Value of the International Baccalaureate Programmes

International Baccalaureate students learn valuable skills

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme provides a unique learning education. Students around the world, and at Riverstone alike, expect to experience:

  • Independent thinking and self-driven learning models.
  • Better preparedness and academic understanding that attracts some of the world’s highest ranking universities.
  • The sensation of being a “global citizen” with more cultural awareness directly cultivated through the development of a second language.
  • The opportunity and ability to engage with peers and mentors in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world with strong academic, social and emotional characteristics.
  • Higher first-year retention and better success in college/at university, according to this research report published by a professor at the University of Wisconsin in January 2015.

Riverstone students are part of an impressive educational network around the world

2,200+ schools worldwide currently offer the Diploma Programme

67,000 students worldwide were IB diploma candidates in 2014 (as compared to students who seek individual subject certificates only)

84% of IB diploma holders graduate from college in 4 years

39% of all enrolled students graduate from 4 year institutions in 4 years

Riverstone students exceed the United States and Global Diploma Programme pass rates for the previous three years

DP Results 2016 GraphSince May 2006, nearly 225 Riverstone students have taken the IB exams with the intention of earning their diploma. Our IB programs offered from Preschool through High School are not only excellent preparation for the examinations but also result in much better chances of success at college and university.

68% of United States diploma candidates earned the IB Diploma in 2016.

79% of diploma candidates worldwide earned the IB Diploma in 2015.

82, 92, and 84% of Riverstone diploma candidates earned the IB Diploma in the past three years (Class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively).

So what does this all mean in the big picture? The IB, taught effectively as it is at Riverstone, prepares students well for college. Our students leave here prepared academically, but also ready to engage with their teachers and classmates (one of the most important factors in college retention). Because of our small class sizes and inquiry-based learning, students connect with mentors and become more involved in their own education.

Want more of an insider view on how Riverstone’s International Baccalaureate Programme has prepared students to go above and beyond after graduation? Check out our Alumni Perspectives page to read first-hand accounts.

DP diploma holders graduate from college at high rates than average population

39% of all enrolled students graduate from 4 year institutions in 4 years

84% of IB diploma holders graduate from college in 4 years

The Common Core and the International Baccalaureate Programme

The goal of the Common Core assessments in math and language arts is to do on a national level what the International Baccalaureate was founded to do on an international level: create rigorous standards for students that can be measured across schools and states (and in the case of the IB, across countries). Previously, Idaho’s standards were different from other states; whereas now, the Common Core assessments will allow Idaho to measure student success against other students across the country.

Because a majority of IB World Schools in the United States are public, the IB has ensured that they complied with and exceeded Common Core standards (click here to learn more).

As a private, independent school, Riverstone is not required to take the exams, but we ensure our students are competitive, not only locally and nationally, but internationally as well. We use the International School Assessments in select grades to benchmark against the international PISA exams – and once again this year our students performed at levels at or above the world’s highest scoring countries in math and language arts.
While the Common Core and the IB programs align in their standards, they don’t come with a curriculum. The experience that we have as a school in creating our amazing units of inquiry and curricula is something that can’t be replaced. The thoughtful, constant improvement of how we teach in a way that best meets our mission and inspires our students is our best asset.