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36 IB schools make Newsweek's top 100

IB Features Prominently in Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools” 2009

New York, NY, IB, June 16, 2009 -- The International Baccalaureate® (IB), a non-profit educational organization with over 1,000 IB World Schools in the United States, is proud to announce that 36 of its schools have been named to the top 100 of Newsweek’s annual list of “America’s Best High Schools”.

A total of 257 IB World Schools located in 36 states and the District of Columbia made the complete list, 118 of which are featured in the top 500.

In 1998, education writer Jay Mathews of The Washington Post devised the index, which ranks public schools in the US by taking the number of IB and AP exams offered at a school, divided by the number of graduating seniors, to create a ratio.

The strong placement of IB World Schools on Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools” rankings is a testament to the efforts of public schools across the country to expose their students to the best in secondary education,

said Drew Deutsch, director of IB Americas.

It also demonstrates how successful schools have been in implementing a high-quality, international education into their classrooms.”

Notes for journalists:

  • Since 2007, IB World Schools have made up more than one third of the top 100
  • Year-on-year growth has increased from 12% in 2007 to 17% in 2009

About the IB

Founded in 1968, the IB works with 2,500 schools in 136 countries to develop and offer three challenging programs to over 700,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

The IB encourages students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. It also serves in an educational advisory capacity to other educational organizations.