International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
The official designation comes after two years of extensive study and training. Over 70 Cathedral teachers have been trained throughout the United States and Canada. The application process lasted an entire year which included curriculum planning and examination, parent informational meetings, schedule changes to the master schedule, addition of classes, and counseling and research in best practices. The addition of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will enhance academic options to an already outstanding college preparatory curriculum.
Extensive College Preparation
Cathedral graduates attend universities throughout the world and the International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized internationally and does ensure that the student is prepared for the rigorous college demands. Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme must successfully complete a rigorous curriculum which includes six areas of concentration: Language, second language, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and computer science, and the arts. In addition to the curricular areas of the IB Programme, students are required to complete a 4,000 word extended essay and complete 150 hours of community, action and service hours. Overall, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is designed for international recognition. Click here for more information about the curriculum.
Cathedral joins 14 other schools in the State of Indiana that are approved International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme schools. Parents, students, and educators have worked together to create another avenue of success for a school that maintains high academic standards and has experienced much academic success. The Cathedral High School Board of Trustees, President Stephen J. Helmich as well as Principal David L. Worland have been visionary leaders in this journey to seek excellence.
"As we get more involved with the IB Programme, we understand that this will be a learning process for the students, as well as the teachers and parents, but feel confident that we can work to improve our academic offerings so that many options are available for the future leaders of our community and world." - Mr. Ken Steeb, Cathedral IB Coordinator