Principal Andy Farfsing says, “We wanted to offer our students a more holistic education which will instill in them the skills, knowledge, and outlook to succeed in the 21st century, both in their local community and in the wider world. At the same time, we wanted give our teachers the opportunity to be a part of an international network of experts leading the field in education. We are delighted to become an IB World School and look forward to the many benefits of the program.”
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.
Director Herring says, “IB students across the world become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”
Twenty-six students are currently participating in the IB-centered curriculum at Purcell Marian, with the first full cohort commencing their studies for the IB Diploma in the 2020-21 school year. The Diploma Program is for Juniors and Seniors and consists of nine college-level classes.