International Baccalaureate

Des Moines Public Schools is the first school district in Iowa to offer the International Baccalaureate program at all grade levels, and Central Academy is the first school in Iowa to offer the prestigious IB Diploma.

The Diploma Programme (DP) is a demanding pre-university course of study that is designed for highly motivated juniors and seniors.

Recipients of an International Baccalaureate Diploma have a definitive edge when they are applying to colleges and universities. The grading system is criterion based. Each student’s performance is measured against well defined levels of international achievement. Grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards that are applied equally to all International Baccalaureate schools.

This highly respected international curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, community service, science, and the humanities. International Baccalaureate focuses on the development of the whole child, not just one set of examinations.

Teachers participate in professional development designed specifically for teaching International Baccalaureate students. The teachers are held accountable to International Baccalaureate standards and International Baccalaureate evaluators regarding student performance.

Developing the state’s first International Baccalaureate program enhances educational opportunities for Des Moines students by providing another option for a certified world class education.

Participation in International Baccalaureate is open to any high school student motivated to participate in the world’s most widely recognized program of study.

For additional information please contact:

Isaac Pedelty
International Baccalaureate Coordinator
Central Academy
(515) 242-8512