International Baccalaureate Program

The IB curriculum courses include six curriculum areas of focus during the 11th and 12th grade years. Three different pathways are offered: Individual Courses, IB Career Program, and IB Diploma

Individual Courses: Students can opt to take academic courses from the six curriculum groups below. These are taken individually according to student interest and ability.

  1. Group 1IB Language A - Studies in Language and Literature (SL/HL) - English Language Arts, which includes the study of world literature
  2. Group 2IB Language B - Language Acquisition (ab initio/SL/HL) - Chinese, French, German, Spanish
  3. Group 3IB Individuals and Societies (SL/HL) - History of the Americas and 20th Century World History, Psychology, Art History, Business and Management
  4. Group 4IB Sciences (SL/HL) - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Design Technology
  5. Group 5IB Mathematics-Mathematical Studies (SL), Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL
  6. Group 6IB Arts and Electives (SL/HL)—Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Art History
Courses Unique to the IB Career Program
Courses Unique to the IB Diploma Program
IB Career Program: Candidates choose a two-year Career Pathway area of study through the Career and Technical education department at Hillcrest that leads to state and/or industry certification(s). Students also choose any two IB Courses to complete, either at the Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL), to complement their career studies. The students’ research skills and special talents are also developed through the Personal and Professional Skills class (PPS), the Reflective Project (RP), World Language Development (LD), and the Service Learning (SL) core components.
IB Diploma Program: Candidates take courses and exams covering one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least three, and not more than four, are taken at the Higher Level (HL) two-year courses with the balance at the Standard Level (SL) one to two years. This allows students to explore all subject areas thoroughly and several subjects in great depth. The students’ research skills and special talents are also developed through the Theory of Knowledge class (ToK), the Extended Essay (EE), and the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) core components.

The International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous two-year world-renowned pre-university curriculum providing students with a balanced in-depth education. The student who satisfies program demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning in terms of mastering subject content and developing critical thinking skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.   

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) in Canyons District is a magnet program housed at Hillcrest High School since 2002; IB Diplomas were first awarded at Hillcrest to qualifying students of the class of 2005. Students who wish to pursue the IB program must attend Hillcrest during the 11th, and 12th grades; it is preferred that students attend Hillcrest for the 9th and 10th grade as preparatory years.       

IB has an international curriculum, which is prescribed, monitored, and proctored by educators around the world. What makes IB unique is that students must expand their academic efforts to create an internationally balanced, well rounded, and challenging educational experience. Assessment in IB courses is based on critical thinking skills of analyzing, contrast, and comparison, and the ability to present the information in an educated and efficient manner, whether written, oral, or by other methods.

All IB courses for grades 11th and 12th, REQUIRE completion of all international assessments as part of the curriculum.


  • All SL 1 Courses (11th grade only) are the first year of a two-year sequence.
  • All HL 1 Courses (11th grade only) require instructor approval and are the first year of a two-year sequence.
  • All SL 2 Courses (11th or 12th grades) and HL 2 (12th grade only) courses indicate the final year of the course and mandatory international assessments.