International Baccalaureate Program
Sacred Heart is the only Catholic high school in Kentucky to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, a rigorous academic program for juniors and seniors. The IB Program was created in 1968 to ensure rigorous and consistent standards for secondary school diplomas worldwide. The IB curriculum encourages critical thinking and problem solving along with the study of six traditional disciplines: first or native language, second language (modern or classical), individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics, and art or an elective. Click here to view the SHA IB courst list.

To fulfill requirements for the diploma, students complete 150-240 hours of intense classroom study in each of the six disciplines listed above. Each course requires additional work, including projects, analytical writing assignments, portfolios, and oral commentaries. In conjunction with class work and examinations, full diploma candidates complete the Theory of Knowledge class, which questions what it means to "know" something and links the disciplines together. Diploma candidates also write a 4,000-word independent research paper, investigating a topic of special interest. Finally, students complete 150 hours of the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) requirement by participating in such activities as the performing arts, sports, and community service.

Because the standards have been so reliable, an IB diploma carries prestige in academic circles throughout the world. Worldwide, approximately 3,500 schools in 144 countries are members of the IB Organization. Students who successfully complete the full Diploma Program receive an internationally recognized diploma.   

The SHA Class of 2013 had 18 members earn the full IB diploma, a 100 percent success rate. In more than 14 years of participation in IB testing, 96 percent of SHA IB students who attempted to earn the diploma have been successful. The world average is approximately 80 percent. In addition, another 79 students from the Class of 2013 earn an IB certificate in more or more subject areas.

For more information about SHA’s IB Program, email IB Coordinator Candace Kresse.

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