Welcome to the Irmo High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


    The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Irmo High School is the most academically rigorous course of study offered by Lexington/Richland School District 5, during their eleventh and twelfth grade years.


    The diploma program is a two-year sequence and has the following requirements:

    • Six courses chosen from different areas of study - three must be High Level, which are taken over both years and three must be Standard Level.
    • 18 months of participation in creativity, action and service (CAS).
    • An extended essay of 4000 words, which demands independent work and gives the candidate a first experience of academic research.
    • A course in Theory of Knowledge - explains the relationship between different disciplines and ensures that students engage in critical reflection on the knowledge and experience acquired both within and beyond the classroom.


    Students take courses in six subject areas (English, History, Foreign Language, Math, Art, Science) 
    Diploma Program requires CAS hours (Creativity, Action & Service ), Theory of Knowledge coursework and an Extended Essay Research Paper.
    For more information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) and our Diploma Programme, visit the IB Diploma website.


    PHILOSOPHY:  The IB program is based on two principles: •The need for a broad general education formally establishing the basic knowledge necessary for whatever career may be chosen or whatever academic pathway may be followed in further studies. •The need for a choice among the subjects to be studied so that the students’ options may correspond as far as possible to their interests and capacities. The intent is that students should learn how to learn, analyze and reach considered conclusions about humanity, their languages, ways in society, and the scientific forces of the environment.


     Our IB coordinator, Dr. Diane Padula, email: dpadula@lexrich5.org                Mrs. Padula


  • A glimpse of the IB Diploma Programme at Irmo High School.