International Baccalaureate at Portledge School
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a globally recognized program that got its start in elite private schools in the post-WWII era. Diplomats were looking for a challenging academic program that could ensure their children would gain the skills necessary to be successful in all measures of life. Since then, the program has grown exponentially as more and more institutions, both secondary and post-secondary, have been made aware of the intrinsic value of an IB education.
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.”
Colleges and universities are increasingly finding that those students who participate in the full Diploma Programme are best prepared for college-level work. Check out the video on the right to hear Stanford University's view of the IB program.
We are excited to enter our third year of offering this dynamic program and are eager to help our IB students achieve their goals.