Students who succeed in the IB Diploma Programme do better than many other groups of students in university level work. IB studies indicate that Diploma Programme students maintained higher grade point averages at universities and earned higher average ACT/ SAT scores than students who had not attended IB schools. The knowledge and skills obtained in the IB Diploma Program clearly prepare students to succeed in higher education.
The Diploma Programme is for more than just high potential students. The most important attributes for success in the IB Diploma Programme are desire, interest and work ethic. The DP is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of work. It’s most important to be highly organized and highly motivated.
The Diploma Programme curriculum is designed to insure a cohesive, comprehensive education for students, no matter where they live in the world. Students who complete this program are preparing not only for success in college, but for success in life. Students gain a broader world view, follow in-depth approaches to the academic disciplines, and develop time management, problem-solving, research, and organizational skills that will remain with them long after the IB experience is over.
Students self-select to enroll in the IB Diploma Programme for their junior and senior years. To be successful, students must be motivated, self-directed learners willing to work hard and make the most of the academic experiences available to them in high school. If a student is looking forward to coasting through the junior and senior year, DP is probably not a good fit.
We hope that all students challenge themselves in at least one IB course. The course may be in the traditional core subjects or perhaps IB Music, IB Business and Management, IB Studio Art, IB Psychology, or IB Film. The important point is that the vast majority of students will benefit from experiencing at least one college-level course during their high school career, making the most the educational opportunities available to them.