The IB at Vanguard


      Vals 2021

    Congratulations to our 31 Class of 2021 Valedictorians!

    (essentially half of our IB Senior Class!)

    Sydney Bauman - University of Florida, Chemical Engineering

    Sarah Bier - University of Florida, Biochemistry

    Nicole Braun - University of Notre Dame, Biochemistry

    Julia Charske - University of Florida, Nursing

    Merritt D'Aiuto - University of Central Florida, Forensic Science

    Alexis Dvorak - University of Florida, Biology

    Gabriella Hamilton - University of Florida, Chemistry

    Olivia Han - Swarthmore College, Sociology and Studio Art

    Aiden Hensel - University of Florida, Chemical Engineering

    James Humphrey - University of Florida, Biology

    Hunter Hutchinson - University of Florida, Chemical Engineering

    Abil Joseph - University of South Florida, Biology

    Sora Kang - University of Central Florida, Biomedical Sciences

    Alexander Kintzele - University of Florida, Finance

    Tarun Koti - Emory University, Biology

    Vassilios Koutsonikolis - University of Florida, Chemical Engineering

    Emma Lammens - University of Florida, Biology

    Caroline Merriman - University of South Florida, Business

    Sarah Milbrandt - American University, Materials Science and Engineering

    Mahan Miryala - University of Florida, Biomedical Engineering

    Ava Moring - University of South Florida, Biomedical Chemistry and English

    CeCe Nelson - University of South Florida, Biomedical Sciences

    Ainslee Nichols - University of Florida, Psychology: Behavorial and Cognitive Neuroscience

    Ebubechi Nwaubani - Harvard University, Chemistry

    Nirali Patel - University of Florida, Philosophy and Political Science

    Emma Kate Petersen - Michigan State University

    Dhruv Sakaria - University of Florida, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

    Jae'da Samuel-McKnight - University of Florida, Computer Science

    Andy Shar - Virginia Commonwealth University, Forensic Science and Psychology

    Cassandra Sziklai - Cornell University, Human Development

    Genesis Wynn - University of Florida, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology 


      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 1968, the IB program has grown to over 5,500 participating schools in over 159 countries. There are now over 1,925 member schools in the United States, 965 of them offering the Diploma Programme. Florida has 84 IB Diploma schools with 9,520 students, second only to California with 112 schools.


    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 26 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 2021-2022 school year there are 310 students enrolled in the program, grades 9-12.


    General Information updated 09.27.21