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  • Accreditation and recognition by governments of France, Spain, and China
  • Curricula guided by educational standards and benchmarks of France, Spain, China, and the United States
  • Maximum class size of 20 students
  • 30% of the MYP is devoted to language acquisition

Colleges & Universities and the International Baccalaureate

"Highly selective institutions like Stanford perceive IB students as strongly prepared, capable and ready to take on the challenges of the curriculum that we offer."

- Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford, Debra Von Bargen

"Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB" 

- Assistant Dean of Admission at Harvard, Marilyn McGrath Lewis

"One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated program, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific"

- Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke, Christoph Guttentag

Stanford offers IB graduates from High School the option to apply 45 quarter units (out of 180) of transfer and test credit toward their undergraduate degree; CU Boulder offers 24 credits towards an undergraduate degree. Cornell, Princeton, and Columbia similarly offer credit towards an undergraduate degree based on success at an IB world school. Other high ranking universities in the USA such as the University of Chicago, the University of Oregon and New York University (Typically 8 semester hours of credit - equivalent to two terms or one academic year of a specific subject) will be awarded for each IB Higher Level examination meeting the requirements of NYU.) are notable fans of the IB offerings. Outside of the United States, admissions tutors around the world are championing student learning through the IB: McGill University offers credit to IB graduates, as does the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Auckland to name but three others.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a natural, although not necessarily inevitable, High School option for our students. The DP requires students to study Language & Literature, Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Science, Individuals & Societies and either The Arts or an Elective. Consequently, our students with their strong background in both STEAM and language learning are well placed to succeed with the DP as they continue on their path towards global citizenship and academic excellence. ISDenver students are currently at a range of IB High Schools like: George Washington, Lakewood, Littleton and ThunderRidge High Schools and enjoying the offerings of the holistic education. A full list of Colorado IB Schools may be found here.

Time after time, evidence has emerged demonstrating that the best indicator of success in IB High Schools is previous participation in an IB MYP programme in Grades 6-8. For example, MYP students are 34% more likely to enroll for a AP or IBDP exam in High School if they have previously been an MYP student (Wade & Wolanin, 2015). Or, 'Students who completed the MYP were found to perform better in their final DP scores than students who participated in a state or national curriculum.' (ACER, 2015, p. 5).

We are a thriving MYP school where students can reach their potential through a rigorous curriculum framework, engaging lessons, targeted feedback and a positive learning environment. As our families think about the 'next steps' towards academic success, we are entirely confident that our High School preparation is the best preparation ISD families, and beyond, can have to achieve their life-long goals. It is no surprise to us that colleges and universities think highly of the IB - it really is a best in class framework encouraging critical thinking and high levels of knowledge and understanding. 

With best wishes,

Richard Royal

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