The International Baccalaureate (IB) reached a milestone today with the authorization of its 2000th IB World School in Edinburg, Texas. The 2000th school authorization was awarded to South Texas Business, Education, and Technology Academy, better known as BETA, to offer the prestigious IB Diploma Programme (DP) to students. The IB applauds BETA on its achievement and welcomes BETA to its community of IB World Schools. Among BETA’s many honors and awards, it was ranked 1st in the state of Texas and 17th in the nation in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report Most Connected Classrooms Rankings.
The robust growth of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the Americas and around the world continues. Founded in 1968, the IB works to offer and develop four challenging educational programs to over 1,010,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. In the Americas region, the IB supports 2,000 schools offering over 2,334 programs in 30 countries. In response to the significant growth in IB programs, Drew Deutsch, Director, IB Americas comments that, “The first IB World School in the Americas was founded in 1971, and today, 40 years later, we support 2,000 schools in this region alone. That is remarkable growth, considering that just five years ago, we had 1,215 IB World Schools in this region. This growth demonstrates that our increasingly interconnected and global world demands an approach to teaching that recognizes the nature of the challenge and prepares students accordingly. More schools than ever recognize the value IB programs provide. The mission and vision of the IB, its educational programs, and its professional development are all in demand as schools seek to meet these challenges and find methods that best prepare young people for a promising future.”