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At Long Trail we encourage students to be open-minded and reflective, and we help them develop the confidence and leadership skills that will  inspire them to help shape a better world.   Our beliefs and core values mesh perfectly with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, which we adopted in 2010.

What is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

student and teacherLong Trail School is proud to be the first school in Vermont to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, a rigorous course of study designed to develop the skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  The two-year diploma program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities

What are the IB options at LTS?

At LTS, students benefit from IB curriculum through multiple pathways, catering to each student’s personal goals, which may range from earning a full IB Diploma to taking select IB classes and earning certificates in those classes.

How do students earn the full IB Diploma?ib-dp-colour-en

The benefits of an IB education are innumerable, as it prepares students for effective participation in global society, expanding their cultural, ethical, interpersonal, and creative intelligence. More specifically, an IB Diploma prepares students for higher education, familiarizing them with the discipline and positive attitude required to succeed academically, as well as the critical thinking skills necessary to explore the nature of knowledge. From a pragmatic standpoint, achieving an IB diploma may enable students to enter college as an advanced student, allowing them to either graduate sooner, complete double majors, or explore electives with more freedom.

Those pursuing the Diploma must complete the following:

  • Complete IB coursework and assessments in six subject areas:  English, Mathematics, History, Biology, World Language (French, German or Spanish) and Art, Music or Theatre.
  • Complete Theory of Knowledge course (TOK)
  • Research and write a 4,000 word original research paper called the Extended Essay
  • Complete an extracurricular requirement in three areas: Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).

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More information on IB Diploma curriculum

IB Certificate

IB classes are available to all juniors and seniors, not just students wishing to complete the Diploma program. A non-diploma student may take individual IB certificate courses. If the student passes the course and required assessments, s/he will receive an IB certificate from the International Baccalaureate Organization, which can be applied towards college credit or advanced standing in that particular subject.

How does IB pay off for your student?DSC_3348

  • differentiates and adds credential to college applications.
  • improves ability to succeed in college and join the global economy, due to the IB emphasis on analytical thinking and communication skills.
  • credits may be earned for college and increased ability to place into higher level classes.
  • increases college merit aid opportunities.

What makes IB uniquely successful?

  • quality and nature of curriculum, going deeper into each subject.
  • process of thinking inspired by approaches to teaching and classroom discussion, giving tools to independently think critically and creatively.
  • pathway to exceptional colleges and universities





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