Stoneleigh-Burnham is the first girls’ boarding school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum encourages students to think and to draw connections across disciplines of study. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is like no other in preparing students to succeed in our globalized and interconnected 21st century society. International Baccalaureate students are critical thinkers, and they approach learning with a sense of international-mindedness. Designed in 1968, the International Baccalaureate has gained wide recognition from the world’s leading universities.
The IB programme increases understanding of languages and cultures and explores globally significant ideas and issues in each subject area. Subjects are not taught in isolation. IB classes are interdisciplinary and connect learning across the curriculum. The IB programme is a liberal arts approach to education. Students must study two languages, math, science, individuals and societies, and the arts. There is both depth and breadth.
The IB programme is not solely about academics, but also challenges students to enhance their personal growth. IB students often indicate that they have gained excellent time management skills and other critical attitudes needed for academic and personal success.
Students at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in grades 11th and 12th grade will take International Baccalaureate courses, but they have three options in how they will engage with the IB curriculum:
- Students may pursue the full IB Diploma Programme.
- Students may take IB courses for IB certificate credit without being enrolled in the full diploma programme.
- Students may take IB courses, but can choose not to take the IB exam and will thus only earn Stoneleigh-Burnham School credit for the course.