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    final exams

    As we approach the end of the school year, our students are beginning to prepare for their final exams. We would like to remind you that per district policy, students must be present in school and take their final exams on the assigned days. Exams will not be administered early.

    International Baccalaureate

    Welcome to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Pensacola High School! 


    The mission of the PHS IB Program is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect!

    Class of 2019

    Through the IB program, students become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

    IB Learner Profile

    Pensacola High School International Baccalaureate Program:

    Pensacola High School is the first and only school in Escambia County to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) full Diploma Program.  Students are allowed to apply from outside counties; for example many students come from  Santa Rosa County.  The FL pre-IB program was first implemented in 1986, with the first IB class graduating in 1990.  Beginning in the ninth and tenth grades, students enroll in Florida Pre-IB courses (as well as conventional high school electives) that prepare them for the rigors of the IB diploma program. Students take a mix of IB and AP classes to provide the most rigorous educational opportunities to prepare them for University.   Along with the intangible benefits of knowing they have persevered through an extremely challenging high school curriculum, IB graduates frequently receive generous scholarship assistance in attending universities.  The IB Class of 2018 received 11 million dollars in scholarships for only 92 students.   Our students historically proclaim that they feel very well prepared for college—in fact, the academic transition is practically painless.

    • Today there are 430 students enrolled in the program.
    • Students are inducted into the IB Diploma Program in 11th grade after successful completion of the FL Pre-IB program (grades 9 and 10).
    • Students take written examinations at the end of the program and can receive many college credits, which are marked by external IB examiners.

    IB news

    Jalen Benson prides himself of being a product of the Escambia County Public School system. He attended Cordova Park Elementary and Brown Barge Middle School before attending the PHS IB program. At PHS, Jalen was on the academic team, co-founder of the science national honor society, and captain of the soccer team. The first in his family to go to college, Jalen went onto Dartmouth College where he studied biology. He worked in the pediatric residency program, did research in atherosclerosis in the department of biochemistry, and was chair of the hiking club. Jalen took two years off and lived in San Francisco where he did research in thoracic surgery at Stanford. He spent his evenings tutoring kids and volunteering as a narcan counselor at a needle exchange.  Jalen was accepted into Harvard Medical School and will start this coming fall.  Congratulations Jalen! 
    We are incredibly proud of you!!!!


    Posted 5/9/19

    Congratulations to our IB Seniors who were named National Merit Finalists: Allee McDonald, Lillian Wiggins, Ami Patel, and Reid Harwell.


    The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships high school students can enter by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. From a pool of well over 1 million students, only 15,000 high school students nationwide are named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Our finalists will continue to compete for National Merit, corporate, and college-sponsored Scholarships.

    Congratulations students!!


    National Merit Finalists

    Posted 4/9/19