INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

CONTACT :: Beth Cross, State Consultant, Division of Advanced Learning & Gifted Education

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WHAT IS AN IB COURSE?

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses follow a curriculum created by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a non-profit educational foundation located in Cardiff, Wales.  Students can take individual IB classes and earn a certificate of completion for each class (with a score of 4 or higher on the corresponding IB exam) or can be IB diploma students, which is a 2-year program for juniors and seniors. Students who decide to pursue an IB diploma must complete a specific set of courses, the Theory of Knowledge course, a 4,000 word Extended Essay, and 150 hours of creativity, action, and service hours.

The International Baccalaureate Organization also offers a Primary Years Program and a Middle Years Program.

In North Carolina, 33 public high schools offer the IB Diploma Program and 2 public high schools offer the IB Career-ready Program.

Here is a link to the IBO, with descriptions of each program: www.ibo.org