Academics
Upper School

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Intellectual Engagement and International Focus

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) is a rigorous and highly respected pre-university program offered by select schools throughout the world. Newark Academy was the first school in New Jersey, public or private, to offer this exceptional advanced learning educational option and we remain the only private, independent school in the region offering the IB. This program aligns closely with Newark Academy’s educational philosophy, guiding students to become self-motivated learners and to engage in diverse learning experiences including the arts, athletics, and service learning.

Upper School students in grades 11 and 12 have the option to pursue the full IB Diploma or to seek admission to individual IB courses for advanced learning opportunities. About half of an NA graduating class pursue the IB diploma with a completion rate of 96%, the highest in the region. The majority of all NA juniors and seniors take at least one IB individual course, most earning certificates that provide advanced course credits at their college or university.

International Baccalaureate Diploma students:

List of 5 items.

  • Take required courses in each of the following six subject groups:

    Language A1, Second Language, Individuals in Society, Experimental Science, Mathematics, Elective Subject
  • Take a required course entitled Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Seminar:

    ToK is a dialectic-style seminar on epistemology that meets throughout the two-year program.
  • Study a second language with a focus on communication proficiency rather than grammar:

    complementing NA’s Immersion Experience
  • Research, write and present the Extended Essay:

    This undertaking begins in the summer following junior year when IB Diploma candidates conduct independent research in a subject of their choice, culminating in a 4,000-word paper that is then presented to peers, parents and Newark  Academy academic and administrative leaders.
  • Complete the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement:

    pursued over the course of the program, IB Diploma candidates perform 150 hours of CAS, which includes community service, engagement in the arts and/or athletics and civic organizations and participation in school-based clubs.

IB courses at NA include:

List of 6 items.

  • Group 1:

    English Literature
  • Group 2:

    French, Spanish, Mandarin
  • Group 3:

    Economics, History, Philosophy
  • Group 4:

    Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Computer Science 
  • Group 5:

    Math: Analysis, Math: Applications
  • Group 6 (optional):

    Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Film

Meet the Director

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  • Photo of Neil Stourton

    Neil Stourton 

    Chair, English Department

How Does IB Benefit Students?

Studies by the IB show IB diploma graduates “complete college faster, feel more prepared for college-level coursework, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges” than their peers.

Developing a global perspective builds empathic understanding and prepares students for civic engagement.

By learning to act as interpreters instead of consumers of culture, students think for themselves rather than accept the way information is presented to them.
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