Being able to offer the IB program within the Portledge environment provides students with the support and guidance needed to succeed, and is a major reason why we have a 95% pass rate for the diploma. The mission and philosophy of the IB program complement those of Portledge School in that the basic tenets are to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills to tackle society’s complex challenges and who will help to make it a better, more peaceful world.”
Critical thinking and communication, skills that are highly valued by both colleges and future employers, are at the core of the IB Diploma Programme. The desired outcome of the program is to “inspire students to ask questions, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals, and develop the persistence to achieve those goals.” Reflecting on these principles of intellectual curiosity and strong character, it is worth noting that a high percentage of our inductees into Cum Laude, are participants in the Diploma Programme!
Colleges and universities are increasingly finding that those students who participate in the full Diploma Programme are best prepared for college-level work. Recent graduates have enrolled in a diverse selection of colleges and universities including, but not limited to Brown University, Spellman, UT-Austin, Vassar, Richmond, Yale University, University of Virginia, Duke University, Boston College, and NYU just to name a few.
Since our first exam cohort in 2018 of five students, we have consistently grown not only in numbers but in course offerings, course candidacy, and faculty training. As we enter the 2022-23 school year, we will have 24 seniors graduate as Diploma Candidates and a significant percentage of juniors and seniors enrolled in at least one IB course. We look forward to another successful year in the IB program.