In 2002, Wilmington Friends became the first school in Delaware authorized to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). The IB is recognized as among the highest standards--indeed, it is often considered the highest standard--for college preparatory education.
The IB provides a curriculum structure and access to an internationally recognized standard of excellence, which strengthen our overall school program to the benefit of every student. The IB emphasizes high academic standards, global perspective, informed and engaged citizenship, respect for others, and the active application of classroom experience--all undertaken through a process-oriented, teacher-guided, multiple assessment approach--making it a natural fit with the program and philosophy at Wilmington Friends.
Students have the option of participating in the IB Diploma Programme in their junior and senior years, or of earning certificates in individual IB courses. The Diploma Programme combines IB course work and exams in six academic areas; a signature course called Theory of Knowledge, which brings together issues studied across academic disciplines (e.g. logic, aesthetics); an extended essay project; and a requirement for participation in community service and activities such as sports, the arts, and civic and school organizations.