SHOWCASED AS NEVER BEFORE
International High School has been delivering the International Baccalaureate since 1978. We were the first on the west coast to be authorized to offer the program, and fourth in the nation—in the good company of United Nations International School (1) and The Dwight School ( 3) in New York, and Washington International School ( 2) in DC. Now there are some 850 schools offering the Diploma Programme in the U.S., and over 3,000 worldwide. While we were avant-garde by adopting the IB almost 40 years ago, the program has been grow- ing in popularity nationally, and gaining traction locally. With that in mind, we decided to present our first-ever IB Showcase at the luminous SFJAZZ Center on September 29, 2015, underscoring both our expertise and our location in the heart of San Francisco.
Preparation for the program was intense, complete with script development, rehearsals, and
daily updates on the part of the Leadership Team. We drew from the talents of students past and
present, and our educators and communications staff, who together touted the merits of the IB: a
personalized, interdisciplinary program that comes to life thanks to an international community
and cocurricular travel. Students provided living examples of internal assessments and extended
essays, while alumni underscored how the IB had prepared them for life beyond high school. After
the 50-minute multimedia display by multi-generational voices, the crowd of 500-plus left inspired.
For their invaluable participation, immense thanks to Maxim Levet '08; Larson Holt ' 15; Andrew
Beckman, Tara Singh, and Alex Szotak (Class of 2013); Sara Fay, Robin Fierberg, Thibault Irissou,
Jasmine Sorrells, and Isobel Stephen (Class of 2016); and Justin Melville ' 18. Likewise, special
thanks to our educators, Melinda Bihn, Andrew Brown, Joel Cohen, and Dina Srouji; and to Robert
To see a recap of the IB Showcase, go to: www.internationalsf.org/ib