The IB program is a rigorous program of study focusing on critical thinking and international mindedness. The program seeks to develop the whole child intellectually, personally, socially, and emotionally through teaching of cultural understanding, language development, and volunteerism. Designed to reinforce a positive attitude, the program teaches students to ask challenging questions, reflect critically, develop research skills, and “learn how to learn.”
The continuum of education spans from Kindergarten to Grade 12. IB schools maintain high standards by actively training and supporting teachers in the IB curriculum. IB schools are also evaluated and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization in order to receive IB World School designation.
Our IB Schools
- Academy of Richmond County High School
- Copeland Elementary School*
- Hephzibah Elementary School*
- Hephzibah Middle School*
- Hephzibah High School*
- Lake Forest Hills Elementary School
- Langford Middle School
*IB Candidate School
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)
For grades K – 5, PYP introduces specific vocabulary and concepts, including inquiry-based learning, PYP attitudes/character traits, and the learning profile. School staff members develop units of inquiry connecting subject areas, so students can view their studies holistically. The PYP emphasizes academic development, international understanding, and service to society. The curriculum framework includes five essential elements: concepts, actions, skills, knowledge, and attitudes.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)
For grades 6 – 10, MYP emphasizes the learning profile and focuses on an intensive study of core subjects, while integrating concept based learning through global contexts and key concepts. Students study a variety of disciplines and how they relate. MYP students complete community activities and service hours; a Personal Project is the culminating assessment for the program.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP)
For grades 11 – 12, DP is a two-year curriculum and among the most academically rigorous programs offered in high school. The program emphasizes intellectual and international understanding, as well as responsible citizenship and community service. Students are encouraged to sit for international exams with the opportunity to earn the IB Diploma, a highly esteemed qualification widely recognized by institutions of high learning. Students in the DP are also required to complete Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) hours, the Theory of Knowledge Course, and an Extended Essay.
International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP)
The IB Career-related Programme is a rigorous 11th and 12th grade curriculum preparing students to enter university of the workforce. In addition to completing their chosen career pathway, such as engineering or cybersecurity, students take a selection of rigorous IB courses as well as engage in service learning, language acquisition, and reflection and investigation into ethical issues in their field of study. Students who successfully complete the programme requirements earn the IB Career-related Certificate and may also earn college credit.