Waterloo Adds International Option for High School Students

By Jill Kasparie, KCRG-TV9

WATERLOO, Iowa - Students at Waterloo high schools will have a new academic option starting in the fall. Monday district leaders signed the paperwork to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Juniors and seniors who enroll will take high-level classes and exams based on an internationally-standardized curriculum.

Lik Advanced Placement classes, students can receive college credit based upon their exam performance. However, the program is more unified than just a series of courses.

Central Academy in Des Moines is the only other school in Iowa to offer an IB diploma.

Waterloo district officials say it’s excellent preparation for those looking to prepare for future education.

“Colleges want IB diploma program students. They have a better sense of being able to manage their time, they think in very broad ways, they have incredible international mindedness,” said Sherice Ortman, the International Baccalaureate Coordinator for Waterloo schools.

About 50 students have signed up to start IB classes in the fall, filling out this application.

The district says the program will be free for students, including testing costs.

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