In 1994 Trinity became the first women’s high school in Illinois to be accepted into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization.
Modeled after the best educational systems in Europe, the IB program was originally designed in 1968 to meet the educational needs
of children of diplomats. Today, the IB program is offered to any student who wishes to challenge herself academically by pursuing an intensive course of study in six subject areas that leads to the reward of the IB diploma which may provide admission to top colleges and universities around the world. Beyond intellectual rigor, the curriculum fosters responsibility, self-discipline, divergent thinking, internationalism and compassion. It consistently attracts highly motivated and talented students who wish to excel as well-rounded individuals within a global society. Lauded by both educators and students alike, the IB is increasingly being recognized as the best college-preparatory curriculum an American school can offer.
A Higher Degree of Learning
Unlike other honors curricula, the IB program challenges qualified juniors and seniors who have been recommended by their teachers to take part in a global community of academic excellence with emphasis on critical thinking, creativity and service. This philosophy fits right into Trinity’s mission of educating the mind and nurturing the spirit of young women. Due to their diligent work in high school, most IB graduates begin college with an advantage of forgoing up to two semesters of completed credit hours. This academic bonus saves the student and her parents both time and money.
Based on a strong liberal arts tradition, the full diploma program centers on six subject areas, three of which are studied on the higher level (a minimum of 240 classroom hours) and three others on the standard level (a minimum of 150 classroom hours) throughout the student’s junior and senior years. In addition, the Diploma Program offers three unique requirements that complement the general program of study. These include the writing of a four-thousand word independent research essay, completion of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) component, and completion of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course aimed at integrating knowledge across the disciplines.