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International Baccalaureate Leaders to Visit Two Montgomery County Public Schools
International Baccalaureate Leaders to Visit Two Montgomery County Public Schools

The following information was sent to us by Dana Tofig & Steve Simon:

On Friday, November 18, Members of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Board of Governors and MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will meet with students and educators in Rockville High School’s IB Diploma Program and College Gardens Elementary School’s Primary Years Program.

- College Gardens Elementary School, 1700 Yale Place, Rockville
- Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville 

Governing leaders of International Baccalaureate (IB) – from all over the world – will join MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr on two school visits Friday during International Education Week. Both schools offer their students the prestigious IB academic programs.

- IB education is growing rapidly worldwide, having experienced an 11 percent surge in the number of schools with IB programs during the past academic year. Some of the fastest growth is occurring in the U.S., which now features 281 schools offering the IB Primary Years Program (for students aged 3 to 12); 445 schools offering the IB Middle Years Program (for students aged 11 to 16); and more than 750 schools offering the IB Diploma Program (for students aged 16 to 19). A recent study by the Education Policy Improvement Center has confirmed that the IB Diploma Program is highly aligned with U.S. college readiness standards.

- Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), one of the nation’s largest and most successful school districts, operates 14 IB programs. Eight county high schools offer the IB Diploma Program, five middle schools offer the Middle Years Program, and College Gardens offers the Primary Years Program. Rockville High School and Watkins Mill High School are pilot schools for the new IB Career-related Certificate program (IBCC).

- The IB opened its Americas headquarters, in Bethesda, in 2010, after an international site search. The opening of an office in Bethesda was a key component of the organization’s plan to expand its capacity and increase the presence of IB education in schools throughout North, Central and South Americas. Along with its close proximity to Washington D.C., Montgomery County features a high concentration of IB World Schools and programs. Staffing at the IB Americas Global Centre is expected to grow to an estimated 200 employees in the next few years as the organization prepares to support an estimated 2.5 million students and 10,000 IB programs worldwide by 2020.