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IB Summer Assignments 2019Top of Page

Please click on this link to access 2019 IB summer assignments. Not all IB courses require summer assignments. This website will be updated throughout the remainder of the school year. Please continue to check for any added IB Summer Assignments.

Important UpdatesTop of Page

New IB Math Courses: Next school year (2019-2020) Sequoia will begin teaching the new IB Math courses to rising 9th - 11th graders. Rising seniors will complete the current old IB Math courses. For more information please view the New IB Math Courses tab on this website.

8th Grade IB Info "We Are IB" Meeting: We hosted our We Are IB 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.  If you missed the meeting, and would like information about IB, please review this presentation from the event. You can also access it in the IB Power Point Presentations section below. The Open Enrollment deadline is February 1st. The District Office oversees the Open Enrollment process so please visit their website at for information and the application for an Open Enrollment Transfer for the 2019-2020 school year. Open Enrollment only applies to incoming freshmen. Please direct all questions regarding Open Enrollment to the District Office. Sequoia's IB Program is open to all and it is our goal at Sequoia for all our students to participate in the IB program.

May 2019 IB Exams run from May 3rd - May 24th, 2019.

Senior Class of 2019 IB Ceremony: Mark your calendars.... All seniors in the Class of 2019 who took one or more IB classes and their families are invited to the IB Ceremony on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 5:30 in Carrington Hall. Spanish translation provided.

Novemebr 1st, 2018 DEADLINE: Students CANNOT drop an IB course in a testing year after November 1st, 2018. After 11/1/18, students are committed for the entire year.

Exciting IB News & AwardsTop of Page

Sequoia Completed the IB Bridging the Equity Gap Project: Sequoia High School was selected by the International Baccalaureate as one of only five high schools across the US to participate in the three year Bridging the Equity Gap Project funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The goal of the project was to increase the number of low-income students participating and succeeding in IB by increasing enrollment in IB courses, exam pass rates and Diploma award rates among low-income students. Throughout the three year project (fall 2014 through spring 2017), Sequoia worked closely with IB and consultants to examine data, evaluate our IB program through parent/staff/student focus groups and surveys, create an action plan, make use of new technology and participate in professional development. The overall goal of the project was by increasing their success in IB, low-income students may be admitted to and complete four year university at higher rates as research shows participation in the IB Diploma Program is linked to college success. We feel this work improved the IB program for all of our students. We are proud to have made changes that have increased student participation in IB overall. Our goal is for all students at Sequoia to take at least IB course before they graduate. We welcome all students into IB.

Marlyn Bussey IB Scholarships: These award recipients are recognized for making a strong contribution to the school or their IB classes and embracing what IB is all about. This is demonstrated through:

Motivated by their own curiosity and learned for the sake of learning. Sought out, listened to and/or appreciated multiple perspectives. Demonstrated multicultural understanding. Contributed to their community. Showed care and respect for others and the world at large.

  • 2017: Joscelin Aguirre, Jayleann Guadalupe, Jeena Kapadia, Fabiola Pardo Garcia, Daniela Patino Mota, Luca Richardson and Alicia Shristie
  • 2016: Abigail Hartzell, Elijah Punzal, Juliet Rosales, Emma O'Hara, Angel Hernandez, and Abigail Wang
CAS Scholarships: These award recipients demonstrated exemplary achievement in the CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) Program. These students did an exceptional job with CAS shown either through their CAS logs, their ManageBac portfolios or their CAS Interviews. These students put in significant number of hours and demonstrated great growth and self-reflection. They learned from their experiences. They demonstrated leadership and showed great care for others and creativity.
  • 2017:  Lani Komatsu, and Philip Tyson
  • 2016: Jessica Robles Diaz, Luz Bella Garcia Chavez and Madison Griffith
CAWS Scholarships: The California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS) awards three scholarship categories to IB students across California and an IB educator award yearly. We are proud to have many CAWS scholarship recipients among our students and staff.
  • 2017: CAWS awarded Joanna Fuentes with the Outstanding Community Service Award. This award recognizes students who exhibit a genuine and demonstrated commitment to serving their community in exemplary service projects. CAWS awarded Zoji Bomya and Zachary Lo with the best IB Video following the "Why IB" theme The students wrote, filmed and edited their own video promoting IB for all students.
  • 2016: CAWS awarded Dominic Tanzillo with the Gary Prather Outstanding IB Student Award. This award is offered in recognition of academic excellence. CAWS awarded Claire Bugos with the Outstanding Community Service Award. This award recognizes students who exhibit a genuine and demonstrated commitment to serving their community in exemplary service projects.
  • 2015 : CAWS awarded Samuel Medrano with the Outstanding Community Service Award. This award recognizes students who exhibit a genuine and demonstrated commitment to serving their community in exemplary service projects. Justine Rutigliano (IB English & past TOK teacher) was awarded the CAWS Exemplary IB Educator Award. This yearly award is offered to ONE IB Diploma Program Teacher in an IB high school across the state of California in "recognition of an outstanding educator at your school who you feel has made your school and program great." We honor Ms Rutigliano's hard work and dedication to the IB program, students and Sequoia at large.
  • 2014: CAWS awarded Simon Greenhill with the CAWS Outstanding Student Award and Amir Amerian with of CAWS Life Long Learner Award.

Considering the IB Programme?Top of Page

Before you decide if the IB Programme is a good fit, there are some things you need to be aware of:

1.The IB organization charges fees for IB exams. This means that there are standardized exams at the end of each course for which fees apply. Those families who qualify for free or reduced lunch are charged on a pro-rated fee structure determined by federal guidelines. Letters are sent home each fall specifying the fees for all students who may participate in IB testing the following spring. IB exams are not linked to a student's grade in an IB course. Taking an IB course AND sitting for an IB exam adds great value to a student's college application. Colleges expect an IB exam score for every IB course taken.

2. Students should consider challenging themselves with IB coursework, whether at the diploma level or as diploma course students for the follwing reasons:

  • Universities value applicants who took advantage of the academic opportunities offered to them at their high school. Since Sequoia offers IB, universities like to see students challenging themselves with these rigorous IB courses.
  • The types of research, writing, thinking and communicating of ideas that IB courses require, reflects college level expectations. IB not only helps students get into college but more importantly, prepares students to be successful in college once they are there.
  • Depending on the IB score earned and individual college policy, IB scores may lead to earning college credits prior to entering the institution and/or advanced course placement, allowing a student to skip a lower division course requirement.

*Please visit individual university websites for their IB credit/ advanced course placement policy.

Common IB Programme MythsTop of Page

Myth #1: IB is a separate school within the Sequoia campus.

Truth: All students are within the larger school and can take both IB and non IB courses. Sequoia welcomes all students into IB and encourages every student to take at least one IB class before they graduate.

Myth #2: IB is an all or nothing program.

Truth: Students can choose to do the full diploma or be a diploma course student taking individual IB courses.

Myth #3: Once students are in Sequoia, that does not guarantee access to IB and that students must test in.

Truth: All students can access IB. There is no entrance exam to take IB courses. Some IB courses have pre-req requirements. Some IB courses have recommended course preparation and some IB courses have no pre-req requirements.

Accessing the IB ProgrammeTop of Page

These four rules will guide you in the process of accessing Sequoia High School's International Baccalaureate Programme.

1. Families that live outside the boundary of Sequoia High School will be subject to the rules and regulations of the SUHDS's Open Enrollment Process. Please contact the District Office, ext.22211, for details.

2. Families who move within the Sequoia Union High School District boundary from another area, whose students have been attending another IB school may be granted an adjustment transfer to complete their IB education in 11th and 12th grade at Sequoia High School. Contact the District Office, 650-369-1411 ext. 22211, for details.

3. International students (i.e. students from other countries who are in the United States due to the parents work situation) who reside inside the Sequoia Union HighSchool District boundary but outside of Sequoia High School's boundary, may be granted adjustment transfers to attend Sequoia High School's I.B. Programme. Contact the District Office, 650-369-1411, ext. 22211 for details.

4. Families who live within the Sequoia High School boundary automatically attend Sequoia and have access to the ICAP/IB Programme.

Please Note: If you reside outside the Sequoia Union High School District, you will not be able to access Sequoia's IB Program. As of the 2010-11 school year, the SUHSD no longer grants inter-district transfers into Sequoia for this program.




8th grade students may participate in our Shadow Program. For shadow information and registration please see our 8th Grade Shadowing Program section on the school website listed under Parents and Community

General InformationTop of Page

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become more active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right." International Baccalaureate Mission Statement (

Created in 1968 in response to the educational needs of geographically mobile students, the IB has grown into a worldwide, comprehensive college preparatory curriculum that has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment giving IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universitites. The IB has shown over the course of almost 40 years, with 2,000 IB World Schools in 124 countries that students are well prepared for university work.

Academic Subjects:
The six academic subjects are studied concurrently as a well-rounded, liberal arts curriculum. IB Diploma candidates must select one course from each of the six groups. IB Certificate candidates may select only those subjects of personal interest.

Group 1. Language A (English: Lang & Lit)
Group 2. Language B Second Language
Group 3. Individuals and Societies (History)
Group 4. Experimental Sciences
Group 5. Mathematics and Computer Science
Group 6. The Arts (Electives)

Student Goals:
The IB program prepares students for a series of IB exams. The goal for an IBO Diploma student is to pass all 6 exams with a total minimum score of 24 with no failing conditions and thereby earn the coveted IB Diploma. The IB Diploma is the student's "ticket" to otherwise unavailable post-secondary options.

I.C.A.P. ProgramTop of Page

The International College Advancement Program (ICAP) is a rigorous, college preparatory program for freshman and sophomore students. It is intended to prepare students who plan to pursue our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in their junior and senior years. This curriculum has an international flavor that emphasizes critical thinking, analysis and skillful written communication. It also exposes the student to intercultural similarities and differences and fosters an understanding and appreciation for both. We offer English I ICAP in the 9th grade and English II ICAP, Modern European History ICAP, Spanish 2/3 ICAP and French 2/3 ICAP in the 10th grade.

The ideal ICAP/IB Student is academically motivated and strives meet the IB Learner Profile:

1. Inquirers: Develop natural curiosity, acquire skills to conduct inquiry, enjoy learning
2. Knowledgeable: Explore ideas and issues, acquire knowledge across a broad range of subjects
3. Thinkers: Exercise initiative in critical thinking and problem solving, ability to make reasoned, ethical decisions
4. Communicators: Understand and express ideas and information with confidence and creativity
5. Principled: Act with integrity and honesty, respect for others, take responsibility for their actions
6. Open-minded: Understand their own culture, histories, values and traditions and have an appreciation for other cultures as well

Caring: Show empathy, compassion and respect for others. Personal commitment to service

8. Risk-takers: Approach unfamiliar situations with courage and forethought
9. Balanced: Understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional well-being
10. Reflective: Give thoughtful consideration to learning and experience and to assess personal areas of strength and limitation

Sequoia High School IB Course OfferingsTop of Page

Here are the IB courses Sequoia offers organized by IB's six subject areas. A full Diploma student must have one course from each subject area with a minimum of three at the HL level. Click on the link below to view.

"Sample" Course StudyTop of Page

For a student to pursue the IB Diploma the student must:

  • Take one IB course from each of the following six subject groups
  • Take at least 3 IB HL courses and 3 IB SL courses
  • Complete the TOK course
  • Complete CAS
  • Complete the Extended Essay

IB Diploma Specific ResultsTop of Page

Year # Diploma Candidates Diploma Award Rate
Highest Diploma Score Average Diploma Score Average Sequoia IB Diploma Exam Grade 
Average Diploma Worldwide Exam Grade
 2018 49 84%
 2017 26 92% 41 32 5.15  
 2016 45 98% 40 32 5.14 4.8
2015 39 90% 40 33 5.24
2014 46 96% 42 34 5.38 4.7
2013 49 86% 39 31 4.95 4.79
2012 53 83% 40 31 4.88 4.13
2011 29 86% 39 30 4.83 4.17
2010 15 80% 40 32 5.16 4.74
2009 21 86% 34 30 4.72 4.75
2008 21 95% 39 32 5.04 4.61
2007 12 91% 38 31 5.02 4.67
2006 18 100% 39 31 4.96 4.72
2005 12 75% 35 29 4.93 4.84

IB University AcceptanceTop of Page

Major universities worldwide recognize the International Baccalaureate Diploma. They reward students in the admissions process for the hard work already accomplished. There are more than 700 Universities in the United States and more than 60 in California that Recognize the IB Diploma.

Each college or university in the United States sets its own IB recognition policies. Interested students must make direct contact with the college or university to find out the current policies.

Visit the IBO database for more information: or visit the website for the university you are interested in.


College Selections, IB Class of 2016Top of Page

Our IB students are admitted to many colleges and universities. This list only represents the institutions they have committed to attend as reported to us in May 2016.

American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Arizona State University; Boston University; Brown University; Cal Poly Pomona California Institute of Technology; California Polytechnic  State University - San Luis Obispo; California State University – Chico; California State University - Long Beach; California State University – Sacramento; California State University – Stanislaus; Canada College; Carleton College; Carrington College – Boise; Chapman University; Colby College; Colgate University; College of San Mateo; Cornell University; Drew University; Duke University; Foothill College; Fordham University; Franklin and Marshall College; Golden West College; Harvard University; Hofstra University; Humboldt State University; Kenyon College; Las Positas College; New England Conservatory of Music; Northeastern University; Northwestern University; Notre Dame de Namur University; Ohio State University; Oregon State University; Pepperdine University; Princeton University; Purdue University - West Lafayette; San Diego State University; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University; Santa Clara University; Seattle Pacific University; Skyline College; Sonoma State University; Southern Methodist University; Southern Oregon University; Spelman College; St. Louis College of Pharmacy; Stanford University; Tulane University; University of California – Berkeley; University of California – Davis; University of California – Irvine; University of California - Los Angeles; University of California – Merced; University of California – Riverside; University of California - San Diego; University of California - Santa Barbara; University of California - Santa Cruz; University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Georgia; University of Maryland - College Park; University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; University of Nevada – Reno; University of New Hampshire; University of Oregon – Eugene; University of Pennsylvania; University of Portland; University of Redlands; University of San Francisco; University of Texas at Austin; University of Virginia; University of Washington – Seattle; University of the Pacific; Utah State University; Villanova University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Washington State University – Pullman; Washington University in St. Louis; Xavier University of Louisiana

College Selections, IB Class of 2017Top of Page

Our IB students are admitted to many colleges and universities. This list only represents the institutions they have committed to attend as reported to us in May 2017.

Academy of Art University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Boise State University, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, CSU – Bakersfield, CSU – Chico, CSU - East Bay, CSU - Long Beach, CSU - Los Angeles, CSU - Monterey Bay, CSU – Northridge, CSU - San Marcos, CSU – Stanislaus, Canada College, Chapman University, Clemson University, College of San Mateo, Concordia University – Irvine Concordia University – Montréal Cuesta College, De Anza College, DePaul University, Dominican University of California, Elon University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, Foothill College, Fresno City Community College, George Fox University, George Washington University, Gonzaga University, Hofstra University, Humboldt State University, Lake Forest College, Maryville University, Menlo College, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Occidental College, Oregon State University, Pace University - New York City, Pennsylvania State University, Peralta Community College District, Pomona College, Saint Mary's College of California, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Clara University, Sciences Po- Columbia University Dual BA, Sonoma State University, Stanford University, Technische Universität, Truckee Meadows Community College, Tufts University, Tulane University, University of Alabama University of Arizona – Tucson, University of California – Berkeley, University of California – Davis, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California – Merced, University of California – Riverside, University of California - San Diego, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California - Santa Cruz, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, University of Denver, University of Hawaii – Manoa, University of Miami, University of Nevada – Reno, University of Oregon – Eugene, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington – Seattle, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of the Pacific, Utah Valley University