The International Baccalaureate
Rutherford High School 

Contact Information:
Rutherford IB Home Page
Karen T. Brown

International Baccalaureate LogoOur Mission:
The International Baccalaureate program at Rutherford High School aims to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside.  Beyond intellectual rigor and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship.  The 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 while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is designed to meet the highest standards required of any high school student in the world. Successful completion of the Diploma Program earns the student a diploma recognized for university admission throughout the world and for course credit and academic placement at over 1000 leading colleges and universities in the United States.

The IB Diploma Program is a system of syllabi and examinations based on the idea that general education at the upper secondary level should encompass the development of all the main powers of the mind through which the student interprets, modifies, and enjoys his/her environment. 

Assessment & Evaluation of Student Work
Judgments about the quality of students’ work depend not only on internal assessment of course work by school faculty over the four-year period, but also on external assessment and evaluation by a worldwide staff of more than 5000 examiners led by chief examiners with international authority.

Award of the IB Diploma
The award of the IB diploma requires students to meet defined standards and conditions including:

-completion of the required sequence of courses in each of the six groups
-acceptable score on assessments in three or four subjects at the higher level
-acceptable score on assessments at the standard level in other subjects
 -completion of an extended essay in one of the IB curriculum subjects
 -completion of a course in Theory of Knowledge
 -completion of Creative, Action and Service activities

Students who fail to satisfy all requirements may be awarded a certificate for successful completion of examinations.

Some Interesting Facts about the IB at RHS:

  • Rutherford has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of the top high schools in the United States each year since 2000.
  • In the last 5 years, Rutherford has produced 157 Advanced Placement Scholars; 141 of these AP Scholars were also IB Diploma Graduates.
  • Since 2005, RHS International Baccalaureate students have passed over 1800 IB exams, and earned over 240 International Baccalaureate Diplomas.
  • Since 2005, IB Diploma Graduates have earned almost $16,000,000.00 in scholarships which averages to over $40,000 per IB Graduate.
  • Since 2005, RHS IB Diploma Graduates have completed over 80,000 Creativity, Action and Community Service hours.
  • Since 2005, the IB at RHS has produced 384 Bright Future Scholars, 24 National Merit Scholars, 6 Military Academy Appointees and 11 ROTC Scholarship recipients.
  • On average, RHS IB students earn 25 college credits as a result of their successful completion of the IB Program.  This translates to at least one year’s worth of credit at the post-secondary level.


The IB curriculum can best be seen as displayed as a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the core.  Subjects are studied concurrently, and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning – the humanities and the sciences.  Candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups.  Distribution requirements ensure that the science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures.  While overall balance is maintained, flexibility in choosing higher level studies allows students to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance.  The six groups of study include:

Group 1 Language A1 (First Language) including the study of selections from World Literature

Group 2 Language B (Second Language) or second Language A

Group 3 Individuals and Societies (Social Sciences)

Group 4 Experimental Sciences

Group 5 Mathematics

Group 6 The Arts and Electives

The International Baccalaureate Program is recognized by universities in more than 100 countries.  Among the United States universities which have enrolled IB diploma holders are:  Carnegie-Mellon, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Dartmouth, MIT, Duke, U.S. Naval, Air Force and Military Academies, Georgetown, Harvard/Radcliffe, Columbia, Brown, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Sanford, University of California/Berkeley.  ALL Florida universities recognize and enroll IB diploma holders.  Many IB students are enrolled in special honors programs at universities.

Certainly, an IB diploma can offer a student an “edge” or boost a student’s acceptance into a university where admittance is competitive.  However, other advantages include:

  • in most universities, IB diploma holders receive college credit or advanced standing or a combination of the two; credit for up to a year is not unusual
  • in Florida, the IB diploma can translate into 30 semester hours in all state universities
  • students who earn an IB certificate in a specific subject a re also frequently awarded credit or advanced standing in that subject.

The International Baccalaureate Program provides a service which is unique in its depth, scope, rigor and international emphasis.

69 Florida High Schools currently participate in the IB Diploma Program. The IB Diploma Program is a graduation option for Florida students and is also an automatic qualifier for Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship.