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On June 7, 2016, Paterson Public Schools received official confirmation from The International Baccalaureate Organization that its International Baccalaureate Program (IB) application had been accepted for International High School – which just completed its second year of a three year application process that will conclude with a verification visit from the organization in the fall of 2016.  


The International Baccalaureate Organization noted that the district had sufficiently met all relevant program standards and practices, which means that the rigorous acceptance process for this prestigious program is nearing completion.  Following the verification visit, IHS will offer the IB Diploma Program (DP), which is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.  The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity, Service, and the Extended Essay. Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. 


The International Baccalaureate is a major step in the pursuit of the district’s stated mission to prepare each student for success in the college/university of their choosing and in their chosen career. This program puts Paterson at the forefront of educating children to be leaders in the expanding global economy and international relations.  Additionally, Paterson Public Schools will become the first in Passaic County, New Jersey to offer this prestigious curriculum to its students.