International Baccalaureate

What is an IB course?

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses follow a curriculum created by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a non-profit educational foundation located in Cardiff, Wales. Students can take individual IB classes and earn a certificate of completion for each class (with a score of 4 or higher on the corresponding IB exam) or can be IB diploma students, which is a 2-year program for juniors and seniors. Students who decide to pursue an IB diploma must complete a specific set of courses, the Theory of Knowledge course, a 4,000-word Extended Essay, and 150 hours of creativity, action, and service hours.

The International Baccalaureate Organization also offers a Primary Years Program and a Middle Years Program.

In North Carolina, 30 public high schools offer the IB Diploma Program (DP) and 9 public high schools offer the IB Career-related Program (CP).

International Baccalaureate Organization

NC AP/IB/CIE Exam and Registration Fees Guidance

In summer 2014, with SL2013-360 section 8.27, the General Assembly modified 115C.83.4A to enhance access and encourage participation in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses by appropriating funds to pay for all AP and IB exams for public school or charter school students who are enrolled in the corresponding AP/IB courses.

In the summer of 2017, with SL2017-57 section 7.28, the General Assembly modified 115C-174.26A and SL2013-360 section 8.27 to include Cambridge International Education (CIE) AS-Level and A-Level courses as eligible advanced courses. This funding continues in the recurring budget.

AP/IB/CIE Exam Fees Guidance, 2023-24

Report to the NC General Assembly: Broaden Successful Participation in Advanced Courses

This NCDPI report responds to the requirements of North Carolina General Statute § 115C-174.26, legislation establishing the NC Advanced Placement Partnership and the continuing work to broaden access and successful participation in advanced coursework in NC public schools.

AP/IB/CIE Report December 2023