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 or ninth grade year.
8th Grade Requirements:
• Middle School GPA of a 3.5 or higher
• Have qualifying standard assessment scores.
• Currently in Algebra 1 Hon or Geometry Hon
9th Grade Criteria:
• 3.5 unweighted GPA requirement through 1st semester of 9th grade year
• Successful completion of Geometry Honors by end of 9th grade
• Successful completion of Biology Honors by end of 9th grade
• Most recent FSA ELA score of Achievement Level 3, 4, or 5
• Most recent FSA Algebra 1 EOC score of Achievement Level 3, 4, or 5
• Students must score high enough on the SAT10 test to meet the qualifying threshold and/or high enough among the current 9th graders testing, given the number of available seats for 10th grade

PCPS Open Enrollment Information
Open enrollment for priority consideration for IB programs is now closed.

Contact the District Curriculum Specialist of Accelerated Programs at 863-534-0631 x794 regarding paper applications and possible district assessment opportunities.

IB Application Requirements for the 2023-24 School Year
To be accepted into this program, current 8th or 9th grade students apply during the Open Enrollment priority window (TBA) and must register to take a computerized district assessment. The student must qualify into this program by scoring high enough on the district assessment.

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.