2012-10-12 / Community

St. Edmunds Students Receive IB Diplomas

St. Edmund Preparatory High School is proud to announce the 2012 International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipients. The five courageous and forward-thinking students are Carine Alexis, Bruno Merisier, Kelly Rawdon, Nastasha Smith and Nicholas Zaza.

Saint Edmund Prep is one among the 3,324 International Baccalaureate World Schools which exist in 141 countries around the world. In November of 2008, Saint Edmund Prep was officially authorized to administer the IB Programme to its 11th and 12th graders and in September of 2009 began teaching IB courses for the very first time.

In that first year, while many students took advantage of some aspect of the IB Programme, eight students in particular accepted the challenge of attempting the full IB Programme. Since then all of our previous candidates have earned college credit for their IB coursework. The International Baccalaureate Programme continues to take root in our educational community as 21 students pursue the diploma this year and 93 additional students are taking at least one IB Programme which will earn them a certificate.

Creativity, action, and service are at the heart of the Diploma Programme, involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies throughout the IB Diploma. According to Arthur Rozentsvit ’09, IB Diploma Recipient, “Only a global approach to education such as that embodied by the IB Programme can instill the dexterity to learn across cultural, lingual, and political barriers.”

“With its emphasis on global awareness, international mindedness and responsible citizenship, coupled with its rigorous academics and the development of life-long learning skills, IB is more than just an academic program of study; it is a blueprint for life,” said Ray Malafronte, IB Coordinator.

Saint Edmund Prep congratulates all the students who accepted the challenge of the IB Programme and is especially proud to count Carine Alexis, Bruno Mierisier, Kelly Rawdon, Nastasha Smith and Nicholas Zaza among its Diploma graduates.

The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and balanced 2-year college-preparatory curriculum which requires students to study across all disciplines. It provides flexibility to accommodate student interest and abilities and utilizes international standards.

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