LCPS Pre-IB Program
LCPS is currently in the candidacy phase working towards authorization to become an International Baccalaureate World School at two high schools. Loudoun Valley High School and Heritage High School are candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and are pursuing authorization as IB World Schools. The LCPS Pre-IB program (9th & 10th grade) starts in the 2023-2024 school year.
LCPS Pre-IB Information
How to Submit Interest
Current LCPS 8th and 9th Grade Students:
Please reference the LCPS Pre-IB Interest One-Pager for step by step directions on how to show interest in this program. Students will use the Student Opportunities System, located in LCPS GO, to submit their interest in the program. The interest window is open from Dec. 1 to Jan. 20 for currently enrolled 8th and 9th-grade students interested in this program. Students attending, or zoned to attend Heritage High School and Loudoun Valley High School for the 23-24 SY will not need to submit their interest in the system. These students will be provided an opportunity to participate in the LCPS Pre-IB program by virtue of their zoned school. Participation in the LCPS Pre-IB program for students who would attend a high school other than Heritage or Loudoun Valley need to submit an interest form to be entered into the lottery. The system will close on January 20th. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in February.
Private and Homeschooled 8th and 9th Grade Students:
Please reference the LCPS Pre-IB Private and Homeschool Interest One-Pager for step by step directions on how to show interest in this program. The interest window is open from Dec. 1 to Jan. 20 for current 8th and 9th-grade students interested in this program. The system will close on January 20th. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in February.
The Mission of the International Baccalaureate Program®
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
International Baccalaureate Site
To learn about this program please visit the International Baccalaureate site.
The Learner Profile
The aim of the IB programs are 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. IB learners strive to be:
For more information, including a video produced by the International Baccalaureate Organization, visit the International Baccalaureate site.
The IB Diploma Program (grades 11 and 12) *not available until we are authorized
The IB Diploma program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program with final assessments that prepare students for success in college and life beyond. The diploma program is a two-year program for juniors and seniors. College credit may also be earned depending on the subject results and the individual university acceptance policies. The IB Diploma Program:
- Balances subject breadth and depth and considers the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique Theory of Knowledge course,
- Encourages international-mindedness starting with a foundation in the students’ own language and culture,
- Develops a positive attitude to learning that prepares students for university education,
- Requires rigorous external assessments with global standards, and
- Emphasizes the development of the whole student – physically, emotionally, intellectually, and ethically.
LCPS INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ~ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
1. What is International Baccalaureate (IB)?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) develops lifelong learners who thrive and make a difference.Students and parents can visit our LCPS website at www.lcps.org/IB or the IB website at www.ibo.org to learn more information.
2. Who can participate in the LCPS Pre-IB Program?
- Public, private, and home school rising 9th and 10th grade students for the 2023-2024 SY who reside in Loudoun County, VA may show interest in the LCPS Pre-IB Program.
3. How does a student show interest in this program?
Students interested in registering for the lottery will submit interest in the Student Opportunities System located in LCPSGO starting on December 1st. The system will close on January 20th. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in February.
*Students whose home school is Heritage or Loudoun Valley will not have to show interest as they will have access to this program by attending these schools.
4. Which IB program will LCPS offer?
- Heritage and Loudoun Valley High Schools are in the candidacy phase to become World IB schools. Once authorized, we will offer the Diploma Program (DP) for 11th and 12th grade students at these two schools. We are currently offering LCPS Pre-IB for 9th and 10th graders during the 2023-2024 SY.
5. Will transportation be provided for this program?
- When students show interest and confirm their placement, they can opt-in to have LCPS provided transportation.
6. How do we learn more about this program?
- Families can attend one of our information nights (IB Info Night Flyer).
7. Who are the IB Coordinators?
Each of the two high schools in LCPS who are in the candidacy phase has an IB Coordinator. Please reach out to them if you have any specific questions or concerns.
Heritage High School - Fernando Uribarri @ Fernando.Uribarri@lcps.org
Loudoun Valley High School - Michael Skvarch @ Michael.Skvarch@lcps.org
8. What school would be my home school if I attend this program?
Unlike the Academies of Loudoun, students selected for this program would become full-time students at Heritage or Loudoun Valley. Students will participate in extracurricular activities at their new home school (HTH or LVH).
Heritage High School Feeders:
Briar Woods High School
Dominion High School
Independence High School
Loudoun County High School
Park View High School
Potomac Falls High School
Rock Ridge High School
Tuscarora High School
Loudoun Valley School Feeders:
Broad Run High School
Freedom High School
John Champe High School
Lightridge High School
Riverside High School
Stone Bridge High School
Woodgrove High School