LWHS IB Program

Welcome to International Baccalaureate 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.

Why IB?

Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalized world, requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, something that International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program students come to know and understand.

The IB understands that success in higher education and beyond involves thinking critically and creatively. The IB Diploma Program’s challenging curriculum educates the whole student, developing the capacity for inquiry, research and problem-solving as well as essential skills for communication and collaboration. Please click here to see the College Acceptance Rates based on a Student Survey. 

The academically challenging two year IB Diploma Program includes six subject areas; an extended essay of 4,000 words; experiential learning through creativity, action, service (CAS); and theory of knowledge (TOK), a course that fosters critical thinking. Students take a combination of standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) courses. Assessments include a variety of tasks that emphasize higher-order cognitive skills and student performance is marked and factored into the students’ final grades.

LWHS IB Policies

LWHS IB 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.

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LWHS IB 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.

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LWHS IB Special Education 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.

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LWHS IB Special Education 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

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Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance.


Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.


Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.

Pre-IB Program Admission Criterion

Minimum GPA: 3.25

Reading and Math FSA: Score at 55th and/or EOC with achievement level of 3 and above

LWHS does not require the Readistep or SAT10 exam for admission to the IB program. 

Lake Wales High School is not a zoned school: we accept students from all around the Polk County area.

The International Baccalaureate Application 2019-2020 also serves as the Lake Wales High School Application and Registration.

Shadow an IB Student:

If you would like to have your child shadow an IB student for a day,
please email Leanne Thrift, International Baccalaureate 9th and 10th Counselor at leanne.thrift@lwcharterschools.com or call at 863-678-4222.

Please be sure that your child has lunch money or a packed lunch from home.

Dress code for shadowing: school uniform from current school or a plain black, white or orange polo and khaki shorts or pants.

Want More Information?

You can access more information about the International Baccalaureate Organization.