Prospective Student Information for Bartow IB!

  • Demands are high and students must be willing to work hard.
  • The program expects students to excel to their maximum potential academically, socially, and in extra-curricular activities.
  • Due to the rigor of the program, and possible travel involved, participation in the IB program becomes a family commitment.
  • Students should enter the program because the student wants to accept the challenge to discover her/his true potential.

Final acceptance into this program is contingent upon proof of residency within the zone of the district, and successful completion of eighth grade courses this year, including Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Honors if not completed last year.

Prospective Students Eligibility Profile for IB at Bartow High School

In order to attend IB, a student must apply, and qualify, for one of the limited seats during the District Open Enrollment period during his/her eighth-grade year.

  • Middle School GPA of a 3.5 or higher
  • Pass the Algebra 1 course and the End-of-Course state assessment.
  • Have qualifying standard assessment scores
  • Live in the IB @ BHS zone (West Side of Polk County) polkschoolsfl.com/zonefinder/

Applications are accepted through www.polkschoolsfl.com/SchoolOptions during the Open Enrollment period. Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 is November 5, 2019 through December 13, 2019.

Students who apply online will receive electronic communication from the District Office of Acceleration and Innovation throughout the application process.
Students will be notified by January 31st as to their status in the application process for next school year.

Additional information regarding the qualification and application process can be found at www.polkschoolsfl.com/ib or by contacting John Miller III at 863-534-0018.

Assessment Policy

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a programme student can be awarded is 45 points.The programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

  • The extended essay: This is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
  • Theory of knowledge: This is a course designed to encourage students to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  • Creativity, action and service: This requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.