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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the
International Baccalaureate Program!


Admission Requirements

Applications are scored based on the following: 

  • A/B average on most recent report card
  • FSA score in Reading within the past year- 85 percentile (standardized tests within the past year will be acceptable for students who did not take Escambia County State Testing)
  • FSA Math score within the past year- 75 percentile (standardized tests within the past year will be acceptable for students who did not take Escambia County State Testing)
    • The district county office will request testing records from the school
  • Four satisfactory teacher recommendations in different subject areas. Students will enter current teacher e-mail addresses for Math, Science, History and English in the online application. Teachers will receive the recommendation requests via e-mail and will submit them electronically.
    • No serious discipline infraction or repeated history of disciplinary problems
    • No persistent attendance problems

You may provide a letter of explanation to the IB Office by emailing if one of the above requirements was unable to be met due to extenuating circumstances. Standardized tests not available in the past year due to COVID-19 will not count against a student's application. Previous year scores may be submitted if applicable. 


Admission Timeline

  • The online application is available from October 26th to December 4th for all students applying. No late applications will be accepted after this time unless families moved into the district after the deadline.
  • Acceptance letters expected to be sent from the district office in early February. 
  • Pathways to Success Curriculum Fair is held in late February for accepted students to learn about courses, electives, clubs and athletics at PHS. 


If a student lives outside of Escambia County and is interested in applying for the IB Program at this time, please reach out to our IB Office.


Prospective students are able to virtually shadow a current student for the day!  Please contact the IB Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Metcalfe, at 850-595-1500 ext.244 to make an appointment at least one week in advance.

  • The Shadowing Program is available October Nov 2 to December 4th, as a way for students to decide if they would like to apply for the IB Program.
  • Visits are scheduled for Tuesday through Friday in order for prospective students to see a typical school day.
  • Please login to the Google Meet at 8:10am to meet your host student. 
  • Please complete the following consent and release form which must be returned to the IB office on or before the day of shadowing.  Please contact Mrs. Metcalfe for questions about the form.

Shadow release form