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Jefferson High School achieves International Baccalaureate World School status

Jefferson High School achieves International Baccalaureate World School status

Feb. 16, 2018 – San Antonio ISD today announced that Jefferson High School has become an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Diploma Programme for its juniors and seniors. The rigorous standards in an IB education are recognized and respected around the world for being among the highest in college-preparatory education.

Research indicates that Diploma Programme graduates complete college faster than their peers, feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges. More than 1,600 colleges and universities in the nation currently offer college credit for Diploma Programme exams.

“The IB framework supports our drive for academic excellence and we are very pleased to be able to expand this outstanding program within our District,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “We are building the foundation for students to earn an IB education from elementary through high school, developing well-rounded students prepared not only for higher-education, but also to become responsible, active members of their community.”

SAISD is the only school district within the city of San Antonio to offer IB World Schools, and it now has three. Burbank has been a designated IB World School for the Diploma Programme for nearly 20 years, and last year, Woodlawn Academy was authorized to provide the Primary Years and Middle Years programmes. This makes SAISD the only school district in the county to offer an IB education at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Jefferson’s designation makes it the second SAISD school to be authorized to provide the Diploma Programme. It’s feeder pattern, which includes Woodlawn, now offers the only full IB continuum – Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes – in San Antonio.

“We strongly believe that the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Thomas Jefferson High School will provide students with a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that takes the whole student into account, within a principled community, so that they can then become successful global citizens,” said Principal Orlando Vera.

Jefferson joins a community of more than 900 Diploma Programme schools in the United States, and only about 70 in Texas.

The campus also is in the candidacy phase for the Middle Years Programme to serve all 9th and 10th graders. A decision on Jefferson’s authorization to officially implement the Middle Years Programme is expected by the end of the calendar year.

In order for a school to offer one or more of the IB programmes of education, it must first be approved as a candidate school by the IB organization, and then must complete an authorization process. The authorization process varies by school and the IB programme, but typically takes between two and three years.