IB Diploma Programme
Students entering grade 11 at WAIS may choose to participate in the IB Diploma Programme (DP). WAIS is an authorized IB World School for the DP, CP, and MYP.
Students serve as IB Diploma Programme students during the 11th and 12th grades. IB DP students take six DP courses in the six different DP subject groups: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. DP students also complete the IB DP Core: A Theory of Knowledge course, an Extended Essay, and 150 hours of Creativity, Activity, and Service. Our IB DP students are highly engaged in academics and in their communities. Click here to learn more about the DP curriculum.
Students who serve in the Diploma Programme have the opportunity to participate in rigorous coursework, extensive research, and meaningful community activities. Through coursework and IB assessments, DP students have the potential to earn up to 24 college credits at Texas public universities. Some universities around the world provide more than 24 credit hours for the successful completion of IB courses. This is a significant savings in time and money for many families.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Diploma Programme Presentation from the IB
IB DP Coordinator
Suzanne Acord, PhD
I graduated from Stratford High School in Spring Branch ISD. I am excited to be back in the district that provided me with meaningful opportunities including Model United Nations, debate, and study abroad.
I hold a BA in International Studies and a minor in Spanish from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.
After college, I served as an English teacher in Yap with the Peace Corps. I lived in a remote village on a tiny island for two years. My students taught me the Yapese language while I taught them English.
Upon completion of Peace Corps service, I taught and studied in Honolulu, Hawaii. I earned a MA, PhD, and teaching license from the University of Hawaii. My Texas educator licenses include Grades 4-12 Social Studies and E-12 Principal.