The IB Diploma Program at Harrisburg Academy

Harrisburg Academy is proud to be the first school in the Harrisburg area to receive International Baccalaureate World School accreditation and through this, offer the IB Diploma program to its Upper School students.  Designed as a comprehensive, two-year curriculum that allows students to fulfill requirements of various national education systems, IB incorporates the best elements of education across the globe.  The IB Diploma program is internationally recognized as one of the most challenging college-preparatory curricula available, which is why it aligns seamlessly with the Academy's high-quality college preparatory liberal arts format and globally minded mission.  Academy high school students may choose to pursue a full IB Diploma or may enroll in individual IB courses to earn a Certificate.


Since 2006, the Academy's IB Diploma program has demonstrated a clear return on investment for our students and their families.  The IB has taught 11th and 12th grade students to ask questions, think critically, and act responsibly within an interdisciplinary and globally oriented context.  Teaching more than just a collection of facts, the IB program prepares students for college and university by teaching 21st century skills.  IB students learn to ask challenging questions, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and acquire the ability to communicate with and understand people from other cultures. In short, Academy IB students learn how to learn.


At the successful completion of the program, Academy students receive an IB Diploma in addition to their Harrisburg Academy diploma.  This designation may also result in the student earning college credits by either advancing in their course sequence or receiving advanced standing such as entering as college as a sophomore.  Since 2006, Harrisburg Academy has awarded 86 IB Diplomas to its students!


About International Baccalaureate

Since its founding in 1965, International Baccalaureate's IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise.  The student who satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.  The general objectives of the IB program are to provide students with a balanced education, to foster critical thinking in all academic disciplines, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. 


According to the International Baccalaureate, on 2 April 2020, there were 6,995 IB programs being offered worldwide, across 5,278 schools in 158 countries. 52% of these programs are located in the Americas.  Harrisburg Academy is proud to be a part of this extensive community of global learners.


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