Admission into the IB at Vanguard

  •  Vanguard IB Family



    In order to determine eligibility for Vanguard's Pre-IB program, our state-approved foundation for the IB Diploma Programme, the following will be reviewed:

    • Grades from previous school year’s final report card
    • Grades from current school year’s semester report card
    • Most recent standardized test scores* for ELA FSA and Math EOC
    • Attendance and discipline records 


    * Scores of 4 or higher on both assessments are preferred, but students who score a 3 or higher are also encouraged to apply, as we recognize that test scores aren't the only indicator of student success


    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Vanguard High School is a magnet program, meaning Vanguard IB students come from all over the tri-county area to attend. If you have questions about the application process, please don't hesitate to contact our IB Office at 671-4908, or you may email our Vanguard IB Coordinator, Mrs. Stephanie DeVilling at


    The official link to the 2022-2023 magnet schools application will open mid-November 2021 here:


    Students interested in applying to Vanguard IB who are not currently enrolled in Marion County Public Schools will need an MCPS-assigned student number to complete the online application. For more information about how to obtain this, click here: or visit the School Choice Office at 1614 SE Fort King Street in Ocala.



    Admission is based on student achievement, grades, and attendance from previous school years' records. Students in Vanguard's Pre-IB program are given the opportunity in grade 10 to decide whether or not they would like to continue in the IB Diploma Program for grades 11 and 12. Students who are not currently in Vanguard's Pre-IB program are given the opportunity to apply during the magnet school application window set by Marion County Public Schools. Any/all students who choose to pursue the IB Diploma and who have poor/failing grades are counseled by his/her school counselor and the IB DP Coordinator to make sure he/she understands the academic rigor the IB DP affords.