St. Petersburg High School International Baccalaureate ProgramAbout SPHS International Baccalaureate (IB)The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a challenging two-year curriculum, which takes place in the 11th and 12th grades. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
The St. Petersburg High Pre-Diploma Program (Pre-DP) prepares 9th- and 10th-grade students for the rigorous IB Diploma Program. Students accepted into the Pre-DP must successfully complete all Pre-DP courses and achieve a 2.69 cumulative, unweighted grade point average at the end of 10th grade to be eligible to enter the IB Diploma Program.Our Mission
peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Contact InformationSusan FariasIB Coordinator
Assistant Principal for IB Program
893-1842 ext. 2011
Mary Lou Derrickson
893.1842 ext 2012
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The IB Learner Profile
IB learners strive to be:
InquirersThey 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.
KnowledgeableThey 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.
ThinkersThey exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
CommunicatorsThey 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.
PrincipledThey 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.
Open-mindedThey 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.
CaringThey 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.
Risk-takersThey 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.
BalancedThey understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
ReflectiveThey 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.