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. This school 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.

Why International Baccalaureate?

IB Provides Students:

  • 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

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.


Applications and Policies

Parents and students will find links for all FHS International Baccalaureate applications and policies below.

Meetings and Events

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. New dates for the 2019 – 2020 school year to be announced.

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.

  • Spring Station Middle School – TBA
  • Freedom Middle and Poplar Grove Middle – TBA
  • Sunset Middle School – TBA
  • Thompson’s Station Middle – TBA
  • Mill Creek Middle School – TBA
  • Woodland Middle School – TBA
  • Heritage Middle School – TBA
  • Grassland Middle School – TBA
  • Brentwood Middle School – TBA
  • Hillsboro Middle School – TBA
  • Page Middle School – TBA
  • Fairview Middle School – TBA
  • Franklin High School – TBA

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

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 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.

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.

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.

IB Learner Profile

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.

  • Inquirers – They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Principled – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  • Risk-takers – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

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.