Looking to Apply?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Vanguard High School is a magnet program, meaning students come from all over the tri-county area to attend the IB at Vanguard. If you have questions about the application process, please don't hesitate to contact our IB Office at 671-4908, or email our IB Coordinator, Mrs. Stephanie DeVilling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The official link to the 2023-2024 magnet schools application will open November 17, 2022 here: https://applytomarionschools.com
Students who are not currently enrolled in Marion County Public Schools, but are interested in applying to the IB at Vanguard, will need an MCPS-assigned student number to complete the online application. For more information about how to obtain this, visit the School Choice Office at 1614 SE Fort King Street in Ocala, or click here: https://www.marionschools.net/enrollment.
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.
As an IB parent and the Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University, Debra Von Bargen has firsthand experience working with many IB graduates. As her son began the IB Diploma Programme, she saw him do things he never thought he could do. In her role as the Assistant Dean of Admissions, she is excited to see how a student has taken on the IB and knows that IB students show very high success rates during their first year of university.
VIDEO LINK: Vanguard IB Family Video 2021