International Baccalaureate Programme
The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. Its original purpose was to facilitate the international mobility of students preparing for university by providing schools with a curriculum and diploma recognized by universities around the world. Since then its mission has expanded, and it now seeks to make an IB education available to students of all ages.
In the thirty years since its founding, the IB diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise, and is considered the “Cadillac” of education. IB students demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.
Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, may offer the Diploma Programme which now includes over 200,000 students encompassing 1,462 schools in 117 countries.
What Type of Student Succeeds in the IB Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Organization states emphatically that the IB Diploma Programme is not necessarily for the most able students, but for the most motivated students. Characteristics that many IB students share are motivation, commitment, and self-discipline. Students who possess a broad interest in all countries, cultures, and customs as well as a wide range of interests outside the classroom will most likely be successful IB candidates.
IB and Universities
Significant numbers of IB students have gained admission to Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Stanford, Virginia, Emory, and US military academies. IB students find they are well prepared for university work and are often accorded advanced standing and college credit based on their IB course work.
College credit awarded to IB graduates varies at many post-secondary institutions. The extent of college credit awarded is dependent upon the policy of the college and the individual IB student’s record. Recognition policies of over 800 U.S. colleges and international universities are found on the IBO website: www.ibo.org.
IB and Baldwin County
Daphne High School and Fairhope High School are now fully authorized IB World Schools. Each school completed applications for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, went through site visits, and had teachers trained in each of the six fields of curriculum. Now each school is accepting applications from rising 9th and 10th grade students from throughout the county to attend school at Fairhope or Daphne High School and participate in the program. Each school also has current 10th graders that are registering for IB classes for their junior year. If these students are successful in the program, then in 2010, they will be the first Baldwin County high school graduates that will receive an International Baccalaureate diploma along with their State of Alabama high school diploma.
Student applications are available in the "Documents and Forms" link located on the left side menu of this webpage under "International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)."
Click on the links below to access the official International Baccalaureate website, as well as the IB section for both of our applicant schools. Students who would attend Spanish Fort or Baldwin County High School would attend Daphne High School; students who are in the Foley, Robertsdale, or Gulf Shores attendance zones would attend Fairhope High School.
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