International Baccalaureate Programs
IB Learner Profile Video
What is an IB Education?
IB Middle Years
IB Diploma Programme
Every student at SMMHS in grades 6 through 10 is part of the IB
MYP. All regular courses are MYP courses and are taught with IB
concepts in mind. The teaching and assessment methods embraced by
the IB MYP are all considered best educational practices. (Click here for a link to the MYP General
All 10th grade students are expected to complete the Personal
Project. These are both components of the Middle Years Program and
encourage students to be compassionate, life-long learners. Download the Personal Project Guide.
Click here for an overview of the Personal
Students in grades 11 & 12 are still part of our IB World
School community and are encouraged to strive to exemplify the
Learner Profile traits. They also have the opportunity to
participate in the IB Diploma Program if they choose, and if they
have met the criteria for becoming an IB Diploma candidate.
CAS (Creativity, Action, & Service) are required components of
the Diploma Program.
Recording Service Reflections
As a school, we have made a commitment to emphasizing community
and service and to encouraging our students to be active
participants in both community building and community
service. Being an active part of a community allows a student
to learn not just at school, but in all other areas of life, as
Founded in 1968, the IB Diploma Program is a two-year
academically rigorous university preparation program for the junior
and senior years of high school. The program aims to develop
critical thinking and research skills and international-mindedness:
an ability to respect those different from oneself, and a desire to
make a difference in the world. (Click here for a link to the DP General
Students who love to learn and are curious, who want to develop
the skills to be successful in college, and who either have or want
to develop time-management and collaborative skills are excellent
candidates for the Diploma Program. The IB Diploma Program is well
recognized and respected by universities in the United States and
The IB Diploma Program is intended to be just that - a balanced
and complete program designed to embrace an interdisciplinary,
international, and action-oriented philosophy. It consists of the
1.) Students take IB courses in six core areas of study: Group
1: language A1 (English 11 and 12), Group 2: a second language
(Language B French or Spanish), Group 3: individuals and societies
(History of the Americas 11 and 12), Group 4: experimental sciences
(Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Group 5: mathematics (either
Mathematics HL or SL or Math Studies 11 and 12), and Group 6: the
Arts (Music SL, Theatre SL or Visual Art SL or HL). Students not
interested in taking art may take Computer Science SL or an
additional experimental science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).
These courses meet and exceed HCDE's and Tennessee's standards and
fulfill credit requirements.
IB DP courses are either Higher Level (240 teaching hours) or
Standard Level (150 teaching hours). HL courses are all two year
courses; SL courses may be one or two year courses, depending on
the course (however, no more than two SL courses may be taken as 1
year courses). At SMMHS, we offer both our HL and SL courses as two
2.) Students participate in a two-year Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
course. TOK is a philosophy-based course that focuses on how
knowledge is acquired in different disciplines. This course serves
to form connections between and among the six core courses the
students will take.
3.) Students participate in creativity, action, and service
through the CAS program. Over the two years, students will
participate in and reflect on a variety of activities that are
creative, action- and service-oriented, including at least one
long-term project. CAS activities are tied to learning outcomes and
a CAS plan individually developed by each student.
4.) Students write a 4000 word (maximum) Extended Essay (EE), a
mini-thesis on the topic of their choice. Working closely with a
mentor, students will conduct research and compose an essay for
submission to the IBO. This essay gives students experience in
writing college level papers.
All IB DP courses culminate in examinations that are scored by
an external examiner. A passing grade in an IB course is determined
by a combination of internal (in-class) assessments scored by the
teacher and moderated by IB or externally scored by IB, and
external examinations taken at the end of the of the two year
course of study. Examination results are released in July. The IB
Diploma is granted to those students who successfully complete all
components. IB examination scores do not impact a student's earning
of a Hamilton County diploma.