• What is IB?

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a high-level college preparatory program designed for outstanding high school students. Students in the IB program have the option of pursuing either the full IB Diploma or Certificates in one or more areas of selected study. Students may earn college credit or advanced standing for their IB course work.  The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at 16-to-19-year-olds in 140 countries around the world. The programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide.  IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right question is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes.  Colleges always like to see prospective students challenge themselves, and those who risk their GPAs in order to take a more rigorous course of study stand out more than students with excellent GPAs who took a lighter course load.

    The IB's Mission

    Since it was founded in 1968, the IB’s mission has been built on a cornerstone of creating a better world through education. We believe that now more than ever, and are committed to ensuring that our educational programmes reflect this for the benefit of IB schools and students. 

    SIMILARITIES Between AP and IB

    • Looks good to colleges
    • Advanced coursework prepares for post-secondary education
    • Keeps advanced students engaged in school
    • Can, at some Universities, receive college credit upon examination


    The full diploma candidates receive a comprehensive liberal arts education. The program is comprised of six basic subject areas, and students study three subjects at the higher level and three at the subsidiary level. Students who choose to pursue Certificates in one or more areas without desiring the full IB Diploma may do so in the subject areas of their choice.

    Examinations are available in all IB subject areas. Foreign and domestic colleges and universities recognize the IB program.

    Subject Areas

    1. English (Language A)
    2. Foreign Language (Language B)
    3. Social Science (Study of Man)
    4. Science (Experimental Science)
    5. Mathematics
    6. The Arts (Theater Arts, Music Theory, Visual Art)

    Full diploma students are also required to complete the Theory of Knowledge course as well as write an extended essay and participate in community service.

    Higher Level Tests are for courses that cover two years of study.
    Standard Level Tests are for courses that cover one year of study.

    Juniors are only allowed to take two tests. Seniors may take as many as they desire.

    How to Enter

    To participate in the International Baccalaureate program at FUHS, contact the coordinator, Mr. Henderson, at (714) 626-3994. This can be done as early as the winter of the student's eighth grade year or during the first two years of high school. Pre-testing or verification of past academic performance may be required.