International Baccalaureate Educational Framework
As an authorized IB World School, Riverwood offers the Diploma Programme (DP) and is authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in conjunction with Ridgeview Charter (Middle) School.
IB Information Night, January 2017, PowerPoint Presentation
IB Diploma Program Application (Class of 2019) deadline February 10, 2017
Link to the Riverwood Middle Years Program Website
IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. Information courtesy of www.ibo.org
What do IB and MYP Look Like at Riverwood?
Riverwood is one of Fulton County School's four Magnet sites, offering the International Studies and International Baccalaureate Programs. Enrolling 51% of the student body, the International Studies Program is a challenging four-year curriculum that focuses on world issues, global economics, cultural awareness, and field experiences such as internships and travel.
Riverwood was authorized as an IB Diploma school in 1999, and saw its first group of candidates for the diploma in 2002. Between May of 2002 and 2011, Riverwood had over 294 graduates come through the IB Diploma Program; 273 earned the diploma. The overall pass rate of 93% was well above the international pass rate of 78%. As more students rise to meet the academic challenge, the number of diploma and certificate earners increases. The Class of 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of Riverwood's IB Diploma candidates.
Students in the International Studies Program may also take individual IB courses for Certificates. Riverwood holds accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization, the International Baccalaureate North America, and the Magnet Schools of America.
IB Diploma Program Information Pages
MYP Information Pages
IB Parent Advisory Board
Formed in 2015, the IB Advisory Board has five members:
- Parent of a senior IB Diploma student
- Parent of a junior IB Diploma student
- Parent of a prospective IB Diploma student
- Parent of an IB Course candidate
- IB Coordinator
- Serve as IB Program liaisons with Governance Council, PTSA, and Foundation
- Consult with IB Coordinator to improve communication and publicity about the IB Program
- Coordinate certificate and diploma recognition ceremony
- Support the development of community connections for the IB Program
- The IB Parent Board will meet twice each semester
- Members are expected to serve for the entire school year
Questions? Contact Diane Kopkas, IB Coordinator (KopkasD@fultonschools.org)
IB Students and College
IB Diploma College Acceptance Rates for Riverwood's 2009, 2010, and 2011 Graduates
University of Georgia - 96% (In 2011, 100% of the applicants received acceptance)
Tulane - 93%
University of Michigan - 90%
New York University (NYU) - 90%
Georgia Institute of Technology - 86%
Emory - 83%
Wake Forest - 70%
University of Virginia - 67%
University of Texas - 67%
Vanderbilt University - 55%
University of North Carolina - 53%
Northwestern University - 43%
List of College Acceptances for all Riverwood IB Students between 2002-2013
51 of 57 IB Diploma Candidates in the Class of 2011 received their IB Diplomas, an 89.5% passing rate which again far exceeds the International passing rate. The IB Diploma and Certificate graduates from the Class of 2011 are attending: American University, Baylor University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University (two students), Carleton College, Clemson University (two students), College of Charleston, Cornell University, Eckerd College, Elon University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology (seven students), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Stanford University (two students), University of Texas (Austin), Tufts University, Tulane University, University of Georgia (15 students), University of Maryland, University of Miami, University of Michigan (two students), University of Pennsylvania (two students), University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia (two students), Vanderbilt University (four students) and Yale.
38 of the 47 IB Diploma Candidates in the Class of 2010 received their IB Diplomas. This 81% diploma pass-rate exceeded the International (World) IB pass rate of 78%. IB Diploma and Certificate graduates from the Class of 2010 are attending: Agnes Scott College, Art Institute of Atlanta, Auburn University, Bard College, Berea College, Clark University, Davidson College, Duke University, Elon University, Emory University, Florida State University, Furman University, Gainesville State College, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Hamilton College, Hampton University, Harvard University, Kennesaw State University, McGill University, Mercer University, New York University, Oglethorpe University, Oxford College of Emory University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Temple University, Tufts University, Tulane University, Union College, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, University of Stellenbosch, University of Texas, University of Vermont, University of the South – Sewanee, and Wake Forest University
All 31 IB Diploma Candidates in the Class of 2009 received their IB Diplomas. This is an unprecedented success rate. IB Diploma and Certificate graduates from the Class of 2009 are attending: Appalachian State University, Berry College, Chapman University, College of Charleston, Dartmouth, Duke University, Emory University, Gainesville State, George Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia State, Haveford, Ithaca College, London College of Communications (UK), Marshall University, McGill University, Oxford College of Emory University, Pratt Institute, Southern Methodist University, Trinity College (CT), Tulane, University of Alabama, University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – Santa Barbara, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, University of Texas, University of Vermont, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest, Washington & Lee, and Yale
The 25 IB Diploma Graduates from the Class of 2008 are attending: Duke, Furman, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Haverford, MIT, Morehouse, Northwestern, Occidental, Smith, UC Berkley, University of Dresden, Germany, University of Georgia, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Warren Wilson and West Point.
Students in the International Studies Program may also take individual IB courses for Certificates. Riverwood holds accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization, the International Baccalaureate North America and the Magnet Schools of America.
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the educational framework for all 9th and 10th grade students at Riverwood.
As part of the MYP, teachers teach and evaluate students according to the framework of MYP in all subject areas. 9th & 10th grade students will receive scores based on the criteria specific to the subject, as well as on their overall MYP level of achievement. The MYP score will appear on 9th & 10th grade student report cards; it is not a percentage or evaluative grade and it does not impact a student’s GPA or class standing. Read an explanation of the MYP evaluation system