International Baccalaureate

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What is IB?

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate challenges students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. The aim of an IB education is to inspire students from all around the world "to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right" (IBO Mission Statement).

See more about the IB here

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme at The Academy of the Holy Cross is an optional two-year curriculum of rigorous learning during a student’s junior and senior years. A student may choose to enroll in the IB Diploma Programme during the course registration process in the spring of her sophomore year.

To receive the IB Diploma, she must successfully complete 3 IB classes at the Standard Level (SL) and 3 IB classes at the Higher Level (HL).

In addition to her academic classes, each IB Diploma Candidate must complete requirements in the IB Core: Theory of knowledge (ToK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).

For more information on the IB Diploma Programme at The Academy of the Holy Cross, please see the IB Handbook, or contact IB Programme Coordinator Casey Robertson (

IB Diploma Programme video from the IB Organization webpage:

Examples of Service and International Mindedness through CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)

Fair Trade/Ten Thousand Villages

Junior IB Diploma Programme students worked collaboratively on this global service project. At an All-School-Assembly, students presented a brief presentation about fair trade in order to educate and develop awareness about this issue. The girls also presented information about the oldest fair trade organization in North America, Ten Thousand Villages. As a culminating event, Ten Thousand Villages brought their merchandise to the Academy to sale fair trade goods. It was a great opportunity for students to shop and support fair trade at the same time.

Moreau School – Kirinda, Uganda Project

Eight Junior IB Diploma Programme Students educated themselves and the AHC school community about the efforts of the Holy Cross Sisters to build the Moreau School in Kirinda, Uganda. Students planned and hosted an educational-awareness assembly and organized a special day of solidarity with the Moreau School to raise funds for the school building project. The girls titled their Moreau School day of solidarity, K2 Day (Kensington, MD X Kirinda, Uganda = K2).