What is IB?
International Baccalaureate (IB) has three programme levels for students aged 3 to 19 that help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a global world. There are more than 658,000 IB students at 2,405 schools in 131 countries.
The IB Diploma Programme, designed for college-bound and highly motivated students, is a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum based on international standards. Students who successfully complete the challenging two-year program (junior/senior level) may earn college and university credit as well as the IB Diploma. Some IB courses may be taught concurrently with Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
IB’s broad range of subjects accommodates diverse student interests and intentions. The advanced academic study allows proficiency in languages, science, mathematics, social studies, and fine arts. In order to receive the IB diploma, students must complete a Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay, and the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) component.
IB’s multi-disciplinary approach encourages students to develop their academic talents, delve into educational inquiry, and study human behavior. Students complete internal assessments (projects, oral presentations, essays, etc.) and external assessments (exams) that are moderated and evaluated by international examiners. Costs of these exams must be borne by the student; however, limited financial assistance is available.
Based on the associated IB exam, advanced placement and/or college credit may be awarded upon college entrance. Colleges and universities have policies regarding how much credit and/or advanced placement will be received for a given score on an IB exam, including any courses from which the student will be exempted or any higher-level courses the student will be allowed to enter. Students should check college websites about specific advanced placement and credit policies. A Texas law now exists which requires public colleges to grant entering freshmen at least 24 semester credit hours if they complete the IB diploma program and score 4 or above on the IB exams.
To enter the IB Diploma Programme in the junior year of high school, it is recommended that students must have participated in Pre-AP or Pre-IB courses and studied a second language during the freshman and sophomore years. Students may transfer to a campus offering the IB Programme to participate. McNeil and Westwood students may participate in the Westwood IB Programme; Round Rock and Stony Point students may participate in the Stony Point IB Programme. The student is responsible for transportation.
Further information is available from the IB Coordinator at the participating high schools.
All students in RRISD are encouraged to begin the IB Programme at Westwood or Stony Point High Schools. Students may transfer to a campus offering the IB Programme.
McNeil and Westwood students may participate in the Westwood IB Programme; Cedar Ridge, Round Rock, and Stony Point students may participate in the Stony Point IB Programme.
The student is responsible for transportation. Further information is available from the IB Coordinator at the participating high schools and at www.ibo.org. Participation requires completion of the IB Statement of Declaration.