Beginning in the fall of 2018, San Dieguito Union High School District’s (SDUHSD) La Costa Canyon High School (LCC) will offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The program seeks to help broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills, with a focus on three core elements: theory of knowledge; extended essay; and a creativity, activity, or service project. The two-year program will start with 11th graders and, in 2019, will include 12th graders as well. “We are still working on exactly what courses we will initially offer that first year and what we will ‘roll out’ as we progress,” said Thea Chadwick, LCC English teacher and the school’s IB coordinator. Students from other SDUHSD schools will also be able to transfer in as space allows.

Founded in 1968 in Switzerland, IB has spread to more than 130 countries with 5,964 programs offered in 4,583 schools worldwide. At least four teachers at LCC are working on completing their IB training and LCC is in the intensive process of becoming an authorized IB school. Learn more about the program at