AZIBS

Arizona International Baccalaureate Schools

Archived Headlines

  • North Canyon High School IB student Abin Khan has been accepted to Harvard. He was also recognized at a recent PXU Board Meeting.
  • Mountain View Prepartory is expanding their student led conferences to include more of their commuity. They have transformed student led conferences into an academic showcase. Students presented summative projects in the gym and classrooms and all families were invited to attend. They had a great turn-out and families were impressed with their community of leaders. 
  • Eduprize High School has begun offering classes in Mandarin and will beign offering IB Mandarin in 2021.
  • Mountainside Middle School received a great consultant's report and they are on to their AFA!
  • Kyrene Middle School teamed up with a local cosmetologist for Service Learning. The cosmetologist worked with Coordinators and Counselors to create "Cosmetology 101"- an incentive program for disadvantaged adolescents. They learn skills and then give back in the form of volunteering in salons. All instructors and materials were donated by area stylists.
  • Madision Simis will be highlighting and celebrating various cultures from around the world at their school during the week of February 10th. Each grade level makes connections to their IB units. One of their teachers also teaches Flamenco dancing, so he will put on an assembly. They will have a culminating celebration on February 14th with a Culture Day- parents and community members sharing their cultures with our students in the courtyard. 
  • Ironwood High School senior Cayden Luby  presented at the Sheirmer Art Center. She not oly won an award, but also sold all of her art work! Cayden will be attending Stanford University on a full scholarship next fall.
  • Westwood High School just submitted their CP application for authorization and will receive their site visit on March 30th!
  • Coconino High School just completed their verification visit two weeks ago!
  • Canyon del Oro High School IB Chemistry teacher Jill Christman was named Arizona Science Teacher of the Year!
  • Verde Valley School is proud to announce that they will host the ISEEN- Independent Schools Experiential Education Network- winter institute in January 2021 on their beautiful campus. https://www.iseeninfo.com
  • Norterra Canyon K-8 School is a newly authorized IB MYP school in the Deer Valley School District. 
  • Global Academy of Phoenix MYP team is collaborating with ASU and AZ Sustainability Alliance on an Agri PV project. Students built food computers to manipulate growing conditions and will be planting a "Global Garden" along with designing and building mobile PV racks!
  • Global Academy of Phoenix recently had their first consultant visit and they are on track for authorization!
  • Quail Run Elementary sold 150 packages of socks to support a WASH (Water, Sanitation, Health) project at a partner school in the developing world. This will be 1/4 of a well for a school!
  • Estrella Mountain MYP 7th and 8th graders presented a Leadership Day where 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students were grouped and rotated through classrooms where teambuilding activities were lead by MYP students. 
  • Westwood High School just received approval to move on to the application for authorization after successfully completing the application for candidacy for their CP program.
  • Madision Simis 4th grade girls have taken action in a special way! They have been using their morning recess time twice a week to read and play games with students with disabilities in SPED classes.
  • Ironwood High School IB students volunteered to elp the Athletic Director keep the football field clean after football games. They have done so all season and have had a great time completing this selfless service. 
  • Summit Academy has once again earned a letter grade "A" from the state of Arizona!
  • Mountainside Middle School has completed their consultation visit and the results were extremely favorable. The consultant said that she had to look hard for improvement recommendations!


  • Coconino High School has just completed their consultancy and they are on track to submit their application for authorization on October 1st!

  • Florence High School MYP teachers are now trained and meeting with their counterparts at Anthem K8 to engage in vertical alignment. Teachers are excited about bringing MYP to Florence and 100% on board with IB in general!

  • Anasazi Elementary School is a PYP candidate school, which will complete the continuum for SUSD-age 3 through DO! They completed Category 1 training three days before school began from the this year. 

  • Mountainside Middle School (another candidate school!) are transitioning to MYP assessments with task specific student-friendly rubrics.

  • Nogales High School had 8 0f 14 students receive the Bilingual Diploma in May 2019, with three of their grads going to Notre Dame and one to Stanford. They continue to increase their participants and the new prinicipal is highly motivated about IB and willing to help increase their enrollment. Their IB Business SL scores were all above 3s!

  • Westwood High School History of the Americas (HOTA) juniors competed in National History Day; two students won State adn went on to Nationals in Washington, D.C. last June.

  • Sinagua Middle School MYP received a grant from Arizona Community Foundation to help with community service projects. They have $28,700 to help train teachers to support the 8th graders work.

  • Willow Canyon High School has added Psychology HL, Physics HL, Dance HL, and Theatre HL. Additionall, since January, they have trained 11 of their DP teachers in person.

  • Millenium High School is very excited about their new Extended Essay process on campu. They have quarterly meetings with the DP students and supervisors to discuss and rubric the scaffolded assignments that lead up to the rough draft of the final essay. This process has increased communication, provided incremental supprot and established universal pacing and expectations. 

  • Tempe Academy of International Studies has an IB 101 class for 6th graders new to IB. Students are given specific content knowledge centered on their development of learner profile skills and ATL skills. Students develop games to educate their families to build a solid community of IB.

  • Desert Mountain High School had 83% of their students earn the IB Diploma!

  • Ironwood High School's Class of 2019 had a Flinn Scholar! Their Class of 2020 had a perfect ACT score. IB studnets are helping the Athletic Director by volunterring to clearn up the stadium after all home football games.

  • Verde Valley School had a recent IB DP grade (now a successful businesswoman) give them their largest gift to date. 3 million dollars to help them make their school even better!

  • Anthem K-8 implemented a wall-to-wall of MYP 6th-8th graders, and all but three of their teachers have been to IB training.

  • Kyrene Middle School is now authorized after 2 years of hard work (also 9 recommendations!)

  • Odyssey Institute is proud that all of their 2019 DP candidates received an IB Diploma. Their overall scores have improved by 4.6% and they had a 19% growth in tests taken from 2018-2019.

  • Westwood High School DP is proud od Naomi Sellers, a 2019 AZIBS DP Student of the Year!

  • Mesa Academy's National Academic League team became the national runner-up on March 25.

  • Coconino High School is sending six of their staff to IB training workshops this summer and has just been assigned a consultant to work with AND they had staff visit Chandler and Tempe High Schools for new perspectives.

  • North High School will have two presenters at the IB Americas conference in New Orleans in July! IB Coordinator Estaban Flemons and IB Theater teacher Sarah Moughtelin.

  • Cholla High School IB Theater students have recently returned from Chicago, visiting museums and attending plays in the Windy City. They had a blast!

  • Eduprize Valley School IB Visual Art Exhibit will be held in their brand-new Arts & Sports building!

  • Westwood High School NHD students are going to Washington, DC for the NHD finals. Westood would also like to congratualte Mrs. Reddy on a very successful first year as HOTA teacher!

  • Summer Academy had 20 students advance from Regionals to State finalists for National History Day! Three Summit Academy students placed 1st or 2nd and will compete in DC this summer at Nationals!

  • Kyrene Middle School won the Distinguished Contribution to Global Initiatives in Arizona for their work on Pennies for Peace, a service learning activity.

  • Singua Middle School began their journey to becoming an IB school on March 13, 2019 by launching MYP training at their school. The superintendent and several school board members came by to show their support.

  • Florence High School began their MYP candidacy year in partnership with Anthem K-8, and all of their teachers will be trained before September 1 so they can implement the program on a full level.

  • Odyseey Institute had 53% of their students complete the Personal Project!

  • Madison Meadows as four teachers traveling to Uganda this summer for a teacher exchange program! They will be working directly with teachers and students and experiencing some unique cultural activities. As they prepare to go, student council is collecting gently used school supplies which they will take with them to donate in Uganda.

  • Madison Simis 4th graders are getting into the thick of Exhibition. They are excited to allow for more student agency by allowing students to inquire within any theme. Students are ready to dive deeper into their passions!

  • Ironwood High School is proud of their Flinn Scholar and 2 National Merit Scholars for their class of 2019.

  • Ironwood High School has four DP students accepted to MIT! They also have two students with Military Academy appointments: West Point and the Air Force Academy.

  • Odyssey Institute MYP and PYP just had their highest completion rate at over 92% of sophomores completing the project.

  • North High School has a DP senior who was selected as a Questbridge College Match Scholarship. In the past 10 years, only two other NCHS students have received this scholarship!

  • Anthem K-8:  All Anthem math teachers will be going to training in February as well as their partner school FHS.

  • A Madison Meadows 5th grader researched the homeless situation in Phoenix and decided to collect water. He wrote a letter to the principal with his plan, he recorded a video announcement to share with students and reached out to his Tai Kwon Do studio for help. He will collect water for the homeless until the end of April!

  • North High School has 43 DP candidates this year!

  • Verde Valley School was recently ranked #15 on the list of Best Boarding Schools in the US by thebestschools.org, which makes them the #1 boarding school in Arizona and the #1 IB boarding school in the US!!

  • Millennnium High School IB Senior Daphne Faber is a Flinn Scholarship finalist and Trinity Manuelito was accepted to MIT!

  • Odyssey Institute class of 2019 has adopted and implemented the Produc on Wheels Without Waste Program as a CAS project. This is a monthly program that brings in produce not purchased by stores for community members to purchase at a discounted cost. They organize, volunteer, set up, tear down and market the product. Thousands of pounds produce were served to 3,000 community members. Also Odyssey, DP film scholars are creating PSA to serve their community.

  • Westwood High School MYP History students will be helping the Mesa Southwest Museum to host an open-house at the Mesa Grande Cultural Center (a Hohokam archeological site) as historical re-enactors of people that have helped preserve the site over the last 150 years. (Save the date: February 23 from 10am-12pm)

  • Madison Simis parents are coming to share their culture at Culture Day. Students will learn, wonder, research and reflect after experiencing various cultures from the community! 

  • Willow Canyon High School Principal has committed to have 5-7 IB teachers attend IB training (this summer) to include Lit A, Lang & Lit A, ToK, Biology, Chemistry and 2 Math teachers!

  • EDUPRIZEl has twice as many students taking IB assessments this year as in the previous 2 years combined!

  • Mesa Academy recently celebrated their National Blue Ribbon Award. Students read short essays that focused on the Learner Profile and on the link between academic excellence and that fact that they are an IB MYP School. The icing on this celebratory cake was the reading of these essays, written and read by two students in Mandarin and Spanish!

  • Tempe Acadmey of International Studies just submitted their units for BQC! Over 1,600 pages of IB units, evaluations and summative! They also have a whole-school interdisciplinary project: Rube Goldberg machines.

  • Ironwood High School students have achieved: National Officer for FBLA, 2 Flinn finalists, 1 National Merit finalist and a 3-time national 1st place in Vocal Music.

  • IB Academy at Estrella Mountain MYP NJHS planned and executed a Leadership Day for all 6th-8th grade MYP students. The students were put into groups with a mix of 6th-8th graders who cooperated and completed Field Day events.

  • Florence High School alumnae Dane Zambrano and Rebecca Callahan are moving into graduate and professional studies programs in Europe. Alumnus Manolito Ramirez is entering a graduate program at ASU. FHS is gearing up to implement MYP. Their candidacy begins in March, and cohorts of teachers are traveling for their training.