International Baccalaureate

What is IB?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. IB World School students develop strong academic, social, and emotional characteristics. Furthermore, IB students continuously perform at the top of their class.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

Pine View Elementary School is an authorized IB PYP World School. Richey Elementary School is applying to be a Candidate School for the IB PYP beginning in the 21-22 school year. The Primary Years Program (PYP) is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization. The PYP provides a curriculum framework focusing on transdisciplinary learning by integrating across subject areas and using an inquiry based approach to teaching and learning. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning, take action in their community, and develop international mindedness. Our goal is that students will become inquirers who are global thinkers through transdisciplinary studies. In the PYP, students will have an opportunity to learn Spanish as a secondary language. All students who live in the attendance boundary for Pine View Elementary School (PVES) or Richey Elementary (RES) participate in the PYP program. Students from outside of the attendance boundary who want to attend PVES or RES should complete the Pasco Pathways School Choice Application. All out of zone students who apply are to be sent for the lottery, even if this number exceeds the total number of available seats. Preferences established in the Controlled Open Enrollment Plan will be followed when the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats open. Students residing in district will be given preference, followed by students outside the district. Applicants are randomized and seats are filled by the number of open opportunities designated during the seat setting process. Students not placed during the lottery process will be placed on a randomized waitlist.

What is the Middle Years Programme?

Pine View Middle School is an authorized IB MYP World School. Gulf Middle School is a Candidate School for the IB MYP. These magnet schools are a part of the continuum of the International Baccalaureate Organization, where students learn the Florida Standards through a framework that enriches conceptual teaching and learning in the classroom. The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and be well rounded members of society. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally, and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.

All students who live in the attendance boundary for Gulf Middle School and Pine View Middle School (PVMS) participate in the MYP programme. Students from outside of the attendance boundary who want to attend PVMS or GMS should complete the Pasco Pathways School Choice Application. Bus transportation will be provided for magnet students within a designated magnet zone in accordance with district approved procedures. Students will be provided neighborhood stops from within the established attendance boundary, and hub stops may be provided for students living outside of the attendance boundary. Hub stops will be located at district school sites. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from designated hubs or directly to the school. Students living outside the attendance boundary are not permitted to use stops located within the attendance boundary. All students will be eligible for transportation, except for students living within 2 miles of the school, unless based on statute or hazardous walking conditions exist.

What is the Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) at Gulf and Land O’ Lakes High Schools offers high-achieving, high-performing students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous program of study during their high school years while focusing on the IB mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB Diploma is widely accepted at universities and colleges throughout the world. The Diploma Programme offers the students the opportunity for college credit, as well as earning the IB Diploma. The IB Diploma earns students the full Florida Bright Futures scholarship. 

All students interested must apply to be a part of the Diploma Programme utilizing the Pasco Pathways School Choice Application. Student applications will be reviewed to ensure the application meets eligibility criteria including: the established score on the writing and math samples, advanced or accelerated course completion as applicable to the grade level applying, proficiency on recent ELA and Math district and/or state assessments and above average grades in courses completed. Specific criteria will be outlined in the Pasco Pathways School Choice application for the program. Applicants will be contacted by the school directly with more information regarding the writing sample. Preferences established in the Controlled Open Enrollment Plan will be followed when the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats open. Students residing in district will be given preference, followed by students outside the district. Applicants are randomized and seats are filled by the number of open opportunities designated during the seat setting process. Students not placed during the lottery process will be placed on a randomized waitlist.

View the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme boundaries map here.

 

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Schools

Elementary:

Pine View Elementary School

Middle:

Pine View Middle School

Gulf Middle School

High:

Gulf High School

Land O’ Lakes High School