IB Overview


The Diploma Program (DP) is a curriculum framework designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students during the last two years of high school.  IB students graduating with an IB diploma are able to study at universities around the world, often with advanced credits.  Students comment on the IB program reflecting on their sense of preparedness, self-confidence, research skills and ability to manage their time, all of which are essential tools for college success.  DP students study six subjects (three at standard level and three at a higher level).  They also complete three additional requirements:  The Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and at least 150 hours of CAS – Creativity, Activity and Service hours outside of the classroom.

Student must earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 point on the final assessments which are externally marked and moderated by the IB, in order to receive an IB Diploma. 

The DP is rigorous course of study for motivated students.  Prior academic success is less of an indicator of the student’s ability to earn the diploma.  Important keys to success are: willingness to be organized in order to complete all work, determination to do one’s best and leading a balanced life.  Most successful DP students lead full lives, participating in sports and are involved in many extra-curricular activities. Some of our students even maintain a job and participate in an another magnet

In addition, all teachers in the DP receive professional development in the IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders.

Graduation Stole

The DP is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education.  Historically at South Dade Senior High, most of our students graduate with enough credits to be considered sophomores upon entering college.

Due to the course of study, at the time of graduation our IB students graduate Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honor and top 5 of the class), Magna Cum Laude (Great Honor and top 10 of the class) or Cum Laude (Honors and top 15 of class). 

Our students have been accepted at all Florida public and private universities, as well as universities such as Harvard, NYU and Stetson, Stanford, and John Hopkins among others.

Furthermore, earning the IB DP diploma at the end of their senior year automatically qualifies the students for the top Florida Bright Futures scholarship, also known as the Florida Academic Scholars scholarship.


Anderson, RashondaBiology and AP Biologyranderson@dadeschools.net
Betancourt,  EyleneIB History and AP World HistoryEylene.Betancourt@dadeschools.net
Europe, OdessaAP US Historyoeurope@dadeschools.net
Goodwin, AdrianaIB English Junior and Senior334869@dadeschools.net
Lei, JiwenIB Math Studies, AP Calculus; Pre-Calculusjlei@dadeschools.net
Medina, DanielIB Philosophy/Theory of Knowledge/AP Psychologydrdmedina@dadeschools.net
Medina, IbisWorld Languages-AP/IB Spanishibismedina@dadeschools.net
Papili, KarinaAP/IB Coordinatorkpapili@dadeschools.net 
West, JaimeIB Visual Art/AP Art 2D and 3D/Magnet Artjwest040@dadeschools.net
Ortega, OrianaAlgebra 2 Honorsorianaortega@dadeschools.net
Prieto, OdainisGeometry Honorsoprieto@dadeschools.net
Reinhardt, DwyneAP Chemistry304065@dadeschools.net
Espinosa, JuanIB TheaterJuanEspinosa@dadeschools.net
Garcia, VanessaIB English Freshmanvanegarcia@dadeschools.net
Hancock, NoreenIB Environmental Sciencenphancock@dadeschools.net
Cox, JustinAP English Language and AP English Literaturejmcox@dadeschools.net
Suydam, RickyAP Environmental Sciencerickysuydam@dadeschools.net
Vázquez, María de LourdesWorld Languages-AP/IB Frenchmlvasquez@dadeschools.net
Wojnar, AshleyMagnet Dance/IB DanceAWojnar@dadeschools.net
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