The International Baccalaureate Programme

FHS is the first school in the State of Tennessee to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Franklin High School is a candidate* school for the MYP and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education—that we believe is important for our students. While MYP will be embedded in all 9th and 10th grade courses, students in DP must apply and be accepted. The IB Programme serves not only the academically talented but also the highly motivated student.

IB Provides Students: The I B logo

  • An international perspective on education.
  • Active learning involving critical thinking, independent research and verbal communication.
  • Interdisciplinary and intra-disciplinary group and individual projects.
  • Requirement of involvement in extracurricular activities, both school and community.
  • Admission and scholarship opportunities at prestigious universities.
  • College credit at many universities

Frequently Asked Questions

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an internationally recognized program in use in 94 countries. This comprehensive course of study serves highly-motivated college-bound students. It emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning in which the student is an active participant. To receive an IB diploma the student must successfully complete course work and externally graded examinations in six academic areas as well as complete three unique program requirements. The goal of IBDP is to produce critical thinkers with a well-rounded global perspective.

Students can sign a letter of intent to participate in the pre-IB/honors program as a freshman if they are recommended for honors level English, science, history, and foreign language. Students must have been enrolled in Spanish I or French I (for credit) for the 8th grade year. Students will apply for the IBDP at the end of first semester of their sophomore year. At this time, a committee will evaluate each student’s progress in developing study skills, performance in course work, attitude and responsibility demonstrated while at Franklin High School and make the final selection of IB candidates. The letter of intent is neither an application nor an acceptance into the IBDP. It does not obligate either the student to apply for admittance into the IBDP nor does it obligate Franklin High School to accept the student into the IBDP.

The IB Programme serves not only the academically talented but also the highly motivated student. Students are required to be involved in intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects in the IB Programme. Certain courses require students to develop a portfolio of classwork. They must take IB level courses in all academic areas as opposed to only isolated courses in areas of strength. Scores are derived from in class coursework as well as international external assessment. Emphasis is placed on essay writing and verbal communication skills in all areas of coursework.

To learn more about the IB Diploma Programme, parents and students may view the presentation from the IB Orientation part 1 and part 2.

Read how graduating from the Diploma Programme prepared alumni for success in college.

Wondering when IB students take Exams? See the Exam Calendar.

For information about the Diploma Programme contact Ray Scheetz or Leigh Tansey. For information about the Middle Years Programme contact Ashley Flood. Visit the International Baccalaureate website to learn more about the different programmes in IB.

Franklin High School IB Diploma Program Informational Meetings will take place during the first semester. Presentations begin at 6:00 PM and are finished by 7:30 PM. There will be a meeting at FHS for any families that are not able to attend the meetings at the Middle Schools.

Parents of current IB Diploma Programme students who can’t attend the informational meetings or would like to know more about IB DP may view the presentation from the meeting.

Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Though the meetings are directed at eighth grade students and their families, all Williamson County families are invited to attend.

  • September 30: Spring Station Middle
  • October 1: Grassland Middle
  • October 7: Heritage Middle
  • October 8: Brentwood Middle
  • October 15: Thompson’s Station Middle
  • October 21: Hillsboro School
  • October 29: Fairview Middle
  • November 11: Page Middle
  • November 12: Sunset Middle (This meeting will be for students at Mill Creek Middle, Sunset Middle and Woodland Middle)

A presentation about our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will be held for all interested 10th grade students and their families. This meeting will be very valuable for any student interested in pursuing the IB Programme for their junior and senior years.

The 10th grade meeting will be held in the FHS Library during the school year and include the following information:

  • IB “Big Picture” Overview
  • IB Diploma Programme Structure
  • Application Process – How to Apply
  • Q and A Session

Students become diploma candidates upon acceptance into the program their junior year. The curriculum includes six subject areas: three higher level subjects taken both the junior and senior year (English IB, Biology IB, History of the Americas IB) and three standard level subjects (foreign language, preferably the fifth year of the language, either Math Studies or Math Methods, an IB elective, either Psychology or third year Theater Arts.) Awarding of credit for each subject of the IBDP is determined by grades from work done throughout the course and score on an externally graded exam.

In addition to work in the six academic areas is a cross-curricular course, Theory of Knowledge, which provides students with the opportunity to question, analyze and evaluate the bases of truth and knowledge. Creativity, Action, Service (150 hours) requires that students move beyond the classroom to share and develop special talents in an extracurricular arena. The Extended Essay allows students to independently study an area of special interest utilizing their research and writing skills.

An international perspective on education. Active learning involving critical thinking, independent research and verbal communication. Interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary group and individual projects. Requirement of involvement in extracurricular activities, both school and community. Admission and scholarship opportunities at prestigious universities. College credit at many universities.

As an IB candidate the student must. Have a strong desire to learn. Express him/herself well both orally and in written work. Develop and maintain successful study and time management skills. Think critically. Work well both independently and with others. Participate in diverse activities (including service) outside the classroom. Enjoy learning with an international perspective.

The aim of the learner profile developed by IB is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. The IB learner profile represents ten attributes valued by IB World Schools. It is believed that these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities. Read more about the IB Learner Profile.

Franklin High School is in the process of becoming a full IB World School by implementing the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), designed specifically for students ages 11-16, The programme provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills appropriate to this stage of adolescence. The MYP offers a holistic approach that emphasizes critical thinking skills, global citizenship, and intercultural awareness, as well as traditional school subject.

The programme is utilized internationally as a framework that employs relevant curriculum design, skill-based assessments, as well as latitude for differentiation and community building. We are implementing a globally tested—and proven—approach that balances international mindedness with personalized connections. The “Think Globally, Act Locally” phrase could not be more appropriate.

The Middle Years Programme curriculum consists of eight subject groups explored through six global contexts; identities and relationships, orientations in space and time, personal and cultural identity, globalization and sustainability, fairness and development, and scientific and technical innovation. This curriculum encourages our 9th and 10th grade students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. The focus of the program is on the whole child in terms of physical, intellectual, and emotional-social well being. The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. The implementation of this programme is a whole-school endeavor.