International Baccalaureate Programme

“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.” IB Mission Statement

Gar-Field High School and Unity Reed High School offer rigorous academic programs authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Freshmen and sophomores enroll in Pre IB Diploma Program classes taught and assessed through the IB Middle Years Program framework for instruction in all academic areas. Juniors and seniors enroll in IB Diploma Programme courses that are externally moderated and assessed by the IBO.

While various levels of student participation are available, the program is centered around the full IB Diploma where students complete internal and external exams in six subject areas; complete 150 hours of creativity, action, and service; write a 4,000 word Extended Essay; and complete a seminar course entitled Theory of Knowledge. 

Participation in the program ranges from students earning individual certificates in subjects of strength and interest to the full IB Diploma. 


Program Locations

Gar-Field High School
Coordinator: Mr. Bassett
Telephone: 703.730.7000
IBMYP Coordinator:  Ms. Gordon
Gar-Field High School IB website

Information Meetings

7 p.m.

Unity Reed High School
Coordinator: Ms. Hodgson
Telephone: 703.365.2900
IBMYP Coordinator:   Alaina Lynard
Stonewall High School website

Information Meetings

6:30 p.m.


Attendance Areas

Students who live within the boundaries of Forest Park, Hylton, Freedom, Gar-Field, Potomac, and Woodbridge High Schools are eligible to attend the International Baccalaureate Programme at Gar-Field High School.

Students who live within the boundaries of Battlefield, Brentsville District, Osbourn Park, Patriot, and Unity Reed High Schools are eligible to attend the International Baccalaureate Programme at Unity Reed High School.

Links & More Information

 Visit the International Baccalaureate website.

Read about the IB Diploma Programme (PDF)

Explore other high school specialty programs.