Class of '19 Gains IB Diplomas & College Credits

The results are in. 23 out of 25 of our International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates have been awarded the prestigious IB Diploma. Three students earned bilingual diplomas. Annie Wright’s 92% pass rate far exceeds the world pass rate of 77%.
Every Annie Wright Upper School student follows the IB curriculum. Typically, half choose to fulfill all IB requirements, including taking six comprehensive and rigorous exams in a range of subjects, to earn the full IB Diploma. Recognized worldwide as the gold standard of education, the IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
National Merit Award winner Ellie Hughes, who will attend Bryn Mawr College in the fall, earned the highest score, with 43 out of 45 possible points. She also took the most rigorous course load possible in the IB curriculum. Next highest was Anna Haddad, an Annie Wright Schools lifer who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, with 42 points. The average worldwide score was 29.63.
“The Class of ’19 was exceptional not only academically, but also as strong leaders and engaged citizens,” said Head of Schools Christian Sullivan. “I am not surprised by their stellar performance in their rigorous IB courses but am thrilled by this affirmation of their success.”
Last May a law passed requiring all public universities in Washington to give college credit to students who earn at least a 4 out of 7 on each of their IB exams. This means that IB Diploma holders can earn a year’s worth of credits. Eight out of 47 Annie Wright Class of ’19 graduates will attend public universities in Washington. The law is also retroactive for students who graduated in 2018.
Many public and private colleges and universities nationally and internationally also grant credit for IB exams, recognizing the exceptional rigor of these courses. Two graduates from the Class of ’17, for example, are on track to graduate in in 2020, after receiving a full year’s worth of credit for their IB courses.
Annie Wright is the only school in Washington and one of fewer than 20 schools in the country that offers the full continuum of IB programming: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. Learn more about Annie Wright Schools’ IB programs in the fall 2018 issue of Strength magazine.


Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.