San Gabriel Mission High School Achieves International Baccalaureate World School Status

Jamie Collins, Principal
February 12, 2014 • 368 views

San Gabriel Mission High School has become the newest member of an ever growing global community of 4,633 schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 144 different countries.
Students will be able to take the International Baccalaureate, Diploma Programme at the school, with the first cohort commencing their studies on August 15, 2014.
The IB has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities with learning going well beyond the classroom. 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 and educators work with their peers internationally to ensure that the IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.
School Principal Jamie Collins says:
“We wanted to offer our young women a more holistic education which will instil 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 delighted to become an IB World School and we look forward to reaping the many benefits of the programme. It is all the more exciting, since San Gabriel Mission High School is the first all-girls Catholic school in California to be able to offer the Diploma Programme. We are looking forward to students from the Greater Los Angeles region pursuing a world class education at San Gabriel Mission High School.”
Drew Deutsch, Director, IB America, International Baccalaureate says:
“The IB is recognized across the world for its innovative approach to education. We strongly believe that it is important to place an equal focus on academics and other, transferrable skills, in order to best prepare students for success beyond San Gabriel Mission High School.”
“That San Gabriel Mission High School has now successfully completed the authorization process and can now start offering the IB marks an exciting time for San Gabriel Mission High School and more importantly, for the students who will benefit from an IB education.”
Ashley Lanuza, one of the first students to be accepted into the initial cohort says “I’m ecstatic to be a part of the IB Diploma Programme. I look forward to growing as a student in the context of knowledge, creativity, activism, and everything that makes a person a remarkable individual in society.”

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