St. Petersburg High School International Baccalaureate Program

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    About 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
    The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) 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 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 Information

    Susan Farias
    IB Coordinator
    Assistant Principal for IB Program
    893-1842 ext. 2011

    Mary Lou Derrickson
    IB Secretary
    893.1842 ext 2012

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    The 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.