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Spokane’s first International Baccalaureate World School

IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Saint George’s believes best prepares your student for success in higher education and beyond. The International Baccalaureate encapsulates Saint George’s mission of inspiring scholars, athletes, and artists to serve and lead others!

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IB Overview

Most Upper School students pursue the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which includes courses in Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics, Experiential Sciences, and the Arts. The full Diploma also includes Core components: writing a 4,000-word Extended Essay, challenging their worldview assumptions in Theory of Knowledge class, and participating in acts of Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS), that balance their academic pursuits. All IB students can earn certificates for college credit. Please refer to IB Resources for detailed IB information.

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IB Learners Are…

Balanced

Dragons are balanced! They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Caring

Dragons show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and they make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around them.

Communicators

SGS students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively. They are proficient in more than one language and can communicate in a variety of ways. Plus, they are willing and effective collaborators with others.

Inquirers

SGS students embody the spirit of being inquirers as they explore new subjects and pursue knowledge with curiosity and enthusiasm.

Knowledgeable

Saint George’s students are Knowledgeable! They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. That’s how they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Open Minded

Saint George’s Dragons understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories. They are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other people and communities. They seek out and evaluate a range of viewpoints and are willing to grow from the experience!

Principled

Dragons are Principled. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of others. They take responsibility for their own actions and the effects they have on others.

Reflective

Dragons are reflective. They thoughtfully consider their own learning and experiences. Dragons are able to evaluate and understand their own strengths and limitations, which enhances their academic and personal development.

Risk Takers

Dragons are risk-takers! Our students approach unfamiliar situations with courage and forethought, and they have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are also confident and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Thinkers

Saint George’s students are thinkers! They have a thirst to learn, and they apply thinking skills in critical and creative ways. They consider new ideas, recognize and approach complex problems, and think deeply about the world around them

SGS Alumni on the IB Program

“Because of my interest in continuing to learn Spanish after High School, in order to have a career in diplomacy, I chose to write my EE in Spanish to better my writing and reading comprehension.”

Gabi completed her CAS project in May 2020. She made and assembled birdhouses for local kids who no longer had school. She created kits and delivered them to families in the area. “Since coming to SGS, CAS has encouraged me to both seek out and create my own opportunities to better myself and my community,” Gabi says. She hoped to develop organization, woodworking, and communication skills through this project.

Gabrielle Cunningham, ’21

Georgetown University

I am currently studying Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures at Trinity College Dublin as a part of their dual degree program with Columbia University. I love living in Dublin and all of the opportunities that I have being located in a European capital city. This weekend I’ll be traveling to Galway in Ireland as a part of the Trinity Law Society to attend a conference on international law.

I am so thankful that the IB and Saint George’s provided me with the academic skills and international credentials to succeed in a prestigious multinational program.

Alli Dixon, ’21

Trinity College, Dublin

The IB of course helped with the admissions process but also by preparing me for the level of writing that was expected at college. Our first major writing assignment was an 8-page paper that I had no issue finishing in less than a week, while some of my classmates are struggling to even write an outline. That’s when I really felt like all the hours working on the IAs and EEs paid off.

Nico Morales, ’21

Occidental College

The IB has a lot of important parts that are valuable, but I think Theory of Knowledge (TOK) helped me the most. In most classes, you are trained to think in very similar ways, but in TOK you are learning to change the way you think.

By looking at topics from different angles, it expands your education as a whole and you start thinking about your other classes in new ways.

Jack Morris, ’22

Current Student

“Because of my interest in continuing to learn Spanish after High School, in order to have a career in diplomacy, I chose to write my EE in Spanish to better my writing and reading comprehension.”

Gabi completed her CAS project in May 2020. She made and assembled birdhouses for local kids who no longer had school. She created kits and delivered them to families in the area. “Since coming to SGS, CAS has encouraged me to both seek out and create my own opportunities to better myself and my community,” Gabi says. She hoped to develop organization, woodworking, and communication skills through this project.

Gabrielle Cunningham, ’21

Georgetown University

Gabrielle Cunningham Testimonial Photo

I am currently studying Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures at Trinity College Dublin as a part of their dual degree program with Columbia University. I love living in Dublin and all of the opportunities that I have being located in a European capital city. This weekend I’ll be traveling to Galway in Ireland as a part of the Trinity Law Society to attend a conference on international law.

I am so thankful that the IB and Saint George’s provided me with the academic skills and international credentials to succeed in a prestigious multinational program.

Alli Dixon, ’21

Trinity College, Dublin

Alli Dixon Testimonial Photo

The IB of course helped with the admissions process but also by preparing me for the level of writing that was expected at college. Our first major writing assignment was an 8-page paper that I had no issue finishing in less than a week, while some of my classmates are struggling to even write an outline. That’s when I really felt like all the hours working on the IAs and EEs paid off.

Nico Morales, ’21

Occidental College

Nico Morales Testimonial Photo

The IB has a lot of important parts that are valuable, but I think Theory of Knowledge (TOK) helped me the most. In most classes, you are trained to think in very similar ways, but in TOK you are learning to change the way you think.

By looking at topics from different angles, it expands your education as a whole and you start thinking about your other classes in new ways.

Jack Morris, ’22

Connecticut College

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