International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly motivated high school students in their Junior and Senior years. The IB curriculum focuses on high academic standards, international understanding and citizenship, and second language proficiency.

IB is a comprehensive two-year curriculum that requires diploma candidates to complete at least one course in six academic areas: Language A1 (native language), Language B (foreign language), Experimental Sciences (science), the Arts and Electives (art, music, and theatre arts), Mathematics (math), and Individuals and Societies (social studies). In addition to the six academic courses, students are expected to complete three other requirements in order to receive an IB Diploma.

For additional information please visit the International Baccalaureate website or contact Dr. Sherry Walters at (803) 821-3411.

Diploma Program

  • Emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and exposure to a variety of points of view
  • Coursework in six different subject areas that reflect a blend of breadth and specialization
  • Independent research paper on topic of special interest
  • Theory of Knowledge philosophy course
  • 150 hours of community service

IB Benefits

  • Provides a total K-12 program
  • Nurtures students’ awareness of their membership in a global community
  • Enrolls students in an international community of scholars
  • Provides student-centered inquiry and instruction
  • Provides a learning partnership with professionally trained IB teachers
  • Provides students with skills and attitudes which encourage lifelong learning
  • Encourages creativity and critical thinking at all levels
  • 2016 Total Scholarship offers for IB Seniors (18 seniors): $1,150,000
  •  2017 Total Scholarship offers for IB Seniors: $1,900,000+ in scholarship

2018-2019 IB Information Meetings

  • Current LHS 10th Graders: January 23, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Little Theatre – invitation letters will be sent out to students.
  • Current LHS 9th Graders:  January 24, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Little Theatre – invitation letters will be sent out to students.
  • District-wide meeting: January 25, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Little Theatre
  • Smaller group meetings will be held at each high school in Lexington County School District 1 in the month of February (dates TBD)

IB Informational Powerpoint
IB Assessment Policy
Diploma Points Matrix
2016 IB Highlights
IB Learner Profile
IB and AP
IB Language Policy
Courses and SC Requirements
IB Article – Winthrop

Summer Reading Information
JR IB Letter
SR IB Letter
Data Sheet Form
Data Sheet Rubric

Summer French Work
IB B SL Jr Letter

Extended Essay Information
Timeline 2017-18
IB Extended Essay Student Guide and Summer Assignment (revised 11/30/17)
IB Extended Essay Supervisor Guide (revised 11/30/17)
IB Extended Essay Grading

LHS IB Programme Contacts
Staff Name Subject Area
Derek Allison History of the Americas HL/Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Instructor/IB Recruitment Coordinator
Dr. Jason Bagley French B SL/ French B ab initio SL
Sheryn Billue Mathematics HL/Mathematics Studies SL
Jason Blackburn IB Latin SL
Janet Boltjes Librarian/Extended Essay (EE) Coordinator
Anne-Marie Cormier-Bausch Spanish B SL/Spanish B ab initio SL
Lisa Gantt Chemistry SL/HL
Clay Hendrix German B SL Sem HN/German B SL
Jodi McFarland Mathematics HL/SL
Michael Melvin Economics SL
Diane Pardue Biology HL
Megan Small CAS Coordinator/Language A English HL
Dr. Sherry Walters IBDP Coordinator

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