International Baccalaureate (IB) Program @ Corcoran High School

School Hours:
7:50 AM-2:26 PM

Main Office:
(315) 435-4321

The internationally recognized International Baccalaureate Programme is a demanding pre-college course of study that prepares students for success at the university level and beyond. The IB Programme addresses the intellectual, social and emotional well-being of students. The IB curriculum is based on a rigorous, integrated curriculum that leads to examinations in a student's final two years of high school. The overall purpose of the Program 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.

Students interested in the IB Programme choose one course from each of the six subject groups of the IB Curriculum. The subject groups are:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • History of the Americas
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts & Electives

In addition to the IB classes, IB Diploma candidates also complete a Theory of Knowledge class, The Extended Essay, and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) for a total of 150 hours over two years.

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success atuniversity and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities. To learn more:


  1. Student must be a resident of the City of Syracuse.
  2. Student must be a current 8th grader entering 9th grade in September 2015.
  3. Successful completion of online application, including all essay questions.
  4. Demonstrated ability to successfully engage in and complete a rigorous academic program.
  5. Successful completion of advanced or accelerated courses.
  6. Submission of Counselor Recommendation Form (completed and submitted by 8th grade Counselor)
  7. Submission of Teacher Recommendation Form (completed and submitted by 8th grade Math or English Teacher).
  8. Successfully participate in an interview.

NOTE: All successful applicants are enrolled into Pre-IB courses during their 9th and 10th grade years. Upon completion of 10th grade, all students enrolled in the Pre-IB Program receive a letter informing them of their current GPA. At that time, they are notified of their continuing status in the IB Programme.

How to submit the application:
The IB application process is composed of three components:

  1. The Student Application
  2. Math or English Teacher Recommendation
  3. Counselor Checklist/Recommendation

This Student Application is component #1, in the process. All three components of the application process must be completed, before the admission review process can begin. You must complete not only the Student Application before the deadline, but also assure that both your designated Math or English Teacher, and Guidance Counselor also complete, and submit their forms before the deadline.

  • Links to components 2 & 3 (the Math or English Teacher Recommendation Form, and Counselor Checklist/Recommendation Form) can be found on the Student Registration page of the Syracuse City School District Website.
  • Don't wait till the last minute! Please give your selected Teacher and Guidance Counselor plenty of advance notice so they can complete their forms (by going to the Student Registration page of the website and using the link to submit their forms) before the deadline.

Lottery Information:
To ensure a fair and equitable placement process, the Syracuse City School District will conduct a lottery when the number of students accepted exceeds the number of seats available. Each student will be assigned a random number and entered into our Smart Choice Lottery. Students who are accepted and entered into the lottery, but not selected will be assigned to the waitlist for the 2015-2016 school year.