Important UpdatesTop of Page

8th Grade IB Info "We Are IB" Meeting: This year we will host an 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on Thursday, January 19th, 2017. The English meeting will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm in Carrington Hall and the Spanish meeting will be held from 7:00-8:00 pm in the school library. The Open Enrollment deadline is February 3rd for the District so this gives you time to come and learn what Sequoia's IB Program is all about before you make your high school decisions. 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.

Class of 2018 Incoming 11th Graders Interested in Doing the Full IB Diploma: Are you an incoming 11th grader wanting to pursue the IB Diploma? A mandatory 10th Grade IB Diploma CAS Meeting was held on Thursday, May 19th, 2016. We reviewed the CAS (Creativity Action Service) requirement and important deadlines to declare your IB Diploma status. That Power Point can be accessed in the IB Power Point Presentation section below. Students can hand in their CAS Activity Plan from now through September 15th, 2016 to declare their IB Diploma status. Students must turn in their CAS Activity Plan to Ms Patience in the IB office (Room #141). You must turn it in by September 15th to declare your Diploma status. NO EXCEPTIONS.

May 2017 IB Exams run from April 28th, 2017 - May 19th, 2017.

Senior IB Ceremony 2017. Mark your calendars.... All seniors in the Class of 2017 who took one or more IB classes and their families are invited to the IB Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 5:30 in Carrington Hall.

Novemebr 1st DEADLINE: Students CANNOT drop an IB course in a testing year after November 1st, 2016. After 11/1/16, students are committed for the entire year.

IB Student Registry Website: An upcoming IB website scheduled for release in 2015. A website to connect IB students to universities allowing students to showcase their IB portfolio, browse university profiles and search IB credit policies/ scholarships. Coming soon!

Exciting IB NewsTop of Page

Sequoia Selected for the IB Bridging the Equity Gap Project: Sequoia High School applied and was selected by the International Baccalaureate as one of only five high schools across the US to participate in the Bridging the Equity Gap Project funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The goal of the project is to increase the number of low-income students, defined by free/reduced lunch status, 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, Sequoia will work 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 is by increasing their success in IB, low-income students will 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 will improve the IB program for all of our students.

2016 CAS Scholarship (Creativity, Activity, Service): Congratulations to our scholarship winners for the 2016 CAS scholarship. We congratulate Jessica Robles Diaz, Luz Bella Garcia Chavez and Madison Griffith for their growth, commitment and self- reflection in their CAS projects. 

2016 Marlyn Bussey IB Scholarship Recipients: Congratulations to our scholarship winners for the 2016 IB scholarship. We congratulate Abigail Hartzell, Elijah Punzal, Juliet Rosales, Emma O'Hara, Angel Hernandez, and Abigail Wang. We wish them luck at university.

2016 CAWS Scholarship Recipients: The California Association of IB World Schools (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 Scholarship Recipient: The California Association of IB World Schools (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.

Sequoia IB English & IB TOK Teacher Recognized as an Exemplary Educator 2015. Justine Rutigliano was just awarded the 2015 California Association of IB World Schools Exemplary IB Educator Award (CAWS). 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. We are proud to have such great teachers at Sequoia!

2014 CAWS Scholarship Recipients:The California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS) recognizes three IB Diploma candidates across the state with scholarships. We are excited that 2 of these scholarships were awarded to Sequoia High School students. We congratulate Simon Greenhill, winner of the CAWS Outstanding Student Award and Amir Amerian, winner of the 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 specifiying the fees for all students who will 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.

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

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

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.

Myth #4: IB will rotate out of Sequoia High School.

Truth: Sequoia High School will continue to be an I.B. School.

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 will be granted an automatic 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 Districtboundary but outside of Sequoia High School's boundary, will be granted automatic 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 particpate 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

Sequoia IB Program VideosTop of Page

Want to hear what Sequoia students and staff say about our IB program? Please click on links below to view testimonial videos in English and Spanish.

¿Quiere oír que dicen los estudiantes y maestros de Sequoia sobre nuestro programa de IB? Por favor haga clic en los enlaces abajo.

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

Grade Level MeetingsTop of Page

Because there is so much information parents and students need to have as they embark on each level of high school education, the I.B. Diploma Coordinator and the College and Career Advisor will be holding joint grade level information meetings. It is very important for parents and students to attend the appropriate meeting so you will know how to navigate the school year. All students interetsed in attending a four year university and/or taking one or more ICAP/IB classes should attend with their parents/guardians.

A meeting in Spanish will be held at 6:00pm in the College Career Center #115 for Spanish-speaking parents/guardians. All students should attend the meeting in English.

All English meetings will be from 6:00- 7:30 p.m. in Carrington Hall. The schedule of meetings for the 2016-2017 school year is as follows:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016: Senior Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 2016: Junior Meeting

Wednesday, October 5 , 2016: Sophomore Meeting

Wednesday, October 26 , 2016: Freshman Meeting

Location: Carrington Hall English Meeting. 

Location: College Career Center Spanish Meeting.

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 Exam FeesTop of Page

IB exam fees for the May 2017 testing date are listed below. There is a one time registration fee of $168.00. If this fee was paid last year, you will not pay again. Each exam is $116.00. Exam fees subject to increase each testing year.

TOK, CAS, EE fees for Diploma Course (Certificate/ non-Diploma) students:

TOK= $45.00

CAS = $10.00

EE = $89.00

IB Diploma students not subject to separate TOK, CAS and EE fees.

Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch are elgible for scholarship.

Inclusive Assessment ArrangenentsTop of Page

If a students has been receiving and utilizing accommodations throughout high school, they may apply for IB testing accommodations. Testing accommodations must be officially requested from IB following IB regulations. The final decision granting accommodations is solely up to the IB organization. In order to request testing accommodations for IB exams (referred to as inclusive assessment arrangements), students and families must submit the folllowing items to the IB Coordinator:

  1. A psychological/ psycho-educational/ medical report. This report must meet the following criteria and include:

    • Written by a licensed professional who is qualified to evaluate and diagnose

    • A diagnosis

    • The test or techniques used to arrive at this diagnosis

    • Testing accommodation request(s). This must match the accommodations given to the student in their 504 or I.E.P. Plan.

    • Based on nationally standardized psychological tests with report results as standard scores (mean of 100 and standard deviation of 15) if it is a psychological/psycho-educational report

  2. Educational evidence (an I.E.P or 504 in place prior to the testing year and showing the requested accommodations have been in use as the student's usual way of particpating in classroom activities and tests.)

  3. The IB Application for Special Needs Assessment form completed by the licsenced professional in a signed and sealed envelope

  4. Parent/guradian written permission (in email or hard copy) allowing Sequoia to share this information with IB.

These items must be submitted to the IB Coordinator in the IB Office no later than October 25th for the May 2017 exam session. This is a firm deadline and no extensions are granted as Sequoia must adhere to IB deadlines.

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 Worldwide Exam Grade
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

I>B 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, 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 2015Top 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 2015.

Arizona State UniversityAzusa Pacific University 
Brandeis UniversityCal Poly PomonaCalifornia Polytechnic State University - San Luis ObispoCSU - BakersfieldCSU - ChicoCSU - East BayCSU - Long BeachCSU - Monterey BayCSU - SacramentoCSU - San BernardinoCanada CollegeChapman UniversityCity College of San FranciscoColgate UniversityCollege of San MateoColorado CollegeColorado State UniversityCuesta CollegeDe Anza CollegeDickinson CollegeEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachFoothill CollegeGonzaga UniversityHumboldt State UniversityIndiana University - BloomingtonNew York UniversityNorthern Arizona UniversityNorthwestern UniversityNotre Dame de Namur UniversityOccidental CollegePace University- Lubin School of BusinessPepperdine UniversityPomona CollegeRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteSaint Mary's College of CaliforniaSan Diego State UniversitySan Francisco State University San Jose City CollegeSan Jose State UniversitySanta Monica CollegeScripps CollegeSonoma State UniversitySouthern Illinois University - Edwardsville Spelman CollegeSt. Francis CollegeStanford UniversityTexas Christian UniversityTufts University Tulane UniversityUniversity of Arizona - Tucson University of British ColumbiaUC - BerkeleyUC - DavisUC - IrvineUC - Los AngelesUC - MercedUC - RiversideUC - San DiegoUC - Santa BarbaraUC - Santa Cruz University of Colorado at BoulderUniversity of La VerneUniversity of MiamiUniversity of Michigan - Ann ArborUniversity of Nevada - RenoUniversity of Oregon - EugeneUniversity of Puget Sound University of San Francisco University of VirginiaUniversity of Washington - Seattle University of Wisconsin - Madison University of the PacificWashington State University - Pullman Wellesley CollegeWesleyan University - MiddletownWestern Oregon UniversityWillamette UniversityXavier University of Louisiana

UC/CSU/CA College Application GuideTop of Page

Dear I.B. Students (and parents):

As you begin the UC/CSU/Common App application process, you will need to complete the testing information for IB. I have provided a guide below to help you. This information applies specifically to the 2016-2017 school year and will be updated each year. If you have any questions, please see Ms.McCahon.


Group 1 - Language A1:

  • Exam Name: IB English A Language & Literature HL
    • Course Level: Higher Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB English - Y2 - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB English A Langauge & Literature SL
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB English SL - HP
    • The SL English level course is for Health Academy students only
    • Test Date: May, 2017

Group 2 - Second Language B:

  • Exam Name: Spanish B HL
    • Course Level: Higher Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Spanish B - HL Y5-HP
    • Test Date: May,2017
  • Exam Name: Spanish B SL
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Spanish B - SL Y5-HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: French B HL
    • Course Level:Higher Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB French B - Y5-HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: French B SL
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB French B - Y4-HP (if you took a one year course) or IB French B-Y5-HP (if you took a 2 year course)
    • Test Date: May, 2017

Group 3 - Individuals and Society:

  • Exam Name: IB History of the Americas HL
    • Course Level: Higher Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB 20th Cen Top - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB Psychology SL
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Psychology - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) SL
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB ITGS - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB Business & Management
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Business & Management- HP
    • Test Date: April 2017

Group 4: Experimental Sciences:

  • Exam Name: IB Environmental  Systems and Societies
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Envir Sys - Y1 - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB Physics
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Physics - SL - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB Biology
    • Course Level: Higher Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: Biology IB - Y2- HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017

Group 5 Mathematics and Computer Science:

  • Exam Name: IB Math HL
    • Course Level: Higher Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Math HL Y2 - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB Math SL
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: AP/IB Calc - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name: IB Math Studies
    • Course Level: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Math Studies-HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017

Group 6 - Arts:

  • Exam Name: IB Visual Arts
    • Course Level: Higher Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Visual Arts Y2 - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017
  • Exam Name:IB Visual Arts
    • Course Leve: Standard Level
    • Sequoia Course Title: IB Visual Arts Y2 - HP
    • Test Date: May, 2017

EE stands for Extended Essay

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