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PSAT is Right Around the Corner!  Don’t forget to sign up!

On October 30th,  9th and 10th grade students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT with our 10th grade students.  The PSAT is the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and is a preparatory experience for the SAT college entrance exam.  Land O’ Lakes High School recommends that students take a full set of college entrance exams because colleges review the student’s entire history and may focus on the highest scores earned when considering applicants.  The PSAT not only gives experience with these types of exams, but the score report that students receive provides guidance on the areas they did well on and the areas they need to improve–and how!  PSAT test takers will also get a log- in to the Khan Academy for resources to improve their college entrance exam opportunities.

9th and 11th grade students may choose to take the PSAT on October 30th.  The PSAT in grade 11 is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  You’ll see it shown as PSAT/NMSQT.  Every year, several LOLHS students earn National Merit designation as “commended” and “semi-finalists.”  We just celebrated 9 of our students for becoming National Merit Semifinalists as a result of their PSAT/NMSQT from last year.  Nearly all semi-finalists have gone on to finalist status and earned scholarship monies for their achievements.  We also encourage our 9th graders to sign up for the PSAT to get exposure to these kinds of exams, the way they phrase questions, and what it feels like to take a test of this nature.

To take the PSAT and/or NMSQ, students in 9th and 11th grade must sign up and pay an $18 exam fee.  Please go to the Acorn system, sign in, and select 9th or 11th grade PSAT/NMSQ optional fee.  Complete your payment and you will be added to our database for testing on October 30th.  If you do not pay online by credit card, you can instead download and complete the PSAT 19-20 Check_Cash_SignUp.pdf form and bring it with payment to Mrs. Allen, our Student Services secretary at the main office.  The deadline to sign up and submit payment is October 4th.  Please remember that the exam fee is not refundable.


We are pleased to offer the information below about our Land O’ Lakes High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and our Land O’ Lakes Pre-IB (feeder) Programme.

If you would like to review the two presentations shared at the Pasco Pathways Expo, please click below. Remember, if you are interested in applying for consideration to become a member of the incoming IB Class of 2023, you must apply through the district’s myStudent system AND come for the Writing and Math Sample Day at our school on December 15, 2018 8:30am to 10:30am. 

LOLHS IB Presentation 2019-20

IB Student Activities and Experiences

Reminder Letter For Application and Writing Day Dec 2018

Begin your application here! Read the information and scroll to the bottom to enter the portal.

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Our Application for the 2020-2021 School Year Will Open December 3rd.

Families will apply through myStudent as part of the

Pasco Pathways Magnet School Process.

We will begin Pasco County Schools middle school visits in November to talk to students in Algebra 1 (or Geometry) about the value of the IB Diploma Programme.

Families are invited to attend the Pasco Pathways Expo on November 21, 2018 at Wesley Chapel High School from 5pm – 8pm.

You will be able to visit a hall with information on all programs as well as break-out sessions with deep and specific information about IB. We look forward to meeting students and families!

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IB Five-Year Self-Study 2017

During the course of this year, a committee of students, parents, teachers, and administrators met to discuss and author the IB Five-Year Self-Study questionnaire. Every 5 years since our IB Diploma Programme’s authorization, we reflect on our practices and philosophies and share these back in a very detailed set of documents sent to The IB. We operate in work teams to address the IB Standards to support an international education, inquiry and the related approaches to teaching and learning, international-mindedness, and the attributes of the IB Mission Statement and IB Learner Profile.

Standard A. Philosophy: The school’s educational beliefs and values reflect the IB philosophy.

Standard B1. Leadership and structure: The school’s leadership and administrative structures ensure the implementation of the IB programme(s).

Standard B2. Resources and support: The school’s resources and support structures ensure the implementation of the IB programme(s).

Standard C1. Collaborative planning: Collaborative planning and reflection supports the implementation of the IB programme(s).

Standard C2. Written curriculum: The school’s written curriculum reflects the IB philosophy.

Standard C3. Teaching and Learning: Teaching and learning reflects the IB philosophy.

Standard C4. Assessment: Assessment at the school reflects the IB assessment philosophy.

and to update our programme’s Policies…




Special Needs / Inclusion

We are especially grateful to have partnered with our friends at Pine View Middle School – an IB MYP school and are looking forward to serving the greater Land O’ Lakes and central and east Pasco County communities as a K-12 continuum of IB learning as Pine View Elementary School makes its journey to becoming an IB PYP school.

A special thank you to the dozens of stakeholders who worked diligently to make this a successful programme reflection and to the hundreds of current and former IB students and family members who shared their input into questions essential to the growth of our students and school.


Learn a Bit About our Programme

If you missed one of our presentations, you may view the information by clicking the link soon to be provided. We shared some other information that you may read: IB Life, Courses, Next Steps. As well, we are pleased to share an IB video about the value of an IB education.



Through its “Tell Me About…” series, the International Baccalaureate Programme at Land O’Lakes High School is pleased to share a range of information and presentations for the benefit of our students, their families, and our community


Tell Me About: Ten Reasons Why IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Ten reasons why the IB Diploma Programme is Ideal Preparation for University and Success in Life.

  1. It offers academic breadth and depth.
  2. Colleges value students with meaningful experiences beyond the classroom.
  3. It’s a qualification recognized by universities around the world.
  4. It creates independent learners and strong writers.
  5. It cultivates an international mindset.
  6. It assesses more than examination techniques.
  7. IB students have proven time management skills.
  8. The IB encourages critical thinking.
  9. Subjects aren’t taught in isolation.
  10. And MORE reasons from the IB Learner Profile characteristics!

Click here for Tell Me About IB Ten Reasons


Tell Me About: The IB Core

The International Baccalaureate Programme focuses on developing students’ strengths academically and as caring global citizens. The academic subjects surround the experiences of our students, while the IB Core lies at the heart of what we do in becoming the people who will lead our communities forward.

Tell Me About: The IB Core is an overview of Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and Creativity-Action-Service, which together assist our International Baccalaureate students to grow in attaining the characteristics found in the IB Learner Profile.

Please visit back often as we expand our Tell Me About series concerning the key aspects of the IB experience.

Click here for Tell Me About: IB Core



Tell Me About: Creativity-Action-Service


International Baccalaureate students engage in a rigorous, university-level curriculum with a unifying element of becoming a successful, caring, global citizen.  In addition to their courses, students:

Engage in critical analysis through the authoring of an Extended Essay.
Participate in the Theory of Knowledge course to evaluate how human beings make sense of their world and experiences.

Perform Creativity-Action-Service, or CAS, a service/leadership component of the full IB experience.
At the beginning of their junior year, Land O’ Lakes IB students and families are introduced to CAS and begin on the road to taking part in this fulfilling work.

To find out more about CAS, download and view this Land O’ Lakes High School CAS Information Presentation  and watch a brief video.

What does it mean to volunteer, do community service, and to fulfill CAS in the DP?

Volunteerism In LOLHS PreIB & The Diploma Programme


EEIBLogoTell Me About: Extended Essay

The International Baccalaureate Programme focuses on developing students’ strengths academically and as caring global citizens. The academic subjects surround the experiences of our students, while the IB Core lies at the heart of what we do in becoming the people who will lead our communities forward.

Tell Me About: Extended Essay provides an understanding of the process for conducting an original, authentic, academic investigation in an area of interest to the  student.  Students work with an advisor who guides the development of the research question and challenges the student to deeply examine and reflect upon the manner in which the study has been conducted.

Please visit back often as we expand our Tell Me About series concerning the key aspects of the IB experience.

Click here for Tell Me About: Extended Essay


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