Damien HS Achieves Authorization as an International Bacculaureate World School

LA VERNE, CALIF., (March 9, 2016) - Damien High School has become the newest member of an ever growing global community of 4,335 schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 147 different countries.

Damien students will be able to take the Diploma Programme at the school, with the first cohort commencing their studies in fall of the 2016-2017 academic year.

The IB has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities with learning going well beyond the classroom. Its unique and innovative approach to learning means both students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs and benefit from being a part of an unparalleled global network. Students are able to participate in international conferences and educators work with their peers internationally to ensure that the IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.

Damien High School principal, Merritt Hemenway, Ph. D. says:

“We wanted to offer our students a more holistic education which will instill in them the skills, knowledge, and outlook to succeed in the 21st century, both in their local community and in the wider world. At the same time, we wanted give our teachers the opportunity to be a part of an international network of experts leading the field in education. We are delighted to become an IB World School and we look forward to reaping the many benefits of the programme.”

Drew Deutsch, Director, IB America, International Baccalaureate says:

“The IB is recognized across the world for its innovative approach to education. We strongly believe that it is important to place an equal focus on academics and other, transferrable skills, in order to best prepare students for success beyond high school.

“That Damien High School has now successfully completed the authorization process and can now start offering the IB marks an exciting time for Damien and more importantly, for the students who will benefit from an IB education.”

About the International Baccalaureate: Founded in 1968 the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For close to 50 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than 1.3 million IB students attend over 4,500 schools in 147 countries. To learn more, please visit http://www.ibo.org/

For information about the number of IB World Schools and programmes offered in the United States please visit: http://www.ibo.org/en/about-the-ib/the-ib-by-country/

For further information about the International Baccalaureate please visit http://www.ibo.org/