International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, a demanding college preparatory curriculum, focuses on the classical liberal arts and sciences. Founded in the 1960s as a common university entrance credential to serve a consortium of international schools, the program is available today in over 3000 schools around the world.
Eastside’s program, one of the first in Florida, graduated its first class of 21 IB Diploma students in 1987, and has now turned out over 1600 Diploma holders. In the year 2000, Eastside gave more IB examinations than any other school in North America. Over 600 students come from all over Alachua County to Eastside for the IB magnet program. Eastside’s program is large and successful; it has served as a model for other schools in Florida and throughout the US.
Students who come to Eastside’s IB Program begin with a Pre-IB curriculum in grades nine and ten. The formal IB Program serves juniors and seniors. A typical IB student at Eastside completes four credits in Language A (English), four credits in Language B (French or Spanish), four or five credits in Individuals and Societies (social studies), four credits in Mathematics, and five credits in Experimental Sciences. In the IB Sixth Subject (elective) students explore Studio Art, Music Performance, Theatre Arts, Psychology, or Physics. Many students choose to take more than one Sixth Subject. All IB students take a course in Theory of Knowledge, a complete independent research leading to an original essay of about 4000 words, and document 150 hours of Creative/Active/Service (CAS) work outside the classroom.
For further information about the International Baccalaureate Program at Eastside High School, call or write:
Eastside High School
International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator
1201 SE 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32641-7698
Magnet programs in Alachua County no longer have an automatic acceptance policy, so ALL students interested in the IB program must submit an application to be considered for admission. The new, on-line application will be available in January.
Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.