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 Mr. Derek Allison at (803) 821-3540.

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 scholarships

Extended Essay Information
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 

IB Newsletters
May 2018
September 2018
November-December 2018
January 2019
February 2019

Coordinator Notes
September 2018
February 2019

LHS IB Programme Contacts

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

LHS Pre-IB Programme Contacts

Staff Name Subject Area
Heather Frost Pre-IB Chemistry
Erika Perry Pre-IB Geometry & Pre-IB Algebra 2
Megan Small English 2 Honors Pre-IB
Brett Whalen Pre-IB Biology

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