Prospective Students

IB collageAre you an IB learner?

IB Learners strive to be:

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They actively enjoy learning, and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance.

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Is IB the right fit for you?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I enjoy being challenged academically?
  • Do I enjoy a task-oriented class in which the teacher is a coach rather than a lecturer and expert?
  • Do I enjoy asking difficult questions?
  • Do I enjoy searching for answers to penetrating, thought-provoking questions?
  • Do I enjoy learning about other countries’ histories, customs, and literature?
  • Am I a self-motivated, independent learner?
  • Do I enjoy and feel comfortable with fast-paced curricula?
  • Do I have the drive, energy, and desire for excellence?
  • Do I shy away from hard work?
  • Do I currently have at least a “B” average?

Why should I enroll in the IB Program?

For these many reasons!

  • The most rigorous course of studies offered by HCPS
  • Study skills and time management learned in high school
  • Student-centered, inquiry-based approach to teaching/learning
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Develops oral and written communication skills
  • Develops well-rounded students
  • Fosters responsibility and involvement in the students’ communities
  • Varied assessment formats: oral presentations, portfolios, essay exams, research papers
  • Desirable factor in the college admissions process
  • Potential for college credit based on exam scores
  • Engaged with a cohort of motivated students and families
  • Participation signals a student’s commitment to their academics and often leads to acceptance to competitive universities and to advanced standing

How can I prepare for IB in middle school?  

  • Complete at least Algebra I
  • Complete two years of a world language (it is possible to earn the IB diploma with only one year)

Sample Four-Year Program

Please note, the IB coordinator and IB Counselor are available to help you design a schedule that meets your needs. 

Ninth Grade  Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade
Pre Bac English 9 Pre Bac English 10 IB English HL IB English HL
Pre Bac World History 10 Pre Bac Government IB History HL IB History HL
Pre Bac Biology 9 Pre Bac Chemistry IB Science IB Science
Geometry or Pre Bac Algebra II Pre Bac Algebra II or Pre Bac Pre-Calculus Pre Bac Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus or IB Math IB Math
World Language World Language IB World Language IB World Language
PE NinPE Students must have 1 IB elective. This is taken during the junior and/or senior year depending if it's an HL or SL elective. 
Free Elective Free Elective  Free Elective  Free Elective 
Free Elective  Free Elective


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