International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme?
An academically challenging and balanced course of study, that prepares students for success in college and life beyond.  The mission of the program is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better, more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers.  This sophisticated two-year curriculum covers a wide range of academic subjects and has stood the test of time for over half a million students in 138 countries since 1968.  IB Diploma Programme graduates are welcomed by the world's leading universities.

What are the benefits of the IB Diploma Programme?

  • Higher university and college acceptance rates for IB graduates than for total population applicants
  • Increased scholarship and grant opportunities
  • A college level academic program that transitions students to university and college standards
  • Interdisciplinary instruction to encourage international-mindedness
  • Fostering of lifelong learning
  • Teacher  development using IB strategies

Universities recognize the outstanding qualities of IB Diploma Programme students.  Typically, diploma holders are ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide leadership and support in the local and global community.  They demonstrate a capacity for in-depth study while maintaining a broad perspective of the different subject areas.  They are able to ask challenging questions but also know how to research a topic and express their opinion.

How is the IB Diploma Programme structured?
To prepare for the program in grades 11 and 12, freshmen and sophomores take Honors/Pre Diploma Programme classes in English, social studies, and science along with appropriate mathematics and foreign language courses.

How do students apply for the IB Diploma Program?
Eighth grade students may obtain an application from any PGCPS Middle School Guidance Department, from the IB Coordinator at Diploma Program sites, or on
the PGCPS website 




Edrika Hall
International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator 

Advanced Programs
Instructional Support Services Center 
9201 East Hampton Drive
Capitol Heights, MD 20743



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