ASD’s International Baccalaureate Program: Readying Students for College and Beyond

Do you want your kids to think independently? Become culturally-aware? Learn a second language? Engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world? This is just what the International Baccalaureate (IB) program cultivates at Aspen High School (AHS).

“IB is a powerful experience to all students involved. A student’s exposure to rigorous courses that promote time management, prioritization, balance, problem solving and perseverance sets them up for the intensity of their freshman year of college and life beyond.” Tameira Wilson, Aspen High School Academic Coordinator
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The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. AHS takes pride in its open enrollment policy, allowing any student to participate in the IB Program provided he/she has taken the course prerequisites. We currently test around 70 percent of the senior class in at least one IB subject every year. This year, we have grown the program to include an additional 50 students. The full IB diploma numbers have increased by 30 percent, with 26 juniors enrolled in the diploma class of 2019.


Current needs of the IB program:

  • Professional Development – Send additional teachers to IB training
  • Professional Development – Send additional teachers to IB training
  • Expanding class offerings – Offer additional IB classes to serve the interests and future needs of students in grades 9 through 12
  • Promote IB for all – Weaving the philosophy and expectations into all classes