With these successful results the Class of 2015 will be headed to a number of prestigious universities in the US and around the world next year, with half of the graduating students attending one of the top 250 universities in the world, including the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Notre Dame.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is considered the most rigorous high school diploma program in the world, and is highly-sought after by college admissions representatives in the United States and abroad.
To earn an IB diploma, students must take six subject exams, each graded by subject-area experts on a 1-7 point scale. Students must also complete a Theory of Knowledge course and write a 4,000-word independent primary research paper, for which they can be awarded up to three additional points. Students must earn a total of 24 points to be considered for an IB Diploma.
In order to receive a diploma, students must also participate in creativity, action and service (CAS) activities throughout their two years in the program. The CAS requirement provides a counterbalance to academic studies, helping students to explore creative thinking, develop lifelong healthy habits and understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community. CAS activities bring learning into the real world and encourage problem-solving, collaboration and responsibility.
The British International School of Boston has a strong history of success on the IB Diploma Programme exams.
In 2014, students at the Boston school earned an average score of 35.5, with one student receiving a perfect score of 45 points. That student is now attending Harvard University.
This year, three BISB students earned 40 points or higher on the exams, while more than half of BISB students earned at least one score of 7 points (the highest score possible on a subject exam). In fact, more than 16 scores of 7 points were earned by BISB students this spring across a wide range of subjects, including English Literature, Geography, History, Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, French and Theatre Studies.
"This success across a broad range of subjects is proof that while we may not be a large school, every individual is encouraged to follow their own unique path and ambition," said BISB Headmaster Paul Wiseman.
With the successful exam results, the British International School of Boston Class of 2015 joins a community of more than 1.2 million other IBDP graduates in 141 countries around the world.
IB Diploma earners are highly sought-after by colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide. A recent study of IBDP candidates in the United States found that 78 percent of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions immediate after high school. The four-year graduation rates for IBDP students- 79 percent- were significantly higher than the national average of 39 percent.
With their successful IB results, British International School of Boston students will be headed to many prestigious colleges in the U.S. and around the world. For a full list of college acceptances for 2015 click here.