Inderkum IB Program, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established by parents in the Natomas community to bring to Inderkum High School an academically recognized program. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a two-year comprehensive and rigorous pre-university curriculum leading to an IB Diploma. Successful IB candidates are typically granted advance placement credit at the finest universities and colleges in the nation. This program is administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) based in Geneva Switzerland and has been implemented in more than 140 countries and 600 public schools in the US, 84 of those in California.
When Inderkum High School opened in the fall of 2004, its first principal envisioned a time when the school’s curriculum would be enriched with the IB Diploma Program offered to eleventh and twelfth graders. Many community members, familiar with the IB’s prestigious program, were excited by the prospect of IB as one of the school’s small learning communities. However, by the time Inderkum graduated its first class in 2007, and was therefore eligible to apply, new administration, both onsite and at the central office, had made commitments to different programs and populations. It seemed practical for enrichment and acceleration to offer the first eleventh and twelfth graders the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which have only recently implemented some standardization by asking teachers to submit and have their syllabi approved.
Rather than beginning the two year application process in the fall of 2007 for an IB Diploma Program, when the school had finally became eligible, the consensus was to continue offering and strengthening College Board classes for the present and to explore IB later. The school has now graduated four classes, gone through a WASC accreditation process, has a talented faculty, has established extra-curricular activities, a National Honor Society, California Scholars Program, participates in Academic Decathlon, has a growing arts and music program and has a library. Inderkum is more than ready to distinguish itself by providing a program to prepare local students a challenging opportunity to achieve an IB Diploma.
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