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The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university curriculum, culminating with intense multi-hour examinations in six areas, that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students. Further requirements to qualify for the IB diploma include satisfactory completion of a theory of knowledge course, an independent extended essay research project, and CAS (Creative Action Service) hours. Completing the IB program leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. Students learn more than a collection of facts.
The IB Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:
- ask challenging questions
- adapt a hard work ethic
- develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
- develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
As administered by Escambia County at Pensacola High School, IB is a magnet program open to able learners who meet admissions qualifications based on GPA, national achievement test percentiles, and teacher recommendations.
Beginning in the ninth and tenth grades, students enroll in pre-IB courses (as well as conventional high school electives) that prepare them for the rigors of eleventh and twelfth grade IB courses. Furthermore, students take AP courses and exams in several areas. Along with the intangible benefits of knowing they have persevered through an extremely challenging high school curriculum, IB graduates frequently receive generous scholarship assistance in attending post-secondary institutions and historically proclaim that they feel very well prepared for college—in fact, the academic transition is practically painless.