On Friday, July 5th, Stoneleigh-Burnham School received results from the International Baccalaureate Organization that all ten of the IB Diploma candidates in the Class of 2013 met the rigorous qualifications and earned their IB Diplomas. Their spring IB exams represented the culmination of two years’ study in six subject areas. The girls’ performance on these exams, along with assessments ranging from essays to lab experiments to performances and gallery exhibitions, earned them IB diplomas recognized and accredited by thousands of colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Additionally, each IB student successfully completed an independently researched 4,000-word extended essay, engaged in the Theory of Knowledge capstone course, and designed and implemented a project within the Creativity, Action, Service component of the IB program.

The IB program is recognized worldwide for high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. When asked about his observations of students using this curriculum over these two years, Academic Dean and TOK teacher Alex Bogel commented, “It is my great pleasure, every day, to teach and learn with and from these impressive young women. I am astounded by the strides they have made as active, reflective learners, and am eager to see them enjoy the fruits of their labor as they move on, so well prepared, to college and lives beyond Stoneleigh-Burnham.”

The SBS students’ exams, performance and studio art videos, and essays were assessed by IB Organization examiners on every continent except South America. According to the IB Organization, the international passing rate has remained consistent over the last five years and demonstrates the rigor with which the exams are graded – just 78.54% of students earned the coveted diploma internationally in 2013.

Globally there are more than 1 million IB students at over 3,600 schools in 145 countries. Stoneleigh-Burnham School is the only girls’ school in New England and only one of three in the U.S. to offer the IB.

Pictured above: 4 of the 10 IB Diploma Recipients from the Class of 2013, Saskia A., Tilulla L.-S., Mary P., and Sara B. Photo credit: Paul Franz


To learn more about the International Baccalaureate program in general, please see the International Baccalaureate Organization website.