Renton High School has received authorization to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
The go-ahead came this week after a nearly year-long evaluation process from the Associations of IB World Schools, the international organization that bestows and monitors IB status on high schools. Renton High will begin offering IB courses beginning this fall, and awarding IB diplomas to eligible students by June, 2016.
IB is offered in schools in over 100 countries, featuring courses taught in 46 languages with a common goal of educating students in a rigorous, internationally-minded environment. An IB diploma is recognized by universities in the U.S. and throughout the world. Renton High School has a student body from a very diverse array of backgrounds and ethnicities.
School staff trust the campus’ friendly international flavor and strong values make the school a good fit for IB world school status. Offering the IB program at Renton High will enhance the educational experience for students while providing the best preparation for college and careers as students graduate ready to participate in democracy and compete on the world stage.
Students seeking IB diplomas must complete extensive coursework in various subject areas including language and literature, language acquisition, experimental sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, individuals and societies, and the arts. Students also engage in an in-depth research essay project, a theory of knowledge course, and a creativity/action/service program outside of the classroom. IB certificate courses will also be available to those students not seeking IB diplomas.
Renton High Principal Giovanna San Martin, along with teachers and staff, have worked hard over the past year to be ready for the transition. School staff are confident that students are ready for the challenge of a more rigorous high school experience that the IB program brings.