IB in HCPS began in 1995 with a small group of trailblazers at Moody Middle School and Henrico High School. It grew quickly in popularity, which resulted in the expansion of seats available at the original sites and eventually to two additional middle schools (Fairfield and Tuckahoe) and one more high school (Tucker) in 2010. The expansion nearly doubled the number of students in HCPS IB Programs, which now serve more than 1800 students each year.
Henrico County currently offers two IB programs through an application process each fall – the IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. The HCPS IB team is excited to share that it is in the final stages of authorization to add the IB Career-related Program at Henrico High School, which is currently awaiting its full authorization visit and notification of acceptance into the World IB Organization this spring.
Students and teachers in an IB program are part of a global community of learners united through a powerful mission, to create a better world through high quality, international education. At the same time, IB students also have the opportunity to meet the state’s accelerated/advanced qualifications and build a foundation to pursue further their future goals in education and beyond. MYP principles and instructional practices are designed to benefit all learners.
In an effort to provide transparency in addressing excellence gaps in Henrico County Public Schools International Baccalaureate Programs, this public site is available to all stakeholders. The March 25th School Board presentation topics provided on this site are intended to inform the community about how Henrico County Public Schools will address excellence gaps and demographic disproportionality in our district.
The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB Programs Highlights
- Nurturing the whole child
- Learning how to learn
- Rigor and challenge
- Real world connections
- Flexible thinking that prepares students to evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations
- Principled action and service in the community
- Beneficial for all learners