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International Baccalaureate Career Programme

IBCP Program Description

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is for students, age 16–19 years, who wish to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of secondary school. The CP combines the highly regarded and academically challenging courses from the IB Diploma Programme (DP) with practical, real-world approaches to learning. All of the elements of the CP help students develop the communication, personal, and academic skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Why the Career Programme?

Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the CP because it:
  • combines academic subjects with professional interests
  • encourages critical thinking and creativity in real-world situations
  • helps students to effectively work independently and in collaboration with others
  • opens new perspectives and a sense of international-mindedness
  • develops greater self-confidence and self-awareness through study

What's unique about the CP curriculum?

Students complete the four core components of the CP and two DP courses. The core consists of service learning, personal and professional skills, language development and a reflective project. In addition, students select a career-related studies that draw all aspects of the CP together. The chosen career-related studies path prepares students for higher education, an internship, apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest.

Academics that enhance the CP

The academic rigor of the Career-related Programme (CP) is built upon the high standards set by the IB's renowned Diploma Programme courses. This blend of academic and professional study creates a programme that is suitable both for students with a particular career interest, and for students who do not yet have a specific career pathway in mind. Exams at the end of each DP courses are assessed in accordance with rigorous international standards. The IB is committed to testing relevant thinking skills by creating meaningful tasks that allow the student to show their understanding of the subject—not just their memory skills. The IB recognizes the importance of examination results as a passport to university, and jobs and provides a worldwide standard which has retained its value and meaning over many years.

Career-related studies

The career-related studies are offered by the school and aligned with student needs and progress toward further study or direct employment. Each school chooses the career-related studies most suited to local conditions and the needs of its students. The career-related studies must satisfy IB criteria for accreditation, assessment and quality assurance.

IBCP Course Sequence

Curtis High School offers several career paths for students to follow. Beginning freshman year all of the career paths below continue through senior year culminating in either an assessment or portfolio project that has been guided by an outside organization.

CORE Requirements

Junior year and senior year a minimum of 2 International Baccalaureate courses
90 hours Personal and Professional Skills Course
Reflective Project
World Language Portfolio
50 hours of Community Service

Career Paths

Legal Studies
Media Studies
Arts & Architecture
Performing Arts
Software Engineering Institute

IBCP Faculty and Staff

 J. Korten - Assistant Principal         Room 433  (ext. 4331)
Ron Banks -Coordinator                  Room 215  (ext. 2152)
Alicia Isasi-Endress - Coordinator   Room 215  (ext. 2150)
L. Hynes - Guidance Counselor       Room 109  (ext. 1401)