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Bringing an international education to the Americas

Thomas Jefferson High School has an authorized Diploma Programme and is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme.  With their Diploma Programme authorization, Jefferson has become one of the newest members of an ever growing global community of 5027 schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 147 different countries. 

Students will be able to take the Diploma Programme at the school, with the first cohort commencing their studies in August 2018.

As such, Jefferson has chosen to join this growing international community as 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.

Orlando Vera, Thomas Jefferson Principal 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 delighted to become an IB World School and we look forward to reaping the many benefits of the programme. We strongly believe that the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Thomas Jefferson High School will provide students with a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that takes the whole student into account, within a principled community, so that they can then become successful global citizens.”

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 Thomas Jefferson High School.

“That Thomas Jefferson High School has now successfully completed the authorization process and can now start offering the IB marks an exciting time for Thomas Jefferson High School and more importantly, for the students who will benefit from an IB education.”


IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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