Diploma Programme

Mrs. Kyra Brown
Diploma Programme IB Coordinator
[email protected]
407-835-2300 ext. 6092239
Fax: 407-835-2337 

IB Programme Overview

IB Diploma Program Overview

General Information:

What is International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)?

  • A junior and senior high school program focused on developing students who will be prepared to succeed in the 21st century.
  • A program aimed at developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • A holistic program centered on developing the individual in all academic areas (strengths and weaknesses).
  • An internationally recognized rigorous two-year curriculum, which prepares students to enter college and life with the skills they need to be successful.

JHS IB Curriculum and Diploma:

The Diploma Programme requires students to successfully complete six core subjects. Three to four courses will be at the Higher Level (HL). HL is taught over two years. Two to three courses will be at Standard Level (SL). SL is taught over a course of one to two years depending upon the curriculum.

JHS International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Requirements:

Six Academic Subjects

(subject details can be found under Diploma Programme Curriculum at )

  • Group 1: Language Arts: English A Literature HL
  • Group 2: World Language: Spanish SL or French SL
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies: History of the Americas and Contemporary History HL
  • Group 4 Experimental Science: Biology HL
  • Group 5: Mathematics: Math Studies SL
  • Group 6: Elective: Visual Arts SL or Psychology SL

Three Core Requirements

  • EE-Extended Essay (Research Paper in subject of student choice)
  • CAS-Creativity, Activity, Service
  • TOK-Theory of Knowledge

How is IB different from AP?

Both IB and AP offer rigorous courses and are excellent preparation for college; however, students learn differently within the courses. AP courses focus on the student's area(s) of strength, while IB is a comprehensive curriculum that requires the student to take courses in all subjects and is centered on a global perspective. AP courses are taught individually, whereas IB is an interdisciplinary, international program of study focused on the student.

How will Jones High's lower grades support the IBDP?

JHS has one of the only two MYP programs in the district. MYP teachers have gone through various types of IB subject specific training. Training of MYP teachers will continue in order to support curriculum and skills alignment. JHS core teachers, in conjunction with the IB coordinator and subject area coaches are working to realigned the district mandated curriculum and skills to support the IB programme. Students will be presented with various types of assessments that will prepare them for not only the state mandated assessments, but also for the IB assessments they will take at the end of their DP courses. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the preparatory path for the IB Diploma Programme.

Benefits To Students

  • 2014 Research: IB is an Education for the 21st Century - IB students are prepared for college-level coursework; demonstrate civic knowledge and skills, critical thinking skills and superior science literary.
  • View Research Digest: Article and other research
  • IB students learn life skills that will be with them long after they leave high school including critical thinking, time management, public speaking and research.
  • International Community - The diploma programme focuses on developing responsible citizens who will demonstrate leadership skills and create a future focused on ethical principles and global citizenship.
  • Preparedness - An IB Diploma demonstrates a student is serious about learning and is prepared for college level work.
  • University Scholarships - A number of universities offer scholarships for IB Diploma holders. (A list of universities that offer scholarships appears on the Diploma Program section of this website.)
  • University Admissions - An IB Diploma is widely recognized by American and International universities as a strong academic curriculum, giving students an "edge" in the admissions process.
  • College Credit - Florida Legislation ( ) requires Florida colleges and universities to grant at least 24 credits to students who have earned an IB Diploma. For further details and exceptions, refer to each college or university webpage.
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship also awards

Who should enroll in the IBDP

Jones High supports an open access policy. An open access policy means that all students who are highly motivated and seek a holistic approach to their education should consider enrolling in the IB Diploma Programme via our application process.

Students who

  • are open minded to a global perspective and seek a challenging educational experience.
  • strong academic background, proficient in Reading and Writing FSA
  • want to be prepared for the 21st century and demonstrate leadership potential.
  • have a strong work ethic, time management skills and good study habits.

IB Academics and Curriculum

College and Scholarship Information - Specific to IB

JHS Student Extended Essay Guide

Extended Essay Overview

Extended Essay Process (Website IB for Class of 2018 and on)

Activities to assist with the beginning development of your Extended Essay

EE Research Resources

EE Timeline & Deadlines

Role of Student

Role of the EE Supervisor

Student Checkpoints (Grades)

Subject Specific Guides

EE Rubrics & Exemplars

Citing Sources


  • Chicago Format
      • Chicago Sample Formatted Essay from Purdue Style Footnotes
      • Chicago Footnotes
      • Purdue's Citation Guide for Chicago
      • Easybib's Citation Guide for Chicago
      • Sample Paper in Chicago Style (pay attention to notes about Bibliography and overall formatting)


  • APA Format
      • APA Sample Formatted Essay from Purdue
      • Sample Paper in APA Style (pay attention to notes about formatting the paper and References)
      • Purdue's Citation Guide for APA
      • How to Cite Using APA (bibme)
      • How to Cite a Table in APA
      • How to Cite a Table in APA (another site)


  • Citation Generators

A great online resource can be located at on the The USIS Extended Essay and Research Site

Formatting the Extended Essay

Viva Voce (Concluding Interview)


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