Annie Wright Schools announced this week that 100 percent of their full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates have been awarded the prestigious IB Diploma. The 100 percent pass rate of Annie Wright girls exceeds the world average pass rate of 78.54 percent. Annie Wright girls scored highest in physics, mathematics, business and English. Eight girls earned bi-lingual diplomas.
The IB Diploma recipients come from a range of backgrounds. Manmit Dhami achieved her IB Diploma as a five-day boarding student. Originally from Ferndale, Wash., Manmit heads to the University of Redlands this fall, making her the first member of her traditional Sikh family to attend college.
Three of Manmit’s friends and classmates, Zoe Adberg, Emma Middleton and Inessa Palchikova, also received the IB Diploma. Adberg, a day student from Tacoma, will attend Emory University in the fall. Middleton, another five-day boarding student, from Seattle, will attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Palchikova, an international boarding student from Russia, will attend Boston University School of Management in the fall.
“We are exceptionally proud of our students,” said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan, who is a native of the United Kingdom and has worked at schools in the UK and Kenya, as well as on the East Coast. “Successful completion of the IB Diploma Programme means our students are prepared to compete and collaborate according to international standards of achievement, as opposed only to local or national standards. That is 21st century learning at its best.”
Recognized worldwide as the gold standard of education, the IB Diploma Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The program prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The IB Diploma Programme was initiated at Annie Wright Upper School in the fall of 2009. All junior- and senior-level courses at Annie Wright Upper School are IB courses.
More than 50 percent of Annie Wright Upper School students have opted to participate in the full IB Diploma Programme, which requires comprehensive exams in a range of subjects, in the past three years. Annie Wright is currently in the authorization process to offer the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) for boys and girls ages 3-12 and has already begun to integrate the PYP and Middle Years Programme into its curriculum.