International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly motivated high school students in their Junior and Senior years. The IB curriculum focuses on high academic standards, international understanding and citizenship, and second language proficiency.

The Primary Years Program is designed for kindergarten through grade 5. The Middle Years Program is for students in grades 6 through 10. The Diploma Program is for students in grades 11 and 12.

Primary Years Program

  • Relates students’ world in the United States to a larger world community
  • Explores themes of global significance from multiple perspectives through inquiry-based learning
  • Applies higher-level skills to real-world problems
  • Study of a second language

Middle Years Program

  • Requires mastery in eight required academic areas
  • Focuses on three themes: clear communication, global awareness, and intercultural sensitivity
  • Integrates five key areas into all subjects: community and service; self-reflection; human inventiveness; the environment; and health and social education
  • Develops strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and study skills
  • Requires active involvement in community and service
  • Study of a second language

Diploma Program

IB is a comprehensive two-year curriculum that requires diploma candidates to complete at least one course in six academic areas: Language A1 (native language), Language B (foreign language), Experimental Sciences (science), the Arts and Electives (art, music, and theatre arts), Mathematics (math), and Individuals and Societies (social studies). In addition to the six academic courses, students are expected to complete three other requirements in order to receive an IB Diploma.

  • Emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and exposure to a variety of points of view
  • Coursework in six different subject areas that reflect a blend of breadth and specialization
  • Independent research paper on topic of special interest
  • Theory of Knowledge philosophy course
  • 150 hours of community service

IB Benefits

  • Provides a total K-12 program
  • Nurtures students’ awareness of their membership in a global community
  • Enrolls students in an international community of scholars
  • Provides student-centered inquiry and instruction
  • Provides a learning partnership with professionally trained IB teachers
  • Provides students with skills and attitudes which encourage lifelong learning
  • Encourages creativity and critical thinking at all levels

For additional information please visit the International Baccalaureate website or contact Dr. Sherry Walters at (803) 821-3411 or swalters@lexington1.net.