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Diploma Program (11th - 12th Grade)

 GFHS In Person and Virtual Special Programs Events
November 15, 2023 (7pm) @ Gar-Field HS (enter door 17)
January 9, 2024 (7pm) @ Zoom (link to be shared soon)

The IB Diploma program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program with final assessments that prepare students for success in college and life beyond.   The Diploma Program provides a comprehensive rigorous education emphasizing analytical thinking, reading and writing skills with an international perspective. Students may choose to pursue the IB diploma or take individual certificates in IB courses.


The diploma program is a two-year program for juniors and seniors. College credit may also be earned depending on the subject results and the individual university acceptance policies. 


The IB Diploma Program:

  • Balances subject breadth and depth and considers the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique Theory of Knowledge course,

  • Encourages international-mindedness starting with a foundation in the students’ own language and culture,

  • Develops a positive attitude to learning that prepares students for university education,

  • Requires rigorous external assessments with global standards, and

  • Emphasizes the development of the whole student – physically, emotionally, intellectually, and ethically.


Levels of Participation in the Diploma Program at Gar-Field HS


Full IB Diploma

The IB Diploma (DP) is the most academically rigorous program offered at Gar-Field with internal assessments and final examinations that prepares high school juniors and seniors for success in higher education and life in a global society. The IB Diploma focuses on a holistic education that not only provides flexibility in the opportunities for an in-depth study of subjects of interest, but it also requires students to push themselves in subjects outside of their strengths and interest. Students receive an official IB Diploma upon completion of the program. 



• 3 HL Courses and 3 SL Courses spanning all 6 subject groups (English, World Language, Social Studies, Science, Math and Art)

• Arts courses can be replaced by a second social science, computer science, a second experimental science, or a third language

• Completion of the IBDP Core including

• TOK class taken senior year

• Extended Essay

• Creativity, Activity, Service



Gar-Field IB Scholar

The IB Scholar is a locally awarded recognition for students at Gar-Field who show commitment to the IB Program but who are not interested in pursuing the IB Diploma or the IBCP.


• Examination in at least 4 DP/AP courses


• Creativity, Activity, Service


Because the GF IB Scholar is a local PWCS distinction, colleges and universities will see these students as ”IB  Course” students.


IB Course Student 

Course students are students who choose to take one or more IB courses in their area(s) of strength and interest, but do not wish to be part of a larger IB Program. Course students still receive official score reports from IB for the classes in which they examine.

Click on the program buttons below to learn more about what an IB education has to offer your student.


IB Diploma Program Coordinator


Brian Bassett
Phone: 703.730.7000

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