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  • IB @ FBLA   Saleem

    "First Place: Vanguard High School" 45 times at District FBLA!

    Congrats to all of our Vanguard IB students who competed!

    THANK YOU to Saleem, our VHS FBLA President and District 7 FBLA President!


    Anna Sunshine State Scholar

    Congratulations Anna!

    District Sunshine State Scholar for Math and Science

    (That's THREE YEARS in a ROW for Vanguard IB!)


      Angela @ Science Fair   Andy @ Science Fair

    Congratulations IB Siblings Angela and Andy!

    First and Second Place at Regional Science Fair

    and BOTH going to State Science Fair!



    Anna & Kristine  Awesome Kids  Ashley & Sarah  Business  Julianna & Carlie  Lindsey & Emily


     Vanguard IB: Local Education, Global Experience


                              Nardin  Esther  Jake  Danielle  Lizzy  




    Vanguard IB Alumni Testimonials Link ---> What Vanguard IB Did For Me 


    VANGUARD IB on YouTube -


    Congratulations Vanguard IB Class of 2017

    91% Diploma Pass Rate 


     FBLA 2017        Academic Team 2017         Debate 2017  


    VHS 2011-2016 AP Pass Rates vs. Other District High Schools 

    AP Pass Rate Comparison



    Vanguard IB Office Contacts:

    For assistance or questions, please contact the IB office at (352) 671-4908.




    The International Baccalaureate Diploma program is a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of the highly motivated secondary school student. Designed as a comprehensive curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of the various national system of education, the IB program is based on the pattern of no single country. It provides students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them.


    The education of the “whole person” takes on a special significance as we enter the twenty-first century when knowledge continues to expand dramatically; when advanced technologies and global economies have tied together vastly different cultures; when the world is bound too closely for provincial ideologies to guide political thought; when to exist in a world community requires appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity; and when cooperation alone will solve global problems. It is essential, therefore, that academic training provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to succeed in a competitive modern world.


    All IB diploma candidates are required to engage in the study of languages, sciences, mathematics, and social studies in the final two years of the secondary schooling. The high standards implicit in the IB examinations assume high levels of achievement and preparation during the Vanguard's pre-diploma in 9th and 10th grade. This program is a deliberate compromise between the preference for specialization in some countries and the emphasis on breadth often preferred in others. The intent is that students should learn HOW to learn, HOW to analyze, HOW to reach considered conclusions about people, their languages and literature, their ways in society and the scientific forces of the environment.


    Since the International Baccalaureate office was established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1965, the IB program has grown to over 3,555 participating schools in over 144 countries. There are now over 1,412 member schools in the United States. Florida has 77 IB diploma schools with well over 7,116 students, second only to California.


    Students are often accorded advanced standing and college credit based on the IB work. For example, Florida universities award up to 30 credit hours for the IB diploma.


    The IB program began at Vanguard High School in 1994 with a 9th grade pre-diploma class of 50 students. Since then 18 classes have completed the program and graduated. Vanguard IB students have been accepted to Harvard, Boston, Cornell, Davidson, Duke, Emory, Furman, Stanford, Wake Forest, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Miami (6 year med program), NYU, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and MIT. In the 2016-2017 school year there are 346 students enrolled in the program.