Founded in 1968 and offered in 125 countries, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a demanding pre-university course of study for Juniors and Seniors. The IB curriculum encourages critical thinking and problem solving through the study of six traditional disciplines. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universities. The IB grading system is criterion-referenced and consistent from one examination session to the next.
In May 2016, Carrollton graduated its 10th International Baccalaureate class. Ninety-four percent of the class earned the diploma, well above the 78-80% pass rate of the international community. Over the past seven years, the program has yielded excellent results and Carrollton, working with the IBO, has conferred 456 International Baccalaureate diplomas.
Carrollton’s program continues to flourish. Students apply to the program during their sophomore year and pursue courses in six subject areas: English, International Language (French, Mandarin and/or Spanish), Individuals and Society (History of the Americas and 20th Century History, Psychology), Experimental Sciences (Biology and/or, Environmental Science, Marine Science and/or Chemistry, and/or Physics and Design Technology, and/or IB Computer Science) Mathematics (Math Studies, Math SL, 2 yr/1 yr and AP Calculus BC, Math HL) and the Arts (Visual Arts, Theater Arts, Music, Dance or an additional science or language or Information Technology in a Global Society). Each course requires a variety of assessments, including projects, analytical writing assignments, portfolios, and oral commentaries. Students wishing to pursue a Bilingual Diploma may be recommended to Spanish A: Language and Literature or a French A: Language and Literature. Students select their program with the guidance of the IB Coordinator.
All Carrollton students are required to complete an extended essay, Theory of Knowledge, and creativity, action, and service (CAS).