The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum for juniors and seniors, leading to IB examinations. Pre-IB courses in grades nine and ten prepare students for the program.
"World-class students" is more than a slogan at Atherton High School. IB is recognized around the world, and our participation measures the knowledge and skills of Atherton students against an international standard. Ambitious and talented students earn the coveted IB Diploma or Certificate.
IB is a tough academic track, and colleges know it. Unlike Advanced Placement (AP), IB allows only students who have completed its curriculum to take the IB examinations. Colleges and universities recognize the value of the IB Diploma and the academic depth, breadth, and rigor it represents.
IB was conceived more than 30 years ago in Geneva, Switzerland, which is still the organization's home. The idea was, in part, to provide a uniform measure of student achievement worldwide. Nearly 30,000 students at more than 1,000 schools in more than 100 countries take the same examinations.
Only schools approved by the IB are authorized to teach the curriculum and to give the examinations. Atherton is the only Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District high school to offer IB. There are only four IB schools in Kentucky.