How Will an IB Diploma Help My Child?

written by: Jason Przypek
The International Baccalaureate is a nonprofit educational foundation offering prestigious, internationally minded educational programs. Its Diploma Programme is recognized and respected by leading universities around the world.

This recognition can be particularly meaningful to students identified as having learning (dis)abilities. Doubts born of previous, often messy, school experiences can plague even the most accomplished LD student: “Will my grades be thought of the same way as those of a traditional prep school student? Am I really as capable as my teachers say? Will colleges weigh my application the same way as other students’?” An internationally recognized, highly respected program such as IB affords students the opportunity to take on the challenge of an externally moderated, high-quality educational program. At the same time IB offers top-notch professional development opportunities for teachers, encourages excellent pedagogical practices, and imbues its member schools with a culture of ethical international mindedness. In short, if you were looking for a recognized program that was prescribed just enough to assure consistency and meaningfulness while affording the flexibility to maintain the identity, character, and innovative nature of your own learning community, IB is undoubtedly the best option.

In practical terms students who participate in the Diploma Programme can check off the box on the Common App stating that they did this program, and for college admissions offices that is an immediately recognizable seal of quality. Multiple studies have shown that IB students are more prepared for college and more likely to successfully complete a four-year college program, and many colleges will even grant college credits for higher-level IB courses. So, for parents concerned with their kids getting into a good college and concerned with their kids’ success once they are there, the IB Diploma Programme offers a vetted pathway.
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