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    Letter: A few facts about IB

    Thanks to the Globe for its article of Oct. 7 highlighting the International Baccalaureate programs that have come on the scene in Massachusetts in recent years (“Taking a new tack on learning,” Globe West.)

    The article accurately conveys the rigor, global character, and inquiry-based approach of the International Baccalaureate.

    It does, however, promote certain misconceptions.


    First, although the IB was created in Geneva, it is not a “Swiss program.” It is the product of years of collaboration among educational leaders from around the world and reflects best practices from several national systems. Its unique curricula are not tied to any one country.

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    Second, the contention that IB is “slowly gaining in Massachusetts” overlooks the rapid increase in the number of IB schools in recent years.

    In 2004, the International School of Boston became the first IB school in the Boston area and was one of only three in the state.

    Eight years later, that number has more than quadrupled and includes private, public, charter, and magnet schools.

    The same trend holds true across the US.


    The number of IB schools has doubled in the past five years, to 1,207.

    Over 600 American colleges and universities grant advanced standing and course credit for IB classes.

    Tracey Wood  

    Vice President
    New England Hub
    Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast