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International Baccalaureate

The Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations; it is designed for highly motivated secondary students. The program, hosted for all Westerville City Schools high school students at Westerville South High School, is a comprehensive, two-year international curriculum of which the goal is to provide students with the skills and attitudes necessary for success in higher education and employment. The curriculum coincides with, and in most cases, exceeds state and national education requirements by incorporating the best elements of national systems without being based on any one.

The deadline for submitting an application for an IB administrative placement to South High School will be March 15, 2024.

All applications received after March 15, 2024, will be placed on a waiting list. Internal applications received after May 1 will not be considered.  Please note, a student may not be on the IB Administrative Placement list and the Open Enrollment list at the same time.

IB Enrollment

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) states that all students participating in the program must be enrolled at the approved IB school. Therefore, any student who wants to participate must be enrolled at Westerville South High School. For students whose home school is not South, enrollment at South can occur through the following procedures:

  • IB Administratively Placed
    Any student who wants to participate in the IB program and is assigned a home school other than South can be enrolled at South by being administratively placed to participate in IB. Students are required to complete two IB courses within their junior and senior years. Students who are not enrolled in the prescribed IB coursework will be required to return to their home school of residence.

  • Open enrollment
    All students who are assigned a home school other than South but are enrolled at South through open enrollment. Students who are not enrolled in the prescribed IB coursework will not be required to return to their home school of residence.

Participation in the Program

Students may participate in the IB program as a diploma candidate or as a course candidate.

An IB Diploma Program (IBDP) candidate will complete courses in each of the 6 content areas and the three core requirements (the Extended Essay, the Theory of Knowledge course and the Creativity, Activity and Service) components of the program.

An IB Course candidate may select individual courses for participation based on students' strengths and interests.  However, students who are administratively placed at Westerville South for the IB Program must commit to enrolling in and completing two IB courses over the span of their junior and senior year.

Should you have any questions regarding the IB program or its requirements, please contact Bill Heinmiller, IB Program Coordinator, at 614-797-6086, or by email at