The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is both rewarding and highly challenging.

Krisha Patel

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is both rewarding and highly challenging.

Chloe Park, Reporter

When it comes to academic programs, there are many appealing programs at Seminole High School (SHS) that incoming freshmen consider joining. One of them is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, a highly recognized program among universities that is aimed toward students ready for a more rigorous, college level curriculum. 


Unlike the Health Academy or PSI High programs, which have career focused curriculums, the IB program has a much broader aspect to it. It expands on ideas that may only be briefly discussed in Honors or Standard classes, and is heavily based on critical and complex thinking. IB also provides a competitive, academic environment that engages and motivates students. 


IB sophomore Hasini Munugeti speaks about her motivation to join the IB program: “I thought IB would be a very good opportunity for colleges and help me become more organized. My sister was in IB as well, so I was forced into it, but IB is really helping me prepare for what I want to do in life.

IB freshman Christine Kim states: “It’s not too hard, but it does get complicated when there is a lot of work. I didn’t want to join IB if I’m being really honest, but I heard that it is really helpful for college applications, and my sister was in it so it made me want to try.”


The first year of IB can be a struggle for some, adjusting to the workload and how classes are taught is difficult. However,  it does get better once students find their pace. 

“I think the first semester of freshman year is something that everyone enjoys while having fun, but the second semester is a reality check. I feel that it has made me more organized and the workload was not as much as I expected but there was still a lot to process.” Munugeti expresses.

Many students are bound to feel pressured by the workload, but if planned out correctly, the IB program can be very beneficial for your future. 


The amount of work and expectation offsets this program from others. Teachers expect students to perform their best work and motivate themselves. 

IB senior Lucy Guo speaks on how she feels about her final year in IB. “I think being in IB has really exposed me to a lot of new things. It’s definitely hard, but it’s worth it because of the people you meet and also just the teachers and classes you get to have”. 


To earn the IB diploma, IB juniors and seniors must earn a minimum cumulative score. This score is determined by their performance in numerous IAs (internal assessment) and annual IB exams. This internationally recognized diploma is appealing in the eyes of admission officers as it shows that the student has successfully finished a difficult program and surpassed international standards. In Florida, an alternative state IB diploma is offered for participation and completion of the IB program. No minimum score is required.


The IB program provides students with an unforgettable experience. It allows students to meet like-minded people and build new friendships, all while encouraging in-depth thinking with real world connections. The workload and rigor may seem intimidating from the views of other students; yet, the IB program is a great opportunity for students wanting to experience a more challenging and rewarding education.