International Baccalaureate

In February 2003, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) authorized Oscar F. Smith High School to teach the grade 11-12 Diploma Program beginning in September 2004.

Interested eighth graders from across Chesapeake apply for the program by applying for the grade 9-10 Pre-IB Academy at Oscar Smith High School. Students accepted for the IB Program who reside outside the Oscar Smith school zone are bused to the school for all instruction in Grades 9-12 and participate in all extra-curricular activities at Oscar Smith, including all Virginia High School League sanctioned activities and sports.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a demanding, two-year program of curriculum and service that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary students. The Diploma Program offers a comprehensive and integrated approach to learning that prepares students for rigorous assessments in six subject areas during grades 11 and 12. Students must also complete a minimum of 150 hours in Creativity, Action, and Service activities, a 4,000-word essay of original research, and a Theory of Knowledge course. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) awards its diploma to students who perform successfully on the six external examinations and fulfill all other requirements of the program at an authorized IB world school. It is recognized as the highest diploma currently offered by any high school in the world.

International Baccalaureate allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national systems of education and is based on the pattern of no single country. The primary objective of an IB program is to provide a world-class education that prepares students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for college and the rest of their lives. The rigorous curriculum, the requirement of the extended essay, the Theory of Knowledge course, and the Creativity, Action, and Service component are designed to produce well-rounded and well-educated citizens who can think critically, write well, speak articulately, and manage extremely demanding schedules. For three decades thousands of young adults from all continents have earned the IB diploma and have gained admission to leading institutions of higher education.

Information on these pages is adapted from materials provided by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

For Further Information, please contact the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at 757-548-3286.