International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Rutherford High School aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are highly motivated to succeed.Th e ideal profile of an IB student is that of a critical and compassionate thinker, an informed participant in local and world affairs, who values the shared humanity that binds all people together, who strives to build a better world while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life.The IB vision of education centers on the whole student: rigorous, inquiry-based academics balanced  with a healthy, active lifestyle; creative pursuits and expression, and meaningful service to others.


The IB Diploma Program is designed to offer the highest college preparatory curriculum standards available to students around the globe. In order to offer this academic program, all IB World Schools must go through an intense authorization  and evaluation process which is repeated every five years. IB teachers and administrators are required to stay abreast of curriculum development and to attend mandatory professional development on a regular basis.


Ninth and tenth grade Pre-IB students complete a challenging mix of honors, AP, and dual enrollment core courses and electives in preparation for the rigors of International Baccalaureate classes in their junior and senior years.


The IB Diploma Program is a two-year college-level curriculum for 11th and 12th-grade students. Students who choose to pursue the full program will complete courses in English, Foreign Language, History, Science, Mathematics, Theory of Knowledge, and a chosen elective.In addition to academic research in every subject area, students will also complete an Extended Essay research paper in a subject area of their own interest, working closely with a faculty advisor.


All full IB Diploma Candidates have the opportunity to earn 30+ hours of college credit, IB Diploma recipients receive automatic qualification for the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship, as well as admission preference to the most prestigious colleges and universities worldwide.


Many students choose to combine and supplement their IB coursework experience with Advanced Placement, CTE, and dual enrollment classes, giving them the opportunity to create a personalized educational path, specifically designed to meet their future goals.


As the International Baccalaureate Organization celebrates the beginning of its 52nd year, Rutherford High School is proud to celebrate our 28th year of offering this world-class opportunity to the students of Bay County. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the IB Coordinator,


Mrs. Catherine Rutland

Rutherford High School

1000 School Avenue Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: (850) 767-4514

Fax: (850) 747-5439


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