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Universities around the globe recognize the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for excelling in preparing students for successful university educational experiences and for life in a global society.
St. Edward High School's IB Diploma pass rate has far outpaced the world average in the first two graduating classes - a remarkable achievement given that St. Edward gives every student who is motivated the opportunity to try the IB program. Unlike many other schools that offer the IB Diploma, we do not register only our most academically gifted students to take the exams. All our courses are based on the IB curriculum and prepare the students for the final IB exams, and we encourage and support every single one of our students to complete the IB diploma program.
What do our graduates say about their IB experience?
"The International Baccalaureate Programme is all about thinking in new ways. We focus on the “how’s” and “why’s” of events that have impacted the world. We are taught to learn and think together with the world, rather than just simply studying it."
IB Diploma Graduate – 2014
Thomas Jefferson Scholar
University of Virginia, Class of 2018
"Once I viewed CAS (Creativity, Action & Service) and EE (Extended Essay) as things I 'get' to do, instead of things I 'had' to do, they become two of the most meaningful parts of the diploma program. St. Ed's and the IB gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the community and to research topics I was passionate about."
IB Diploma Graduate 2014
4 time National Latin Examination Gold Medalist
University of Notre Dame, class of 2018
"Above everything, the IB program was what defined my high school experience. Whether it was looking through different perspectives, getting hands on experience, or studying something I was truly passionate about, the IB program kept my interest as a busy high school student. The most important thing the program did for me was prepare me for my college experience. Going to a place as international as UCLA, the global education helped me with all aspects of life on campus. By completing the program I was on track to a well-rounded and international education."
IB Diploma Graduate 2014
2014 Gatorade Ohio Track Athlete of the Year
University of Texas (Austin), Class of 2018
What do Universities view the IB Diploma Programme?
"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."
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
“I don’t think there is anyone who does not respect the I.B.”
“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.”
Marilyn McGrath Lewis
Asst. Dean of Admissions
“. . . IB students who attended that university (Virginia Tech)
as freshmen significantly outperformed all other freshmen, including students who had taken Advanced Placement courses.”
Dr. Eugene Carson
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