By Briana Jimenez ’18
IB stands for International Baccalaureate. Now, many may wonder, “what exactly is IB?” According to the IB organization website, “International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing school.” IB is ranged for two years and is offered junior year of high school. Also, according to the website, montgomeryschool.org, “Students who decide to pursue an IB must complete a specific set of courses, the Theory of Knowledge course, a 4,000 word extended Essay, and 150 hours of creativity, action, and service hours.”
Pritzker started the IB program this year. There are thirty five students who are currently enrolled in IB, who are all juniors. The thirty five students who are enrolled in IB take similar classes, just like other juniors, but they are IB material. The classes they take include pre-calculus, which Sara Golden teaches, American Literature, which Jennie Kuehl teaches, biology, which Gabrielle Budzon teaches, Russian, which Lauren Nelson and Phillip Stosberg teach, and history, which Hadley Austin teaches.
Also, the IB students will be taking two courses called Theory of Knowledge and Informational Technology in a Global Society second semester. IB students will be taking these classes for the next two years.
Ariana Lopez, a current IB student, mentioned how her biggest motivation for enrolling in IB was because of its opportunity to get into a good college. She also mentioned how she felt that she will learn good skills in IB that will carry on with her throughout her life. She also mentioned how IB classes are mostly harkness, meaning there are risks that need to be taken. It is stepping out your comfort zone. Lopez also stated that IB classes are different than ones she took before. She explained, “I was really used to advanced classes, so I thought I would have it under control, but when I saw the type of things we would be dealing with, I got scared.” She also said she feels like for the beginning of IB, “It’s pretty good. I’m just starting to get a grasp of it, so obviously I’m gonna be iffy about it at first.”
Although this is just the beginning of IB, there is so much more to come. There are so many opportunities for IB students to come.