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Notre Dame scholars earn highest number of IB diplomas in school history.

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy announced today that 49 students successfully earned the International Baccalaureate diploma for the 2017-18 school year. It's the highest number of IB Diplomas ever earned in nine years of previous IB-DP graduating classes at Notre Dame Prep and for this year works out to a 74.2% success rate. The IB organization released the test results yesterday.

Although International Baccalaureate has not yet released the total 2018 worldwide success-rate average, in 2017, the global average was 69.8%. 

Kim Anderson, who is the IB Diploma program coordinator at NDPMA and chair of the modern language department, said that the 2018 results were stellar. “I could not be more proud of this class,” she said. "Not only have these these kids proven once again that they are academic scholars, they are also artists, musicians, actors, singers — you name it!"

Anderson also noted that Notre Dame did not have a single student in its IB Diploma program fail the Theory of Knowledge course or the extended essay, a rare accomplishment for two very critical components of the program.

In 2018, more than 607,000 examination papers — the largest number since the introduction of the Diploma Program in 1968 — were processed in 75 languages, according to International Baccalaureate. As of February of this year, there were 3,182 schools offering the IB-DP in 153 different countries worldwide.

Dr Siva Kumari, who is IB's director general, said she congratulates all of the 2018 graduates. 

"They are to be highly commended for their hard work, their drive and commitment," she said. “Research suggests that an IB diploma is the best preparation for further education and for future careers. IB graduates show continued curiosity and critical thinking throughout their lives. These are the skills of the future, as both universities and employers attest. IB graduates are highly prepared to contribute to their own communities and, increasingly, to help find solutions to the broader challenges facing the world. I wish this year’s graduates all the best for the future and for making a better world through education."

Like Kumari, Anderson noted that this year's group of IB scholars from Notre Dame will no doubt have bright futures.

"These kids from NDP include student-athletes, who in some cases will continue their sport at the collegiate level," she said. "They also are Killer Bees who may become engineers; they are mentors and leaders; and most importantly, they are Christian people who have not only volunteered at their churches and local communities, they have taken their service learning to a higher leadership level. These students are diligent and hard-working and have been very caring and supportive of each other through the two years of the Diploma program. It has been a great pleasure working with Class of 2018."

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at