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  International Baccalaureate at Case


International Baccalaureate Programmes offer comprehensive curricula which provide curious, able, and ambitious students around the world an opportunity to receive a first-class education while experiencing what it means to be a responsible, global citizen. 

Case High School has a long history of IB; we were  the first (1979) of ten authorized Wisconsin high schools to offer the IB Diploma Programme. Case High School is currently authorized to offer two IB Programmes - the Diploma Programme and the Career-related Programme. We are also in the authorization process for the IB Middle Years Programme. You can  find out more information about all of our programmes below.                                                                                                                                         


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Candidacy Phase - Expected Authorization 2024

Grades 9 & 10 



All freshmen and sophomores participate in the Middle Years Program (MYP) at Case. The MYP provides a framework that encourages students to become  caring, respectful individuals who critically think about the world around them. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, professional skills that are essential for post-secondary life. The main objective of this program is to prepare all students for the pathway they choose to follow.  To help students prepare for their pathways, they will complete a capstone project in 10th grade called the Personal Project. 

 What are the advantages of the IB Middle Years Program (MYP)?

 This is how IB MYP encourages all students to be creative, reflective, and critical learners:

  • Become a lifelong learner
  • Learn  by experiencing and doing
  • The MYP encourages critical thinking and analyze issue through different perspectives
  • Supports the development of professional skills
  • Explores learning through global contexts
  • Encourages students to develop their talents
  • MYP prepares students for future education

 What courses are MYP?

 Currently, the MYP subject areas at Case are: 

  • Language and Literature (English)
  • Sciences
  • Physical and Health Education 
  • Language Acquisition (Spanish, French, and German)
  • Math
  • Individual and Societies (History)

When will Case receive MYP authorization?

Case High School is currently in the consultation phase, meaning we are a candidate school. All staff and students are working towards embodying the IB philosophy and principles.  Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, all freshmen were MYP students and taking MYP courses listed in the subject areas above. In the spring of 2024, we hope to host our authorization visit.

What is the Personal Project?

The Personal Project, the MYP capstone assessment for all sophomores,  provides students an opportunity to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning through the completion of independent research. Each student will work with a teacher advisor, to investigate, plan, take action, and reflect on a topic of their choice, rather than content which is tied to a specific curriculum or grade. This assessment reflects on a topic tied to their career academy.

MYP Service as Action

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) prioritizes comprehensive education, emphasizing academic, personal, and social development. A cornerstone of this educational philosophy is "Service as Action," an integral element dedicated to nurturing global citizenship and compassion among students.

Unlike conventional community service, Service as Action in the MYP encourages students to meaningfully engage with and enhance their communities. This experiential learning approach connects classroom knowledge to real-world issues, fostering a sense of responsibility towards the broader world. Students embark on projects addressing authentic needs in local or global communities, spanning areas like charity work, environmental conservation, or social justice advocacy.

 IBO's MYP Page


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Authorized in 1978

Grades 11 & 12


Students can choose to be an IB Full Diploma Candidate, or simply take individual IB courses as an IB Course Candidate. Both options allow students to take IB examinations for potential college credit.

IB Diploma Programme courses are open to all 11th and 12th grade students, however, students enrolling in IB DP courses should be capable of doing rigorous, academic work and consider homework a normal part of the day. 

What are the advantages of the IB Diploma Programme?

By choosing the IB Diploma Programme, a student may:

  • receive a rigorous and comprehensive high school education, specifically designed for the college bound
  • become eligible to receive credit at many colleges and universities if choosing to take IB exams in grades 11 & 12

IB Course Candidate

IB Course Candidates can select any number of courses from the six subject groups and take IB exams only in their chosen subjects. Depending on their intended university, college credits are often awarded for passing scores.  Academic pursuits are a top priority for over 200 of our juniors and seniors who take at least one IB DP class/exam as a Course Candidate. 


The IB Diploma Programme courses, broken into their six academic areas, are:

  • Group 1: Language A English
    • IB Literature HL I (Junior)
    • IB Literature HL  II (Senior)
  • Group 2: Language B - Language Acquisition
    • IB French SL 4; IB French SL 5
    • IB German SL 4; IB German SL 5
    • IB Spanish SL 4; IB Spanish SL 5
  • Group 3: Individuals/Societies: 
    • IB History HL I (Junior)
    • IB History HL II (Senior)
    • IB Psychology SL  I (Junior)
    • IB Psychology SL II (Senior)
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences: 
    • IB Biology HL I (Junior)
    • IB Biology HL II (Senior)
    • IB Physics HL I (Junior)
    • IB Physics HL II (Senior)
    • IB Chemistry SL I (Junior)
    • IB Chemistry SL II (Senior)
  • Group 5: Mathematics:
    • IB Math Analysis & Approaches HL I (Junior)
    • IB Math Analysis & Approaches HL II (Senior)
    • IB Math Analysis & Approaches SL I (Junior)
    • IB Math Analysis & Approaches SL II (Senior)
    • IB Math Applications & Interpretations SL (one-year course; senior year)
  • Fine Arts: 
    • IB Visual Art I SL/HL
    • IB Visual Art II SL/HL

IB Full Diploma Candidate

IB Full Diploma Candidates are required to complete six separate IB courses (see listing above), leading to IB examinations in those subjects. Three to four of the six required courses must be Higher Level. The other two to three must be Standard Level.  IB Full Diploma candidates must take at least one exam from each of the Groups 1 - 5. The sixth exam can be from Group 6, or a second exam from either Group 3 or Group 4.


IB Full Diploma Candidates must meet three additional core requirements:

  • Theory of Knowledge—an interdisciplinary course which encourages critical thinking. TOK I is taken junior year and TOK II is taken senior year. The TOK classes serve as Level I and Level II pathway courses in accordance with our career academy model.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)—participation in about 3-4 hours of extra-curricular activities per week over two years to meet specific IB Learning Outcomes.
  • Extended Essay—a 4,000 word essay written independently with guidance from a faculty advisor.

IB's DP Page


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Authorized in 2016

Grades 11 & 12


The Career-related Program (CP) is a two year program that is offered to juniors and seniors. The CP is ideal for students who wish to focus on their career pathway courses while also engaging in IB Diploma Programme courses. Through their course work, students develop professional interests, problem-solving skills, and investigate ethical dilemmas of the workplace. The IB Career-related Program (IBCP) provides a flexible learning framework tailored by the school to meet the career-related needs of students and the local community as well as the world beyond. 

At  J.I Case High School, the IBCP joins three certified programs: the IB Diploma Program with Project Lead the Way, and Gateway Technical College’s Dual Credit programs. 


The IB Career-related Program enables students to: 

  • pursue a challenging and rigorous academic course of study.
  • develop a broad range of career competencies and deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge. 
  • prepare for effective participation in the ever-changing global world of work. 
  • fosters the attributes of the IB Learner Profile,  allowing students to become true, lifelong learners, willing to consider new perspectives.
  • prepare for the kind of undergraduate research required for further and higher education.
  • engage in service learning that makes a positive difference to further lives.
  • broaden educational options both during high school and beyond 
  • earn college and university credits.
  • become a self-confident person, ready for life in the 21st century. 

Requirements for the IBCP Certificate:

  • At least two IB Diploma courses; one course must be covered over 2 years.
  • Three Career- related pathway courses in a Project Lead the Way or Gateway Technical College dual credit program through the Academies of Racine at Case High School: Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Business and Culinary Arts, Academy of Computer Science, Education, and Technical Services. One or two courses will be taken sophomore year. Two courses must be taken while the students are IBCP candidates: one course junior year, one in senior year. More than one year is fine, but one per year of the two- year program is required. 
  • The Personal and Professional Skills course that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, communication skills, personal development, intercultural understanding, and ethics over the two years of the CP. One semester is required each year.
  • World Language Development Portfolio over the two years that is relevant to the student’s pathway,level, and background (50 hours). Students must be in a World Language.
  • Service Learning over two years that emphasizes career-related partnership and the principles of service learning (50 hours).
  • Reflective Project focused on researching an ethical dilemma related to the student’s career-related studies  (50 hours with 2 format options: 3,000 word essay or a 1,500- 2,000 word essay with an additional 7 minute presentation that supports and adds information to the essay). This is worked on during the PPS class senior year. 

IBO's CP Page

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The Academies of Racine - Case: Mission Statement

Case's mission is "to nurture students’ learning, leadership, and passion through rigorous IB courses and relevant career pathways."

At Case High School we believe that all students can be successful when given rigorous, relevant learning opportunities. By connecting the Academies of Racine to the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate, our students will graduate prepared for real world challenges. The aim of all of the IB programs  is  to inspire students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What if a student does not live in Case’s attendance area (boundary), but is interested in IB?


If your student attends Starbuck School as an 8th grader, the student is automatically enrolled at Case for the following year. If your student does not attend Starbuck, and you do not live in the boundaries for Case, you can select Case as your number one option during RUSD’s School Choice process and hope to have your student selected in the lottery. If you live outside of RUSD completely (in Kenosha, Waterford, Oak Creek, Union Grove, etc.) you will need to apply for the Department of Public Instruction’s Open Enrollment option. 

Other IB Resources:

The Impact of IB Programs in America.pdf

10 Reasons Why the IB Program is Ideal Preparation for University.pdf

The IB Diploma Program Overview brochure.pdf

IB policies at AoR-Case:


Case Language Policy

 Case Inclusion Policy

Case Assessment Policy

Academic Integrity 


Nicola Malacara, IB DP Coordinator at (262)664-8765

Rebecca Campos, IB MYP/ CP Coordinator at (262)664-4605