International Baccalaureate at LSHS
Lee's Summit High School IB Coordinator
IB at Lee's Summit High School
Lee's Summit High School became an authorized IB World School in July 1987 due to the efforts of former English teacher and first IB Coordinator, Mildred Mitchell. The first IB Exams at LSHS were taken in May of 1990. Since its inception 1938 students have taken at least one IB Exam with 136 receiving the IB Diploma. Overall 3,725 exams have been taken by Lee's Summit High School students.
Overview of the International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate (IB) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as an independent, not-for-profit education foundation. It is funded in part through fees paid by IB world schools. Its original purpose was to facilitate the mobility of students internationally by providing schools with an upper secondary school diploma recognized by universities around the world. Since then, its mission has expanded, and it now provides an internationally recognized education available to students of all ages.
While IB programs cultivate internationalism and respect for other cultures, they also adapt to the local environment and allow students to maintain a strong sense of cultural identity. Students are taught to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged citizens, who gain practical experience of being part of an international community.
The director general of the IB and its headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Curriculum and assessment, business and financial operations and publications are located in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
The IB has four regional offices:
- IB Americas (IBA), Bethesda, Maryland, United States (Americas Global Centre)
- IB Africa, Europe and Middle East (IBAEM), Geneva, Switzerland
- IB Asia-Pacific (IBAP), Singapore, Republic of Singapore
- 743 schools in the United States offer the IB Diploma Program
- Overall 2,292 schools in 139 countries offer the Diploma Program