Beaumont is first Cleveland-area all-girls school to earn IB status
Beaumont School has been officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme World School by the IB organization in Geneva. Beaumont is the only all-girls school, and only the second Catholic school, in Cleveland to earn this international distinction. The program will be offered to students beginning in fall 2017. Beaumont will offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP), which is specifically for students in grades 11 and 12.
IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
“We decided to pursue the International Baccalaureate Programme for our students because the IB mission was so closely aligned with the mission of Beaumont School,” explained President Sister Gretchen Rodenfels. “The IB Programme enhances the advanced level of academic coursework offered at Beaumont School. It joins the school’s long tradition of excellence in offering college preparatory classes and academic support that allows us to educate young women for life, leadership and service.”
The distinction comes after an intense three-year application process, during which time Beaumont’s faculty underwent hundreds of hours of professional development.
“I am enormously excited for our school to receive this significant distinction,” said Nick Beyer, dean of academics. “As an IB World School, Beaumont will be able to offer a principled, internationallyrecognized curriculum that is student-centered, rigorous and rewarding.
“The journey to reach IB World School status is neither brief nor easy. For the past three years, our faculty and administration have worked tirelessly to write course curriculums and have collaborated regularly with each other and educators around the globe. This program, as with all that Beaumont offers, puts our students at the center, giving them opportunities for success in high school and beyond.”
Rick Haase is director of public relations and marketing at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights, a Catholic School in the Ursuline tradition.