Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be available at all of the Florence District One schools in January, 2016. The IB informational meeting for grades 7-11 for the 2016-2017 school year is Thursday, January 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium at Wilson High School. There is a school wide showcase at Williams Middle School for seventh and eighth graders on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
IB Admission Procedure
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous academic curriculum for self-motivated and achievement-oriented students. Because the IB Diploma Program offers a comprehensive and systematic education of the whole person, it is widely regarded as the most challenging college preparatory program in the world. The IB Diploma Program is a two-year curriculum in which eleventh and twelfth grade students take courses and examinations from the six groups of the IB Diploma Program curriculum. Since the IB Diploma Program examinations require high levels of achievement and preparation, students should enroll in preparatory courses prior to the eleventh grade. The IB MYP is an interdisciplinary that includes foreign lanuage, English, mathematics, humanities, science, the arts, technology, and physical education and provides academic rigor while emphasizing life skills and a sense of social responsibility through community service. Florence School District One offers the IB MYP for studunts in grades 7-10. However, the IBMYP is not a requirement for admission into the IB Diploma Program.
Acceptance into the IB MYP or Diploma Program
Florence School District One uses an open admission policy for FSD1 students wishing to participate in the IB Middle Years Program. However, a student must complete an application and the student and his/her parents/guardians must participate in a conference with the IB teachers and administrators before being accepted into the program. Standardized test scores, report cards, attendance records, discipline reports, teacher recommendations, and a writing sample will be used to determine if the IB program is appropriate for the applicant. Middle school MYP courses (Grades 7-8) are taught at Williams Middle School. High School IB Diploma (Grades 11-12) and MYP courses (Grades 9-10) are taught at Wilson High School.
Students who live in Florence School District One but are not enrolled at Wilson or Williams can transfer schools in order to participate in an IB program. The school district provides transportation to Wilson and Williams for students who do not live in the Wilson/Williams attendance zone.
A student who is succussful in the program should be...
- excited and enthusiastic about learning
- an independent thinker
- performing well academically
- confident in exploring new ideas
- involved in school/community activities
- intellectually inquisitive and creative
- an avid reader
- supported and encouraged by parents/guardians
- an exemplary student in attendance/discipline
- desiring to share intellectual activities with students having similar interest
- applying to a major college or university
- an efficient time manager
- seeking high academic challenges
- proficient in math
- fluent in written and oral communication
- a risk taker
- goal oriented
- self-motivated, mature, and self-disciplined
- developing strong study and organizational skills