What is the IB Diploma Program?
The IB Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at college and life beyond. The program is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Students may enroll in the full IB diploma program in 11th grade or take individual IB courses which may earn them certificates. Eastridge High School became an authorized IB World School in 2007 with the first set of IB Diploma students graduating in 2009.
At Eastridge High School, we believe that every student should take at least one college-level course prior to graduation. To that end, we offer a wide variety of International Baccalaureate courses, Advanced Placement courses and Project Lead the Way courses.
How does a student obtain an IB Diploma?
Over two years, he or she will take a total of seven classes – three higher level (HL) and three standard level (SL), and the Theory of Knowledge class; complete 150 hours of creativity, action, and service, and write and extended essay on a topic chosen by him/her.
What are the benefits of taking the entire diploma?
IB is a pre-university course of study. All students who have attempted the IB diploma have recognized its value in helping the with their collegiate coursework load. Most students have stated that IB helped develop the skills they needed in college and allowed them an easier transition into collegiate life. As with AP, some colleges will give credit based on students’ scores on their courses. Some IB students have received minimal credit, while others started college with sophomore standing (28-30 credits). Admissions counselors look favorably on transcripts with IB classes as they indicate that the student is willing to push themselves academically.
Eastridge High School is a member of WNYCBS, the Western New York Consortium of Baccalaureate Schools. Other member schools that offer the IB Diploma Program in the Rochester area include:
- Bloomfield HS
- Canandaigua Academy
- Churchville-Chili SHS
- Eastridge HS
- Greece Odyssey Academy
- Hilton HS
- Palmyra-Macedon HS
- Victor Senior HS
- Wayne Central HS (James A. Beneway)
- Wilson Magnet HS (RCSD)
For more information, contact the IB DP Coordinator:
Eastridge High School
2350 Ridge Road East,
Rochester, NY 14622
Office: (585) 339-1547