A world of knowledge is waiting

The International Baccalaureate program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

IB Diploma Programme logoColumbia River High School was authorized as an IB World School in 1994. This magnet program draws students from all areas of Clark County. Admission to this rigorous four-year program is by competitive application based on prior academic success, interest and motivation, and the student’s desire to engage in the IB’s Learner Profile traits. IB students are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

Students in 9th and 10th grades enter as a part of our Honors program, then choose to begin the IB Diploma Program (DP) or IB Career-related Program (CP) in 11th grade. Our 9th and 10th grade Honors program classes are taught with an international perspective and are designed to prepare students for the rigors of university-level coursework required of the International Baccalaureate Program classes in 11th and 12th grades.

IB is not only about opening books, it is about opening eyes, minds and, most importantly, hearts.

IB teacher
I am so thankful I did an EE in the sciences. I am just thankful it was required of me because I didn’t realize how beneficial the experience would be for me now.
IB graduate
As an IB student, you get to swim in a pool of excellence.
IB graduate


The IB Diploma Program encourages international-mindedness, develops a positive attitude toward learning, has a reputation for its rigor with published global standards, and emphasizes the development of the whole student — physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

Students enrolling in the IB Diploma Program will take Honors classes their 9th and 10th grade years in English, History, Math, and Science and begin the full diploma program in 11th grade. In 11th and 12th grades students will take a full course load of 6 IB subjects, as well as participate in the components listed below.


Columbia River High School was authorized to begin offering the IB Career-related Program in the Fall of 2020. The Career-related Program (CP) incorporates the values of the IB into a career-related pathway. Currently, Columbia River offers career-related pathway options in Computer Science, Engineering, Marketing and Digital Arts (Video, Photo, and Graphic Design), with a plan to expand the program options each year. Students who complete this program are well equipped to enter into apprenticeships, higher education, or go directly into competitive employment.

Current 9th and 10th graders interested in beginning the program their 11th grade year should check in with Morgan Parker in the Student Pathways Center. Students who have not yet started high school will apply as a part of the magnet application and will be assessed based on interest and motivation, connection to a career-related pathway, and their commitment to challenge themselves academically while preparing for a career they love.
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Creativity, Action, Service highlights

Starting September of their 11th grade year, IB Diploma program candidates manage a personal portfolio of experiences that they complete over 18 months. Creativity, action and service experiences meet at least one of seven IB reflective outcomes and encourage students to be actively engaged with their communities and in issues of global significance. Students also complete at least one CAS Project over the course of their portfolio.

IB staff

Scott Binkley
IB English
Janine Blackwell
Digital Arts Career-related Study, IB Video production, Film
Logan Burnett
IB Spanish
Jacob Burton
IB History, English, CAS Coordinator
Lisa Cavola-Chilcote
IB Biology
Justine Copp
IB French, AVID
David Douglas
IB US history
Shana Ferguson
Jackie George
IB US History
Dave Keckes-Chartrey
IB Music, Jazz ensemble, orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble
Jeni McAnally
IB English
Sean McDonald
IB Geometry
Susan McKenzie
IB Pre-Calc, IB algebra
Chris Molyneux
Computer Science Career-related Study, IB Physics
Julie Nygaard
IB Algebra, IB DP coordinator
Morgan Parker
Student Pathways Coordinator, IB Career-related Program Coordinator
Jason Phelps
IB Visual art, IB Art Studio
James Phillips
IB Psychology
Tavia Quaid
History, English, IB
Kelly Ramey
IB Spanish
Emilie Watson
Kassondra Young
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