Welcome to the Irmo High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


    The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Irmo High School is an academically rigorous course of study.


    Students participate in the IB Programme during their junior and senior years. The purpose of the IB programme is to challenge academically motivated students within the international standards of excellence established by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) guidelines.


    Unlike other academic pathways, the IB Programme is designed to have a meta-cognitive approach to learning that helps students develop the higher-order thinking strategies needed to become lifelong independent learners. Students are expected to make connections among different academic disciplines and not to study subjects in isolation. This is based on the belief that the total educational experience is more than the sum of its parts.


    The diploma program is a two-year sequence followed in the eleventh and twelfth grades, and has the following requirements:

    • Six courses chosen from a different area of study. Of these courses, three must be High Level, which are taken over both the eleventh and twelfth grade years.
    • 18 months of participation in creativity, action and service (CAS).
    • An extended essay of 4000 words, which demands independent work under appropriate guidance and gives the candidate a first experience of personal research.
    • A course in Theory of Knowledge which 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 Organization (IBO) and our Diploma Programme, visit the IBO 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 AP/IB coordinator,   Mrs. Padula  Diane Padula, email: dpadula@lexrich5.org




    IB Diploma Programme is open to all students willing to challenge themselves with college level coursework and willing to complete additional creativity, action, and service hours.

    Students must have completed Algebra 2 and Level 2 of a World Language before their junior year in order to enroll in the Diploma Programme.

    IB promotes open access to students who are motivated to pursue a well-rounded education and a high level of performance in all six disciplines:

    • Studies in language and literature
    • Language acquisition
    • Individuals and societies
    • Experimental sciences
    • Mathematics
    • The arts

    IB diploma candidates also take Theory of Knowledge, write an Extended Essay of up to 4,000 words, and must demonstrate creativity, action and service over a two year period.

    IB scores are based on classroom work done over time and on IB exams.

    Only IB students enrolled in the IB programme may take IB exams or receive IB credit.

    IB exams are developed and scored by an international panel of examiners. Exams are administered locally and shipped for scoring to these examiners who live and teach in IB schools all around the world.

    IB teachers work as a team to support students and to connect the curriculum across disciplines.

    IB courses move at a different pace, some over a two-year period, to allow time for in-depth research, inquiry, reflection and analysis.

    All IB courses require significant writing skills that develop over the two year period, in addition to reading and higher level thinking skills. Students write papers in all subjects, including math, science and the arts.

    IB seeks to create a cohort or peer group around academics. The overall goal of the programme is to make the world a better place by studying conflict, development and sustainability.

    Successful IB candidates receive an IB Diploma.