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International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2019!

Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Program at PVCICS!   Here you will find information about the IB Program, the IB at PVCICS, and announcements about what our IB students are doing. 

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School opened in 2007 with a Chinese Immersion and IB for all mission. We are very proud that our first  two cohorts  of IB Diploma students graduated in 2017 and 2018 and attained tremendous success in their IB exams and college acceptances!  Our high school is growing every year and we know it prepares all students from our region of service with a top notch education that prepares them for college and beyond.

The International Baccalaureate was established in 1968 as an international diploma with a rigorous curriculum that includes critical thinking as well as community service and physical activity.  IB students are recognized all over the world for their ability to succeed and their high achievement in their  post-high school education and career paths.  Well known IB graduates include Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o.  More information can be found at the International Baccalaureate website  here.

IB students are valued because they have highly developed critical thinking and time management skills and significantly higher rates of graduation from university.  Students study six subjects, complete an independent research project, study philosophy and epistemology, and engage in extracurricular activities that extend their learning into the real world. Listen to Stanford Dean of Admissions Debra Von Bargen talk about her perspective as a Dean of Admissions and IB parent here and here.

Colleges value the IB Program, as evidenced by the following quotes from university personnel:

MITThe IB Program is the best university preparation program that schools can offer its students.  Marilee Jones, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Sarah Lawrence College:  We are so confident in the IB Program that-after successful completion of one year of study at Sarah Lawrence-we will grant an entire year's worth of credit to students who hold the IB Diploma, allowing them to complete graduation requirements in just three years. Kevin McKenna, Dean of Enrollment

PVCICS graduates have had tremendous success with the program, earning significant merit scholarship money as well as credit for their IB scores.  In addition, with the class of 2019, PVCICS will have three small graduating high school cohorts thus far.   PVCICS students have gained acceptance to the following colleges and universities (partial list):




PVCICS is committed to offering a full range of courses so that students can follow their chosen path to post-graduate success. The class of 2021 will have the following courses to choose from:

IB English Literature                                                    IB Biology
IB English Language and Literature                         IB Chemistry
IB Chinese                                                                      IB Physics
IB Business  Management                                          IB Mathematics Calculus Applications and Interpretations
IB Psychology                                                                IB Mathematics Calculus Analysis and Approaches
IB History                                                                       IB Music

The IB Program requires students to take 6 courses plus a philosophy/epistemology course to earn the full IB Diploma. These courses are taken at either Higher Level (240 hours) or Standard Level (150 hours).  Students take 3 HL and 3 SL courses as IB Diploma Candidates.  Students must earn a total of 24/45 points in order to receive an IB Diploma.  PVCICS has an average of 31 points and a 90% passing rate, putting it among the top high schools in the world. More information about the program can be found here

Below are some informational presentations about the program at PVCICS and about how grade 10 students should select courses.

Contact the IB Coordinator at mmacpherson@pvcics.org if you have questions about the IB Program at PVCICS.


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Mar 6, 2019, 10:55 AM
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Feb 15, 2019, 11:12 AM
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Mary Patrice MacPherson,
Feb 15, 2019, 12:37 PM