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International Baccalaureate at Edmonds Woodway

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Welcome to the IB Program at Edmonds-Woodway High School

David Quinn 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. Quinn at quinnd@edmonds.wednet.edu 

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


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 rigourous 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 Coordinator 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 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 2019 Exam Schedule and Prior Year Results (see Documents page)
  • May 2019 Exam Schedule
  • Links to general policies of EWHS (see IBO)
  • Links to official IBO sites (see Links page)


Edmonds-Woodway High School is one of over 60 IB programs in the Pacific Northwest.  Since IBO authorization in 1996, the full-IB Program has grown to represent over 225 students in both the Junior and Senior classes; in fact, most EWHS students 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 580 Juniors and Seniors are registered for one or more IB classes, and over 225 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. 

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 Studies (SL), Mathematics (SL) and Mathematics (HL)
  • Chinese (Mandarin), French, and Spanish (SL, HL, and ab initio options)
  • History of the Americas (HL); IB Global Politics (SL)
  • Biology (SL and HL); Chemistry (SL and HL); Marine Science (SL); and Physics (SL)
  • Art History (SL)
  • Business & Management (SL and HL)
  • Music (SL and HL, when available)
  • Psychology (SL and HL)
  • Visual Arts (SL and HL, when available)

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 the best 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 which 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.  After that, there are 3 application pathways into the IB Program: 

1) You live in the EWHS service area  OR 

2) You have previously been identified as "gifted" by the Edmonds School District and are currently participating in the Challenge Program at Brier Terrace Middle School  OR 

3) You live in the Lynnwood HS, Meadowdale HS, or Mountlake Terrace HS service area and take the district-administered Cognitive Ability Test in eighth grade, then qualify as "gifted."  A transfer student may remain at EWHS for as long as they desire to do so.

The IB application period for the 2019-2020 school year was open until November 30th and is now closed.

If you are the parent of a current student in the Hi-Cap program, please contact the Highly Capable office at ESC for a link to your high school selection form.

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

Our 2019-20 IB Information Nights for current 8th Grade Students and Families were held in the EWHS Little Theatre on:

Thursday, October 25th at 6PM               and

Wednesday, November 14th at 6PM

If you are already in the district's Gifted/Highly capable program at Brier Terrace Middle School, please email Mr. Quinn for an invitation to your separate information night.


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 fully 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.  We ask all students to complete payment prior to IB exams. 

Looking for Exam Information (dates, rules, etc) for the May 2019 Exams? See the DOCUMENTS page of this site.


May 2018 exam results are available 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 will be available for pickup in the Main Office when they arrive in the fall.  May 2018 exam results were released by the IBO at the beginning of July.  


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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