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Rising 9th Grade IB Information

Why IB?

Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique, challenging and diverse education.

While in high school, IB learners are:

  • encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems
  • drive their own learning
  • a core part in educational programmes that can lead them to some of the highest-ranking universities around the world
  • more culturally aware through the development of a second language 
  • able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world

IB students in high school develop strong academic, social, and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students on other curricula.

Universities and colleges benefit from recruiting and admitting students from IB programmes in a range of ways, with IB programmes developing the knowledge, skills and disposition students need to be successful throughout their university careers.

As a result of their time in the IB, students develop: 

  • time management skills and a strong sense of self-motivation 
  • a keen interest in civic engagement
  • notable academic ability
  • strong research and writing skills
  • critical thinking abilities
  • an international outlook 

Research suggests, for example, that IB students are more likely than their peers to complete their undergraduate degrees and pursue graduate work; and that they are more likely to be engaged in various aspects of university life.

According to the research, IB students are strong on:

  • student leadership activities
  • working with university faculty on research projects
  • finding opportunities to study in other countries
  • tutoring other students
  • taking part in voluntary and community service
  • completing internships
  • The two IB Programmes we offer at West Cabarrus don’t start until Junior year. As a result, students are called Pre-IB for their Freshman and Sophomore years. This notes that a student is pursuing the IB Programme.

    Pre-IB students are cohorted together for their Freshman and Sophomore core classes in order to meet all IB prerequisites.  These students will meet regularly for IB Seminar and complete community service hours over the course of the year.

  • English English 1 Honors
    Math Math 2 Honors and Math 1 Honors if not already taken
    Science Biology Honors
    History Economics and Personal Finance Honors
    Foreign Language Spanish 2 and Spanish 1 if not already taken

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