About the program

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Welcome!! This site contains the latest information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Suffolk, Virginia. King’s Fork High School is an IB World School.

The International Baccalaureate Program is best understood in light of its Mission Statement:

“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

For more information about IB in general, go to http://www.ibo.org/ .

The IB program prepares students for university work by offering a rigorous curriculum that asks them to solve challenging problems, helps them develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and helps them develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from diverse backgrounds.

During their Junior and Senior years, candidates at King’s Fork High School must complete six courses (most taught over two years):

  • Language A (English)
  • Language B (French or Spanish)
  • History
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
  • Math (Mathematics SL or Math Studies)
  • Elective:  Visual Arts, Music, or Psychology

In addition to these six courses, diploma candidates must complete three core components of the IB Diploma Program:

  • The Extended Essay asks students to write an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000 word paper.  The extended essay allows the student to pursue a topic of interest in-depth and prepares students for undergraduate research.
  • Theory of Knowledge is an interdisciplinary course that unifies the various disciplines by exploring the nature of knowledge and encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves the student in a wide range of activities alongside their academic studies. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity promotes physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.  Service asks students to perform unpaid voluntary tasks that have a learning benefit for the student.

Interested applicants and their families are encouraged to download our brochure and attend our IB Information Night on December 7, 2017 at 6:30PM in the King’s Fork High School Auditorium.  In addition, you can email our program coordinator Stuart Jones at stuartjones@spsk12.net, or call (757)923-5240.