2015 IB Diploma Recipients

“Worth the effort.” “Prepared me well for college.” “The rigor sets us apart from other college students.”

Those are some of the reflections of four Park Center Senior High Class of 2015 grads who were awarded the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and who recently returned to talk with current diploma candidates about the value of the coveted IB Diploma.

Kumayl Lakha, Alec Reginato, Mohit Uppal and Luke Strom are all currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota; Uppal and Strom are in the College of Biological Sciences and Lakha and Reginato are in the College of Science and Engineering.

The IB Diploma Program for high school juniors and seniors is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond. To be awarded the diploma, students must complete course work and exams in six areas including a second language, humanities, science, mathematics, and the arts. In addition to pursuing these subjects, all Diploma Program students complete a 4,000-word extended essay and approximately 150 hours of creativity, activity, and service.

The University of Minnesota is one of many colleges and universities that specifically call out the value of the IB Diploma. The U of M website notes that the diploma points earned by high performing students can mean that “the [IB] Diploma program amounts to about one full year of University work.”

According to the University Admissions Officers Report 2015, universities reported other benefits:

  • 89% of colleges polled said they offer exemptions from courses or years for students who perform at high levels on their exams.
  • While the majority of admissions officers in both the United States and the United Kingdom say they rate all exams systems equally, where one is considered better than any other, it is the IB Diploma Program overall.
  • 53% of universities make unconditional offers to IB Diploma candidates before they have even completed their exams.
  • 65% of university admissions officers said the IB Diploma program is most likely to help students succeed in college.

In Osseo Area Schools, North View Middle School and Park Center Senior High offer the IB Middle Years Program for students in grades 6-10; Park Center offers the IB Diploma Program for students in grades 11 and 12. For more information, contact Mike Cassidy at 763-569-7776.

-Published Oct. 28, 2015