International Baccalaureate (IB)


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is an inclusive, comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum, leading to examinations for high school juniors and seniors. Since the International Baccalaureate office was established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1965, the IB program has grown to over 2000 participating schools in over 130 countries.

Designed as a comprehensive curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national systems of education, the IB program is based on the pattern of no single country. It provides students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them.The education of the “whole person” takes on a special significance as we enter the twenty-first century when knowledge continues to expand dramatically; when advanced technologies and global economies have tied together vastly different cultures; when the world is bound too closely for provincial ideologies to guide political thought; when to exist in a world community requires appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity; and when cooperation alone will solve global problems. It is essential, therefore, that academic training provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to succeed in a competitive modern world.

Pre-IB Classes (Grades 9-10)

Students who would like to prepare for rigorous courses in 11th and 12th grade, whether it is honors, AP, or Dual enrollment courses are encouraged to take pre-IB courses. The path to strong college readiness starts with a pre-IB education. Students in pre-IB learn HOW to learn, HOW to analyze, HOW to reach considered conclusions about people, their languages and literature, their ways in society and the scientific forces of the environment. These are skills our students need when they enter 11th grade, taking honors, Dual Enrollment, AP or IB courses. Full diploma candidates are strongly encouraged to take a full course of Pre-IB courses in 9th and 10th grade.

Taking IB Classes (Grades 11-12)

Students may choose to take one course or several, or they may choose to become full diploma candidates, taking full time International Baccalaureate courses. Students can combine IB courses will Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings, or dual enrollment classes at IRSC as well. These courses are quite rigorous and students must be prepared to read, write, and compute at high levels.

IB Diploma Program

All IB diploma candidates are required to engage in the study of languages, sciences, mathematics, and social studies in the final two years of the secondary schooling.

If you would like more information about the IB Program at Port Saint Lucie High School, please contact

Ms. Valerie Arendas
(772) 337-6770 or

valerie.arendas@stlucieschools.org