For more information about the program at Mount Pleasant High School, please contact the IB Office at the number below or email the corresponding grade coordinator. Applications are being accepted for The Class of 2021. Please submit your documentation to the IB Office for consideration.
Mount Pleasant High School 5201 Washington Street Extension Wilmington, DE 19809 Phone: (302) 762-7054 Fax: (302) 762-7045
The idea of an International Baccalaureate was first conceived in the early 1960’s by a group of teachers in the International School of Geneva. In conjunction with other international and national schools in New York, Copenhagen, Wales, Paris, Frankfurt, Tehran, and Montevideo, the founders of the IB were most concerned with the ever-increasing emphasis on education as the mere delivery of information. They wanted to address the fragmentation of knowledge and the elimination of the aesthetic and creative experience that was occurring in many curricula.
The International Baccalaureate Office was established in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1965. An experimental project was launched in 1967 and offered for use in 20 schools. Today, the Programme is being taught in over 140 countries.
In 2004, Mount Pleasant High School became the first public school in Delaware authorized to teach the IB Diploma Programme. Mount Pleasant is now one of over 700 schools in North America and over 3,000 schools worldwide that are part of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
IB at Mount Pleasant High School
Mount Pleasant High School graduated the ninth class of International Baccalaureate students in June 2015. Seventy five students completed either the IB Diploma or Certificates Programme. Each class has received millions in scholarships and earned 6-30 credits or advanced placement status at a broad range of colleges and universities. The IB students have been accepted into some of the most prestigious universities in the country—Yale, Stanford, Middlebury, American, Cornell, UPENN, Morehouse, NYU, and Gettysburg to name a few.
Mount Pleasant, the only public school in Delaware to offer the IB Programme, has seen a steady increase in the number of students attracted to the rigorous academic program. From a first class of 25, over 300 students now participate in the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes at Mount Pleasant High School in the Brandywine School District.
Here’s what universities are saying about the
IB Diploma Program:
Harvard University, Marilyn McGrath
Lewis, Asst. Dean of Admissions “Success in an IB program correlates well with
success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB
Diploma Program on the transcript.”
Duke University, Christoph
Guttentag, Director of Undergraduate Admissions "One of the advantages of
an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated program,
well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB
courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific."
The goal of the IB is to help create a better world by educating students. The mission of the organization states “The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”
The IB Diploma Programme, the most challenging course of study available to high school students in the world, offers students a comprehensive liberal arts education that focuses on developing international understanding, intellectual rigor, and high academic achievement. Students study individual curriculum areas and transdisciplinary areas across a broad range of subjects. Special emphasis is placed on learning a second language, and students are provided opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and research.
Assessment is a key component of the Diploma Programme. Students submit work to both their classroom teachers as well as to outside examiners who are trained by the International Baccalaureate Organizations (IBO) and come from schools and universities around the world.
Work is scored to common standards, and is moderated by the IBO to assure that there is constancy among examiners around the world. Students completing the Diploma Programme are highly prepared for post-secondary work.