International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
The International Baccalaureate Program is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to help students “develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.” It was founded in 1968, and runs in over 3000 schools in 141 countries. Its Diploma Program is designed for high school juniors and seniors, and offers classes in the same areas as traditional schools: math, science, English, foreign language, social studies, and the arts. Additionally, students have three extra requirements: a class about the theory of knowledge, a community service obligation, and an extended essay on a research topic of their choice. Along the way, students complete assessments that help them prepare for the final written exams, which are graded by external examiners. Upon graduation, students earn a diploma that is respected worldwide.
Because it's new to most parents, some parents wonder about the IB program’s status with colleges. IB assessments can be used for college credits just like credits earned by taking AP classes. Colleges also seem to appreciate the program’s focused community service requirement: students pursue one interest thoroughly instead of dabbling in various activities.
Based on its international success and its growing popularity in the U.S, the International Baccalaureate program is an exciting alternative to our standard curriculum. The IB curriculum offers our students a valuable perspective on international affairs, which is more important than ever in our newly flat world.