colleges have their own policy regarding IB scores. More information regarding college credit can be found here.
    Students planning to pursue the IB Diploma should arrange their schedules to take a World Language in their ninth grade year.

    Diploma vs. Certificate


    IB Diploma

    Awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization to students who complete:

    • 6 IB classes
    • TOK (Theory of Knowledge)
    • Extended Essay
    • 150 hours of Creativity, Action, Service

    IB Certificate of Merit

    Awarded for the completion of:
    4 or more IB classes including assessments
    Awarded for the completion of 1 to 3 IB classes, including assessments.


    IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC)

    Awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization to students who complete:
    • At least 2 IB classes
    • IBCC Core (ATL, language development, and reflective project)
    • Approved career related study (IB Design & Technology and Sustainable Engineering & Design)

    The Renton School District does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, domicile, marital status or political activity, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Title IX Coordinator, Sheryl Moore, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, (425) 204-2370, Section 504/ADA Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator, Damien Pattenaude, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, (425) 204-2318, The ADA Compliance Officer is responsible for providing information about the existence and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities at Renton Public Schools, responds to accessibility requests, and addresses accessibility complaints from students and/or their families. The Renton School District will take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities.  For information regarding translation services for vital communications or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Linda Hoste, Director of Categorical Programs, at (425) 204-2410 or  See also, Renton School District Policies and Procedures No. 3207, 3210, 5003, 5005 and 5006 for complaint procedures.


IB Program Contact Information