26 Long Beach High School Graduates Earn International Baccalaureate Diplomas

Schools and Libraries

July 14, 2014


Twenty-six graduates of the Long Beach High School Class of 2014 have officially earned their International Baccalaureate diplomas. Samuel Berk, Christina Carvalho, David Alfredo Coronel, Brenden Donlon, Falynn Enright, Maxime Esformes, Chandler Gregor, Max Hakim, Chandler McMillan, Anthony Mitthauer-Orza, Jamie Morgenstern, Jonathan Muratori, Mariza Navera, Stefan Pitts, Gonzalo Martin Quinones, Maria Quintero, Lindsay Ricci, Richard Ruiz, Shelby Saroka, Justine Smith, Benjamin Steinberg, Perri Steiner, Emma Thurston, Samantha Walsh, Melissa Ward and William Watson joined a growing community of more than 1.2 million students in 141 countries across the world who have successfully completed this demanding program.

Long Beach High School valedictorian Chandler McMillan scored 40 out of a possible 45 points awarded by the IB diploma program. Less than 1 percent of candidates worldwide achieve a score of 40 or higher.

Long Beach High School has a robust IB program. This year students took a total of 669 IB assessments, up from 451 exams last year and 240 in 2011-12.

To receive an IB diploma, students must successfully complete a rigorous list of requirements over two years, including a total of three high-level and three standard-level IB courses, one each in English, foreign language, history/individuals and society, mathematics, science and the arts or electives. Students must also complete the IB Theory of Knowledge course. They round out their IB diploma requirements by submitting an in-depth extended essay and completing at least 150 hours of community service over two years.

The IB diploma is awarded to students who meet these requirements and receive a minimum score of 24 points. Scores are based on the grades of 1 to 7 awarded for each of the six subjects, for a total of 42 points, and up to 3 additional points for the core components.

Long Beach High School became an International Baccalaureate World School in 2010. The IB Diploma Program is a comprehensive two-year academic program that is designed to prepare young people to meet the academic demands of college while motivating them to become thoughtful, caring and active citizens. Classroom instruction is designed to encourage students to be inquirers, well-balanced, thinkers, caring, reflective, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, risk takers and communicators. Students who are not full IB diploma candidates may participate in the program by taking any number of the 25 individual IB courses offered at Long Beach High School, and may receive certificates of credit by taking the IB exams.