IDEA Frontier receives International Baccalaureate Authorization as International Baccalaureate World School



The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), announced their authorization of IDEA Frontier as an International Baccalaureate World School, the first IB World School in Cameron County. IDEA Frontier successfully completed an intensive two-year candidacy process that included specialized professional development, curriculum development, and research and support.

IDEA Frontier has embraced the International Baccalaureate philosophy focusing on the development of the whole child, both in the classroom and in the global community. The rigorous courses encourage students to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners.

IDEA Frontier College Preparatory now joins the ranks of the rest IDEA’s nationally celebrated College Preparatory Programs. According to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best High Schools Ranking, IDEA Frontier College Preparatory ranked 46th in the nation and 8th in Texas. Additionally, The Washington Post’s annual ranking of America’s Most Challenging High Schools listed IDEA Frontier College Preparatory as 22nd in the nation.

“Our students and staff were extremely excited when we received the news from the International Baccalaureate Organization,” said Jacklyn Verdin, Diploma Programme coordinator at IDEA Frontier College Preparatory. “School leadership worked closely with students, teachers, and parents to ensure the community was invested in the process. We want our students to have the best education and all worked together to put the resources we need in place to be successful.”

IDEA Frontier has always been dedicated to ensuring every student at IDEA graduates from high school ready to succeed in college and takes pride in giving students the chance to experience rigorous and challenging material at every level. Beginning in sixth grade, IDEA students participate in IDEA’s AP For All program where students take pre-AP and AP courses through graduation to prepare them for the rigors of college.

“Learning follows us throughout life,” said Alex Anzaldua, principal at IDEA Frontier College Prep. “The IB Programme is a compliment and great extension of IDEA’s college prep curriculum.  Through IB, our students will learn how to make connections between the things they study and apply them to their day-to-day lives. This will not only help them when they matriculate to college, but in their personal achievement as well.”

International Baccalaureate information: 

IB-authorized schools, known as World Schools, are able to offer a continuum of international education programs that encourage and challenge students to excel in their academic studies and in their personal development. The Diploma Programme provides students (ages 16-19), teachers, and schools with a number of significant benefits:

  • Students attending IB-authorized schools have the opportunity to grad­uate from high school with an IB diploma and 24 or more college hours. Research indicates that Diploma Programme graduates complete college faster than their peers, feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges.
  • Teachers enjoy access to innovative instructional resources and evaluation tools as well as high-quality professional development that encourages critical thinking, self-reflection, and dedication to lifelong learning and continuous improvement.
  • Schools are able to offer high-quality programmes of education, which support the development of knowledgeable and inquiring students. They also become members of a global network of highly-respected IB World Schools, working together to share best practices.



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