IB Diploma at B-CC

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is home to two International Baccalaureate programs: the Diploma Program (DP) for students in grades 11 and 12 and the Middle Years Program (MYP) for students in grades 9 and 10. B-CC is also in partnership with Westland Middle School, which houses the first three years of the Middle Years Program. The two IB programs provide a coherent educational framework which seeks to develop students who are creative and compassionate individuals by promoting international awareness and understanding. The programs operate under the fundamental philosophy that by educating students, we create a better world.

Program Background

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program was founded in 1965 to provide a rigorous, well-rounded education recognized throughout the world. Successful completion of the IB Diploma qualifies a student for university entrance in over 150 countries around the world. Most American students completing the Diploma Program stay in the US for university studies where the IB Diploma is recognized for its academic rigor and interdisciplinary nature.

The IB Diploma Program provides a broad, common curriculum that is assessed through internationally-developed and assessed oral and written examinations. The curriculum is established on goals outlined by the Curriculum Board of the International Baccalaureate in The Hague, Netherlands

B-CC IB Fundamentals

  • A challenging academic program
  • Emphasis on “formation” rather than “information”
  • Teaching thinking, not memorization
  • Laying a foundation for lifetime of learning
  • Fostering high standards of personal development and a mature sense of responsibility
  • Value and presence of diversity
  • Providing opportunities to develop talents in athletics, communication, leadership, performing arts, and other abilities


Currently at B-CC their are 88 full IB juniors, 88 full IB seniors and 207 course students are testing this year.