The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968 as nonprofit 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. 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.
The International Baccalaureate Organization states emphatically that the IB Diploma Program 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.
FMS students desiring to achieve the IB school will attend high school at Fairhope High School beginning in either the 9th or 10th grades. Requirements for admission in the 9th grade include un-weighted 3.0 (B) average in Math, English, Science, and Social Studies classes in 8th grade; Completed application (forms online at www.fairhopehs.com); Standardized test scores; writing sample; interview.
Contact the 8th grade counselor at FMS for more information at 943-1255.