The IB Program at Pensacola High School is a four-year pre-university course of study designed to meet the needs of highly motivated students and to promote international understanding.

The effectiveness of the IB Program is due not only to the depth of the individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the program. Unlike other elective honors programs, the IB requires each student to take courses in six academic areas. In order to qualify for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, students must take written examinations in six subject areas. In addition the student must participate in creative projects and community service activities.

The diploma candidate must also take a unique course known as the "Theory of Knowledge". In this course students investigate the knowledge, claims, and judgments made in logic, mathematics, natural and social sciences, history, ethics, and aesthetics.

Students earning the IB Diploma are awarded advanced standing at prestigious universities around the world. Many colleges and universities recognize the IB Diploma for admissions or course credit.

A Brief History of IB at PHS

Pensacola High School is the first and only school in Escambia County to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The curriculum was initially implemented in 1986, and the first IB class graduated in 1990. Today, there are over 430 students currently enrolled in grades 9-12.


Rated by Newsweek magazine (May 8, 2006) as #38 of the top 100 high schools in America.

Produced four National Merit finalists in the 2006.

Produced the largest number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

The 88 members of the IB Class of 2006 generated over 7.5 million dollars worth of merit-based scholarships. Our graduates are attending such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Princeton, The US Air Force Academy, Brown, Cornell, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, University of Florida, Tufts, Smith, Georgia Tech, Tulane, and Duke.


Achievement in all IB courses is verified by three to five hour IB exams in each subject. Some examinations include an individual assessment of the candidate's oral competence by an examiner. All exams are graded under the auspices of the University of Bath in England. PIB ninth grade students take the World History Advanced Placement exam and PIB tenth grade students take the European History Advanced Placement exam as part of their course work. In eleventh grade the students take the AP American History and IB Geography exams. The twelfth grade students may take AP Science, Calculus and English exams in addition to five IB exams.

IB Faculty: 29
IB Diploma Results: 908 Diplomas awarded since 1990.
IB Class of 2005 Results: 49 Diplomas
National Merit Results: 75 Finalists since 1990.

The IB

Internationally recognized: Located in over 121 nations, with over 1,595 member schools.
University credit on advanced standing: Accepted worldwide by institutions of higher learning. Over 200,000 students worldwide participate in IB programs.
Highly coordinated program: A holistic approach to learning, linking five major academic disciplines, with the opportunity to obtain an International Diploma.
Unique features: An extended essay, community service, Theory of Knowledge course.
A Pre-IB Program of study. (9-10)

Eligibility Requirements

A 3.0 (B) grade point average
A composite score of 85% on the Stanford Achievement Test.
Be recommended by present teachers in core academic subjects (4 recommendations).
High level of personal motivation.
A writing sample (essay).
Good conduct and attendance record.
A complete application.


Rigorous preparation for college.
College credit-up to one full year of credit.
College admission. 100% accepted each year.
Faculty specially trained by IB North America.
Mentoring and individual tutoring available.
Ranked by universities as the top academic program available.
Tuition free.
Opportunity to take AP and Dual-Enrollment courses.

Extracurricular Opportunities

IB students at PHS participate in the full range of Junior Varsity and Varsity sports as well as in ...
Student Government Association
Extensive Drama Program
Service and Social Clubs
Civic and community organizations
CAS Projects