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International Baccalaureate Programmes

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education and is a prestigious offering that is available at only select schools in Arkansas and across the United States. IB programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. It is among the most rigorous college preparatory curriculums available, and is used by an international audience.  In order to teach IB programmes, schools must be authorized. Every school authorized to offer IB programmes is known as an IB World School. The HSSD proudly offers K-12 IB World School opportunities to students through IB Programmes at Park Magnet, an IB World School; Hot Springs Junior Academy; and Hot Springs World Class High School.


IB Classes begin offering advanced learning opportunities and challenging curriculum at the kindergarten level. As students advance to the college application process, the IB curriculum matches in quality, but exceeds in rigor above Advanced Placement (AP) classes. IB classes at the secondary level also offer the same opportunities for students to gain college credit for courses taken during high school.


With an innovative approach, students learn in ways that develop their full potential. IB offers an educational experience through specially trained educators. Programmes focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and the value of inquiring with care and logic. IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes.


Learn more about our excellent IB Programmes at the following HSSD Schools:


IB Primary Years Programme at Park Magnet, an IB World School (Grades K-6)

IB Middle Years Programme at Hot Springs Junior Academy (Grades 7-8)

IB Diploma Programme at Hot Springs World Class High School (Grades 9-12)

IB Career-related Programme at Hot Springs World Class High School (Grades 9-12)



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