Education for Your Future
The International Baccalaureate Program
at Coral Gables Senior High
(An authorized IB school since 1986)
It is essential, as we begin the 21st century,
that academic training provide students with the values and
opportunities that will enable them to succeed in the competitive
modern world. The comprehensive and balanced curriculum of the
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is designed to
awaken the intelligence of students and teach them to relate the
content of the classroom to the realities of the world outside.
Strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international
understanding and on responsible citizenship in courses which
encourage critical thinking.
In Europe, South America, and other parts of the world, the IB has
been a highly respected college preparatory program for over
thirty-five years. Begun under the auspices of UNESCO in 1962 in
Geneva, Switzerland, the IB Diploma Program is
now established at more than 900 schools located in over 90
The advantage of being an IB Diploma Candidate is that colleges tend
to look at such students first because they are attempting the most
rigorous and challenging high school curriculum available. A study
at the University of Florida, which accepts more IB students than
any other university in the world, has shown that, in comparison
with students from other honors programs, IB students graduate from
college in fewer years, with higher grades, often with double or
triple majors. They have also found that a much higher percentage of
IB students go on to complete graduate studies. These are the
qualities that make an IB Diploma Candidate an outstanding “investment”
for a college or university or corporation. College admissions
officers tell us that the IB Diploma Program does the best job of
preparing students for success in college; our graduates tell us
that IB makes college easier for them. Those of us who teach the IB
curriculum have found that it facilitates the development of
discerning and compassionate thinkers who love learning and who are
informed, self-reliant, and wise.
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SCOPE & SEQUENCE: PreIB: Grades Nine & Ten
At Gables High, all IB students follow the 9th and 10th grade Pre-IB scope
and sequence, but there is some flexibility for individual student interests. Students may
be taking more advanced levels than those shown on the chart included here or they may get
ahead or catch up through summer school or college courses. The Second Language (grades
9-12 and/or 11-12 Ab initio*) is offered in French, German, Italian, and Spanish; some
students may even take a third language as part of their IB Diploma. In Europe, South
America, and other parts of the world, the IB has been highly respected as a balanced
college preparatory program for over thirty-five years. Begun under the auspices of UNESCO
in 1962 in Geneva, Switzerland, the IB Diploma Program is now established at more than 900
schools located in over 90 countries world-wide.
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SCOPE & SEQUENCE: IB: Grades Eleven & Twelve
IB Diploma Program is followed in the junior and senior years.
It requires rigorous academic study in college-level courses and a series of internal
assessments, and/or oral and written examinations in each of six groups of advanced
subjects: 3 subjects at higher level (HL) and 3 subjects at standard level (SL). In
addition, candidates must complete a study of the nature of learning in a unique course:
Theory of Knowledge (T.O.K.)., complete a 3500-4000 word independent research Extended
Essay and document a minimum of 150 hours, outside of school hours, in a well-rounded
combination of the arts, athletics, school activities and community service
(C.A.S./Creativity, Action, Service).
The IB Bilingual Diploma
Students who enter IB in 9th grade with at least three years of formal training at a high
level in a second language may choose to pursue an IB Bilingual Diploma, if bilingual
levels are offered in that language at Gables. Bilingual designation is awarded only to
candidates who earn the IB Diploma and who have completed both a First Language A1:
English HL (at Gables) and a Second Language A2.
Click here for the IB Diploma Scope and Sequence
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All eligible students
will be considered. If more students apply than the number needed, students will be
randomly selected by computer from the lottery selection pools established by Miami-Dade
County Public Schools.
STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT CURRENTLY ATTENDING A MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC
SCHOOL MUST INCLUDE A TRANSCRIPT OF THEIR GRADES WITH THEIR APPLICATIONS.
For admission into the IB Magnet for grade 9, the grades considered
for eligibility include the grade 7 (final grades, only) and all grade 8 grades.
For admission into the IB Magnet for grade 10, the grades considered for eligibility
include the grade 8 (final grades, only) and all grade 9 grades. Students must also have
successfully completed the required IB coursework for grade 9.
For admission into the IB Magnet for grade 11, the grades considered for eligibility
include the grade 9 (final grades, only) and all grade 10 grades. Students must also have
successfully completed the required IB coursework for grades 9 and 10.
As IB is a two-year program encompassing grades 11 and 12, students are not considered for
grade 12 admission.
Overall EXCLUDING CONDITIONS include:
- Any D’s of F’s on the report card other
more than 4 C’s on the report card in the academic subjects of
Language Arts/ESOL, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and
- Apart from being excluded for consideration by either of the above
excluding conditions, two or more items from those listed below will exclude the applicant
from entry into random selection.
- The applicant has 2 academic grades of C in the subjects of Language
Arts/ESOL, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and/or Second Language.
- The applicant has stanines of 5 or below (or 60th percentile) in
Reading or Mathematics.*
- The applicant has four or more conduct grades below a B.
- The applicant has 1 or more effort grades below a 2 (satisfactory).
- The applicant has not completed Algebra prior to entry into the 9th
- The applicant has not completed Earth/Space Science prior to entry
into the 9th grade.**
*For LEP students, performance in reading and mathematics in the
home language may be substituted for the stanine requirement.
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**For applicants from outside M-DCPS, other similar coursework may be considered in lieu
of this requirement on a case by case basis.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JANUARY
Applications are available at all M-DCPS sites,
Office at Coral Gables Senior High School, and online (
). Completed applications should be returned to
the following address before the deadline:
Specialized Programs -
Schools of Choice
1500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 237
Miami, Florida 33132
Applications will be reviewed for
eligibility. Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are eligible for the
Gables IB Magnet Program. When the random selection process is completed, applicants will
be notified of their status in the selection process. Any students not initially selected
will be notified if any openings occur before the opening of school in August.
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EXCELLENCE BREEDS OPPORTUNITY AT GABLES’ IB
Excellence in Outlook
- Coral Gables Senior High has been
recognized, since its establishment in 1951, as “the School of
- We are located in the heart of Coral
Gables, “the City Beautiful,” home to more than 150
- Our tradition of excellence attracts top students from here and
abroad who seek an unparalleled and superior education.
- More than 50 nationalities are represented in the Gables High
Excellence in Academics
- Florida’s Rhodes Scholar for 2000, Newman
Nahas, is a Gables’ IB alumnus.
- Gables High was ranked among the top 100 high schools in the nation
by Redbook Magazine (1992) and Newsweek Magazine (1998).
- Gables Highs’ IB Magnet was mentioned,
along with Bronx Science and Exeter Academy, in the college
guide, A is for Acceptance (1998), as one of those that is most
successful in having its students accepted into the nation’s
- Gables’ students have won more Silver
Knight awards than any other high school in Florida.
Excellence in the Arts
- Two Gables’ graduates have won Pulitzer
Prizes in Music since 1983.
- Our visual arts students are annually offered more than $300,000 in
- Our dance team, the Gablettes, consistently wins first place in
- Our student newspaper, Highlights, continues to win more top
national awards than any other Florida student newspaper and is ranked in the top 1% of
such papers nationwide.
Excellence in Athletics
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- Gables’ fields more than 20 sports from
badminton to wrestling.
- Four former Olympians, three Super Bowl champions, and a number of
professional baseball, football, golf and tennis players began their careers at Gables.
Austero - English / Language Arts
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Ms.Benchetrit - Business
Mr. Blackmon - Contemporary History
Bloomfield - Chemistry
Mr. Decoster - French
Mr. Dunn - Theory of Knowledge
Ms. Fountain - English
/ Language Arts
Ms. Freijo-Cantrell - Spanish
Ms. Garcia - Spanish
Ms. Lauter - German
Ms. Mink - Physics
Ms. Mitchell - Biology
Mr. Nelson - Psychology
Ms. Peterson - English / Language Arts
Ms. Reinoso - Mathematics / Calculus
Ms. Roman - Language
Mr. Taylor - Art Studio
& Art Research
Mr. Van Dyk - Computers / Business
Ms.Van Wyk - English /
Ms.Verazain - Spanish
Ms.Vazquezbello - English / Language Arts
GABLES' IB FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions)
What is the International Baccalaureate Program and why was it begun?
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 900 IB Diploma
Program Schools in over 90 countries worldwide.
2. What is the difference between IB and
AP or Advanced Placement is an American program offering exams in individual subjects for
which students may earn advanced placement and/or credits upon entering college. However,
the College Board does not require a student to take an AP course in order to take an AP
In IB, some of the work done in an IB course is part of the IB exam
in that subject; it usually counts as 20% of the final exam grade and is internally
assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by IBO examiners. Internal assessment may
be research papers, oral exams, projects, or a combination; it varies by the subject. The
written exams (1-3 per subject) constitute the remainder of the IB exam and are externally
assessed by IBO examiners in different countries all around the world.
3. What is the difference between IB
Diploma and AP Diploma?
The AP Diploma (a pilot program at this time) can be earned by a student who scores 3 or
higher on AP Exams for four or more full-year courses (or the equivalent number of
half-year courses) encompassing three of five academic areas. Many IB students earn the AP
Diploma before their senior year.
The IB Diploma program is a total package:
courses and exams in six subject areas plus a course in Theory of
Knowledge, a 3600-4000 word independent research paper, and 150
hours of community service, sports, and activities during the final
two years of high school. A Gables’ IB student can earn both the
IB Diploma and the AP Diploma in addition to the regular high school
4. When do IB students begin taking IB
The IBO does not permit IB students to take IB courses until eleventh and twelfth grades.
In order to prepare for the academic rigor of the eleventh and twelfth grade IB courses,
during grades 9 and 10, IB students take state approved Pre-IB courses and some Honors
courses; the Pre-IB courses at Gables are at a more accelerated level than corresponding
Honors courses at regular high schools.
5. When do IB students begin taking the IB
The IBO only allows IB students to take up to two Standard Level exams at the end of the
junior (11th) year; Higher Level exams are only allowed at the end of the senior year;
there are no exceptions permitted.
6. Are the IB Exams graded on a curve like
the AP Exams?
No, IB Examinations are graded to an international standard established by an
international committee in each subject area.
7. Is IB a foreign language program?
No, it is a college prep program designed around 6 subject areas; all are of equal
importance. They are: a first language and a second language, individuals and societies
(social studies), experimental sciences, mathematics, and the sixth group is the arts and
electives. Currently a student could choose to do a third language or an additional social
studies or experimental science as their sixth group elective.
8. There are IB programs in 34 states and
the District of Columbia, but California, Virginia, and Florida seem to have the largest
number of IB schools, why is that?
California, Virginia and Florida see the IB program as the best way
to improve the overall quality of education within their states.
Florida is recognized as the leader in this, because they were the
encourage schools to start IB programs in order to upgrade education
in the state and to discourage what was seen as a “brain drain”
of the most promising Florida students to the colleges in the
Florida requires that the state universities give credits and/or
advanced placement equivalent to 30
credits or freshman year of college to those Florida students who earn the IB Diploma. As
a result, more IB students attend the University of Florida than any other college in the
nation and a large number attend the other state universities in Florida.
9. What is the primary advantage of being
an IB student when it comes to college?
Is there any research that supports the claim that IB students are more successful in
college than other honors students?
College admissions officers from the Ivy
League to south Florida have told our students and their parents
that the IB Diploma Program is the best college prep education
available and they back that up by, as one of our students said, “throwing
money at them” in the form of scholarships, grants, and advanced
A recent research study done by one of the professors at the
University of Florida showed that IB students finished their undergraduate work in fewer
years, with higher grades, and with fewer problems than other honors students.
Our own graduates tell us every year how well prepared they are
compared to their non-IB classmates. They say they have no trouble juggling classes,
course work, and even jobs because through the IB at Gables, they learned how to manage
their time, how to study, and especially, how to write research papers. Every year, our
graduates tell us that college is easy because of the work they did in the Gables IB
10. How do I know if
my child is eligible for the Gables’ IB Magnet?
Please see: Selection of Students on this website, which includes
information on the selection of students for the International
Baccalaureate Magnet Program at Coral Gables Senior High
11. In what grade is it best for my child
to enter the Gables IB Diploma Program?
Grade 9 is best because of the need for accelerated honors courses to prepare students for
the college level IB courses in grades eleven and twelve. Entering the program in grade 10
makes it more difficult for the student to meet the requirements for the full IB diploma.
Entering in grade 11 usually makes it impossible to complete the requirements for the full
IB diploma and lack of Pre-IB preparation makes it very difficult for the student to
handle the college level work required for IB.
12. Why is there a lottery for admission to
Because of the overwhelming number of students applying for magnet
schools, a system of pools (determined by transportation concerns)
was established to govern the admission of students into most of the
county’s magnet programs.
13. How are eligible students invited to
join the magnet program from the lottery pools?
After receiving the lists of students, by lottery pool, the lead teacher/IB coordinator/IB
Office begins with the first pool of randomly ordered students and issues invitations to
applicants as he/she moves down the list.
If spaces remain to be filled in the magnet program, the lead
teacher repeats the process in each pool (pool 1->pool 2-> pool 3 -> pool 4)
until all spaces are filled or until there are no more eligible applicants, whichever
The entire process can take several months as some students, who
originally accepted the magnet invitation, change their plans for the coming year.
14. Will my child be provided with
transportation to the Gables IB Diploma Program?
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Because of projected changes in the magnet programs, transportation
issues will be addressed at a later date on this website and in a
separate brochure or flyer to be available from the Gables’ IB
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