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, written communication skills and interview.

Students in ninth and 10th grades enter as part of our Pre-Baccalaureate program. The PB program is taught at the honors level with an international perspective. It is designed to prepare students for the rigors and university-level work required of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for students in 11th and 12th grades.

As an IB student, you get to swim in a pool of excellence.
IB graduate
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

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

IB teacher

Homework for Summer 2020

PB English 9
PB English 9 VIDEO
PB English 11 HL



Columbia River is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

Columbia River High School is currently in the process of becoming approved to offer the career-related program as a part of the IB pathway options at River, with planned implementation in Fall of 2020. The career-related program (CP) incorporates the values of the IB into a career-related pathway. Columbia River High School will offer career-related pathway options in Computer Science and Digital Arts (Video, Photo, and Graphic Design) in its first year. Students who complete this program are well equipped to enter into apprenticeships, higher education, or directly into employment.

Current freshmen and sophomores interested in beginning the program their junior 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, written communication skills and interview.
year program

Creativity, Action, Service highlights

Starting September of their junior year, IB Diploma candidates manage a personal portfolio of experiences that they complete over eighteen 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.


Download the brochure
IB DP General Regulations
IB CP General Regulations
IB Open House presentation
Application Checklist

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
Kelly Cameron
IB Biology
Julie Christian
IB English
Justine Copp
IB French, AVID
Gwen Davis
IB Chemistry
David Douglas
IB US history
Shana Ferguson
Librarian, IB CAS coordinator
Jackie George
IB US History
Dave Keckes-Chartrey
IB Music, Jazz ensemble, orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble
Jamie Keiser
Digital Arts Career-related Study, IB Photography
Jeni McAnally
IB English
Sean McDonald
IB Geometry
Susan McKenzie
IB Pre-Calc, IB algebra
Chris Molyneux
Computer Science Career-related Study, IB Physics
Chris Morgan
IB Algebra
Julie Nygaard
IB Algebra, IB DP coordinator
Jason Phelps
IB Visual art, IB Art Studio
James Phillips
IB Psychology
Tavia Quaid
History, English, IB
Kelly Ramey
IB Spanish
Rob Russell
Computer Science Career-related Study, Financial Algebra
Emilie Watson
IB German
Bradford Williams
Digital Arts Career-related Study, Graphic design, Yearbook, Multimedia
Linda Wilson
IB Pottery, IB Visual Art