Prospective Students Eligibility Profile
for Haines City High School’s IB Programme

In order to attend IB, a student must apply, and qualify, for one of the limited seats during the District Open Enrollment period during their eighth-grade year.

8th Grade Requirements:

  • Middle School GPA of a 3.5 or higher
  • Have qualifying standard assessment scores.
  • Live in the HCHS IB zone (East Side of Polk County – see zoning below.)

9th Grade Criteria:

  • 3.5 unweighted GPA requirement through 1st semester of 9th grade year
  • Successful completion of Algebra 1 by end of 9th grade
  • Successful completion of Biology by end of 9th grade
  • Most recent FSA ELA score of Achievement Level 3, 4, or 5
  • Most recent FSA Algebra 1 EOC score of Achievement Level 3, 4, or 5
  • Students must score high enough on the SAT10 test to meet the qualifying threshold and/or high enough among the current 9th graders testing, given the number of available seats for 10th grade
  • Live in the HCHS IB zone (East Side of Polk County – see zoning below.

Students zoned for the following high schools are eligible to attend the Haines City IB Programme:

  • Haines City High
  • Ridge Community High
  • Lake Region High
  • Winter Haven High
  • Auburndale High
  • Tenoroc High
  • Lake Gibson High

Application Process

PCPS Open Enrollment Information

The Open Application Priority period for the 2023-24 school year is January 9th through 4pm on February 15th, 2023.

Current 8th grade students can apply for this program during the Open Application period. A link to the electronic application will be posted here when the application period opens.

IB Application Requirements for the 2023-24 School Year

For a student to be accepted in this specific program, the parent must apply during the Application period, and the student must be registered to take a computerized district assessment in February (if the student has not already earned an Achievement Level score of 5 on the 7th grade English Language Arts state assessment, and an Achievement Level score of 4 or 5 on the Algebra 1 state assessment). Students need to score high enough on the state or district assessment to qualify into this program.

After completing the electronic application, parents will then be able to register for one specific assessment session for their child through Parent Portal. A list of some of the available assessment dates and locations is provided below.

District Assessment Schedule

Assessment Dates Location Times
Saturday, February 4th Haines City 8:15am-11:45
Saturday, February 4th Tenoroc 8:15am-11:45
Saturday, February 11th Winter Haven 8:15am-11:45
Friday, February 17th Bartow 2:30pm-6
Friday, February 17th Haines City 2:30pm-6
Friday, February 17th Tenoroc 2:30pm-6
Friday, February 17th Winter Haven 2:30pm-6
Saturday, February 25th Bartow  8:15am-11:45

Additional information regarding the qualification and application process can be found at

District Expectations

Students are expected to adhere to all the academic, ethical and behavioral requirements described in the Code of Student Conduct. Depending on the location of a student’s residency, students and families need to be aware of the additional time commitment involved in utilizing district transportation.