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

  • Middle School GPA of a 3.5 or higher
  • Pass the Algebra 1 course and the End-of-Course state assessment.
    • Math Concordant Scores for Algebra 1 
      • If not currently enrolled in public school, cannot take EOC until July 2019 or
      • In lieu of Algebra 1 EOC (FSA or NGSSS) Available for all students: PSAT/NMSQT Math 430, SAT Math 420 or ACT Math 16

Applications are accepted through  www.PolkEdOptions.com during the Open Enrollment period. Open Enrollment for 2019-2020 was November 1, 2018-January 11, 2019.After applying on the site, applicants are given information on taking the computer test. Call the Office of Acceleration and Innovation at 863/534-0631 for more information on the application process.

After applying for IB, students will take an assessment and be admitted based on their rank score.

To prevent a biased selection, the names of the student applicants are temporarily removed, assigned a number and placed in rank order. Students are selected based on rank and available seats in 9th grade.

Selected applicants to the school will receive communication by the end of March. They must notify the school of their decision to attend by the due date on the letter.

Diploma candidates must select one subject from each of the six groups, although a second subject from groups one to five may be submitted for group six. Three are taken at higher level (HL), while the others are standard level (SL). HL courses represent a minimum of 240 teaching hours and SL courses cover 150 hours.

Students are able to explore some subjects in-depth and others more broadly. The academic subjects are studied concurrently and all IB subjects are continually reviewed and revised to meet contemporary needs. Read More 

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.