What is IB?

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (DP) and IB Career-Related (CP) Programs offer advanced studies which demand the best from motivated students. IB students study a broad spectrum of subjects and engage in research and experiential learning through school, community, and international activities. Over 50 years since its founding, IB has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise, recognized by leading universities in the United States and throughout the world.


    Learn more about the History of the IB by clicking here. 


    Learn more about the IB Philosophy by clicking here.


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    West High School's IB Diploma Programme, authorized in 2011, aims to provide a balanced education, facilitate geographic mobility, and promote international understanding through shared academic experiences. Our IB exam results compare favorably to other IB World Schools and our students are widely accepted at competitive universities across the United States.



    West High School's IB Career-Related Certificate Programme, authorized in 2020, offers students the option f four unique career pathways through which they gain both profession-specific content knowledge and training and advanced course content through the selection of intentionally paired IB courses. IB CP students may currently pursue pathways in Coding, Engineering, Nursing, and Nutrition & Dietetics. Upon completion of the IB CP, graduates are well-positioned to seek industry certification, continue their studies at institutions of higher education, or enter the workforce.   


    For more information, click the links below. 

    WHS IB Program Info

    IB Course Overview


    If you live within the Knox County Schools zone, you may apply for a transfer to West High School to pursue the IB Career-Related Certificate or the IB Diploma.


    Information about the different types of transfer applications can be found on the KCS Transfer Website.


    If you choose to apply for a transfer, you may begin the process by submitting an online application, once the transfer window opens, Monday, October 2, 2023.

    The transfer window will close on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.