International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Organization

ibMission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization 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.(


IB Documents

MYP Personal Project

Sophomores who complete the personal project will be in consideration for the FCPS/IBMYP Certificate.

Details for the MYP Personal Project can be found in this PDF. The IBMYP Drama Project video can be found in Youtube. An overview of the Class of 2020’s Personal Project Showcase can be found in this YouTube video.

At Edison HS, the personal project is done through 10th grade advisory. Since the lessons students need to be successful in the project are delivered in advisory, the 10th grade advisory grade is tied to completion of the project. Students grades are based on this scoring handout. For further details, please watch this video

Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learningThey actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  • Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Prerequisites for Full Diploma Candidates

Prior to 11th grade successful completion of the following:

  1. Algebra II (required)
  2. Government and World History (required)
  3. Biology and Chemistry (required)
  4. 9th and 10th grade English (required)
  5. World language level 3 or above, Level 2 for Latin (recommended)


Group 1 –Language A Two-year Sequence: Grades 11 & 12

  • IB English Literature HL
  • IB English Literature and Language SL

Group 2 – Second Language Two-year Sequence: Grades 11 & 12

  • IB French I & II (SL/HL)
  • IB Spanish I & II (SL/HL)
  • IB Latin I & II (SL/HL)

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies Two-year Sequence: Grades 11 &12

  • History of the Americas & Topics in 20th Century World History (HL)

One-year Sequence: Grade 11 or 12

  • IB Psychology (SL)
  • IB Social and Cultural Anthropology (SL)
  • IB Business & Management (SL)

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences Grade 11 or 12:

  • IB Chemistry (SL)
  • IB Environmental Systems (SL)

Grade 12 only:

  • IB Physics (HL)
  • IB Biology I & II (HL)

Group 5 – Mathematics Grade 12

  • IB Higher Math I&II (HL)
  • Two-year Sequence: Grades 11 & 12
  • IB Math I & II (SL)
  • IB Math Studies part 1 and 2 (SL)

Group 6 – The Arts Two-year sequence: Grades 11 & 12

  • IB Visual Arts I & II (SL/HL)
  • IB Theatre Arts I & II (SL/HL)
  • IB Film Studies I & II (SL/HL)

*In lieu of a Group 6 offering, a student may visit Group 4 for a second subject or Group 3 for an elective.


IB Coordinator Megan Garnett – (703) 924-8047

Group 1: Primary Language (English & Spanish for Fluent Speakers) Instructors: Tammarrah Addison, Michelle Alspaugh, Heather Browne, Nicole Canzoneri, Alison Douglass, Sonia Martinez Reyes, Maresha Mead, Pam Miles, Dale Miller, Colm Moore, Ryan Nelson, John Skrzypczak, Austin Stevenson

Group 2: Language Acquisition (Chinese, French, Latin, & Spanish) Instructors: Kathia Flemens, Elaine Hsieh, Josine Jones, Sonia Martinez Reyes, Cristina Procaccino, Santiago Rubio Gracia, Doris Straughn

Group 3: Individuals & Societies Instructors: Lisa Hamilton, Stefan Henryson, Angie Hunter, Bob Johnson, Andy Neal, Jeffrey Pandin, Scott Racek

Group 4: Science Instructors: Kate Anderson, Berneatta Barnes, Amol Patel, Laura Prince, Johnny Shu, Catalina Steriade

Group 5: Math Instructors: John Allwine, Percy Canales, Kathleen Racek, Michael Rudden, Pam Todd

Group 6: The Arts Instructors: Ray DiCillo, Jeffrey Walker

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Instructor: Megan Garnett, Colm Moore, Laura Prince

Librarians Melanie Burdett - Extended Essay Coordinator

Conduct of the Examinations

Notice to Candidates


  • Candidates must know their session number.
  • When instructed to enter the examination room, candidates must do so in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • No form of refreshment may be taken into the examination room. (At the discretion of the Diploma Programme coordinator, drinking water is permitted.)
  • Candidates may take to their desk/table only the following items:
    • general stationery (for example, pen, pencil, eraser, geometry instruments, ruler), but correcting fluid is not permitted
    • a translating dictionary for non-language examinations (the dictionary must not contain notes of any kind and is only permitted if the response language of the examination is not the best language of the candidate; an electronic dictionary is not permitted)
    • other materials specified by the IB as required for a particular examination (for example, an electronic calculator). If required by the coordinator/invigilator, any item brought into an examination must be available for inspection. This includes electronic calculators.
  • The following rules apply to the use of electronic calculators.
    • Candidates must not use or store data, programs or applications in their calculators that may assist them in an examination by removing the need to recall facts or formulae that are not provided in the examination materials.
    • Examination questions must not be stored or recorded in the memory of a calculator.
    • During an examination, no attempt must be made to conceal information or programs stored in a calculator.
    • If required by the coordinator/invigilator after an examination, a candidate must provide a list of information and programs stored on the calculator.
  • The coordinator/invigilator will decide where each candidate will sit during an examination. Candidates must comply with the decision of the coordinator/invigilator and remain seated until permission is given to leave the examination room.
  • The instructions of the coordinator/invigilator must be obeyed. The coordinator/invigilator has the right to expel from the examination room any candidate whose behaviour is interfering with the proper conduct of the examination.
  • Five minutes’ reading time is permitted for all examinations except multiple choice examinations. Reading only is permitted during this time.


  • Candidates must arrive in time for the start of an examination. Late arrivals may not be permitted.

Temporary Absence

  • In cases of emergency, at the discretion of the coordinator/invigilator, a candidate may be allowed to leave the examination room and return. The temporary absence of a candidate will be recorded by the coordinator/invigilator.
  • A candidate will be supervised during a temporary absence from the examination room. There must be no communication with any person other than the person who is supervising the candidate.
  • During a temporary absence the candidate must not take any material out of the examination room, have access to material during the absence, or return with any material.

Academic Misconduct

  • During the examination, and at other times specified by the coordinator/invigilator, a candidate must not communicate with any other candidate. Failure to observe this regulation may constitute academic misconduct, resulting in appropriate action by the IB.
  • All work completed during an examination and then submitted for assessment, must be the authentic work of the candidate. Any collusion, plagiarism, reference to unauthorized material, or communication between candidates may constitute academic misconduct, resulting in appropriate action by the IB. The impersonation of another candidate will be treated as a breach of regulations.
  • If a candidate finds that he/she has accidentally taken unauthorized material into an examination (for example, a cell/mobile phone), this material must be given to the coordinator/invigilator immediately. Failure to do so may lead to an allegation of academic misconduct against the candidate.
  • No candidate is permitted to borrow anything from another candidate during an examination.
  • A candidate attempting either to gain or solicit information about the content of an examination within 24 hours of the examination ending will be in breach of IB regulations and may not receive a grade for the subject concerned.

Early Departures

  • Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination room during the first hour or during the last 15 minutes of any examination. If the duration of the examination is less than one hour, candidates will not be allowed to leave during the examination.
  • If a candidate leaves the examination before the scheduled finishing time, the candidate will not be allowed to return.

End of the Examination

  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the front page of their coversheet is correctly completed prior to departure from the examination room.
  • Candidates must give all examination papers, answer booklets and multiple choice answer sheets to the coordinator/invigilator at the end of the examination.
  • Candidates must leave the examination room in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • Candidates must not disclose or discuss the content of any examination paper with any person outside their immediate school community within 24 hours of an examination ending. This includes any form of communication, whether verbal, written or electronic (be that through social media or direct contact).

If you do not understand these regulations please contact your Diploma Programme coordinator.

Thomas A. Edison High School May 2020 IB Testing Schedule

Morning exams must start after 0700 and finish by 1300, local time. Afternoon exams must start after 1200 and finish by 1800. Students should report to their testing location 15 minutes before the starting time. All students with a noon or 1:00pm start time in the afternoon will eat A lunch, all other students will eat their regularly scheduled lunch.

April 2020 Senior IB Testing Schedule PDF

Senior IB testing Calendar


May 2020 Underclassmen IB Testing schedule PDF


IB Exam Schedule