International Bacculaureate

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Guest Speakers Judge Shequitta Kelly & Leland Shelton, along with Administrators & IB Coordinator Gennifer Cowan after a successful IB parent meeting. The program is continuing to move onward into an already bright future!

What is the IB Diploma Program? The IB Diploma Program (DP) is a world- renowned, academically challenging, integrated instructional program that will make our students well-prepared for the academic challenge that college requires in the 21st century. The IB courses are for Juniors and Seniors. The “integration” of the academic, emotional, social and aesthetic needs of the students that the program offers is the reason our students will benefit most from this venture. Having an IB Diploma program will “raise the bar” instructionally for the entire campus.

What will the IB Diploma Program do for DeSoto High and DeSoto ISD? Having the “IB World School” distinction will increase the value of a DeSoto ISD education to the local, state, national and international communities and make an unarguable statement about the quality of education being provided.


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What is IB?
In 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland as a non-profit educational foundation. A group of forward-thinking teachers at the International School of Geneva, along with assistance from other international schools, created the IB Diploma Program. What started as a single program for internationally mobile students preparing for university, has today expanded into four programs for students aged 3 to 19.

Why here? Why now?
Having the “IB World School” distinction will increase the value of a DeSoto ISD education to the local, state, national and international communities and make an unarguable statement about the quality of education being provided in our district. The IB Diploma Program will fit perfectly with other college readiness initiatives that DeSoto High School currently offers. Multiple academic programs ensures differentiation of instruction that better meets the needs of individual students.

2016-17 High School Course Catalog


International Baccalaureate Links

Click HERE to download the International Baccalaureate Brochure.


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Gennifer Cowan
Gennifer Cowan – IB Coordinator Designate

972-230-0726 EXT. 1703
600 Eagle Dr., DeSoto, Texas 75115
Gennifer.Cowan@desotoisd.org