International Baccalaureate Program
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The International Baccalaureate program is based on the concept that secondary education should promote the development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking, communication, and integration of the information through an in-depth study of the major areas of knowledge.
The IB Program at Mercyhurst Prep provides Lakers with a worldview education that encourages an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages and points of view. This philosophy of education leads to inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB program at Mercyhurst encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people with their differences can also be right.
- Our IB students surpassed the National SAT average by almost 334 points!
- Our International Baccalaureate students surpass the world average IB as well!
- Mercyhurst is one of 3,290 schools in 141 countries around the globe who are part of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization. There are 969,000 students participating in the IB Program world-wide. The IB program is based on the concept that general education at the upper secondary level should promote the development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking, communication, and integration of the information through an in depth study of the major areas of knowledge. Successful completion of the program earns for the student a diploma/certificate recognized for university admission and for course credit at many colleges and universities throughout the world. The IB’s greatest value, however, lies in its intrinsic worth as a challenge and a symbol of the greater achievement to which the student has aspired.
- Quality universities are asking: “Are you an IB student or an AP student?”
- Earns course credits at many colleges and universities worldwide, potentially resulting in substantial college tuition savings.
- Average university/college acceptance rate 22% higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population.
- MPS IB students regularly surpass the National SAT average by 334 points.
- Exceptional preparation for university work.
- A curriculum consistent throughout the world with transferrable credentials — many countries andprovinces do not recognize high school diplomas.
- Experience conducting independent research.
- Bilingual skills to converse in a language other than a Laker’s native tongue.
- International perspective prepares Lakers for living and working abroad.
- Focus on analysis, synthesis, comparative inquiry, logic, responsibility, and morality.
Compare AP vs. IB
|Canned, rote memorization||Fosters critical thinking|
|Regurgitation of information||Students write and speak with proficiency|
|Little thought process||Students can apply concepts and creative thinking|
|Little retention with little connection||A cerebral approach to learning|
|Based solely on an exam||Based on classroom work and an exam|
|Teachers work independently||Teachers work as a team across the curriculum|
|Focus on 1 or 2 academic disciplines||Focuses on all academic disciplines and promotes a well-rounded education|
|Students speak more than one language|
|IB coursework is comparable to college level learning|
|Promotes open-mined, intercultural understanding, and respect|
How many schools/students participate in the IB program?
There are 3,290 schools in 141 countries authorized to offer IB program.There are 969,000 students participating in the IB Program world-wide.
Why is the International Baccalaureate considered a better education?
According to various universities and colleges, International Baccalaureate is a better education because:
- It is a diploma, not a set of discrete exams
- The exams are almost always essay
- There is a requirement of six exams across the curriculum
- There is a required 4,000 word extended essay
- There is a required course called Theory of Knowledge
What can be earned by obtaining an IB Diploma?
- Substantial scholarships
- University credits
- Advanced placement
- Both an IB Diploma and a Mercyhurst Prep Diploma
- Global Opportunities. Recent graduates have studied in China, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Morocco among other places
What are the core requirements of obtaining an IB Diploma?
Extended 4,000 word essay – students investigate a topic of individual interest using independent research and writing skills · Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – an interdisciplinary course exploring specific areas of knowledge that involve language, reason, emotion and perception
Service (CAS) creativity, action, service – students are encouraged to delve into the arts, sports and community service
Can you give some colleges and universities that give credit for successfully completing IB courses?
Bryn Mawr College
Case Western Reserve University
College of Wooster
Ohio State University
Penn State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
St. Bonaventure University
State Universities of New York
Universities of California
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia
University of Pittsburgh
University of Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
* Will accept IB credit from diploma holders only
IB Program Requirements
With IB Earn:
- Substantial scholarships
- University credits at a U.S. or international university
- Advanced placement
- Both an IB and a Mercyhurst Prep Diploma
- Global opportunities (Recent graduates have studied in China, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Austria, Scotland, Morocco among other places
Students may also pursue IB Certificates in individual classes as well as honors and college prep curricula!
- Language A – English
- Language B – French or Spanish
- History, Psychology
- Experimental Sciences (1)
- Mathematics: methods or studies
One of the following:
E. A second choice under B, C, or D
F. Special course designed by MPS:
Religions of the World
Additional requirements (diploma candidates only):
- Course in Theory of Knowledge
- 4,000 word essay in one of six subject areas
- Artistic, creative, and social service activity