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Our Distinguished IB Program

A rigorous, internationally recognized course of study, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is offered in over 3,900 schools in more than 140 countries across the world. In 1992, Country Day became the first school in the state of North Carolina to offer the program and continues to be the only school in the state that offers students a chance to earn the prestigious IB Diploma in an independent school setting.

Though academic rigor is at the core, IB is not just about achieving high grades—it is about developing a genuine passion for learning. Each year, about 20% of our juniors and seniors choose to direct their own learning through the challenges and personal growth presented by this unique Country Day program.

Stewart Peery

"Academics are the first priority of the IB Program, but we also stress the education of the whole child, which includes an emphasis to get out of the classroom and into the community."

Stewart Peery ’98, IB Coordinator


The IB Program at Country Day

The IB Diploma Program is designed to establish a standard for international education and cultivate the skills necessary to succeed at the university level. The two-year program provides juniors and seniors with a well-rounded curriculum, promotes international mindedness, and emphasizes service learning. Students who successfully complete this comprehensive international curriculum are well prepared for post-secondary education and are routinely accepted to top colleges and universities throughout the world.

The IB Diploma Program is best suited for students who think critically, desire rigorous academics, and are committed to personal growth both inside and outside the classroom. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to earn an internationally recognized IB Diploma in addition their Country Day diploma.

What is Required of IB Students?

The IB Program's emphasis on critical thinking, passion for learning, research skills, and writing underscores what is already occurring across the disciplines in Upper School. However, IB does have specific requirements for a "diploma candidate."

IB Diploma Program

Diploma candidates must complete course work in six IB subject areas. Course work may include papers, presentations, portfolios, and exams, and is specific to each discipline. They must also take a course called Theory of Knowledge, write a major paper based on the study of an original research question, and complete 150 extracurricular hours in the arts, community service, and athletics. To earn the IB Diploma, a student must complete all of the above and receive passing grades on all IB assessments. In completing the IB requirements, students will also complete all the Country Day graduation requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions About IB 

What is IB?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is an internationally accredited course of study for juniors and seniors that involves a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum, promotes international mindedness, focuses on critical thinking and analytical writing, and emphasizes service learning.

 

Do IB students receive a Country Day diploma?

Yes. In addition to fulfilling all the Country Day graduation requirements, IB students have the opportunity to earn the highly prestigious IB Diploma.

 

Do colleges recognize the IB diploma?

American universities and colleges fully recognize and honor the IB Diploma, and it offers the added benefit of being recognized by universities worldwide, opening additional opportunities for Country Day students. Consider this quote from Marlyn McGrath, director of admissions at Harvard University: “Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are pleased to see the credential of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.”

How many schools offer IB?

Today, there are over 3,900 schools in more than 140 countries that offer IB. Country Day is the only private school in North Carolina offering the program. Our small class sizes are essential to successfully developing the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills that the IB Program promises for students.

What courses do IB students take?

Below are typical course selections for IB. Each IB student will craft an individual schedule based on their experiences, graduation requirements, and academic strengths. Visit the IB curriculum page for course descriptions.

 

Typical junior year courses include:

  1. IB English 11
  2. Precalculus, Algebra III/Trigonometry, or Calculus
  3. IB Chemistry or IB Biology
  4. IB 20th Century World History
  5. French, German, Spanish, Latin, or Chinese (multiple levels available)
  6. Theory of Knowledge

 

Typical senior year courses include:

  1. IB English I2
  2. IB Math Studies, IB Calculus, IB Mathematics HL
  3. IB Chemistry or IB Biology (if not completed during junior year)
  4. IB History of the Americas or US History
  5. French, German, Spanish, Latin, or Chinese (multiple levels available)
  6. IB "elective" such as IB Art, IB Theatre Arts, IB Information Technology in a Global Society, or IB Psychology

How do students apply to the IB Program?

Students interested in the IB Program apply during February of their sophomore year. An admissions committee comprised of IB faculty will review student essays, transcripts, and teacher recommendations. Admissions decisions are in mid-March. Students who are admitted and wish to join the IB Program will have a conference with Stewart Peery, the IB Coordinator.

How many students choose IB?

During sophomore year, many Country Day students are choosing between regular college prep, honors, AP, and IB courses. To enroll in the IB Program, a student must complete an application, be accepted, and register for IB courses. Annually, about twenty percent of the junior and senior classes are enrolled in the IB Program.

IB World School

Country Day is the only private school in North Carolina offering the IB Diploma Program. Our small class sizes are essential to successfully developing the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills that the IB Program promises for students.

Questions?

For questions or additional information about the IB Diploma Program, please contact:
Stewart Peery '98, IB Coordinator
E-mail

“I feel completely prepared for college. The IB Program has taught me to always keep myself open to opportunities for discussion and debate, and it has inspired me to be a lifelong learner.”

Max Kepley ’14

Preparing for College

American universities and colleges fully recognize and honor the IB Diploma, and it offers the added benefit of being recognized by universities worldwide, opening additional opportunities for Country Day students. Country Day's most recent IB Diploma recipients attend these fine institutions:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Colgate University
  • College of William & Mary
  • North Carolina State University
  • Elon University
  • University of Richmond
  • Northeastern University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Furman University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Past IB graduates have also earned prestigious merit-based scholarships, including the Morehead-Cain (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Park (NC State) scholarships.

Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Rd Road, Charlotte,
NC North Carolina 28226
704.943.4500
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