IB Program

Summer Assignments: There are no summer assignments for Pre-Diploma Program students and for IB Diploma Program and IB Course students unless already specified in advance by your teacher. 

Rising IBDP 12th grade students are expected to work on the Extended Essays and to maintain contact with their EE supervisors.

IB ProgramInternational Baccalaureate Diploma Program
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at the university level and in life beyond. In the U.S., the program is taught during 11th and 12th grades, and on the worldwide level has gained recognition and respect since its inception in 1968. 

The IB Diploma Program provides students the opportunity to explore a subject's breadth and depth greater than any other academic curriculum and includes extensive study of the nature of knowledge itself in its unique Theory of Knowledge course. Students also engage in service-oriented activities outside of the traditional classroom through IB's Creativity, Action, and Service requirements. In addition, the program has earned a reputation for its rigorous external and internal assessments that meet global standards and by its emphasis on educating the whole student—intellectually, physically, emotionally, and ethically.

Besides being well-prepared for the challenges of college, the IB Diploma graduate possesses the characteristics necessary to be a productive, contributing citizen in the new global age.

The IB Mission
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Why Take IB Courses?
IB individual courses are designed at the rigor of college-level courses, similar to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students who take IB courses and earn passing scores from four to seven can be eligible for college credit and/or placement.

Every student who takes an IB course receives a certificate for completing the course. In addition, the IB sends, at the student's discretion, the student's score to the college or university of the student's choice. Just as with AP courses, the college then determines the number of credits that the IB student earns based on the score report.

Universities across the world all recognize IB courses as those that best prepare students for postsecondary study.

IB Courses Currently Offered
  • IB Biology Standard Level
  • IB Chemistry Standard Level
  • IB Computer Science Standard Level
  • IB Music Standard Level Group Performance
  • IB Physics Standard Level
  • IB Spanish Standard Level
  • IB Sports Exercise Standard Level
  • IB Visual Arts Standard Level
These courses are now also available to 11th and 12th grade students who are not full IB diploma candidates but would like to take IB courses to earn college credit. Each Standard Level course is a one year course. View course descriptions on the IB Course Descriptions page.

Pre-Diploma IB Program
The Pre-Diploma IB Program is specifically designed to prepare 9th and 10th grade students for the academic challenges of the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Please view the Pre-Diploma Applicant Presentation for the Class of 2026 for an overview of FPCHS's IB Diploma Program and instructions for applying.

Pre-Diploma IB Program Application - Class of 2026

The Pre-Diploma Program Application Packet for the Class of 2026 includes the following information:
  • Admission Information
  • Student Information
  • Student Statement of Intent
  • Parent/Guardian Information
  • Parent Commitment Form
  • Information on the IB Program
Please read the packet, and complete the required information carefully. 

Pre-Diploma Program Application 


Roger Tangney, IB Diploma Program Coordinator

Extension 3284
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Phil DeAugustino, IB Diploma Program Guidance Counselor
Extension 3111
[email protected]