International Baccalaureate

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    The International Baccalaureate Organization has provided the following updates:

    • IB face-to-face examinations will not be administered this spring.
    • Students will still be eligible to receive diplomas and certificates which reflect their standard of work. This is based on student coursework, including the Internal Assessment, and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programs.
    • Student Internal Assessment work must be submitted to IB by April 20, 2020. Teachers will assist students with the completion and submission of these components so that students may be evaluated for the IB Diploma.
    • Full details are available on IB’s regularly updated Covid-19 FAQ site
    • IB teachers will continue to provide daily instruction to extend learning in all IB courses to ensure coverage of major concepts and skills that students would be expected to master for future college courses.



    Challenge Yourself: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

    Since 1996, Guilford County Schools has been proud to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for highly motivated high school students. The rigorous standards of academic excellence associated with IB make it a compelling option for many students.

    The program's influence also serves to raise academic expectations for all students.

    One of only a small number of North Carolina school systems authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the prestigious diploma program, Guilford County boasts four established programs at High Point Central High School, Grimsley High School,Page High School and Smith High School.

    All interested students throughout the school district have an opportunity to apply to participate in one of the four IB Diploma Programs. Through IB, Guilford County Schools is proud to offer a world-class education for all students who aspire to enter selective universities throughout the world.

    In Guilford County Schools in the 2014-15 school year:

    • 731 students in the four IB programs took 2,076 International Baccalaureate exams
    • Of the 2,076 IB exams taken, 1,272 earned a passing score (4 or better)
    • 124 students earned an IB Diploma


    Short History of the International Baccalaureate

    The idea of an international baccalaureate grew out of the practical need to prepare students enrolled in international schools for a variety of national examinations required to pursue university study. With the impetus provided by the International Schools Association, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was established in Geneva in 1965.

    The International Baccalaureate North America oversees the program in more than 1000 schools in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

    Students are often accorded advanced standing and college credit based on their IB work. Credit is assessed and granted upon the successful completion of the IB examination by the College Board. As part of our commitment to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve, Guilford County Schools will pay for the cost of the examination fees assessed by the IBO for each test.

    For more information regarding IB exams and for answers to questions, please visit