Northfield High School announced to students and the community on Friday that we are officially the newest member of an ever-growing global community of schools that offer the International Baccalaureate program!
Students will be able to take a full range of IB courses at Northfield High School as the first cohort commences studies in August 2017, with 101 students signed up to pursue the Diploma Program. Students were gathered in the gym on Friday for an end-of-year celebration assembly, but the IB authorization was a surprise. In attendance were DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg as well as other DPS personnel, the Stapleton Foundation and parents of students who will begin the IB curriculum.Northfield joins schools in 147 countries around the world that offer IB.
Learning goes well beyond the classroom in the IB program, which has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities. Its unique and innovative approach to learning means both students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs and benefit from being a part of an unparalleled global network. Students are able to participate in international conferences, while educators work with their peers internationally to ensure that the IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.
Northfield sophomore Hinzan Diarrassouba is set to start on the IB Diploma Program next fall and is looking at schools in Utah to study business. Hinzan says:
“Colleges are going to look at me differently. When I started as a freshman, I didn’t even know what the IB Program could offer. But then I started doing some research, and I found out that it can really make a difference once I graduate. I know it’s going to be a challenge. But I’m not nervous, because Northfield has prepared me for that.”
Northfield Principal Amy Bringedahl says:
“We wanted to offer our students a more holistic education which will instill in them the skills, knowledge, and outlook to succeed in the 21st century, both in their local community and in the wider world. At the same time, we wanted give our teachers the opportunity to be a part of an international network of experts leading the field in education. We are excited to provide DPS and our community with a unique access for all approach to IB. In addition to offering full access to the Diploma Program for our students, all of our students are required to take IB Language and Literature along with IB Global Politics. These courses in particular will prepare our students for post-secondary options and also prepare them to be global citizens. We are delighted to become an IB World School and we look forward to reaping the many benefits of the programme.”