Frisco High School Named IB World School

Nov 17, 2020

IB Diploma Programme LogoTwo years after submitting its initial application, Frisco High School has officially been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School, allowing it to begin to offer the IB Diploma Programme, an advanced learning option for students during their last two years of high school.

“We are excited about the opportunity to serve students from across FISD through this new program,” said Frisco High School Principal Danny Barrentine. “The students who have joined the IB cohorts at FHS are a remarkable addition to our stellar student body.

“The receipt of official notification is a testament to the endless hours of work from our IB Coordinator Ms. Gates and my predecessor Ms. Miller.”

The IB Diploma Programme ensures that students are well-rounded and prepares them for higher education and the world of work. IB graduates are consistently academically prepared for university coursework through a unique high school curriculum with high academic standards. The IB curriculum champions critical thinking, inquiry and connections in learning by crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries. 

Much like AP exams, scores on IB assessments can count towards college credit. Completion of the diploma distinguishes these students in applications to prestigious universities and scholarships.

For each of the last two school years, Frisco High School has enrolled freshmen from across the District into cohorts; next year, the first class of juniors will begin taking IB courses. The student application deadline for IB is Nov. 18 and all FISD eighth graders are welcome to apply. Any student interested in joining the IB Diploma Programme should contact the FHS IB Coordinator Jenna Gates at GatesJ@friscoisd.org

Frisco High School is now officially listed on the International Baccalaureate website, joining more than 5,400 schools in more than 150 countries that offer IB programs worldwide. Another FISD school, Bright Academy, is an IB candidate and hopes to hear the results of their application next year.

Starting in the fall of 2021, Frisco High School will begin offering IB courses including language and literature, Spanish, French, history, psychology, biology, physics, environmental systems, individuals and societies, mathematics, music and visual arts, with plans to expand to more subjects in the next few years. IB candidate students will enroll in courses to achieve the full diploma, which also requires completion of three additional elements: the Theory of Knowledge class, an Extended Essay and a Creativity, Activity and Service project.

“In a world where we regularly interact with people across the world, international mindedness is more important than ever,” said Dr. Angela Romney, managing director of academic programs. “We are honored to host this esteemed program and curriculum in the District and look forward to the continued success and opportunities for our students.”

IB will join Frisco ISD’s other specialized programs including Advanced Placement, dual credit and other college-level courses. Click here to learn more about the extensive offerings. 

Congratulations to Frisco High School for its authorization as an IB World School.

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