International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring,
knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more
peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To
this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international
organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education
and rigorous assessment. These
programmes encourage students across the world to become active,
compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with
their differences, can also be right.
Fairhope High School
is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
This authorization grants Fairhope High School the authority to offer the
11th and 12th grade program called the "Diploma Programme." In
addition, 9th and 10th grade students may apply for the preparation
program which will lead to a more successful Diploma Programme experience in
the 11th and 12th grade.
Diploma students complete exams in six subject
areas. Additionally, they complete an Extended Essay (EE) and
a CAS Program of Creativity, Action, and Service
activities. If successful, the student will be granted the
prestigious IB Diploma. Students who pass only a portion of the exams will be
granted IB Certificates in the subjects for which they passed the exam
criteria. IB Certificates can be thought of as equivalent to AP Exam grades
of 3-5 depending on the IB exam score.
The International Baccalaureate is a challenging
alternative that will help students gain access to the world's leading
universities. The program is internationally recognized and offered in 91
countries. Many universities give preference to IB diploma holders and
some will grant first-year university credits to graduates.
Students who are awarded an IB diploma will also earn an
Alabama High School diploma at the same time.
IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop
internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and
shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful
IB learners strive to be:
They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the
skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in
learning They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be
sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local
and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and
develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills
critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and
make reasoned, ethical decisions.
They understand and express ideas and information
confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of
modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in
collaboration with others.
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.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and
personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions
of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and
evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the
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
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
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical
and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and
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.
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