Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Programme

What is the International Baccalaureate Programme?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is an academically rigorous course of study in which students participate during their junior and senior years. Pre-IB students, in 9th or 10th grade, prepare for the rigorous course work of the Diploma Programme by enrolling in honors courses.

Unlike other academic pathways, the IB Programme is designed to have a meta-cognitive approach to learning that helps students develop the higher-order thinking strategies needed to become lifelong independent learners. Students are expected to make connections among different academic disciplines and not to study subjects in isolation. This is based on the belief that the total educational experience is more than the sum of its parts. Additionally, the course work requires students to learn how to manage their time and keep up with deadlines.

Enrollment for 2020-2021

Important things to note:

Every student needs to complete the application in order to enroll. Private/home school students are able to complete the online application as well. In addition to the application, we will need you to submit an official academic transcript from 6th, 7th and 8th grade that includes all grades and standardized test scores. This information should be obtained by the student/parents and submitted to LHS IB c/o Dr. Stacey Brown so that we have all the information necessary to make informed admissions decisions.

The application is currently open.

Email: Dr Stacey Brown, the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, or call LHS IB at 706-863-0027 if you have any questions or problems with the application.

IB 2019

Reasons to enroll in Pre-IB

Pre-IB courses are designed to prepare students for the prestige and rigor of the IB Programme.

Some of the benefits of the IB Diploma Programme include the following:

  • Students are part of a challenging and stimulating program that is internationally recognized.
  • Students are exposed to an interdisciplinary education with a truly "international" perspective.
  • Students learn to think critically and develop analytical skills that will prepare them for post-secondary education.
  • Students learn how to conduct independent research and write a major term paper.
  • Successful IB students understand that not only gifted students will succeed. Straight A-students might be challenged to stretch beyond their previously set academic limits and this growth does not always translate to straight-A’s in IB. Students and parents must understand that academic growth is measured more favorably than GPA and class rank.
  • Students are encouraged to be well-rounded and to appreciate the importance of extra-curricular activities and community service.
  • Students' chances for admittance to the universities of their choice are greatly enhanced.
  • Students may receive college credit or advanced standing at many colleges and universities.

Application Dates and Timeline

October/November: Middle School Visits and Parent Information Meetings

November 1: Application opens

Each student’s eligibility is reviewed by the school, which includes the IB Head of School, IB Coordinator, IB Counsellor, and middle school counselors. Additional information may be requested.

January : Students are called for interviews via their middle school counselors. The IB team visits each school.

January/February : Letters of acceptance, wait list, or rejection to be mailed to all applicants. Students are notified of their application status through a letter sent by email and USPS .

Students who do not meet the first-round criteria may be placed on a waiting list. If seats become available, students on the waiting list may receive further communication regarding their status.

January/February : Receive contact from Katie Newton, our IB Counsellor, regarding scheduling of classes either at LHS or through a Google Form.

Late-March through end-May : Wait list students will be contacted if additional placements become available; responses recorded.

Spring : New 9th grade Pre-IB students are registered into standard courses and notices are sent to their middle school counselors.

May : Summer assignments become available on the website

Late-July/ Early August : Freshman Orientation

It is important that students and parents realize that academic excellence, while important, is not the only consideration. Success in the IB Programme also depends on a student's motivation and character.

Potential IB students should also possess the dedication and work ethic necessary to complete a rigorous academic program of study.

Program Costs

Per exam $119 each

Most juniors take one exam junior year

Seniors take five exams, or six if they did not take one junior year

Informational Meetings for all students and families interested in the IB Diploma Programme will be held on these dates:

October 2020 (tba): Parent community information meeting at Lakeside High School

November 2020 (tba): Parent community information meeting at the Columbia County Board of Education

Frequently Asked Questions


A video of the Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University, Debra Von Bargen, talking about her firsthand experience working with IB graduates. She is also the mother of an IB Diploma graduate.