The SMN Jr. College is proud to offer our students the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the most prestigious pre-university program in the world. The IB has a 40-year proven history of producing highly skilled students that are independent learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers, and high achievers. It’s no wonder that the top universities in the world, such as Harvard, seek to enroll IB Diploma graduates. With a broad and balanced program, students study six different subject areas and are assessed with rigorous internationally standardized examinations. In addition, students must complete the Theory of Knowledge (cirtical thinking skills) course, the Extended Essay (research and writing skills), and engage in CAS (community service) projects.
Built in to the center of each student’s education at SMN are core values of learner qualities and character qualities that give students the resources to be better students and better people in a global society.
In the SMN Junior College, we deliver the IB Diploma Programme which is a world recognized pre-university level of education. These two years are specifically designed to prepare students to enter the rigors of university life and learning. The Diploma Programme offers the highest quality courses for their academic readiness, and it also enhances the character traits needed for independent success.
The SMN Junior College program is both the student’s last step of high school education and first step of their university life. It is here that we aim to fully prepare students academically, socially, and personally for what they can expect in their adult education. To accomplish this, we offer the internationally recognized IB program to provide them with the experience of independent study, analysis, research, experimentation, expression, and inquiry. Individual, community, and world perspectives are also explored to enhance their global understanding.
Students who enter the Junior College are entering the world of IB. This is a two-year course completion program. Students may choose either to take the full IB Diploma Programme or IB Certificate Courses. Students who meet graduation requirements will also receive an SMN High School Diploma. Completion of the IB program usually leads to higher placement and/or course credit in many universities worldwide.
To be awarded the IB Diploma, Students must successfully pass three (3) subjects at Standard Level (SL) and three (3) subjects at Higher Level (HL) from the six (6) subject groups. In addition, students must also complete three (3) core components that form the essence of an IB learner.
Group 1: Language A
Group 2: Language B
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Business & Management, Psychology, Geography
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, Math Studies
Group 6: The Arts
Visual Arts, option from Group 3 or 4
Core 1: Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
Course with required 1,600 word essay
Core 2: Extended Essay
Submit a 4,000 word independent research essay of your choice of topic.
Core 3: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
Complete 150 hours (with meaningful reflections) in activities that support these areas.
Students who prefer to focus on specialized courses may choose to only take IB examinations in those select courses. Students who take Certificate Courses may choose either SL or HL for those subjects; all other subjects will be taken at SL. Students are not required to write the TOK essay, though they must submit a 2,000 word Extended Essay and complete 100 hours of CAS along with other academic requirements for high school graduation.
Students are assessed throughout the two-years with teacher graded Internal Assessments. At the end of the two-years (typically in May), students sit for an external examination from the IBO.