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Diploma Program (DP)


Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Program

at Southwest High School!

 International Baccalaureate Program Website

Minnesota IB Website

Coordinator: Lisa Ledman 



Southwest High School has been a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization, whose headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland, since the late 1980s.  The Diploma Program offers a rigorous course of study across all academic areas.

IB is a demanding academic program recognized worldwide as an outstanding educational experience.

The mission of the International Baccalaureate:

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.

By attending an authorized IB school, students benefit from teachers trained in the IB teaching style, which fosters academic excellence with global perspective.  

For information about 9th and 10th grades, see the IB Middle Years Program. 11th and 12th graders at Southwest are in the IB Diploma Program.

IB DP JUNIORS & SENIORS... Follow their Strengths

For 11th and 12th grade students who want to pursue academically rigorous studies, DP is the most challenging college prep curriculum worldwide.  Diploma Program courses prepare students to ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of self and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with people from different countries and cultures.  


At the conclusion of their 11th and 12th grade years, students will take IB DP exams.  In addition to graduating with their high school degree, students will be recognized based on their level of participation in the IB Diploma Programme:

THE IB DIPLOMA - an internationally recognized honor conferred by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

THE SOUTHWEST ACHIEVEMENT MEDALLION - a Southwest high school honor conferred by Southwest High School.

IB CERTIFICATE – an internationally recognized honor conferred by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Students scoring well earn college credit or advanced standing at most colleges and universities worldwide. Check out various college credit policies at this site:  University Recognition


Lisa Ledman, IB Diploma Program Coordinator