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Purcell Marian High School: Now an International Baccalaureate World School

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Purcell Marian High School is now an International Baccalaureate World School. IB is recognized across the world for its innovative approach to education, placing an equal focus on academics and other transferable skills, in order to best prepare students for success beyond high school. There are 1,838 IB World schools in the U.S., and graduation rates at top colleges are an average of 24% higher for those who participated in IB during high school.

Principal Andy Farfsing says, “IB offers our students a more holistic education which instills in them the skills, knowledge, and outlook to succeed in the 21st century, both in their local community and in the wider world.”

The first full cohort will commence their studies for the IB Diploma in the 2020-21 school year. The Diploma Program is for Juniors and Seniors and consists of nine (9) college-level classes.

English Literature
History of the Americas
Visual Art
3 IB Core Classes:
Theory of Knowledge
Extended Essay
Service Project
Students may be enrolled in one or more IB classes and not in the full diploma program, as part of PM’s IB for All philosophy.

IB has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities with learning going well beyond the classroom. Its unique and innovative approach to learning means both students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs and benefit from being a part of an unparalleled global network. Students are able to participate in international conferences and educators work with their peers internationally to ensure that the IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.

About the International Baccalaureate Program
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programs for a worldwide community of schools. For more than 50 years, IB programs have gained a reputation for their rigor and high academic standards, that prepare students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than 1.5 million IB students attend 5,175 schools in 157 countries. To learn more, please visit ibo.org.

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