International Baccalaureate: High School Education’s Golden Standard


Recognized worldwide as a standard of excellence in high school education, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs have become increasingly widespread in the United States. The IB program incorporates independent research and community service, while focusing on critical thinking and the inquiry of knowledge. Academic and personal achievement are both distinct tenets of the program, as is global education.

Founded in 1968, the IB curriculum is now taught in more than 4,000 schools to over one million students. Popular in dozens of countries throughout the world, the IB program boasts notable alumni such as British pop artist Marina Diamandis: Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o; former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila; Canadian astronaut Julie Payette; and current president of The Hague Institute for Global Justics, Dr. Abiodun Williams.

From the IB’s Office:

“Unlike a national curriculum, IB programs reflect the best practice of a range of different educational frameworks and curricula. It encourages students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment.” –

This emphasis on international education and the exploration of knowledge supports the development of creative, independent thinkers. Available to students ages 3 to 19, IB programs can be found at primary and secondary schools throughout the United States. At many IB schools, the international community is strong and schools are happy to provide guidance and assistance with applications and visa procedures.

Outstanding Schools Offering IB Programs in the US

George School – Newton, Pennsylvania.

Windermere Preparatory Academy – Windermere, Florida

Annie Wright Schools – Tacoma, Washington

The Village School – Houston, Texas

Léman Manhattan School – New York, New York

North Broward Preparatory – Coconut Creek, Florida

Rancho Solano Preparatory School – Scottsdale, Arizona

Mercyhurst Preparatory School – Erie, Pennsylvania

EF Academy – Tarrytown, New York


George School

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