What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

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The International Baccalaureate is a nationally and internationally respected two-year comprehensive program for grades 11 and 12 encouraging critical thinking, research skills and service as a part of the learning process. The core of the IB Diploma Program is centered around 10 key learner traits. We strive for our IB students to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.  Coursework in the IB Program provides outstanding preparation to prepare students for post-secondary success at any college or university. Colleges and universities also generally award credit and/or advanced placement based on a student’s IB exam scores.  Successful completion of the full IB Diploma Program allows students to be considered for preferred admission to many selective colleges and universities within our state and worldwide.  For information regarding college credit awarded for IB coursework, please contact the high school IB Coordinator and/or the admissions office of the college/university of interest.

There are no prerequisites for participation in the IB Program, although motivation, energy, the ability to articulate one’s thoughts verbally and in writing,  open-mindedness, the desire for a global perspective, and a willingness to cooperate with others will be of great benefit to IB candidates. However, it is highly recommended that students take honors level courses in 9th and 10th grade. It is important to remember that the goals of the International Baccalaureate go beyond academic preparation. The IB program encourages a young adult to be informed, to be tolerant, and to be communicative about a range of topics. The course work always reflects a global outlook.

For the most current information regarding university recognition of IB coursework, go to www.ibo.org/country/US and look for IB Diploma Program Recognition.

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