The IB at Vanguard

  • NatMer

    It's official! We have SEVEN National Merit Semifinalists in the IB Class of 2023!

    Litian Zheng, Sophie Reed, Kendall O'Connor, James Kearin,

    Raaghuv Nandur, Daisy Jones, and Saanj Patel

      Vals 2022

    Congratulations to our 34 Class of 2022 Valedictorians!

    (over half of our IB Senior Class)

    Mohammed-Kareem Abdul-Jawad - University of Florida, Health Sciences

    Sofia Ahumada - Washington University St. Louis, Biochemistry

    Kate Bass - University of Florida, Biology

    Kyleigh Bishop - Florida State University, Biological Sciences

    Austin Cornell - University of Florida, Business

    Bryanna Curry - Florida Memorial University, Law and Government

    Peyton Dorman - University of Florida, Biology

    Avery Gladson - University of Florida, Environmental Science

    Grace Gloger - University of Florida, Chemical Engineering

    Nathan Hamby - University of Kentucky, Computer Science

    Sofie Hawke - University of Virginia, Chemical Engineering

    Lauren Hellwege - University of Florida, Microbiology and Cell Science

    Sarah Joree - University of Florida, Biomedical Sciences

    Marcus Khanna - University of Florida, Political Science

    Raina Khanna - University of Florida, Biology

    Emmalene LaBonte - University of Florida, Biochemistry

    Michael Lavdas - University of Florida, Plant Science

    Kelsey Lopp - Ava Maria University, Biochemistry

    Ryan MacMurray - Rice University, Astrophysics

    Andrew Marquette - University of Florida, Finance

    Grayson Moore - University of Florida, Business

    Carlos Paez - University of Florida, Aerospace Engineering

    Harsh Panchal - University of Florida, Mechanical Engineering

    Tristan Pank - University of Florida, Computer Science

    Ryan Park - University of South Florida, Biomedical Science

    Rushi Patel - University of Florida, Biology

    Firouze Rahman - University of Florida, Psychology

    Reagan Reese - University of Pennsylvania, Biochemistry

    Leela Rumalla - University of Florida, Biochemistry

    Ethan Russell - University of Florida, Nutritional Science

    Rileigh Swift - University of Florida, Nutritional Science

    Ana Trias-Labellarte - University of Florida, Engineering

    Horacio Vega - University of Florida, Biochemistry

    Jody Zhu - University of Florida, Aerospace Engineering 


      Vanguard IB Office Contacts:


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



    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of the highly motivated secondary school student. Designed as a comprehensive curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of the various national systems 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 critical perspectives and collaborative experiences necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them.

    The education of the “whole person” takes on a special significance as we navigate through 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 secondary schooling. The high standards implicit in the IB examinations assume high levels of achievement and preparation during Vanguard's Pre-Diploma coursework 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.

    Students are often accorded advanced standing and college credit based on the IB work. For example, Florida universities award up to 45 credit hours for the IB Diploma. Credits earned through credit-by-exam exceeding 45 credit hours may be transferred at the discretion of the receiving institution. 

    Vanguard High School was authorized as an IB World School in 1996. Since then, Vanguard's IB students have been accepted to prestigious schools including 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 2022-2023 school year there are 295 students enrolled in the program, grades 9-12.


    General Information updated 11.01.2022