The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year educational program that prepares students, aged 16 to 18, to address the future challenges at university and life beyond.
The International Baccalaureate Program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
“I firmly believe in the importance and benefits of a bilingual education. At La Scuola, we offer a warm, nurturing community as well as rigorous academics and a global mindset. I am proud that La Scuola’s Liceo [high school] students will now have the opportunity to pursue the IB Diploma which facilitates geographic and cultural mobility, while promoting international understanding,” said Dr. Maria Palandra, La Scuola’s Head of School.
La Scuola underwent a rigorous review of both its structural and academic preparedness, including special training workshops for all Upper School Liceo faculty; and an upgrading of its Science Laboratory with the addition of new equipment for both physics and chemistry.
Acceptance into the program at La Scuola is the culmination of a three-year process, an accomplishment made possible by the collaborative participation of the Liceo faculty, parents, students, Board of Trustees and the school’s IB Program Coordinator and Liceo math and physics teacher, Dr. Beatrice Paladini, who notes: “I think the IB is a wonderful opportunity for La Scuola! It is in the school’s DNA; it is what we are!”
Starting in September 2018, La Scuola’s 10th graders were the first class eligible to participate in the program. Participating students will continue to take classes as part of the Liceo’s curriculum, with six of those courses also being recognized as IB classes. Students will take IB exams in May of their senior year to earn an IB Diploma in addition to their state exam (esame di stato). The IB Diploma has the potential to provide a competitive edge in areas such as admission, placement, college credit, and scholarships.