International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at AHS

IBDP at Annandale High School

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an internationally recognized program of studies offered to highly motivated 11th and 12th-grade students. This program provides the academic rigor, structure, and experiences for students looking for the highest degree of academic challenge. Students are challenged to use their education to “create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

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The IB Diploma Program

a two-year program of studies across disciplines with multiple components.

IB courses and assessments are offered in six different subject areas

  • Group 1 Language A (English)

  • Group 2 Language B (Spanish, French, Latin or Arabic)

  • Group 3 Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)

  • Group 4 Experimental Sciences

  • Group 5 Mathematics

  • Group 6 Arts and Electives

3 Core Requirements

  • Participation in Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) seminar taken Spring of 11th grade and Fall of 12th-grade

  • Writing and submitting an Extended Essay (EE) under the supervision of a teacher

The International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, awards an IB Diploma to students who complete all of the required components.

  • Students at Annandale High School are encouraged to participate in the full diploma program but may elect to take individual IB courses and earn an IB Certificate for those courses. To enroll in IB courses students must have earned at least a grade of B in the prior course in the subject area and be firmly committed to pursuing the highest level of academic challenge available. It is essential that a student considering an IB Diploma work with the IB Coordinator and the counselor to plan a 4-year sequence that matches his or her interests, abilities and goals while meeting the requirements for graduation, the IB Diploma, and college admission.

  • Taking IB Diploma courses is excellent preparation for college. Students who take IB courses are admitted to college at higher rates than non-IB students, are better prepared for college and have a higher rate of college completion than their non-IB counterparts.

For more information on the IB Diploma program, please contact Linda Bradshaw at 703-642-4236 or by e-mail at @email.