Top Bar

Harriton High School


International Baccalaureate informational presentation
International Baccalaureate informational presentation

There will be an informational presentation on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm in the auditorium of Harriton High School. This presentation will explore the structure of the program and its philosophical underpinnings. Additional information is available in the letter below from IB Coordinator, Tom O'Brien.

October 13, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Lower Merion School District is preparing to admit its eighteenth International Baccalaureate (IB) class. Our current IB seniors are preparing to join the ranks of our IB alumni after completing their Diploma studies in May, and our junior cohort's IB experience is well underway.

Our graduates consistently tell me how well their work in IB has prepared them for their college studies, one of the primary reasons our community began to investigate this academic option nearly twenty years ago. Though the program is very highly respected in the college admissions process, "the gold standard of high school curriculum in admissions circles" according to the associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (Education Week, March 29, 2006), the skills that it instills in our students will serve them very well throughout their college careers and beyond.

Many of our IB alumni have continued their international education by studying at universities throughout the world, including in Spain, France, Belgium, England, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Iran, Norway, and Canada. Many other graduates of our program have pursued advanced degrees in different countries as well. Though the IB Diploma facilitates international study, the vast majority of our IB alumni grew up in our community and has pursued undergraduate work in the United States.

The Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations and an internationally recognized and respected high school diploma for successful candidates. It is designed for highly motivated eleventh and twelfth grade students and incorporates the best elements of different national systems without being based on any one. The IB's goal is to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgement, make wise choices, and respect others in the global community. In the more than forty years since its founding, the IB diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise. The student who satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.

There will be an informational presentation about the International Baccalaureate Program from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, October 26 in Harriton High School's auditorium. The meeting will include an exploration of the theory of the IB Diploma Program as well as the specific details of its implementation in this school district. Though the program is housed at Harriton High School, all sophomores who reside within the Lower Merion School District are invited to apply for admission. Families of freshmen and sophomores, therefore, may find this presentation very informative. Because all students who reside within the Lower Merion School District may opt to attend Harriton High School, the presence of the IB Program at Harriton may be a consideration for families of middle school students as well.

If you are unable to attend the presentation and you would like the literature that will be distributed, please do not hesitate to contact me at (610) 658-3958 or or download the literature from Lower Merion School District's website.


Thomas O'Brien
IB Diploma Program Coordinator