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Student Application, Fall 2018

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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What IB is at YVHS - New Video!


Application window open for 2018-2019!

Attention 9th and 10th graders: it's time to apply to be an International Baccalaureate student!


Here's a link for more info: 2018-19 Application


I'm in 9th grade - should I apply now?

YES! Even though the IB courses are for 11th and 12th graders, applying as a 9th grader guarantees your spot as an IB student.


I'm in Health/Ed Academy/AVID and only want to take 1 or 2 IB classes - should I apply?

YES! We require all students enrolled in IB classes to apply. You'll still be an Academy student.


I'm not a straight-A student - can I still apply?

YES! Some people may disagree, but grades aren't everything. The only thing the IB program at YVHS requires is that 1) you're interested in learning and 2) that you want to be more challenged in your classes.


I don't attend YVHS - can I be an IB student?

NO! Only students who attend YVHS can apply to be IB students. If you're interested in transferring to YVHS, please contact the MDUSD District Office and tell them you'd like to transfer here to be in the IB program.


To complete an online application, click here >

To download an application, click here >

To download teacher recommendations, click here >

1st Annual Winter Awards Gala Success!

Below is my welcome speech I gave last night, though I have to admit I skipped a few parts as I was so nervous!


Hello and welcome. Thank you so much for being here. 


This night is about celebrating everyone--the twelve brave full Diploma Programme students who are taking seven IB classes, and the 170 other students taking one to four IB classes. They are all awesome.


Tonight's about celebrating the amazing, hard-working teachers who have, for almost four years, been going to trainings, and professional development, and who have been the support and backbone of the Diploma Programme.


We also want to celebrate the parents and guardians who have supported, encouraged, sometimes forced their student in taking these IB courses. For those of you who didn't know your student was taking IB courses, I want to celebrate the fact that you've raised a brave, risk-taking kid, one who was willing to invest in their own future. 


I'm so very proud of the progress we've made getting this Diploma Programme off the ground. There have been dips along the way. There have been a few tears (and not just from the students). I've heard a few students say, 'Oh my God - what did I get myself into?!?' Though, I believe they used a bit more colorful language than that.


Because I'm the coordinator, I see the Diploma Programme with a macro view. I can see the progress that students are making and the way the classes are running. The dips and bumps we've felt are actually a good thing - it's very encouraging - because it means that we're ALL learning. We've all been pushed out of our comfort zones. And I can guarantee that every single person in this IB Diploma Programme, whether they're a student or teacher or parent, knows more now than they did at the beginning of the school year. Everyone has learned. 


And Isn't that what education is all about?


Fortunately there have also been highs along with the lows. There have been smiles with the tears. And the best part has been seeing the pride students feel in themselves. For me, THAT'S what education is all about - knowing that I've had a small part in helping a student persevere, grow, and recognize their own strengths and abilities.


So yes, we're here to celebrate the IB Diploma Programme here at Ygnacio Valley High School. This is the first of Winter Awards Gala of many to come. We are a small but might group and we'll continue to grow in the years to come. 


Information Night--October 26th

Click here for a clean copy of the flyer below...


IB Information Night Flyer.pdf


Science classes go to Big Break Regional Park

On Thursday, September 7th, students from Environmental Systems & Societies, and Biology, went on a field trip to the Big Break Regional Park, located in Oakley, right on the Delta.


Students are preparing for their IB science class' Group 4 project--a collaborative endeavor during which students research a scientific question and present their findings. The project runs for at least a month and follows the scientific process of inquiry. Going to Big Break was the first step in this process.


While at Big Break, students learned about water issues in California, including gaining a better understanding of how the Delta is the end point of most of the water flow in our state. They performed water quality tests for levels of turbidity, phosphates, and nitrates, as well as pH. Students learned how these abiotic factors can change the quality of the water. Audrianna Chappell, 11th grader taking Environmental Systems & Societies, said that "It's weird how levels of pH and nitrates can affect the ecosystem."  


Students also had the opportunity to be introduced to the variety of animals and plants in the Big Break area. Murtaza Ibrahim, an 11th grader also in ESS, was "surprised by how many animals there were." During the interpretive hike, the students were shown evidence of barn owls, river otters, beavers, mice, raccoons, and muskrats. Students also saw house cats and were surprised to learn that these domestic animals can have a huge impact on wildlife because they are top predators. "Keep your cats in check," said Megan Clifton, an 11th grader in Biology.


After the interpretive hike and water testing, student were given the task of identifying and estimating numbers of macro invertebrates in the Delta water. These animals have different levels of tolerance to changes in the water. Observing their numbers, combined with the results of the water tests, is a way to estimate the "health" of an ecosystem.


Finally, students ended the day discussing possible research questions and opportunities to learn more about the Delta ecosystem.


Eventually, students will hone in on a research question, develop an experiment to be done at Big Break, conduct the research, then present their findings. Updates will be posted here!


We're AUTHORIZED! It's official.



After three years of preparation, two visits from representatives of the International Baccalaureate Organization, and hundreds of hours of training, planning and creative problem solving, we are now an authorized IB school. 


What does this mean? 

  • We join thousands of schools worldwide as an official IB World School.
  • 14 different IB classes begin in the fall, 2017 (as we'd planned).
  • Our school library will be open 5 days/week for access by all students.
  • An increased opportunity for students to have a rigorous, meaningful education.
  • Onsite and remote access to Gale databases, exclusively for YV students.

Today was the first day of student interviews to admit the 2017-2019 IB cohort. We had inspiring discussions with students--they're an amazing group of young women and men. It was kismet that we also received our Letter of Authorization today from IB. As I sat in the interviews listening to students speak of their future dreams and current challenges, I was reminded that THEY are the reason we have brought the IB program to YV. I'm very grateful we are able to make this happen for our students. They deserve every chance in life that we can possibly provide and I'm honored to be part of their journey.

Apply NOW to be an IB student for Fall, 2017*

Apply to be an International Baccalaureate student for the Fall, 2017. The deadline for guaranteed acceptance if qualified is February 17th, 2017. After that date, acceptance is on a first-come, first served basis until the program is full.


What are the qualifications?

  • Currently in 10th grade.
  • On track to graduate with no missing credits.
  • A desire to learn and excel academically.
  • Curiosity.
  • Open-mindedness.
  • Perseverance. 


To apply

  1. Read the information >
  2. If you are an MDUSD student, join Google classroom #: 3ckl1t (L 1 t) and follow the directions >
  3. If you are NOT an MDUSD student, click here for the application >
  4. Have teachers complete the recommendation forms >
  5. After the full application is received, an interview will be scheduled. An interview must be done prior to final acceptance.

Good luck and please contact the IB office if you have any questions!

IB Authorization Visit Completed!

The IB Authorization Team visited YVHS on October 31st and November 1st. The visit went well and we're very hopeful we'll receive our final confirmation of authorization by early February. For the summary of the report, please check here >

1st Parent Info Night A Success!

Last night we had the 1st of our monthly Parent Nights to explain the course offering of the IB Diploma Programme to begin in August, 2017*. If you missed it, click the link below to download the information.


The next Parent Night will be on Thursday, November 3rd, 6:30 to 8:00 in the YVHS Library. We'll be discussing the Core part of the Diploma Programme: the Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay, and the Creativity, Activity, and Service component. Hope to see you there!


Parent Info Night October 6, 2016

Application for Candidacy--granted!

Our Application for Candidacy was submitted to the International Baccalaureate Organization on April 1, 2015. On June 3, 2015, we received confirmation from the IBO that Candidacy had been granted. This means that YVHS is officially an IB Candidate School until we receive our final authorization. 


What's next?

Becoming an IB World School is a multi-year endeavor. YVHS is currently in the 2nd year of the application process and the next step is to submit the Application for Authorization by April 1, 2016. Following confirmation of the Application for Authorization, we're looking at:

  • Visit from the IB authorizing team in Oct/Nov, 2016
  • Final authorization in Spring, 2017
  • First IB courses in Fall, 2017

How we're preparing

Becoming an IB World School is about more than the application. It's about teacher and student preparation. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, the YVHS staff has had continued professional development on the IB philosophy and teaching strategies. This will continue in the 2016-2017 school year and will expand to incorporate a shift in culture around the school site--what does it mean to be an International Scholar and be internationally minded? What are the attributes of the Learner Profile and how can these be incorporated into every-day life? How can students be prepared for the rigors of the Diploma Programme?


We're excited to bring the IB Diploma Programme to YVHS and believe it to be an excellent program that will highlight the talents and possibilities of our students.

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