Beaumont School has been officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) World School by officials with the IB organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
As the only all-girls school and only the second Catholic school in Cleveland to earn this international distinction, Beaumont will offer the program to students beginning in the fall of 2017.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right, according to Beaumont School.
This distinction comes after a three-year application process, during which time the Beaumont faculty obtained hundreds of hours of professional development. International Baccalaureate is considered the gold standard of education across the globe, preparing students for success in higher education and encouraging them to become more active participants in a global society.
“I am enormously excited for our school to receive this significant distinction,” said Beaumont Dean of Academics, Nick Beyer. “As an International Baccalaureate World School, Beaumont will be able to offer a principled, internationally-recognized curriculum that is student-centered, rigorous and rewarding. The journey to reach IB World School status is neither brief nor easy. For the past three years, our faculty and administration have worked tirelessly to write course curriculums and have collaborated regularly with each other and educators around the globe. This program, as with all that Beaumont offers, puts our students at the center, giving them opportunities for success in high school and beyond.”
The IB organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. At the heart of the programmes is the IB Learner Profile, a long-term, holistic vision of education that underpins the IB continuum of education and focuses on each student. The Learner Profile features 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. Beaumont will offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP), which is specifically for students in grades 11 and 12.