IB Announcements

  • MAGNET TRANSFER SCREENING PROCESS: Once you have applied for a magnet transfer to West High School, you will be contacted regarding a mandatory academic screening.  The dates for these screenings are: January 9, 10, 24 25, February 6, 8, 20, 22.  These screenings consist of reading and writing components.   Please see the essay grading rubric for your reference:  IB MAGNET ESSAY GRADING RUBRIC

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  • The Magnet Transfer window for the 2018-19 school year is NOW OPEN and will close on February 20. Families not zoned for West High School and interested in the International Baccalaureate Programme may apply at https://transapp.knoxschools.org during the open transfer window. Even if your child is in the IB MYP programme at Bearden Middle, if you are not zoned for WHS you MUST apply for a Magnet transfer to continue with Year 4 of MYP in 9th grade.  When applying for a Magnet transfer to WHS, each student is screened for academic readiness.  You will schedule a screening session only after you have submitted a transfer application, and you MUST reserve a screening seat ahead of time.  Shannon Siebe will contact you via email to make screening arrangements after your application is processed through the KCS Transfer Office.

    Please email Shannon Siebe with questions.

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  • IB Information Sessions/Tours will take place at West High School on selected Tuesday afternoons at 2:15 PM. Parents and students interested in learning about the International Baccalaureate Programming at West and the magnet transfer process are invited to attend.  These tours are by reservation only.  To see available dates and reserve a space, please open/submit this West High Tour Request Google Form.

    Please email questions to Shannon Siebe at shannon.siebe@knoxschools.org.

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  • There will be 1 More International Baccalaureate Open House! The final Open House before the transfer window closes will be on Thursday, January 25th from 6-8 PM.  It will be held in the Lecture Hall at West High School.  An overview of the Diploma Programme and information about the Magnet Transfer process will be explained. Families interested in learning more about this incredible educational opportunity are encouraged to attend. IB teachers will also be available to provide subject-specific perspective. For more information, please contact Shannon Siebe (shannon.siebe@knoxschools.org)

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  • Late IBDP Exam Registration Fees: 

    Prior to Nov 15

    Reg: $172

    Test: $119 each

    Between Nov 15 & Jan 15

    Reg: $230

    Test: $157 each

    After Jan 15: 

    Reg: $493

    Test: $269 each

    Remember!  No refunds will be granted after JAN 15!

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  • Twitter Accounts to Follow!

    @IBMrsSiebe: All things IB in Knox County Schools

    @WestHighIB: All things Diploma Programme at WHS

    @RebelIBProjects: All things Personal Project

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  • Shannon Siebe, District IB Facilitator
    MYP and DP Coordinator
    Sarah Bast, IB Counselor



International Baccalaureate Explained

What is IB?

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a comprehensive, rigorous program of advanced studies that demands 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. In the forty years since its founding, the IB Diploma Programme has become a symbol of academic integrity and  intellectual promise, recognized by leading universities in the United States and throughout the world.

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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 a shared academic experience. Our IB exam results compare favorably to other IB World Schools and our students are widely accepted at competitive universities across the United States.

    The IB Diploma Programme is a designated Magnet programme at West High School through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.  Students not zoned for West High School are able to apply for a Magnet transfer.   Please contact Shannon Siebe for more information regarding the transfer process.


    International Baccalaureate Programme Statistics- 2017-18
    58 11th graders are currently pursuing the full diploma
    50 12th graders are currently pursuing the full diploma.
    Over 300 WHS students are pursuing IB certificates
    International Baccalaureate Programme Statistics- 2017
    50% of Diploma Candidates earned the IB Diploma (13 out of 26)
    277 IB certificates were earned in 2017.
     The class of 2017 had 26 Diploma Candidates and 122 Certificate students.
     520 IB exams were given in 2017.
    The Class of 2017 earned $8.8 million in scholarships
    International Baccalaureate Programme Statistics- 2016 
    77% of Diploma Candidates earned the IB Diploma (20 out of 26)
    143 Certificates were earned in 2016.
     The class of 2016 had 26 Diploma Candidates and 113 Certificate students.
     419 IB exams were given in 2016.
    The Class of 2016 earned over $9 million in scholarships
    International Baccalaureate Programme Statistics- 2015 
    74% of Diploma Candidates earned the IB Diploma (14 out of 19)
    107 Certificates were earned in 2015.
    The class of 2015 had 19 Diploma Candidates and 85 Certificate students.
    277 IB exams were given in 2015.
    The Class of 2015 earned over $9 million in scholarships.