Harriton High School's International Baccalaureate (IB) Program recently welcomed students, family and staff for a potluck dinner and social in the courtyard to mark the beginning of the 2019-20 school year and to celebrate students' involvement in this unique educational offering.
Tom O'Brien, the IB Coordinator at Harriton, welcomed the returning seniors for the second leg of their International Baccalaureate journey as well as the new class of juniors who gained admittance in to the program. This District-wide offering hosted at Harriton is one of only 923 high schools in the United States authorized to deliver the IB Curriculum.
The IB Program is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum for high school students beginning in junior year. Based on the educational pattern of no single country, it is the deliberate compromise between the specialization required in some national systems and the breadth preferred in others.
The primary objectives of the program are to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. The Diploma Program requires a comprehensive and integrated study in six subject areas, an extended essay (4,000-word thesis of original research), the Theory of Knowledge course and CAS (Creativity, Activity & Service to the Community). The last three components link the academic studies to broader learning experiences, educating the whole student.
In the more than 50 years since its founding, the IB Program has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise. Students who satisfy its demands demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world. To view a slideshow of pictures from the evening, click on the image below!