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International Baccalaureate (IB) Program


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):

Amherst College

American University                                  

Assumption College

Barnard College

Beloit College

Boston College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bryant University

Bryn Mawr College

Carlton College

Case Western Reserve

Clark University


Dartmouth College

Duke University

Duke Kunshan

Elms College

Emmanuel College


Fordham University

Framingham State

Greenfield Community

Grinnell College

Harvard University

Holyoke Community

Ithaca College

Johnson & Wales

Lasell College

LIM College

Macalester College

Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan




McGill University

Morehouse College

Mount Holyoke College


NYU Shanghai

Oberlin College

Pace University

Pomona College

Quinnipiac University

Rensselaer (RPI)

Rochester Inst. Tech

St. John’s University

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art

Simmons College

Smith College


Skidmore College

Stonehill College

Suffolk University

Syracuse University

The Art Inst. of Phila.

The George Washington Univ

Tufts University

US Coast Guard Academy

US Naval Academy

University of Bridgeport

University of CA, San Diego

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

UMass Amherst

UMass Boston

UMass Dartmouth

UMass Lowell

Univ. of MN, Twin Cities

URI– Chinese Flagship

University of Rochester

University of Vermont

Vassar College

Vermont Technical Coll.

Wellesley College

Wentworth Institute

Wesleyan University

Western New England

Westfield State University

Worcester Polytechnic Inst.

Worcester State

Williams College

Yale University 

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.

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