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October 2013

Number 2

The kraken unleashed... Dear Andrew,

Our latest video! (See on full screen and play it loud...)

The high school Admission season is unleashed and we are now in the thick of the action! This newsletter is designed to supplement your Open House, shadow and interview experience. Come and see for yourself what sets us apart from other schools. Andrew Brown Dean of Admission

Experience the World "The IB Diploma and le bac are the very heart and soul of the International High School."


A powerful metaphor

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This "fork in the road" is a powerful metaphor. Choosing your high school is a pivotal rite of passage. If you have been careful and systematic in your search you will have gained insight into the power of the International Baccalaureate Diploma and le baccalaurĂŠat.


Newsletter archive: September 2013

Bilingual candidates who are interested in our parallel French Section are invited to attend a special French Section Open House at 6 pm on November 6 in our Arts Pavilion.

The gold-standard In the previous newsletter we let the numbers speak for themselves. We cited last year's record low 5.6% admit rate for Stanford; noting that recently the admit rates for IB Diploma candidates have been around 15%. The operative phrase at this month's IB Higher Education Symposium hosted by Stanford was "The IB is recognized as the gold-standard in preparing students for success in higher education." Our own 2013 Valedictorian, Andrew Beckman, who began his studies at Stanford this year, was an invited keynote speaker.

Much more to the college experience than just getting in The IB Diploma is nothing less than a two-year, mini degree program undertaken in 11th and 12th grade. Its power lies in an integrated experience which is designed to educate the whole human being. There is so much more to the college experience than just getting in. The top colleges love IB Diploma students because they perform so well and become academic leaders once they are actually there. Colleges know that IB students have not been burdened by busy work and rote tasks and come already prepared for the upper level thinking, sophisticated writing, global mindedness and independent research skills that lie ahead.

A subversive philosophy class in high school! IB Diploma students are rare in taking a subversive philosophy class in high school (known as TOK). Here they confront some deep and timeless questions and are challenged to take a step back and think. This means that they truly own their knowledge. They do not swallow conventional ideas, or prepackaged opinions of peers or authority figures, without demanding evidence and serious critical thinking. No wonder the colleges like this. As you grapple with the metaphorical the fork in the road, you and your families should continue to keep in mind that the most powerful argument for coming to International High School is gaining access to the IB Diploma Experience. We are the only San Francisco school offering this program. Investigate the "road not traveled" and let it change everything.

Unrivaled Performing Arts

Not surprisingly, there is quite a buzz around our controversial musical

Cabaret which opens on November 14. Contact our Admission office for advance tickets.

A major highlight for 2013-2014 is our Awaiting Dawn project. Renowned international theater maker, Moise TourĂŠ is leading this ground-breaking, initiative bringing together students, faculty, artists and thinkers from within and beyond our school community. Together they are exploring the connections between art, education and democracy. The goal is ambitious: to create a culminating event as rich, relevant and potent - in form and in content - for a 21st century community as a Greek tragedy would have been in Athens in 300 B.C. Link to student designed website for Awaiting Dawn

The Jaguar Performance Lab

New video: The Jaguar Performance Lab in Action

The power and artistry of our Women's Varsity Volleyball team. Enjoy this compelling video evidence of believing and achieving!

1. Dominating Bay School at Kezar 2. Eclipsing Marin Academy (in 3) just last week


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