Offering the International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate Program is a challenging 2-year curriculum that aims to develop curious, knowledgeable, and caring young people who want to help make the world a better place. The courses challenge students to ask difficult questions, develop deeper learning skills, build their identity, and broaden their worldview.

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Core Requirements

All three parts of the core — extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, activity, service — are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.

Extended Essay

The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

Theory of Knowledge

The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.


Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, athletics and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.

What You Can Expect From The Diploma Programme.

The IB Program will challenge students to push their comfort zones. Students will learn to apply critical thinking to complex problems as well as develop the ability to approach difficult questions with a broad world-view.

Higher & Standard Level Courses
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL).  HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Language Requirements
Sturgis requires students to take two years of Latin and four years of a modern language, or four years of Latin and two of a modern language.

IB Exams
Students will be assessed throughout the 2 years of the IB Program, and will complete their IB exams at the end of their senior year. This exam will be a culmination of all of the skills they have developed over the past 2 years in the program. 

Additional Information
If you would like to know more about the Diploma Programme, including information on courses and exams, please visit their website by following this link:

Course Structure

The courses at Sturgis are structured differently than a standard high-school curriculum. Courses offered in the 9th and 10th grade are preparing students for their Higher Level or Standard Level equivalents in 11th and 12th grade.

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Sturgis East Main Office: (508) 778-1782
Sturgis West Main Office: (508) 771-2780

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