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 www.gomoody.com.
- 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.
A Global Community of Learners
More than 1,800 students and 180 teachers take part in Henrico County Public Schools’ five IB World Schools. They are part of a worldwide community of nearly 175,000 IB students in 5,400 schools, who represent 158 countries.
The IB Middle Years Program
The Middle Years Program is a five-year program for students in grades 6-10 and is strategically designed for adolescents’ needs, tapping into their sense of wonder and curiosity through inquiry-based units. By exploring globally significant ideas and issues in their eight subject areas, students increase their understanding of the world . They are empowered to own their learning and take risks and explore new ideas and innovative strategies.
Elements of the Middle Years Program:
- Five-year program for grades 6-10
- Eight subject areas
- IBMYP service as action
- The IBMYP personal project
- Grades 6-8 offered at Fairfield, Moody and Tuckahoe middle schools
- Grades 9-10 offered at Henrico and J.R. Tucker high schools
- Prepares learners for future education in the IB programs
The IB Diploma Program
The IB Diploma Program is a two-year program designed for 17-19 year olds, offering them the depth and independence of college-level studies while IB-structured support is still in place for high school. Every student takes a full set of IBDP courses in science, math, language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, and the arts, most of which are a two-year sequence.
Each course includes internally developed assessments in accordance with IB’s requirements, as well as a series of end-of-course IB-designed external examinations. Students’ performance over the two years and on the exams determine their achievement of the internationally recognized IB Diploma.
IB Diploma Program students are sought by higher institutions because of their initiative and commitment to rigorous learning, their research and communication skills, their well-rounded experiences, and their support for their communities.
- Two-year program – grades 11 and 12
- Six subject areas
- DP Core: Theory of knowledge, creativity/service/action and the extended essay
- Internal assessments and external examinations
- Internationally recognized IB Diploma
- Offered at Henrico and J.R. Tucker high schools
- Prepares graduates for college and beyond
The IB Career-related Program
Once authorized this spring, Henrico High School will offer IB’s newest curriculum – the Career-related Program, or CP. The CP is developed specifically for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills. It combines the rigor of the Diploma Program with students’ interests in an IB-approved career-related study.
CP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Program courses, which provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigor of the program. The career-related study further supports the program’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. The CP core also helps them develop skills required for lifelong learning through four components: approaches to learning, community service, language development and the culminating reflective project.
- Two-year program for grades 11 and 12.
- Two+ IB Diploma classes
- Two-year career-related study
- The CP core: approaches to learning, community service, language development and the reflective project
- Graduate with industry certification and DP certificates
- Will be offered at Henrico High School
- Graduates are prepared for college and careers