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IB Information

International Baccalaureate Program

What makes IB courses different?

IB classes focus on developing internationally minded people who are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.  Classes are driven by the students, as teachers act as facilitators in student learning.  There is a strong focus on student discovery, research, and writing.

What are the benefits of taking IB courses?

Not only will students gain a variety of research, writing, and “soft” skills in IB courses, they will have the ability to gain college credit for these courses (much like an Advanced Placement course).  Many colleges look favorably on the IB program, understanding its rigor and value to the student.

What IB courses can I take at Holmes?

Juniors typically take English Literature, Mathematical Studies, History of the Americas, Spanish, Chemistry, and/or Theory of Knowledge.

Seniors typically take English Literature, History of the Americas, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics, and/or Theory of Knowledge.

 

How do I receive the IB diploma?

To receive the IB diploma, students must pass three HL courses (English, History, and Chemistry) and 3 SL courses (Math, Spanish, Psychology).  They must also pass Theory of Knowledge, complete the extended essay (2,000-4,000 word research paper), and participate in the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) program.

Can I choose a few IB courses without getting the diploma?

Yes, students can choose to take just one, or a few, IB courses. 

How many students are participating in the IB program?

We currently have 108 students enrolled in at least one IB course.   Of those students, we have 7 seniors and 22 juniors working toward their full IB diploma.

For more information, please contact our IB Coordinator, Tony Magner, at tony.magner@covington.kyschools.us

IB Schedule options

Holmes High School  |  2500 Madison Ave.  |  Covington, KY 41014
Phone:859.655.9545  |  Fax:859.581.7259