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Entrance into IB

IB is for juniors and seniors at all IB schools, by IB regulations.  Ninth and tenth graders prepare for IB by taking Honors and select AP courses.  Without the proper preparation, students will struggle with the rigor of the IB Diploma Program.  The process of entrance into IB at NHS is as follows.  
  1. As an eighth grader a student can apply to the program. Applications can be obtained at our 8th Grade Parent Night which is generally held in October. Applications are also sent to the middle schools and K-8 schools which feed into Nogales. The application procedure requires the student to submit their 7th and 8th grade transcripts, the recommendation of two teachers or administrators, and a 500 word essay.  The IB coordinator along with Administration makes the final decision on entry into IB and any exceptions due to unusual circumstances will be taken into consideration.
  2. Prior to registration in their Sophomore year (January), students will then have to officially declare that they intend to earn the full IB Diploma. Students will submit their declarations to the IB Coordinator for consideration. The IB Coordinator along with Administration, IB Teachers, and the IB Counselor will examine the potential candidate's transcripts and a collaborative decision will be made concerning their official acceptance into the full diploma program. Once accepted, the candidate will then be enrolled into specific IB courses during their junior and senior years.
Note:  Students will be most successful if they begin following our Pre-Diploma track as ninth graders.