DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
The International Baccalaureate Organization, which began in 1968, is currently in 143 countries and has 4,634 schools. The Diploma Programme is now offered by 3,088 IB World Schools while 894 of those IB World DP Programs are in the United States, 30 of which are in Georgia. Douglas County High School received its official letter of welcome to the international community of IB World Schools in April 2007 and is now authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme. At Douglas County High School over 500 students are enrolled in the program.
The International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous, comprehensive program for high achieving, highly motivated students that is specifically designed to emphasize traditional disciplines while encouraging an international perspective.
The curriculum is an integrated program that includes six subject areas, a service component, an extended essay and a required course called Theory of Knowledge. Active citizenship and global perspectives are encouraged in each area of the curriculum. The IB educational experience will provide the student with a well-rounded, highly academic course of study, emphasizing the development of the total individual while accommodating diverse student interests. IB allows the opportunity to earn college credit as well as giving students a greater opportunity for scholarships and acceptance to highly selective schools around the world. As of March 2008, the State Board of Regents ruled that students earning an IB diploma could earn up to 24 college credits based on their IB courses. The International Baccalaureate program encourages individual accomplishment, rewards student achievement, fosters self-discipline and responsibility, and challenges students to reach their potential.
Students interested in participating in the International Baccalaureate Program must meet specified criteria and make formal application to the program. The complete student profile will include the following:
Successful academic history
Standardized test scores
Information meetings are held at all middle schools each fall and interest forms are distributed at a county Informational Meeting in October at Douglas County High School.
THE IB LEARNER PROFILE
The IB Learner Profile defines the type of learner that the International Baccalaureate Program hopes to develop. The profile indicates that the goal of the IB Program is to promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. It focuses on the dynamic combination of knowledge skills, independent critical and creative thought and international mindedness in order to educate the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship.
Their natural curiosity is nurtured. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct constructive inquiry and research, and become independent active learners. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues which have global relevance and importance. In so doing, they acquire, and are able to make use of a significant body of knowledge across a range of disciplines.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.
They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty, a sense of fairness and justice and respect for the dignity of the individual.
Through an understanding and appreciation of their own culture, they are open to perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to action and service to make a positive difference to the environment and to the lives of others.
They approach unfamiliar situations with confidence and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being for themselves and others. They demonstrate perseverance and self-discipline.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and personal development. They are able to analyze their strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.