• International Baccalaureate® Program (IB)

    LCPS currently has two International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, Loudoun Valley High School and Heritage High School, which offer the IB Diploma Program (DP). The LCPS Pre-IB program started in the 2023-2024 school year. For further information about IB and its programs, visit http://www.ibo.org.


  • Heritage H.S.
  • Loudoun Valley H.S.

  • LCPS IB Student Program Status Update for the 2024-2025 School Year

    Students will receive a status update (Offered/Waitlisted) through Student Opportunities this Friday, March 8th. Students who are offered a seat in this program during round 1 will have until 11:59 p.m. on March 19th to either accept or decline their offer to participate in this program. If a student does not accept or decline their offer by the established deadline, the student seat will expire, and the seat will be automatically declined so that we can move on to round 2 offers from the waitlist. 


  • LCPS Information Night Flyer & Presentation

    IB Info Nights

    LCPS Informational Night Flyer:  Arabic, English, Farsi, Spanish, Vietnamese 

    Fall 2023 Information Night Presentations:

    • Heritage High School Information Night Presentation
    • Loudoun Valley High School Information Night Presentation ~ Coming Soon!

  • 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.

  • 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:

    • Inquirers
    • Knowledgeable
    • Thinkers
    • Communicators
    • Principled
    • Open-minded
    • Caring
    • Risk-takers
    • Balanced
    • Reflective

    For more information, including a video produced by the International Baccalaureate Organization, visit the International Baccalaureate site.

  • The IB Diploma Program

    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.

  • How to Submit Interest

    Current LCPS 8th-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. 31 for currently enrolled 8th-grade students interested in this program. Students attending, or zoned to attend Heritage High School and Loudoun Valley High School for the 24-25 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. Students who are zoned to attend a high school other than Heritage or Loudoun Valley and would like to participate in the LCPS Pre-IB program need to submit an interest form to be entered into the lottery. The system will close on January 31st. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in March.  

    Private and Homeschooled 8th 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. 31 for current 8th-grade students interested in this program. The system will close on January 31st. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in March.  

  • International Baccalaureate Site

    To learn about this program please visit the International Baccalaureate site.

  • Comparison Chart of IB, AP, & DE

  • FAQs

    LCPS INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ~ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

    1.  What is the 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-grade students for the 2024-2025 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 31st. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in March. 


      *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 authorized to offer the IB Diploma Program (DP) for 11th and 12th-grade students at these two schools. LCPS Pre-IB for 9th and 10th graders started 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 from hub stop locations. Parents/ Guardians will be responsible for getting their children to and from the hub stop locations in both the morning and afternoon. 

    6.  How do we learn more about this program?

    7.  Who are the IB Coordinators?

    • Each of the two high schools in LCPS that 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

    9.  I have been placed on the waitlist. How does this process work?

    • Waitlisted students will be notified by email as seats become available. We do not share specific information on where students fall on the waitlist. 

    10.  If I am accepted into the program, do I have to reapply every year?

    • The program is a four-year commitment and you do not need to reapply every year. Your new home school will become LVH or HTH when you enter this program. 

    11.  If I accept my offer to the program, but later circumstances change and I need to decline my offer, what steps do I take?

    12.  What are the VHSL implications if I join this program?

    • A student who has been accepted through the lottery selection process is eligible for VHSL Activities and Athletics immediately upon enrollment.
    • After enrollment and participating in the IB program, if an out-of-zone student decides to unenroll in the program and remain enrolled at the school, then the student is ineligible to participate in VHSL Activities and Athletics for 90 school days.
    • After enrollment and participating in the IB program, if an out-of-zone student decides to unenroll and return to the school serving their attendance zone, the student will be eligible to participate in VHSL Activities and Athletics immediately upon their enrollment back at their zone school.
    • The IB Coordinators are unable to answer questions regarding VHSL eligibility or VHSL regulations. All questions should be directed to Mr. Derek Farrey, Assistant Director of Athletics and Extracurricular Activities, at (571) 252-1451.  


  • IB Coordinator Contact Information

    Heritage High IB Coordinator

    Fernando Uribarri

    Loudoun Valley IB Coordinator

    Michael Skvarch

  • Contact IB
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