International Baccalaureate Program
The complex, interconnected global economy requires the tools and understanding to navigate and succeed. Newman School students who choose to take advantage of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in their Junior and Senior years (ages 16-19) gain perspective and knowledge that uniquely prepares them for the world ahead.
A Global Reputation
The program’s academically demanding two-year curriculum leads to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed and noted at leading universities around the world.
Graduates of the program gain the critical thinking and confident questioning that empower their university experiences and build a foundation for their future careers.
This is an optional program – Newman School students may also gain traditional High School diplomas – that benefits the entire Newman School population, encouraging a world view and providing a cultural diversity that is distinctly its own.
The Value of Newman School's International Baccalaureate Degree
The curriculum for an International Baccalaureate Degree has been designed to assist students in developing the ability to reason for themselves, to become independent individuals, responsible for their own learning.
Logical and critical-thinking skills are emphasized, as students are encouraged to look beyond a simple accumulation of facts to contemplate the origins of knowledge. They are empowered to question sources and critique scholarship. An International Baccalaureate Degree further enhances students’ preparation for the rigor of university curricula, and is valued by these schools as the international standard for education.
The Advantages of IB Education
The program is a well-balanced course of studies that offers a broad academic exposure as well as opportunities for specialization. A true liberal arts education, the program provides students with a curriculum which is uniform in structure throughout IB schools world-wide. Non-diploma students have the opportunity to take individual IB courses in areas of special interest.
The program provides a Diploma accepted for advanced placement credit by many US universities. Higher level courses are considered grounds for awarding advanced placement credit at many universities.
The Newman IB Diploma Program has prepared me tremendously well for college. On the basis of my IB work, I was awarded 16 credits ( 4 courses). This is allowing me to take more classes in my major, having fulfilled all Required Courses with my IB course work. Newman gives the student an edge with IB and competitive classes that has made my university experience extraordinarily rich.
Newman '12, Boston University '16