Online International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Dwight’s internationally diverse community, paired with Dwight’s legacy as a pioneer in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, makes Dwight campuses around the globe sought-after IB World Schools.

Dwight is now proud to offer the IB Diploma program online for students in Grades 11 and 12 through Dwight Global Online School.

Explore the IB curriculum

What is the International Baccalaureate?

The IB educates caring, open-minded, and critical thinkers, who can help make our world a better place.  The IB is recognized worldwide as one of the most challenging academic programs available.  The IB program offers an education comprising of four programs that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently and how to make inquiries about their studies using care and logic as a basis. The IB prepares students for success by exploring how to ask the right questions throughout their studies -- a skill that will position them well long after graduation. 

IB fosters critical thinking and promotes problem-solving skills, while encouraging diversity, international mindedness, curiosity, and develops a keen appetite for learning and excellence. IB curriculum aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge and promotes students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.  

The IB focuses on personal student development, and it’s widely known that an IB program can enrich a student’s high school experience and prepare them for college in myriad ways. IB takes a global approach, looking at big ideas across disciplines, enabling students to dig deep into their coursework.

Why does Dwight Global Online School offer the IB Program?

The IB teaches students and creatively; to approach their studies with a global, ethical perspective; to become lifelong learners. As a result, we believe the IB program dovetails beautifully with Dwight Global’s mission to ignite the spark of learning in every child. The IB program is recognized internationally as one of the most challenging academic programs, the gold standard in pre-university preparation; it provides the ideal academic framework for educating international-minded problem-solvers -- students who are culturally agile, bilingual, and even trilingual -- positioning them for success in today’s global marketplace. 

We believe the IB curriculum aligns with our vision of educating the next generation of global leaders. We aim to provide an education that enables students to make sense of the complexities of the world around them, as well as equipping them with the skills and dispositions needed for taking responsible action for the future.  IB provides an education that crosses disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries, and that champions critical engagement, stimulating ideas and meaningful relationships. 

How can a student take IB classes at Dwight Global?

Beginning in grade 7, Dwight Global Online School introduces students to an inquiry-based curriculum, through which they are encouraged to collaborate, think critically and independently, and apply their knowledge to the world around them -- truly embodying the spirit of a rigorous homeschool program. Here, students remain at the center of their learning journey and are encouraged to develop a passion for learning as they embrace new challenges. These essential skills serve as a launchpad for higher-level courses. Starting in grade 11, advanced students may choose to enroll in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Dwight Global.

What are the requirements for obtaining the IB Diploma?

The IB Diploma Program is a two year program progression that requires students to take six classes concurrently with the addition of taking the Core curriculum. The Core comprises the Theory of Knowledge Course, which explores the nature and dimension of knowledge, the Extended Essay, where students write an academic research essay, and the CAS program that seeks to develop the student through creativity, activity, and service. With the IB Diploma Program, students can personalize their course selections and have flexibility to take classes at the Higher Level and classes at the Standard Level.  To obtain the Diploma, students must take at least three Higher Level classes.  Please find our full complement of IB course offerings in our Upper School Curriculum Guide.  

Is a student required to take IB classes at Dwight Global?

In addition to the International Baccalaureate, Dwight Global Online School offers a range of challenging Advanced Placement courses. Because our students are able to choose across standards, they receive a truly personalized education to set them up for success. Students deciding between the Advanced Placement and IB paths have a detailed meeting with their Dean and College Counselor, who together with their families help them choose the program that best aligns with their goals, interests, and passions.

Do we offer the World Academy of Sport extended study option?

The first US accredited School, Dwight is proud to be an Athlete-Friendly Education Center in partnership with the World Academy of Sport. Athletes with an intensive training schedule have the opportunity to spread their Diploma Program out over 3 or even 4 years to help balance their training and school work. This program is available to elite athletes that represent their sport at the regional, national, or international level. Visit the World Academy of Sport for more details.

Interested in learning more about Dwight Global Online School’s IB and AP programs? Contact us.


Megan Koepsell: Dean of IB Studies

Sara Crucet: Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Head of Electives Department