How does the IB-program work? Read an interview with Krista Baker, principal of the school.

Since autumn 2017 there is an IB- program at Haganäs School. What does it really mean to read the IB program or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program? How are the teachers qualified for IB?

We interviewed Krista Baker to learn more.

What is the “IBDP”?

– IBDP stands for International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The International Baccalaureate is a foundation that authorizes schools to have one or more of the educational programmes. The language of instruction is English. The programmes are all similar in that they are meant to prepare students “to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes.” (

The IB can be found in over 150 countries and is internationally renowned for its quality in education, says Krista.

How are the teachers qualified for IB?

– Our high school teachers are not only certified to teach in their subject area at the high school level, they have also attended the required professional development from the IB for their subject group. Newer teachers who come for school year 2018-2019 will be scheduled to go to IB Professional Development a.s.a.p. An introduction to the teachers comes below if you’d like to read more about them!

Read more about our teachers here.

Is your programme only for students who have already been going to an IB school?

– No! Like all IB high school programmes in Sweden, the program is open to any applicant who meets the Admission Criteria. You can read more about our Admission Criteria hereexternal link: (Look at sections “Apply to PreDP” or “Apply to DP”. (Note: PreDP stands for Pre-Diploma, or, Year 1 of high school)

It is an IB Standard of Philosophy that schools must meet which states “The school promotes access to the Diploma for all students who can benefit from the educational experience they provide.” 

Should students apply to PreDP or DP 1?

– Students who are in Grade 9 should apply to PreDP through the regular high school application procedure. Additionally, students in Grade 10 or MYP 5 are welcome to apply to DP 1.

Ultimately the DP coordinator can help you determine the best course of action and you can contact that person directly:

How many students are enrolled in the programme right now?

– In the PreDP year, soon to be DP 1 next school year: we have 14 students. In the first year of DP (the official IB authorized program), we have 6 students, one of which is an exchange for this semester only. 

What do students do in PreDP?

– Students read the same subjects as they would in the first year of Swedish National Program for Natural Sciences or Social Sciences. The difference is they learn in English. They still get “Swedish” grades, A-F. They also have a couple of preparatory subjects, so they can get more prepared for the DP years.

What subjects are you offering in the official authorized IBDP in School Year 2018-2019?

– The DP is organized into 6 subject areas (“Groups”) and students choose 1 subject from each. Or, they skip the Arts subject area and take another I&S or Science subject. A student can only take3 Sciences if they know they are going to University in Sweden to become a doctor,etc.

Group 1: English Language and Literature, Swedish Language and Literature

Group 2: English Language Acquisition, Swedish ab initio (beginner Swedish)
*with possibility to take additional Swedish classes outside of the DP>to increase Swedish level.

Group 3: Psychology, Business Management

Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Design Technology

Group 5: Mathematical Studies or Mathematics.

Group 6: Visual Arts or skip Arts and take another one from Group 3 or 4.

Adults wonder: How can I get involved to support, strengthen, and help to highlight the program?

– We believe there are members of our community who have a lot to offer our students. Would you like to volunteer to be a mentor to one of our students in either Business Management, Visual Arts, or Design Technology? (by the way: Design Technology is not offered in any nearby IB schools so far!)

We have in fact already gotten interest from 13 talented individuals. I anticipate needing at least 13-16 more volunteer mentors for our DP students. Would you like to volunteer with us? It will only take about 2-3 hours of your time next school year. If so, email