IB Mission Statement:
The 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 world.
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 experience.
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.
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.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
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.
IB Coordinator: Mrs. Dee Dee Litaker
IB Counselor: Mrs. Jessica Morris