News from West Ottawa High School

International Baccalaureate Update

Carlos Martinez Garcia completed the full IB Diploma Program at West Ottawa High School (Class of 2013).  Carlos completed his Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University (Class of 2017).  Currently, Carlos is pursuing a Graduate degree in Health Administration and Behavior Analysis at EMU.  See below for a testimonial from Carlos:


“IB is not magic wand to automatically get you into college. It does not guarantee you success and fortune. Yes, universities love to see a IB course work or even a Diploma, it is highly respected. They will set you apart no doubt. What IB really does for you is set a strong foundation that will help you for years to come. It teaches you to push past obstacles and push forward for your goals. It teaches you to build a relationship with teachers and the peers around you. It might seem like a lot of work and commitment but if you want to make it far in life you are going to have to do that and a lot more every day. It is not easy to do all the extraneous course work and other miscellaneous things that comes with the IB curriculum, but it is totally worth it. You obtain skills that add to your repertoire to be able to accomplish and complete goals that you might have never imagined. These skills will then carry on and help you in your future student and professional life. I have experienced it first hand and can tell you I would not be where I am if It was not for the IB program. I would have never started an organization on campus, been a treasurer at a fraternity, done research in behavior and presented at a large conference, started graduate school, and many other things. You will get a lot more out of high school than the average student if you do IB.”

Carlos Martinez Garcia


IB Exam Registration, May 2018 Session

The IB exam registration process is complete.  All students wishing to sit for IB exams were instructed to complete the IB Exam Registration Form by Friday, October 13.  All full IB Diploma Program candidates received a link to the electronic exam registration form via their student gmail accounts.  IB exams are NOT limited to full Diploma candidates.  Students taking individual IB courses (DP course students) are encouraged to sit for IB exams in their subjects.  IB teachers posted the link to the registration form on their Google Classroom pages.  Parents/Guardians, if you would like to check to see if your student registered, email the IB Coordinator (Mrs. Van Dam,  No fees are due at this time.  Fee collection will begin near the end of October.


Planning Ahead (9th and 10th Grade Parents/Students)

Entrance into the Diploma Program (DP) requires planning out classes in advance so that students are properly prepared.  If you are the parent/guardian of a 9th or 10th grade student and you would like to know more about the DP and courses needed to prepare for the DP, call WOHS and set up an appointment to meet with Mrs. Van Dam (IB Coordinator) or Mr. Veldkamp (IB Counselor).  Also, an AP/IB informational parent meeting will be held in January, the date will be announced in the next Panther Pipeline.  An informational meeting will also be held for students during a seminar in January.  Students should watch for announcements on WOBN and in the November edition of the Panther Pipeline.


If you have questions or need information, contact the IB Diploma Program Coordinator-Mrs. Corban Van Dam (616-786-1100 x6184 or  



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