• High School Acceleration Programs

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs

    Grades K-5: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

    The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curricular framework focuses on the development of the whole child in a learning environment that encourages independence, academic challenges, inquiry, creativity, and responsible citizenship. This Choice program offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning in an internationally designed concept-based model with guidelines on student learning styles, methodologies and assessment strategies. The PYP is a combination of the best research and practices from international schools and includes the study of world languages and cultures to enhance the international perspective.

    Elementary Schools Offering IB Primary Years Programme:

    • None

    Grades 6-10: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

    The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) is for students in Grades 6-10 and provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills appropriate to this stage of adolescence. The IBMYP offers a holistic approach that emphasizes critical thinking skills, global citizenship and intercultural awareness as well as traditional school subjects. The curriculum consists of eight subject groups integrated through six interactive areas providing global contexts for learning:  1) Identities and relationships, 2) Personal and cultural identity,  3) Orientations in space and time, 4) Scientific and technical innovation, 5) Fairness and development, and 6) Globalization and sustainability.  The eight academic subjects required in Grades 6-8 of the IBMYP are: 1) Language and Literature (English),  2) Language Acquisition (additional World Language), 3) Mathematics, 4) Sciences, 5) Individuals and societies  (Social Studies), 6) Arts, 7) Design (Technology),  and 8) Physical and Health Education. In Grades 9 and 10, students take courses from six of the eight subject groups according to each IB high school's IB course pathway.  

    Middle Schools Offering the IB Middle Years Programme:

    • None

    High Schools Offering the IB Middle Years Programme:

    • None

    Grades 11-12: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

    The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares Grades 11 and 12 students for effective participation in a rapidly globalizing world and for postsecondary success in college and career. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. Students study at least two languages and increase understanding of diverse cultures. Due to its rigorous nature, preparation for the IB program is offered through the IB Middle Years curricula in the 9th and 10th grades or through other accelerated curricula. The IB diploma is recognized internationally and leads to advanced standing in universities throughout the world. The IB Diploma Programme framework includes required courses within six subject groups: 1) Studies in Language and Literature, 2) Language Acquisition, 3) Individuals and Societies, 4) Experimental Sciences, 5) Mathematics and Computer Science, and 6) Arts. Schools can tailor the course sequences to meet each school’s focus. Courses offered to International Baccalaureate high school students can be accessed on the link for each school below.

    Requirements: 3.0 Academic GPA. Algebra I or Algebra I Honors are recommended. It is also recommended to have Spanish, French, or Chinese for high school credit.

    Leads to: International Baccalaureate Diploma

    High Schools Offering the IB Diploma Programme:

    • Rickard High School

    To learn more about the new IB program at Rickards, contact XXXXXXXXX , at (850) xxx-xxxx or by email at 

    International Baccalaureate
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Last Modified on October 17, 2022