What is IB?

IB Diploma Programme

Welcome to the Mechanicsville High School International Baccalaureate Program! Authorization to become an IB World School is a rigorous, two to three year process. Every five years, schools are required to go through a review to attain reauthorization.  Mechanicsville High School was authorized to offer Diploma Programme in 2000, with our first graduating class in 2002. The IB Program is a prestigious international program that offers a rigorous course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated students. This program provides students with the life skills necessary for success in a global society. In addition to the academic rigor, IB helps create well-rounded students by requiring participation in community service and extracurricular activities. Enrollment in the IB program is open to all students, which allows students to complete the IB Diploma requirements or take individual IB courses.


Eighth grade students interested in the IB program should speak with their school counselor. Ninth and tenth grade students should speak with the IB Coordinator or their school counselor. 

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


    Lesa Berlinghoff, IB Coordinator
    (804) 723-2246



    Visit the International Baccalaureate Organization homepage.

    Visit the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools.

    Visit the YouTube channel to hear testimonies about the IB program from our former students. 

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