International Baccalaureate (IB)

Description
International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are part of the International Baccalaureate Programmes which include elementary, middle and high school levels. These programs are part of Choice Programs.

In the high school Diploma Programme (DP), college-level courses culminate with exams for which students can earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process. The IB Diploma is recognized internationally and leads to advanced standing in universities throughout the world. The IB Diploma Programme framework includes required courses within six subject groups: 1) Studies in Language and Literature, 2) Language Acquisition, 3) Individuals and Societies, 4) Experimental Sciences, 5) Mathematics and Computer Science, and 6) Arts. There are additional requirements for Community Action and Service, Theory of Knowledge and the completion of an Extended Essay. The IBDP culminates with both internal and external assessments.

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) includes a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, a core of four components and a career-related study. The CP also includes internal and external assessments.

Because the IB Program is a Choice program, students must apply to attend. The IB Diploma program has specific requirements, including a 3.0 Academic GPA. Algebra I or Algebra I Honors are recommended. It is also recommended to have Spanish, French, or Chinese for high school credit.

Benefits
As a District policy, students who register and take an IB course must also take the IB exam to successfully complete the curriculum. The IB exams are developed and scored by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. IB exam scores are accepted by most public colleges and universities in Florida for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of 4 and above. Many universities worldwide also accept IB course credits. For more information about credit policies for IB courses click here.

Students who have completed the IB Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and 100 hours of community service will receive the Florida Academic Scholars Award ($103 per semester hour tuition at 4-year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Students who have completed the International Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and 75 hours of community service will receive the Florida Medallion Scholars Award ($77 per semester hour tuition at 4-year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Weighting
Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE, and IB courses are as follows:

A = 6.0
B = 4.5
C = 3.0
D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer IB programs
The following District schools offer an International Baccaluareate Programme.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes:

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programmes:

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programmes:

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programmes:

College acceptance of IB scores:
IB exam results are sent directly to schools each year. Each university determines its own awarding of college credits based on their own policies (see IB Credit Policies at various universities); however, all public state universities in Florida adhere to the statewide articulation agreement.

Contact Information:
Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness
Phone: 561-432-6344
Fax: 561-434-8073
becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org

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