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Dwight School ? First in the Americas to Offer All Four International Baccalaureate Programs ? Launches Innovative, Pre-Professional IBCC for High School Students

NEW YORK, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dwight School, an independent IB World School located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, has been authorized to offer the IBCC (International Baccalaureate Career Certificate), the newest IB program designed to prepare students for successful careers in today's rapidly changing, competitive global marketplace. With the addition of the IBCC, Dwight becomes the first school in the Americas to offer all four IB programs for students from preschool through grade 12 (the Primary Years, Middle Years, Diploma, and IBCC programs). This announcement comes with today's opening of the IB Conference of the Americas 2014 in Washington, DC.

"Dwight is proud to be on the forefront of innovation and IB education, reflecting our commitment to educating the next generation of global leaders," said Stephen Spahn, Chancellor of Dwight School and member of the IB Board of Directors. "With the addition of the IBCC, which combines the vigorous IB curriculum with real-world, on-the-job learning, we are working closely with the IB and industry leaders to chart a course that will provide students with an advantage when competing for jobs in their careers of choice. In our increasingly globalized 'flat world' (as articulated by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman in The World Is Flat), the IBCC offers the requisite skill preparation that promises to be a game-changer for generations of graduates to come."

Prior to the IB's 2012 launch of the IBCC, Dwight was distinguished as the first school in the U.S. to offer the comprehensive IB curriculum for students, ages 3-19. The academically rigorous IB promotes the development of internationally minded, critical thinkers, who are ethically responsible, culturally flexible, and able to understand issues from a global perspective. It is recognized worldwide as "the gold standard" in pre-university preparation.

With the addition of the IBCC this fall, Dwight will be extending the classroom in New York City for students in grades 11-12 interested in career-related learning in digital media, where they will work on real-world projects with professional game designers, graphic designers, and technology start-ups. The School is also exploring partnerships with leaders in hospitality, sports science, and filmmaking; the latter with Oscar®-winning Hollywood movie studio Relativity. Dwight and Relativity Education aim to connect high school students with IB courses online, along with film studies and on-the-lot experience in Los Angeles. This unique opportunity will be made possible through Dwight's status as an IB Open World School (Dwight is one of only six originally selected from 3,700 schools across the globe to pilot online courses).

More About Dwight School: Founded in 1872, Dwight School is dedicated to igniting the "spark of genius" in every child. A Dwight education rests on three pillars: personalized learning, community, and global vision. Dwight in New York City is the flagship campus of The Dwight Schools, a global network with schools in London, Seoul, Shanghai, and on Vancouver Island. Graduates attend leading colleges and universities worldwide such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, Oxford, and St. Andrews.

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