LWHS IB Program

Welcome to the IB Program at LWHS


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.

Class of 2019 Graduation

Why Choose IB?

  • Student are more likely to attend a first-choice college.


  • The average IB Diploma recipient earns 30 college credits while in high school.


  • More scholarship opportunities.


  • IB Diploma recipients earn full Bright Futures Scholarship.


  • It increases academic opportunity.


  • It encourages you to become a confident and independent learner.


  • The IB encourages critical thinking.


  • Graduates are globally minded.


  • It is an international qualification.


  • Diploma Program students have proven time management skills.


  • It assesses more than examination techniques.
10 Reasons to do IB poster
Harris Wadsworth (Class of 2024) presenting his TOK exhibition display.

LWHS IB Policies

Assessment Policy

The assessment policy of Lake Wales High School IB Diploma Program is based on two important constructs: Mastery Learning and Standards Based Grading/IB Learning Outcomes or Topics.

CAS Handbook

Creativity, Activity, and Service is a CORE element of the IB. This is an opportunity for students to explore interests outside of the IB curriculum. 

Language Policy

Language is at the heart of learning. It is how thought, meaning, and understanding are expressed and provides access to literature, culture, history, the sciences, mathematics, and the arts.

Inclusion Policy

Lake Wales High School strives to ensure that all students are provided with equal access to academic opportunities and the support to be academically successful in the IB Diploma Program at LWHS.

Academic Integrity Policy 

Academic honesty involves showing integrity and respect for oneself and the assessment process. It is the expectation that every student at Lake Wales High School exercise academic honesty in all of their work

Complaint Procedures

In the event that a legal guardian or student has a complaint throughout their tenure as a studying in the Diploma Programme, it is best practice to follow the steps in the document below.

Pre-IB Admission Criteron

Minimum GPA: 3.25

Reading (FAST), Math (BEST), and any high school level end-of-course exam: Achievement level of 3 and above

Review the IB Website (www.ibo.org) carefully as this program is designed for students committed to academic achievement and community service.

Applicants residing in the Lake Wales attendance zone who do not meet IB admission requirements will be automatically admitted to Lake Wales High School (general program). If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spots, all applicants will have an equal opportunity via a lottery for Lake Wales High School.

Applicants residing outside of the Lake Wales area should also complete the traditional application in the event they are not admitted to the IB Programme.

2024 IB Testing Schedule
Map to Testing Center