International Baccalaureate

 

Strive for your own definition of excellence.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Tom and his classmates take International Baccalaureate classes in 11th and 12th grade

IB is a holistic two year course of study for students in grades 11 and 12. Students study six major areas: literature, languages, history, science, mathematics and the arts.

Tom wants to travel after college and explore the world

Students examine global perspectives and engage in independent thinking while learning alongside students from all over the world. Fostering international-mindedness within the context of their studies is a continual thread through each grade level.

WSA faculty ask students to engage in thinking at a higher level and apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations by presenting them with creative and collaborative experiences.

Tom will be prepared for college-level work

IB Students study Theory of Knowledge, write a senior research paper called the Extended Essay and complete a CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) project. Students prepare collegiate level papers and oral intensives, design labs and complete projects which alumni report thoroughly prepared them for success in college. Colleges view participation in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as significant evidence of academic accomplishment and preparation.

Through creative exploration and expression with the Technology Access Center (TAC Room) and the Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre programs at WSA, students experience broader academic achievement and build confidence.

WSA students experience 100% college acceptance and 90% in to their first choice school. IB Diploma Candidates are 1.5 times more likely to get accepted to their college of choice.