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.