The School for International Studies is currently an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme candidate school. Founded in 1968, IB schools worldwide seek to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, globalized world. We are implementing a full International Baccalaureate curriculum in grades 7-10, and will be adding the Diploma Program for grades 11-12 in the future.
Life in the 21st century places many demands on students, making the transition through adolescence challenging. Our students are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning. The International Baccalaurete (IB) Middle Years Programme is designed to help students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world around them, and to foster a positive attitude to learning. At its heart, the IB is philosophy, which we have adopted as a school, allows us to develop intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students that live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world.
Don’t just take our word for it, though:
Harvard University, Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Asst. Dean of Admissions“Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.” GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.”Duke University, Christoph Guttentag, Director of Undergraduate Admissions“One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated program, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.”Brown University, Panetha Ott, Admissions Officer“I don’t think there is anyone who does not respect the I.B.”Virginia Tech, Dr. Eugene Carson“. . . IB students who attended that university (Virginia Tech) as freshmen significantly outperformed all other freshmen, including students who had taken Advanced Placement courses.”