International Baccalaureate Programme
The application window for the 2023-24 school year closed January 31, 2023 at 11:00 p.m. Learn more about the lottery process on our admissions page.
The following schools of choice will open applications for waitlist purposes following Spring Break.
- Big Picture Schools (6-12)
- CHOICE Academy (6-12)
- Maritime High School (9-10)
- Highline Virtual Academy (6-12)
- Highline Virtual Elementary (K-5)
- WELS (9-10)
Who Can Apply?
Applications are open to incoming 9th -11th grade students.
Up to 15 seats per graduating year will be reserved for each of the high school service areas (Highline, Tyee and Evergreen). If more than 15 students apply from each service area, a lottery system will be implemented.
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The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. Each of the IB's programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.
The profile aims to develop learners who are:
To learn more about the IB Learner Profile and view a video please click here: Learner Profile detail and video
History in Highline Public Schools
- Mount Rainier High School has offered the IB Diploma Programme since 1987.
- Mount Rainier High School has offered the IB Middle Years Programme since 2017.
Visit International Baccalaureate Organization's website for more information.
2023-24 Application Timeline
- October 4: Application opened
- January 31: Application closed
- February 1: Schools begin reviewing applications
- March 1: Lottery
- March 3: Lottery results posted online
- March 10: Waitlists and applications reopen for Big Picture, CHOICE, HVA, Virtual Elementary, Maritime and WELS.
- April 1: Final student date to confirm acceptance
- Applications/waitlists remain open for Big Picture, CHOICE, HVA, Virtual Elementary, Maritime.