Cheshire Academy put itself on the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme map this summer.
Laura Longacre, CA’s Diploma Programme Coordinator, and Dan Monahan, CA’s Director of College Counseling, were selected from a large pool of applicants to give a presentation at the IB global conference in July in Orlando.
“Each year the IB receives hundreds of proposals but only has so many slots available during the conference,” Monahan said. “Having your proposal selected is truly an honor. I think it speaks to the strength of our IB program at Cheshire Academy and our topic was one that was a must have during the conference."
Longacre and Monahan presented with a college counselor from Chicago and a college counselor/IB coordinator from Florida. They offered insight on how IB coordinators and college counselors can work together to support IB students.
They shared CA’s recipes for success in the IB program, including how college counseling is involved with the class selection beginning in 10th grade. At CA, counselors and coordinators look at the entire college process and how the IB program can be a great fit for each student. They talked about incorporating the IB program into parents’ night, explaining how it can be beneficial to their children, and supporting students throughout the program.
The event drew nearly 1,500 people from schools around the world.
Since becoming an authorized IB World School in 2011, CA highly emphasizes the program and has a strong support system in place for it and its students.
“The Diploma Programme is a curricular approach to learning that values an international perspective, empathy for others, interdisciplinary learning, and communications skills.” Longacre said. “With an emphasis on creating a more peaceful world, the IB approach supports learning from a global perspective. We want our students to become adults who will go out and be compassionate, active, and positive global citizens. IB aligns with the Mission of the Academy and enhances our entire 9-PG program.