International Baccalaureate

Northfield High School, an IB World School

Northfield is one of the fastest growing and most successful International Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes in the state of Colorado. Through rigorous coursework, independent research, and community service, our students develop the skills to understand the world as it is while also reimagining what it could be.

IB at NHS places a premium on both rigor and equity. NHS students complete 9th and 10th grade classes with assignments and projects that are designed to prepare them for IB Diploma courses, which begin in 11th grade. All of our juniors take IB classes in the core content areas (English, Science, Math, and Social Studies), and students can choose to take the full Diploma Programme, which includes six classes, the extended essay, a Theory of Knowledge Course, and IB Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) program. 

By The Numbers

175: Current number of juniors and seniors pursuing the IB Diploma, a figure which has grown every year since the start of NHS.
73%: The percentage of students in the Class of 2021 pursuing the IB Diploma (an international credential) who earned it. This is up from 30% in 2019 and 58% in 2020.
77%: The percentage of students of color in the Class of 2021 pursuing the IB Diploma who earned it.
42/45: The number of points earned by our highest scoring student in 2021, placing her in the top 3% of students globally.
$750k and counting: Money saved on college tuition by both NHS IB Diploma and IB Course graduates by earning college credit through qualifying IB scores.

Resources, Course Offerings, and FAQs

Northfield IB Policies

  • Admissions Policy: Northfield has open admission to the IB Diploma Programme. However, the full IB Diploma Programme is not for everyone. In order to be successful in the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following:
    • A record of academic success – this means enrolling in and succeeding in honors classes during 9th and 10th  grades
    • A growth mindset – IB is a challenging program. The ability to reflect on failure and grow from it is essential to success.
    • Independent research skills and a desire to learn independently
    • Strong attendance – at least 95 percent
    • Integrity and an aversion to harmful shortcuts such as plagiarism
    • Determination to see a challenge through to its end 
  • CAS: Visit the CAS webpage
  • Extended Essay: Extended Essay Guide
  • Policies: Northfield’s IB policies concerning Academic Honesty and Integrity, IB Language Policy Information, International Baccalaureate Assessment Policy and Special Needs Policy

IB Diploma Programme


Peter Wright
IB Coordinator