New Hampton School to advance courses, Concord Monitor, 3/30/10

posted Apr 1, 2012, 2:53 AM by Bill Duncan

By Karen Langley / Monitor staff
March 30, 2010

Starting next year, students at New Hampton School can study in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program.

The program's emphasis on analyzing and synthesizing information will better prepare students to succeed in college and beyond, said Dan Love, global curriculum coordinator at New Hampton.

Students can apply to work toward an International Baccalaureate Diploma, which requires six courses in traditional subjects and a seventh course in the "theory of knowledge." New Hampton already requires students to complete community service, another component of an IB diploma.

Love said about 12 to 15 of the approximately 70 students in each class will enroll in the diploma program, but other students can also enroll in IB classes. New Hampton will continue to offer some Advanced Placement classes, he said.

Administrators of at least two New Hampshire public schools met with skepticism when they moved toward instituting the Geneva-based IB program. Bow High School abandoned its IB bid after detractors argued the program emphasized the world beyond the United States. Merrimack Valley School District is considering IB for all of its schools.

New Hampton is the first New England boarding school to offer IB, a school spokesman said.