Beaumont School Announces International Baccalaureate Candidacy

Beaumont School is now recognized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school, effective Sept. 1, 2014, becoming the only all-girls school and the second Catholic high school in greater Cleveland to offer IB’s rigorous Diploma Programme. Beaumont believes that the IB values align closely with the school’s philosophy of academic excellence, diversity and social justice.

The IB education challenges students to excel in academics and in their personal growth, developing well-rounded students who cultivate a quest for lifelong learning that goes beyond what they learn in the classroom. IB’s Diploma Programme is widely perceived as one of the most challenging secondary curricula in the world. Students who earn the IB Diploma are consistently twice as likely to be accepted to selective colleges and universities, earn more scholarship dollars, and receive college credit. Overall, students are better prepared for college and develop a globalized view of society.

“This globally focused program emphasizes creative problem solving, hands-on projects and inquiry-based learning,” said Mary Whelan, principal at Beaumont. “There is a large focus on community service and this rigorous, academically acclaimed program builds on the Ursuline mission of educating women for life, leadership and service.”

Beaumont plans to institute the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) during the 2017-2018 school year, after a three-year authorization period that began Sept. 1, 2014. During this time, Beaumont will work with an IB consultant, planning specific courses and training teachers in the IB curriculum.

“The IB Program will complement our current program and provide opportunity for our young women to excel academically through a global perspective,” Whelan said.

The programme is a rigorous, two-year academic program for juniors and seniors that offers a global perspective and a cross-disciplinary approach. DP students will take six two-year courses focused in the sciences, the arts, the English language, mathematics, social studies, and foreign languages. Students must also complete an extended essay and score well on a final Theory of Knowledge exam to be awarded the IB Diploma. Another requirement is Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) hours, which requires involvement in athletics, clubs and volunteerism.

For more information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, visit ibo.org. For more information IB will be implemented at Beaumont School, click here.