International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

International Baccalaureate World SchoolThe 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.

Why IB?

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?”

Where did IB originate?

A group of talented, forward-thinking teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several international schools, created the IB Diploma Program in 1968. What started as a single program for internationally mobile students preparing for university has today grown into four programs for students aged 3 to 19. There are 3,290 schools in 141 countries offering the IB program to 969,000 students worldwide. Mercyhurst Prep is the region’s premier IB school.

Why are educators, families and MPS Lakers drawn to this program?