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International Baccalaureate at Edmonds Woodway

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Welcome to the IB Program at Edmonds-Woodway High School

Nick Wellington is the IB Coordinator at Edmonds-Woodway High School.  If you have any questions about the program - or if you want to share comments or concerns - please contact Mr. Wellington.

Schedule time with me to discuss your questions over phone or Zoom video conference.

Numerous program changes have occurred over the years, so we are truly the best source of information about the IB program at EWHS.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Want to review what was covered at the 11/02/21 8th grade parent night?

Want to know what service area you are in?

Are you an 8th grader ready to apply to the IB program at EWHS?

1.       Option 1:  If you are a current Brier Terrace Middle School
Hi-Cap student:

a.       Apply here (Form opens November 1st) - I will send a

2.       Option 2: If you do not live in the EWHS service area:

a.       Apply here (Due November 30th @4:30PM)

b.       Must apply and take CogAT assessment (Application due
November 30th 2021 and Test administered December 4th 2021
at EWHS from 9AM-12PM)

3.       Option 3: If you live in the EWHS service area (i.e. attend

a.       Simply apply (automatic acceptance) so I know you
intend to enroll and I can support you at EWHS.



The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 


Edmonds-Woodway High School is committed to equity and to supporting and sustaining an inclusive school community where ALL students - regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic status, first language, cultural background, religious beliefs, or disability - achieve educational excellence through student-centered programs and services.


Welcome to the International Baccalaureate site for the Edmonds School District IB Diploma Program located at Edmonds-Woodway High School. This site provides information for parents, students, and IB staff in the following areas:

  • An Overview of the Edmonds School District IB Diploma Program
  • The Application Process for district 8th-grade students wishing to attend EWHS
  • IBO Exam Registration Process for current IB Juniors and Seniors
  • Parent Meetings and Events
  • CAS Requirements (see Documents page)
  • May 2022 Exam Schedule (see Documents page)
  • IB Exams - Prior Year Results (see Documents page)
  • Links to general policies of EWHS (see IBO)
  • Links to official IBO sites (see Links page)


Edmonds-Woodway High School hosts one of the largest - and most successful - IB programs in the Pacific Northwest.  Since IBO authorization in 1996, the full-IB Program has grown to represent over 525 students in both the Junior and Senior classes; in fact, most EWHS Juniors and Seniors are now taking at least 1 IB class each year.

Students in grades 9-10 take a prescribed honors curriculum to prepare for success in IB courses, which are taken during the 11th and 12th grades. 

Currently, over 300 students are enrolled in the 9-10 honors program, over 525 Juniors and Seniors are registered for one or more IB classes, and over 220 students in grades 11-12 are currently working towards the full-IB diploma!  Clearly, many of our students are finding success in the IB program. 

Here's a story from the Edmonds Beacon highlighting some of our students:


The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond.  The IBO program provides a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth while encouraging international-mindedness, starting with a foundation in a student's own language and culture. The IBO program has gained a reputation for the rigor of its program - and its high international standards - making this a qualification welcomed by universities worldwide.

IB Courses Offered at EWHS

All IB courses are open to all EWHS students; students register for specific IB courses during Spring course registration.

  • English: IB Language & Literature (HL)
  • Math Applications and Interpretations (SL), Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (SL) and Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL)
  • Chinese (Mandarin), French, and Spanish (SL, HL, and ab initio options)
  • History of the Americas (SL and HL)
  • Global Politics (SL)
  • Biology (SL and HL); Chemistry (SL and HL); Marine Science (SL); and Physics (SL)
    • EWHS is the only high school in Western Washington to offer Chemistry HL - Excellent preparation for STEM majors at University.
  • Art History (SL)
  • Business & Management (SL and HL)
  • Music (SL and HL)
  • Psychology (SL and HL)
  • Visual Arts (SL and HL)

In addition to courses from the list above, full-IB diploma candidates also take the Theory of Knowledge course, engage in a specialized research paper in a subject area of choice (the Extended Essay), and commit to Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) hours. IB learners strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.

Students take written examinations at the end of the diploma program, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external examiners or sent directly to world-wide examination sites. Marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).  Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.  The IB diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points (in addition to allowing for IBO point requirements). Assessment is criterion-based, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations.

IB is a challenging program that demands effort from both motivated students and teachers.  The EWHS IB staff is committed to an extensive program of IB professional development that, in addition to three levels of workshop training, also includes access to an online curriculum center that provides program documentation, examples of student work, and acts as a hub for an international community of teachers.

For further information on the program, please see the Powerpoint found in Documents or to the IBO site found at



To be eligible to attend the IB program at EWHS, students must reside within the boundaries of the Edmonds School District.   There are three pathways into the EWHS IB Program.

1. If the student lives in the EWHS service area, there are no additional requirements. Counselors visit eighth-grade classrooms, and students register for as many IB classes as they wish to take, including the full-IB program.  To more easily identify these resident students, we ask that you complete the form below.

2. Students who have previously been identified as "gifted" by the Edmonds School District - and are currently participating in the Challenge Program at Brier Terrace Middle School - will receive an email notification in the fall from the district office.  That email links to a High School Selection Form, and gifted students simply select the EWHS IB Program as their high school choice.  If you are the parent of a current student in the Hi-Cap program, please contact the Highly Capable office at ESC for the link, if you have not received it by the fall.

3. Students who live in the Lynnwood HS, Meadowdale HS, or Mountlake Terrace HS service area fill in a short EWHS IB Program application, and then sign up for the district-administered Cognitive Ability Test (CoGAT) in eighth grade.  The application - and the student's complete academic history and test scores - are evaluated by a team at EWHS to recommend enrollment at EWHS. 

The IB application for the 2021-22 school year will open on the first day of school this coming fall and will close at 4:30 PM on November 30th. Click here for application

If you are interested in learning more information about the IB Program at EWHS, please explore this site and contact Mr. Wellington with questions. We always host at least two presentations for parents and students in the fall.  On those nights, the community had the opportunity to learn more about the IB program and the IB application process.

Our 2021-22 IB Information Nights for 8th Grade Students and Families will be held on October 5th and November 2nd, 2021.  Recording and presentation will be available on this site.


Registration for May exams takes place during the month of October.  Every Junior and Senior receives comprehensive IB exam registration packets in mid-September, and each IB student is required to seek parental approval, prior to signing up for IB exams. Students sign off on IB Exam confirmations in both October and November.  Additional copies of the exam registration packet will be posted under Documents. Remember: If a student is in an IB course - and that course ends with a formal IB exam - we expect that student to register for - and complete - the IB exam for that course.  A 100% fee waiver for IB exam fees is available for students who qualify for the free-and-reduced lunch program. For this reason, we urge all IB families to complete the free-and-reduced lunch paperwork.  Exam invoices are distributed to all students in November; students can cancel exams until November 14th.  All students must complete exam payments prior to IB exams. 

Looking for Exam Information (dates, rules, etc) for the May 2022 Exams? See the DOCUMENTS page of this site.


May 2021 exam results will be released in July at  http://candidates.ibo.org. All IB students have been given individual personal codes and pin codes to access their individual results.  IB Diplomas and Certificates are available for pickup in the Counseling Office.  


Specific dates will be posted on the website calendar in the Events section and under Announcements.  This year, Honors and IB program topics, updates, and questions will be discussed as part of the school's class-level school meetings during advisory. 


As forms are revised they will be posted in the document section. 

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