The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a nonprofit international organization, founded in 1968, that offers four educational programs of holistic nature for a global community of schools. These programs challenge students aged 3-19 to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and professional growth: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, the Diploma Programme, and the Career-related Programme.
This continuum of international education the IB provides is aimed at developing “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” In other words, these four IB programs motivate students to become enthusiastic, international-minded, lifelong learners who are able to bring about positive change to make the world a better, more sustainable and peaceful place.
More specifically, the Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year challenging program for 16-to19-year olds that prepares them for success at university and life beyond. It provides an internationally-accepted qualification for entry in higher education and it is recognized by leading universities across the world. It was the first IB program to be offered by the organization —in the mid 1960s, and now it is taught in schools in over 140 countries.
In order to participate in the DP, students must attend one of the 3,421 schools that so far have chosen and have been officially authorized to teach IB Diploma Programme, from state-supported schools to independent and international schools.
Fortunately enough, the Peterson Schools in Cuajimalpa —and, up to this year, Tlalpan, has been authorized to implement the DP since 2004. Since then, it has been a compulsory two-year program that all our 11th and 12th graders must partake in to develop a positive attitude towards learning and acquire the skills that will prepare them for higher education and effective participation in a rapidly changing global society.
This year, the Peterson Schools is particularly proud of its new Diploma Program graduates who persisted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and reached this milestone. Even though the last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for all of us, our graduates managed to exceed all expectations and demonstrate their unwavering commitment to academic excellence.
In Cuajimalpa, 37 students were awarded their IB Diploma with outstanding results, who represented 84% of their graduating class. Stefania Mikse, our prestigious 2021 Valedictorian, scored 42 points, the highest score ever achieved in Peterson Schools history. Bruno Zorrilla, our 2021 Salutatorian, also received a great score of 40 points.
According to the Peterson Schools results overview data of this year’s examination session, the average diploma score increased 3 points, from 27 to 30. Plus, the average score among the students who were awarded their IB diploma also rose sharply from 29.7 to 31.5 points. There was also a significant increase in the average score of 11 subjects, 9 of which reached the highest average score in Peterson Schools history. In addition to this, 9 monographs were graded as A and 10 were graded as B, as well as 6 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) essays achieved a B.
Similarly, in Tlalpan, out of 38, 27 were awarded their IB Diploma with fantastic scores, and this led to a diploma pass rate of 71%. On top of this great percentage, 5 students achieved 35 points or more, and José Salvador Abascal León reached a wonderful score of 41 points.
The Peterson Schools congratulates all students currently celebrating their academic achievements after such a difficult school year. Here, at Cuajimalpa Campus, we all look forward to welcoming many more students to the IB program and preparing them with the skills and knowledge needed to address higher education challenges and to make our world a more peaceful and interconnected place.
Cuajimalpa Campus Graduating Class of 2021
Tlalpan Campus Graduating Class of 2021
https://www.ibo.org/ Source: International Baccalaureate Organization