International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Published: 7/31/2023 9:25 AM

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program focuses on high-quality education with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. IB promotes a positive attitude toward learning by helping students “learn how to learn.” The IB program also focuses on intercultural communication and understanding, a critical component for 21st century success. ​

Exam Fees​

The Kentucky Department of Education will reimburse school districts for International Baccalaureate exams taken by students who receive free/reduced lunch.

Any additional fees associated with registration will be the responsibility of the school or district including late and cancellation fees.


IB offers 4 different programs. These are:

  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for pupils aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.

  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.

  • The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.

  • The IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC) for students aged 16 - 19 incorporates the educational principles, vision and learner profile of the IB into a unique offering that specifically addresses the needs of students who wish to engage in career-related education.




Senate Bill 1 states that school report cards will report the International Baccalauerate courses offered, the number of students enrolled, completing and taking the examination for each course, and the percentage of examniees receiving a score of five (5) or better.

​​Damien Sweeney, Ed.D.
Office of Teaching and Learning
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-6639, ext. 4545 
Fax (502) 564-6470

​ IB Schools

Kentucky has 8 IB schools. These are:

PYP School

Sacred Heart Model School, Private School, Louisville

Tates Creek Elementary Schoo​l, Fayette County

Young Elementary School, Jefferson County

MYP Schools​

Sacred Heart Model Scho​​​ol, Private School, Louisville

Tates Creek Middle School, Fayette County


DP Schools

Atherton High School, Jefferson County

Holmes High School, Covington Independent

Sacred Heart Academy, Private School

Tates Creek High School, Fayette County

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