The IB at Vanguard

  • Vals2023

    Congratulations to our 36 Class of 2023 Valedictorians!

    (all from the IB Senior Class)

    Megan Allard - University of North Florida, Kinesiology

    Abigail Andal - University of Florida, Material Science & Engineering/Computer Science

    Alexis Ashley - Duke University, Political Science

    Martha Baxley - Florida State University, Biochemistry

    Chelsea Catabia - University of Florida, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Ellison Conrad - Florida State University, Finance

    Karan Doshi - University of Florida, Biochemistry

    Kamal-Eldeen Elmallah - Brown University, Chemistry

    Diana Gegaj - University of Florida, Biochemistry

    Sara Jiva - Rasmussen University, Nursing

    Daisy Jones - University of Florida, English

    Emma Joyner - University of Florida, Architecture

    James Kearin - University of Florida, Biochemistry

    Peighton Labagh - Florida State University, Communication Science & Disorders

    Marleigh Martinez - Florida State University, Pre-Real Estate Law

    Kaylee McCord - University of North Florida, Nursing

    Benjamin Milbrandt - University of Florida, Finance

    Audrey Miller - Florida State University, Biological Sciences

    Chloe Minas - University of South Florida, Nursing

    Kavi Miryala - University of Florida, Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

    Kush Miryala - University of Florida, Computer Science

    Raghuv Nandur - University of Florida, Biomedical Engineering

    Kendall O'Connor - University of Florida, Marine Science

    Addison O'Neal - Vanderbilt University, Medicine

    Drashya Patel - Indiana University, Finance

    Saanj Patel - University of Florida, Economics

    Svar Patel - Finance

    Sophia Reed - Amherst College, Mathematics

    Alexandria Rudnianyn - Wake Forest, Business

    Leah Sheridan - Florida State University, Exercise Physiology

    Vaughn Sirkis - Florida State University, Electrical Engineering

    Ahimsan Sivasekaran - University of Florida, Biology

    Lanford Slaughter - University of Florida, Mechanical Engineering

    Thya Tran - University of Washington, Environmental Studies

    Kelci Walther - Florida State University, Clinical Professions

    Litian Zheng - Columbia University, Chemistry 



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

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

    Raaghuv Nandur, Daisy Jones, and Saanj Patel


      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