The International Baccalaureate Program is offered at both Coral Gables High School and Coral Reef High School, both public schools in the Coral Gables and Pinecrest area. The IB Program is a college prep program that leads to examinations for which high school students may earn advanced placement and/or credits upon entering college.
The IB Program was begun by UNESCO, an arm of the United Nations, to accommodate the children of diplomats who, because of their varied educations in many different countries, had difficulties applying and being admitted to colleges. UNESCO wanted a series of examinations created that would be acceptable for entrance into any university in the world. When this was accomplished, the need for a curriculum to prepare students for the examinations was apparent. There are currently over 5,000 IB Diploma Program Schools in over 150 countries worldwide.
Although the International Baccalaureate (IB) program does not have the direct goal of creating a bilingual student, it does teach students an international education.
The International Baccalaureate Program is a magnet program, meaning that students outside of the boundaries of the school zone can apply to be in the IB program and attend Coral Gables HS or Coral Reef HS.
In order to apply to the Coral Gables and Coral Reef IB Program the applicant needs:
The applications are decided by lottery due to the high number of applications received annually.