What is International Baccalaureate?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university course of study leading to internationally standardized tests. The program's comprehensive two-year curriculum allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of many different nations' education systems. Students completing IB courses and exams from six subject groups are eligible for college credit. The award of credit is based on scores achieved on IB exams. Students can earn up to 30 postsecondary semester credits by participating in this program at the high school level. Approximately 56 Florida high schools offer an IB Diploma Program. Students in Florida's public secondary schools enrolled in IB courses do not have to pay to take the exams.
The Volusia County School Board is proud to sponsor a world class academic program - International Baccalaureate (IB). This high school program is designed for academically motivated students who plan to attend a four-year college or university. The effectiveness of the program is due not only to the depth of the individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the program. Unlike other elective honors programs, IB requires each student to take courses in six academic areas. In order to qualify for the IB Diploma, students must participate in creative, aesthetic, and community service activities, as well as satisfactorily complete the comprehensive exit examinations.
The IB program is not for everyone. It is for those students who are seeking an educational environment that is challenging and who are motivated to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits.
The IB program will:
- Meet the needs of the highly motivated and academically gifted secondary school student.
- Provide students with the rigorously in-depth approach to academic achievement.
- Provide students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them.
- Help students develop an appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity.
- Inspire students to investigate and understand knowledge, claims and judgments made in logic, mathematics, natural and social sciences, history, ethics, and aesthetics.
- Emphasize the total educational experience.
- Qualify students for advanced standing in certain colleges and universities.
- Provide comprehensive liberal arts education.
How to Apply
The two-year course of study for high school juniors and seniors is preceded by specific studies in the ninth and tenth grades. The Pre-International Baccalaureate (Pre-IB) is an intensive academic experience which prepares students for the rigors of the IB program. To be admitted to the PRE-IB program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Final grades of B or better in all academic courses in grade 8;
- Standardized test scores;
- Teacher recommendations;
- Essay submission;
- Completion of the district's general curriculum requirements for each grade.
Eighth graders should complete an application and return it to the IB Coordinator at the high school the student wishes to attend. This should be done no later than January of the student's eighth grade year.
Applications for the program are available at all middle schools and at DeLand and Spruce Creek high schools.
See International Baccalaureate Organization at: http://www.ibo.org