Purcell Marian Achieves International Baccalaureate World School Status

October 18, 2019
Purcell Marian High School has become the newest member of the prestigious global community of schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 157 different countries. Led by seasoned Catholic educator Bob Herring, Purcell Marian, is the only private school in Greater Cincinnati to achieve this distinction and will be offering the IB Diploma Program beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

  • Spanish
  • Math
  • English Literature
  • Chemistry
  • History of the Americas
  • Visual Art
  • 3 IB Core Classes:
    • Theory of Knowledge
    • Extended Essay
    • Service Project
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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