Why Choose IB Diploma Programme?

The Promotional Video:

Click here for a Video about the IB Diploma Programme offered at Central Academy.

The Research:

There have been some peer-reviewed studies completed about how the IB Diploma Programme develops and prepares students for college and civic responsibilities. Each link below is a research summary sheet for studies completed in the USA since 2013.

How well do IB DP students develop their civic engagement and citizenship as compared to other non-IB DP students? IB Student Civic Mindedness Development

How ready for college are IB DP students as compared to non-IB DP students?  This study considers not only the knowledge and academic skills of high school graduates, it also looks at attitudes, work habits and problem solving strategies.   IB Student College Readiness Summary

How do IB DP students compare to non-IB DP students on where and if they attend college, their 1-year retention rates (returning after the first year) and their college graduation rates?  IB Student College Attainment Summary

The IB Diploma is strong evidence of a rigorous, college-preparatory education.

Benefits include:

  • A world-class education with an internationally recognized curriculum and rigorous external assessments
  • An admissions credential respected by colleges and universities around the world, including those institutions considered to be the most selective
  • Opportunities for scholarships, college credit, and advanced standing at post-secondary institutions
  • Lifelong learning attitudes and skills needed for success in college and beyond
  • An integrated approach to learning across the disciplines with an emphasis on world awareness and meeting the challenges of living and working in a global, technological society
  • The average acceptance rate of IB students into university/college is 22% higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population.  (IBDP Graduate Destinations Survey 2011/12)

What colleges and universities say about the IB Diploma Programme:

  • “In our minds, there is no more challenging curriculum than the IB curriculum.  Not only does it prepare students for a demanding college programme, but the IB curriculum also instills in students a love of learning and an understanding of the truly interdisciplinary nature of education.  Instead of working on each subject in a vacuum, IB students are shown how each of their classes connects both with the other classes and the world around them.”   Thyra L. Briggs, Dean of Enrollment, Sarah Lawrence College
  •  “We have found that the best predictors at Harvard are Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate exams, closely followed by the College Board subject tests.” William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard University
  • “Send us prepared students a la IB…it is the *best* high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.”  Marilee Jones, Dean of Admissions, M.I.T.
  • “For many years I have been an IB fan.  It has taken seriously more of the issues in the world today (and tomorrow), and has been less influenced by fads than any organization of its size.” Dr. Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition & Education, Harvard University
  • “The IB offers an integrated curriculum that provides students with the skill needed to be world-class scholars and an educational philosophy that prepares them to be first-class citizens.  I do not know of a more comprehensive and appropriate learning model.”  Jim Crowder, Director of Admissions, Macalester College
  • “When receiving an application from an IB Diploma candidate, our admissions officers can be assured of a candidate’s strong and broad-based academic preparation.  We have seen that IB students embrace the rigorous academic challenges of university life and perform well.” Kim Bartlett, Director of Admissions, McGill University