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International Baccalaureate: Widening Appeal

Ten posts over the past two years, tell me (at least anecdotally) that the International Baccalaureate (IB) is making schools and their academic officers think. It’s easy to understand the IB philosophy and curriculum appealing to and meshing with boarding and private schools- with their commitments to worldliness, broad thinking and connections, diversity, and tolerance. […]

New Hampton School Offers Day Student Merit Scholarship

With the school’s offering of the International Baccalaureate (IB), New Hampton will award four $5,000 merit scholarships to local day students whose prospects and achievements qualify them as “candidates to take IB classes or enroll in the school’s two-year, IB Diploma Program in their junior and senior years.” (New Hampton School Announces Ninth Grade Day […]

International Baccaulaureate Curriculum Augments Traditional UK A-Level Exams

Saw this tidbit in an article in The Independent (UK) (Independent Schools Are Wise to Look Overseas): “European families have been attracted by private schools offering the International Baccalaureate in addition to A-levels.” While UK secondary schools and their graduates will continue to be measured by student success on A Levels (proficiency tests for university […]

New Hampton School Earns International Baccalaureate Status

New Hampton School announced this morning that it has become the first New England Boarding School to gain accreditation to award the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Founded in 1968 the International Baccalaureate, requires a rigorous interconnected curriculum with high levels of student engagement. Students earning an IB diploma hold an internationally recognized level of achievement. […]

What is a Canadian Boarding School?

I was thrilled when asked by AdmissionsQuest to contribute to the onBoarding School Blog, to provide information on and insight into the Canadian boarding school experience and highlight some of the issues facing the institutions north of the border. As this is my inaugural post, I thought it would be appropriate to simply pose the […]

Boarding School Photo of the Week: Verde Valley School

Yes, I know, we burst out of the gate with a daily boarding school photo and at the time the idea seemed solid. But something wasn’t right; it almost felt like the posts surrounding each ‘photo of the day’ entry got lost in the shuffle. What do you think? In any event, we thought shifting […]

Annie Wright School Reaches Two Milestones

Congratulations to Annie Wright School. The school is celebrating its 125th year (2009)– during this time the school has grown from 46 students to 453 girls from 21 countries. (The News Tribune) The schools founding “fulfilled the dreams of the Right Rev. John Adams Paddock and railroad executive-developer Charles Wright to establish a school for […]

International Baccalaureate & IB North America Joined Forces

While researching the previous post (St. Timothy’s School: North America’s only all-girls boarding school offering the IB), I found an interesting release regarding IB programs worldwide. Like any evolving framework or system (the IB is only about 40 years old), the IB has been defined by two competing groups. Think Betamax versus VHS; Blu-ray versus […]

St. Timothy’s School: North America’s only all-girls boarding school offering the IB

St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, MD graduated its first class of International Baccalaureate students this past spring. The IB program is an international program of rigorous coursework and achievement. Students completing the IB program demonstrate the skills and intellectual tools necessary for acceptance into worldwide higher education. Beyond direct educational achievement, IB students also gain […]

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