The International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous course of study designed to meet the needs of highly motivated secondary students and to promote international understanding.
The effectiveness of the IB program is due not only to the depth of the individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the program. Unlike other honors programs, the IB Program requires each student to take courses in six academic areas. Additional program details may be found online at:
Baccalaureate Program Web site
To qualify for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, students must take examinations in six subject areas, participate in the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) program, and write an extended essay.
The diploma candidate must also take a unique course known as Theory of Knowledge. In this course, students explore the connections and similarities between the various subjects, learn to think, and apply interrelated concepts.
Many students earning the IB Diploma are awarded advanced college credit at prestigious universities around the world. Many highly competitive colleges and universities recognize the IB Diploma for admissions and/or advanced standing.
PISD students enter the International Honors (the “pre-IB”) Program at either Clark High School or Williams High School in the ninth-grade followed by the two-year IB Program at Plano East Senior High. IB students may also participate in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program in grades 9 through 12.
Certified as an IB school in July 1995, the Plano East Program carefully screens students on the basis of academic potential. All students admitted to the International Honors and the IB programs are full diploma candidates.
Kathy Witcher, IB Coordinator
Plano East Senior High School
3000 Los Rios Blvd.
Plano, TX 75074
Fax (469) 752-9001