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
- Have qualifying standard assessment scores. (2019 FSA AL and ELA)
- Currently in Algebra 1 Hon or Geometry Hon
- Live in the IB @ BHS zone (West Side of Polk County)
- All interested students must apply during Open Enrollment and qualify for a seat by scoring high enough on a district test to be administered in January 2021. For the 2021-2022 school year, the Open Enrollment period for current 8th grade students will begin November 10, 2020 and run through January 12, 2021. Applications are accepted through www.polkschoolsfl.com/SchoolOptions. Additional information regarding the qualification and application process can be found at www.polkschoolsfl.com/ib. Invitations will be sent out in mid February 2021. Students who apply online will receive electronic communication from the District Office of Acceleration and Innovation throughout the application process. Parents/Guardians will be notified via Parent Portal as to their status.
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.