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10 Reasons

10 Reasons Why the IB Diploma Program is ideal preparation for university:

1. It increases academic opportunity

2. IB students care about more than just results

3. It encourages you to become a confident and independent learner

4. It's an international qualification

5. Graduates are globally minded

6. The IB encourages critical thinking

7. DP students have proven time management skills

8. It assesses more than examination techniques

9. Subjects are not taught in isolation

10. It encourages breadth and depth of learning.

Curriculum & Policies


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) at Sandia High School is a rigorous course of study open to juniors and seniors that prepares students to succeed in college and to effectively participate in an increasingly global society. The IB DP helps students become confident learners and critical thinkers who desire to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB Diploma is highly regarded worldwide as an excellent preparation for college readiness and success.

Six Core Subjects

The IB curriculum is comprised of 6 subject areas in which students are tested, surrounding a unifying core. These core requirements are intended to unify the subject areas and give students ownership of their educational experience.

The 6 core subjects that all students must study are:

  • Language Arts - Language and Literature
  • Second Language - French, Spanish
  • Individuals and Societies - History of the Americas
  • Experimental Sciences - Biology (1 year), Chemistry, Physics
  • Mathematics - Analysis and Approaches (integrated Advanced Algebra, Statistics, and Calculus)
  • The Arts and Electives - Visual Arts; Sports, Health and Exercise Science; Business Management; Computer Science (1 year); Music

Additional Program  Requirements

Diploma candidates must meet three requirements in addition to the six academic subjects.

  • Theory of Knowledge unifies the six subject areas and develops inquiry and critical thinking. Students learn the development of cognition and to identify how and why cultural norms exist.  
  • Creativity, Action, Service requires students to be involved in sports, artistic pursuits, and community service with a goal of providing a balance between academic and social life.  
  • The Extended Essay offers an opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest at length and to become familiar with the research and writing skills expected at the university level. It provides for a mentor teacher to assist students in developing this “mini-thesis.”
SHS Students
SHS Students
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IB Teachers
  Kerri Osborne (505) 294-1511 ex: 30224 Computer Graphics / IB Art / Webmaster / Varsity Cheer
  Kathy Browning (505) 294-1511 ex: 30131 Social Studies Teacher
  Cougar Burke (505) 294-1511 ex: 30308 Math Teacher
  Ann Crawford (505) 294-1511 ex: 30417 Spanish Teacher
  Nicholas DePascal (505) 294-1511 ex: 30181 IB/English Teacher
  Valerie Duval (505) 294-1511 ex: 30442 Teacher French
  Jennifer Eberhart (505) 294-1511 ex: 30140 Gifted Teacher
  Stacie Greth (505) 294-1511 ex: 30324 Science Teacher
  Gina Hinojosa (505) 294-1511 ex: 30411 Spanish Teacher
  Lee Kettig (505) 294-1511 ex: 30193 Social Studies Teacher
  Bradley Knockel (505) 294-1511 ex: 30315 Physics Teacher
  Derek Maestas (505) 294-1511 ex: 30302 Math / IB Diploma Coordinator
  Rita Martinez (505) 294-1511 ex: 30312 IB Teacher / IB Prep Coordinator
  Therese Pacheco (505) 294-1511 ex: 30175 AP and IB / Social Studies Teacher
  Carrie Pippin (505) 294-1511 ex: 30133 Science Teacher
  Gloria Reeves (505) 294-1511 ex: 30152 (Email preferred) English/IB Teacher
  Tierney Roberts (505) 294-1511 ex: 30197 Science Teacher
  Marcia Vera Vassallo (505) 294-1511 ex: 30443 Spanish Teacher