IB is a program that started in 1968 in Europe in an effort to establish preparatory school standards that could be recognized by European universities as rigorous and effective in preparing students for higher level studies. It has been in American schools since 1980 and in NHS since 1997. Its influence on American universities is supported by an IBO 2011 survey that shows IB seniors in the US are accepted into premier universities more often than the general admission pool of applicants.
Highly motivated and academically focused student will find a rigorous and diverse educational experience in IB at NHS. The IB Diploma program is offered to eligible students who are entering their junior year. The program is designed to be an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses students as much on how they learn as what they learn. The course work is advanced and promotes the students intellectual, personal and social development. Students may choose to participate at the full diploma level or at the course level.
The centerpiece of the program is Theory of Knowledge (ToK), an interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. ToK, which is available to full diploma program students, unifies the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
Rising Juniors at Norcross High School who wish to be a part of the IB Diploma Programme either as a full Diploma or Course candidate, must talk to their current subject area teachers about course registration and selection. Current year teachers will recommend students for IB courses and an IB committee will look at student academic performance and approve placement. Once placement is approved all IB students will be required to submit an IB Contract committing to the full two year program.
Students who do not attend Norcross High and are interested in joining the IB program at NHS should apply using the following applications:
(Note: The application is required for students who are requesting permissive transfer from an out-of-district Gwinnett County Public School.)
Any student wishing to exit an the IB Programme at either the full Diploma or course level during a school semester must complete the exit request to submit to Mr. Byrne in the IB Office.
Students who earn the IB Diploma meet the following requirements during their junior and senior years:
Link to Information about ManageBac
Link to Norcross' ManageBac page for IB Diploma Students and ParentsReturn to Top
An extended essay is an independent research project that the student undertakes with the aid of a mentor knowledgeable in the area of interest. The essay is 4,000 words and is assessed by an international IB examiner.
For more information, visit the Core Components page.Return to Top
(In some cases, a student transferring into NHS at the end of the freshman or sophomore years who wishes to pursue the IB Diploma may qualify. A conference with the IB Coordinator will determine if the graduation requirements can be met during the pursuit of the IB diploma.)Return to Top
IB Language A HL: Literature (C):
IB Physics HL (C):
|Theory of Knowledge|
IB Language B HL (C) or SL: French
IB Language B HL (C) or SL: Spanish
IB History of the Americas HL (C):
|IB Sports and Excercise Science SL|
IB Visual Arts HL (C) or SL
* All courses can be part of the IB Diploma Programme, however only courses indicated by a (C) can be taken as an stand alone IB Course Candidate.
There are many paths available for students to earning a full IB Diploma. We would encourage students to consider their strengths and interest in determining the IB Diploma route that will work best for each student. By selecting the link for Diploma course sequences you can see some of the many possible combinations of routes for various student interest. All student routes will be verified for qualification for the IB Diploma as well as Georgia high school graduation requirements.
Powerpoint presentation from AP/IB Night (updated 1/16/2016)Return to Top
Norcross High School IB Coordinator
770-326-8011Return to Top