This section includes information about addressing “excellence gaps” in Henrico County Public Schools’ International Baccalaureate programs. The presentation topics linked in the blue IB menu are intended to inform our community about how the school division will address gaps and demographic disproportionality in these programs.
Apply for HCPS’ IB Middle Years Program
Starting Oct. 21, families of fifth, sixth and seventh graders can apply to join this unique global community of learners, located at Fairfield, G.H. Moody and Tuckahoe middle schools. Apply before Nov. 15 through your current school counselor. (Private school and home-schooled students should contact the HCPS IB Office at 804-261-6440.) Attend an in-person or virtual open house at your zoned IB middle school to find out more:
- George Moody Middle School (Oct. 25): In person at 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. on the GMMS campus, or virtually beginning at 4:30 p.m. using the link found at https://moody.henricoschools.us.
- Fairfield Middle School (Oct. 27): In person on the FMS campus at 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. or virtually at 5:30 p.m. using the Teams link found at https://fairfield.henricoschools.us.
- Tuckahoe Middle School (Nov. 1): In person at 4:30 p.m. on the TMS campus, or virtually beginning at 4:30 p.m. using the link found at https://tuckahoems.henricoschools.us.
Henrico County Public Schools’ International Baccalaureate program began in 1995 with a small group of trailblazers at George Moody Middle School and Henrico High School. It grew quickly in popularity, which resulted in the expansion of seats available at the original sites. In 2010, the program expanded to two middle schools — Fairfield and Tuckahoe — and to J.R. Tucker High School. The expansion nearly doubled the number of students in HCPS IB Programs, which now serve more than 1,800 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. HCPS will also add the IB Career-related Program at Henrico High School; that program is awaiting full authorization and notification of acceptance into the World IB Organization.
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 have the opportunity to meet the commonwealth’s accelerated/advanced qualifications and build a foundation to further their goals in education and beyond. Middle Years Program principles and instructional practices are designed to benefit all learners.
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 programs 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
International Baccalaureate programs:
- Are student-centered.
- Nurture the whole child.
- Help students learn how to learn.
- Incorporate rigor and challenge.
- Make real-world connections.
- Foster flexible thinking that prepares students to evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations.
- Encourage principled action and service in the community.
- Are beneficial for all learners.