International Baccalaureate

The IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the International Baccalaureate Organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people with their differences can also be right.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) can be found in over 4500 schools in 145 countries. Poudre School District is proud to be authorized to offer the full IB continuum of education: The Primary Years Program (PYP) serves students in grades K - 5 at Bennett, Cache la Poudre, Dunn, McGraw and Riffenburgh Elementary Schools; The Middle Years Program (MYP) is offered to all students in grades 6 - 8 at Cache la Poudre, Lesher and Lincoln Middle Schools, and grades 9 - 10 at Poudre High School; and the Diploma Program (DP) serves college-bound students in grades 11 - 12 at Poudre High School. The IB programs at PHS are for motivated students who want to learn a variety of subjects at an advanced level, and who want to embrace diversity and an understanding of different cultures. The IB curriculum mandates that students study a wide range of subjects concurrently, including English, a second language, history and geography, science, math, and a sixth subject in the arts or other areas of student interest. IB students are required to become active in their community through volunteerism and complete major self-directed projects in both the 10th and 12th grades. An IB graduate is an analytical thinker who understands others' viewpoints while maintaining an individual value system.

The IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile is the IB Mission Statement translated into a set of learner outcomes for the 21st Century.

The Learner Profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

IB Learners strive to be...

  • Risk-takers – They approach unfamiliar situations with courage and are willing to explore new ideas.
  • Inquirers – They develop their natural curiosity by acquiring skills to conduct research and enjoy learning.
  • Communicators – They understand and express ideas in more than one language and in a variety of ways while working with others.
  • Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experiences.
  • Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories and are open to values and traditions of others.
  • Caring – They show empathy and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.
  • Thinkers – They learn to think critically and creatively in order to make decisions.
  • Principled – They act with honesty with respect for individual groups and communities while taking responsibility for their own actions.
  • Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance.
  • Knowledgeable – They explore ideas and issues that have local and global significancto develop an understanding in many different areas.

The IB MYP and DP at PHS

At PHS, the IB program is divided into two parts. Ninth and tenth graders are IB Middle Years Program students (MYP). This program accelerates students academically within a specific philosophical framework. Please go to the MYP page of this website for more specific information. Students may enter the IB Diploma Program (DP) in eleventh grade after successful completion of all components of the MYP. The DP provides collegiate-level coursework during the junior and senior years for which students have the opportunity to receive college credit. Please go to the DP page for more specific information.

"The IB Family"

In many ways, the IB program promotes a close relationship between teachers, students and parents. Teachers work together to coordinate the curriculum within and across grade levels and to provide a smooth transition from one year to the next. They, along with the IB counselors, provide a strong support network for IB students. The IB parent community offers many services through the IB Parent Association to benefit everyone associated with IB.

IB Students at PHS

IB students are Poudre High School students first. They are involved in a wide variety of PHS extra-curricular activities, and when schedules allow, they may take additional PHS course offerings. Although IB is seen as a smaller learning community within PHS, IB students are not segregated, nor would IB promote a division.


This website allows you to examine our internationally-recognized IB program in more detail.  You can also access the IB website at  If you have further questions, please contact Cori Hixon, IB Director, at (970) 488-6119 or