International Baccalaureate Program

Overview

The International Baccalaureate program offers a rigorous course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated students. It provides 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. IB provides students with perspectives and opportunities that can enable them to succeed in the competitive, modern world. Please contact either IB coordinator if you have any questions about the curriculum. The presentation from the most-recent IB Information Night is also available.

Curriculum

Students opting to undertake the school's most rigorous academic program undertake the full IB Diploma Program, intellectually challenging students both inside and outside the classes in a wide range of disciplines. Students can pursue IB Certificates in individual classes.

Our IB Coordinators

Core

CAS, TOK, and the Extended Essay -- required components of the IB Diploma -- stem from the Learner Profile. Students pursuing IB Certificates in individual classes do not pursue CAS, TOK, or the Extended Essay.

  • "CAS" stands for Creativity + Action + Service. Across junior and senior years, diploma candidates acrue at least 50 hours of planned and supervised activities in each category. Such participation is meant to encourage the appreciation of attitudes and values other than one's own, and to enable the student to communicate readily on both a philosophical and practical level.

  • "TOK" is the Theory of Knowledge course. This course -- an after-school seminar junior year and a year-long course senior year -- stimulates critical reflection on the knowledge and experiences acquired both inside and outside the classroom; evaluates the bases of knowledge and experience; and develops a personal mode of thought based on critical examination of evidence and argument.

  • The Extended Essay is a 3,500- to 4,000-word research paper on a topic of the Diploma candidate's choice. Development of this essay is guided by a faculty supervisor.

Courses

Diploma candidates take IB-level courses in each of six content areas:

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

IB Programme Highlights

Transfer to Mount Vernon for IB

Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about the IB Career-Related Programme, please contact Berkeley McHugh at bfmchugh@fcps.edu.