International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme at Trinity

In 1994 Trinity Episcopal School became the first school in the Richmond Metropolitan Area authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a course of study designed for highly motivated students in the 11th and 12th grades. Trinity is still the only independent school in the area to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

At Trinity, IB diploma candidates and IB course candidates are fully engaged in the life of the school; they play sports, serve in student government, participate in the arts, and join in club activities. Choices within the IB curriculum give students the opportunity to craft their course load, and they can both pursue and enhance their individual areas of interest.
The IB Diploma Programme reflects Trinity's Mission and Philosophy and inspires candidates to become engaged learners.  The close one-on-one work this requires fosters close partnerships between students, faculty, and administrators.

What IB Offers

The aim of all International Baccalaureate programs 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.

To do this, IB emphasizes a unique mix of intellectual challenge, intercultural understanding and respect, and independent research. The program academically prepares the student for the rigors of college.  Completion of the full Diploma Programme or of individual IB courses can also give students advanced standing in college and an advantage in the college admission process.

The global administration of the IB program allows candidates to be measured against an international standard. An IB diploma awarded by Trinity is the same awarded to accomplished students throughout the world.

IB Diploma Programme Merit Scholarship

Each year, Trinity awards a full, four year merit scholarship to a rising freshman.  To apply for the scholarship, students must indicate interest in the program and must choose the combination Entrance and IB Scholarship Test within the online portion of the application. These questions are asked under the Testing section just prior to the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. Information regarding the scholarship is communicated to our applicants along with their letter of acceptance in March. To learn more, visit the Admission Process page.

Who is Eligible

Juniors and seniors at Trinity with the required coursework, recommendations, motivation and commitment may participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Students intending to pursue the IB Diploma Programme typically plan their curriculum sequence in their freshman year. This enables them to take courses in preparation for the actual IB courses undertaken during their junior and senior years. However, after freshman year students may still be able to enter the program.

Additionally, qualified students can choose to be an IB course candidate, taking individual IB courses instead of undertaking the complete IB Diploma Programme.

IB Glossary

IB Diploma Candidate: A student pursuing the IB Diploma, taking at least 6 IB courses (one from each subject group) and distinctive features.
IB Course Candidate: A student taking any IB course or completing a distinctive feature, whether it is one or more.
IB Distinctive Features: Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)


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    Marti Truman 

    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator
    (804) 327-3129