• Thomas Jefferson High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

    What Is International Baccalaureate?
    The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a rigorous college preparatory program that is housed in Lucille Brown Middle and Thomas Jefferson High schools. Students in grades 6-10 are in the IB Middle Years Programme, and students in grades 11-12 are in the IB Diploma Programme (DP). Acceptance into the Middle Years Programme at Lucille Brown and Thomas Jefferson can occur through zone-placement or open enrollment, no specialty school application is required; acceptance to the IB DP Programme is application-based.

    "The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IBO works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."  Mission Statement of the IBO

    Thomas Jefferson IB Diploma Programme
    The Thomas Jefferson High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), the third program in the IB continuum, focuses on the completion of rigorous college preparatory coursework across multiple disciplines in grades 11-12. The DP offers students opportunities to demonstrate real applications of their learning in six subject areas through practical assignments and assessments while working to meet the requirements of an internationally-recognized curriculum. With a focus on skills development and inquiry, this writing-intensive program offers optimal preparation for student success at the university level. DP Courses are taught over two years.

    The Diploma Programme at TJ-IBDP provides a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students aged 16 to 19. Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently over two years. The programme is designed to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for university study, further education and their chosen profession as well as developing the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life

    The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service of their interest.

    Who can apply for the Thomas Jefferson IB-DP?
    Current 10th graders may apply for TJ IB-DP.

    Criteria For Student Selection

    • Completed Student Application in Enroll RPS, including recommendations and written components
    • A completed "Parent Inventory" form 

    We are looking for highly motivated scholars who reside in the city of Richmond!


    TJ IB Open House - Click to watch the TJ IB Open House video! 

Contact Information

  • IB Program
    301 North Ninth Street
    12th Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219
    Phone: 804.780.7805