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Stellar Commendations For Ruamrudee’s IB Diploma Program
By Timothy Pettine, International Baccalaureate Diploma Coordinator
“Purposeful, ongoing reflection is integral for growth and development.”
Since 1998, Ruamrudee International School has held the distinction as an “International Baccalaureate (IB) World School” where students have the opportunity to earn the prestigious IB Diploma, an internationally recognized credential that challenges students’ intellectual and personal growth. A critical reason for our students’ success in the IB Diploma Program can be found in the ongoing process of honest reflection that is foundational to all learning.
This past March, RIS hosted a visiting team from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as part of our five-year self-study process. Over three days, the visiting team observed classes, met with members of the school community, and inspected facilities to ensure that our school was complying with the policies and practices of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Our six-month self-study was conducted by a team of high school faculty, students, and parents who examined all aspects of our IB Diploma Program by gathering data on collaboration, student achievement, professional development, and—most importantly—the approaches to teaching and learning that support students over the course of their two years in the program.
While the aim of the self-study is to identify areas for growth in the IB Diploma Program, the IBO’s final evaluation identified specific commendations that demonstrate why RIS is an elite college preparatory school:
Further results from the self-study have helped us initiate changes to the school-wide schedule, such as:
The IBO’s evaluation of our program affirms our belief that an IB education at RIS provides college-level skills in research and critical thinking, while promoting self-efficacy as a core attribute of success. For over 20 years, IB Diploma students at RIS have scored consistently above world averages and have earned placements at prestigious universities in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Each year, RIS IB Diploma students are also selected for highly competitive medical school programs that value thinking skills and the rigorous construction of knowledge that is standard for high-performing learners.
But success in the IB Diploma is not only about academic achievement; IB Diploma students choose their programs and are empowered to develop their own excursions into all areas of knowledge. Additionally, the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) requirement is a research-based approach that allows students to develop collaborative strategies while instilling empathy, health consciousness, and international mindedness.
If you would like to know more about the IB Diploma Program at RIS in the High School, please contact Mr. Timothy Pettine, the IB Diploma Coordinator.