Do you want your kids to think independently? Become culturally-aware? Learn a second language? Engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world? This is just what the International Baccalaureate (IB) program cultivates at Aspen High School (AHS). AHS takes pride in its open enrollment policy, allowing any student to participate in the IB Program provided he/she has taken the course prerequisites. We currently test around 70 percent of the senior class in at least one IB subject every year. This year, we have grown the program to include an additional 50 students. The full IB diploma numbers have increased by 30 percent, with 26 juniors enrolled in the diploma class of 2019. AEF funds the IB Coordinator and teacher training.
“IB is a powerful experience to all students involved. A student’s exposure to rigorous courses that promote time management, prioritization, balance, problem solving and perseverance sets them up for the intensity of their freshman year of college and life beyond.”
“The IB program enhanced every aspect of my high school experience. The classes were engaging, challenging and pursuing the IB diploma created a connection with my classmates. I learned to think outside of the parameters of a specific class – and instead how every class is connected. I definitely feel prepared for college.”
With an increasing number of students taking IB classes, there is a cost associated with every exam. Aspen High School is committed to never letting the program cost be a deterrent to a student taking a class. AEF helps to fund exam costs for students who qualify.