International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The Gold Standard of Education Around the World
Our IB program positions students for success at the university level and beyond. We offer small class sizes, highly trained and passionate teachers and an IB-prep curriculum for 9th and 10th graders.
Rancho Solano shares the philosophy and goals of the IB Programme. Established in 1968 in Geneva to promote world peace and understanding through education and international mindedness, the IB Diploma Programme is recognized worldwide for its academic rigor.
Rancho Prep is the only private school in the greater Phoenix area to receive IB authorization.
Through our unique international experience, Rancho Prep students develop global awareness and a better understanding of the changing world and their place in it. Our campus is home to exchange students from around the world and local students of different backgrounds, nationalities and interests.
The ideals of global-mindedness and respect for cultural and social diversity are at the core of both the IB philosophy and Rancho Solano’s long commitment to developing global citizens.
Diploma students study six core subjects during grades 11 and 12. Subjects are taught at both standard level (SL) and higher level (HL); students enroll in three HL classes and three SL classes. Few students follow same path as class selection is tailored to individual student strengths and interests.
Diploma students complete three additional requirements prior to graduation:
Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
ToK is a seminar course designed to encourage student reflection. Students develop the ability to see problems from many different perspectives and critically examine perception, emotion, language and reason as applied to science, art, math and history.
Students complete independent, in-depth research of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. This illustrates a student’s ability to transcend the classroom and make real-life applications through critical thinking.
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
CAS requires students to complete a required number of hours engaged in activities outside the classroom. This includes projects that involve creativity, demonstrate involvement through physical action and provide service to the community. Students are encouraged to pursue projects that fulfill individual interests and often incorporate multiple CAS components.