Suffolk's IB Graduates Exceed World Diploma Rate

Suffolk's IB Graduates Exceed World Diploma Rate
Posted on 07/10/2018

Success of Suffolk’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program exceeds international diploma rate!

Congratulations to 22 recent King’s Fork High School graduates for exceeding requirements to earn their IB Diploma from this esteemed international organization. Beyond their SPS diploma awarded last month for completing Virginia graduation requirements, the 28 seniors also took cumulative exams and have project assessments in each IB subject area. In addition, students must also earn high scores on the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Community Activity Service requirements in order to earn the IB Diploma. This 78.5-percent diploma rate is the highest that the local program has ever had – and also higher than the international diploma rate.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is an advanced, comprehensive program of study, offering an integrated approach to learning across the disciplines. Based at King’s Fork High School, qualified students in any city high school attendance zone can apply. Many colleges and universities view the IB Diploma program as the most compelling course of study a student can pursue. Such universities have offered extensive credit and/or preferential admissions consideration to IB diploma candidates. Recognized worldwide, the IB Diploma Program’s in-depth approach to academic disciplines fosters skills that will remain with students for their lifetime.

The IB offers six subject groups -- Studies in Language & Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals & Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and The Arts.  Students are able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly. Active citizenship and global perspectives are encouraged in each area of the curriculum.  For more information, visit the IB program’s website ( or the local IB program blog (


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