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 Application Priority Period during his/her eighth or ninth grade year.
8th Grade Requirements:
• Middle School GPA of a 3.5 or higher
• Qualifying standard assessment scores
• Currently in Algebra 1 Honors or Geometry Honors
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 Application Priority Information
The Open Application Priority period for the 2023-24 school year is January 9th, 2023 through 4pm on February 15th, 2023.

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

Current 8th grade students can apply for the IB program during the Open Application period. A link to the electronic application will be posted here when the application period opens.

For a student to be accepted in this specific program, the parent must apply during the Application period, and the student must be registered to take a computerized district assessment in February (if the student has not already earned an Achievement Level score of 5 on the 7th grade English Language Arts state assessment, and an Achievement Level score of 4 or 5 on the Algebra 1 state assessment). Students need to score high enough on the state or district assessment to qualify into this program.
After completing the electronic application, parents will then be able to register for one specific assessment session for their child through Parent Portal. A list of some of the available assessment dates and locations is provided below.

Assessment Dates Assessment Location Times
Saturday, February 4th Haines City High School 8:15am-11:30am
Saturday, February 4th Tenoroc High School 8:15am-11:30am
Saturday, February 11th Winter Haven High School 8:15am-11:45am
Friday, February 17th Bartow High School 2:45pm-6:00pm
Friday, February 17th Haines City High School 2:45pm-6:00pm
Friday, February 17th Tenoroc High School 2:45pm-6:00pm
Friday, February 17th Winter Haven High School 2:45pm-6:00pm
Saturday, February 25th Bartow High School 8:15am-11:30am

If you have questions, you may contact the school or call the District Curriculum Specialist for Accelerated Programs at (863) 534-0631 ext. 794

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.