Phone: (616) 786-1100

International Baccalaureate

West Ottawa High School and the IB Diploma Program

WOHS is proud to offer the prestigious IB Diploma Program. The IB Diploma Program is an international educational program that is recognized by many of the world’s leading colleges and universities. The program is completed during the junior and senior years of high school. Students complete coursework in six subject areas, along with the core requirements (CAS, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay).

IB Diploma Program Coordinator: Mrs. Corban Van Dam
Phone: (616) 786-1100, ext. 6184

Resource:  IB Webpage for Parents

Student Testimonials, IB Diploma Program Alumni

  • “I cannot believe how fast time has flown by and I am writing to you during my last year of undergrad at Bowling Green State University. I still look back at my time spent at West Ottawa and how the International Baccalaureate Program has shaped my life. I very much miss all the wonderful times spent during the last two years of high school and all of the memories and lessons I learned from it. Currently, I am taking my last semester of classes at BG, and then finishing up the Spring Semester with an internship shadowing a Director of Nursing in a nursing home in Bowling Green. I will graduate in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Gerontology, with a hope of attending Nursing School right after I graduate. Currently, I am applying to some 2nd degree accelerated nursing programs, as well as a Masters in Clinical Nursing at the University of Toledo. I am so excited for what the future holds and I hope to someday change lives with my profession in Nursing.”– Anna WOHS Class of 2012
  • “IB has prepared me for college by having an open mind. An open-mind to educators, to education, to opportunities, to friends, to whatever situation may be thrown my way.” -Lauren, WOHS class of 2013–currently studying at Butler University
  • “The last two years of my high school career were honestly the best two years of all of my life…..Doing the International Baccalaureate Program was probably the best decision that I have ever made.” -Jared, WOHS class of 2013–currently studying at University of Kentucky
  • “The Diploma Program prepared me for college, nothing I’ve had to do has come as a surprise or has been too hard yet.” -Lucy, WOHS class of 2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill class of 2016
  • “The International Baccalaureate program helped me apply what I was learning across a wide range of disciplines and to think at a more critical level. One of the benefits of IB being a smaller program at West Ottawa is that you get to work with teachers who are willing to push you, help you and listen to you on a closer level. These experiences have helped give me the skills and confidence to get involved in the classroom, as a research assistant, and in several leadership positions on campus.” –Carolyn, WOHS class of 2012, Vanderbilt University class of 2016

View Courses Offered as Part of the IB Diploma Program

Informational Documents:

WOHS IB Diploma Program (Informational Flyer)

Considering the Full IB Diploma (Reasons)

How Does IB Compare to AP?

Top Ten Reasons IB is Ideal Preparation for College

Key Research Findings; Impact of the IB Diploma Program (2013)

West Ottawa High School IB and AP Trend Data

AP & IB Info Night Slideshow

The following slide show was shared at the AP & IB Info Night on January 15, 2018. Please contact AP & IB Coordinator Mrs. Corban VanDam with questions at

Spring 2019 WOHS IB & AP Exam Schedule

Coming soon