Notre Dame’s IB Diploma success rate well ahead of U.S. and world


Notre Dame IB Diploma graduation success rate surpasses last year; students 'better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place.'


Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy announced today that 97% of those enrolled in the school's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) have successfully received an IB Diploma. This number is ahead of last year’s IB-Diploma Program graduation result of 92% and well ahead of U.S. and worldwide average pass rates.

Kim Anderson, who is an IB Diploma program coordinator at NDPMA and Spanish teacher, said that today’s results were outstanding. 

“Our kids did an amazing job and I could not be more proud of them,” she said. Also, a big thanks to all of our NDP teachers who taught them over the past four years. We are so blessed to have such a fantastic teaching staff.”

Anderson also noted that in the past six years, Notre Dame has not had any student in its IB Diploma program fail the Theory of Knowledge course or the extended essay, two very critical components of the program.

According to the International Baccalaureate, in 2016, the worldwide average pass rate was 79.2% and the U.S. average was 67.7%. 

Nearly 150,000 IB students around the world also received their results today from the May 2016 examination session, which are released for students of both the Diploma and Career-related Programs.

They join a community of more than 1,493,820 IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas this year marks a 5.38% increase compared to last year’s exam session.

“I’d like to congratulate all the students who are receiving their results today, a fitting return for all the hard work and commitment they’ve shown in completing their learning,” said Dr. Siva Kumari, IB director general. “Students from more than 200 new schools joined an ever-growing body of IB alumni across the world, a group well-equipped to contribute productively and thoughtfully in any part of the world.”

Kumari added that independent research confirms that the IB improves students’ academic achievement, as well as their probability of high school graduation and college enrollment, and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings.

“And, perhaps more importantly,” he said, they’re better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place.”

In addition to the IB Diploma Program, which is for students in the upper school, NDPMA offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum to students in its lower and middle schools, making Notre Dame the only Catholic school in the state of Michigan to offer IB at all three levels.

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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." The Marist Fathers and Brothers sponsor NDPMA's Catholic identity and manages its educational program. Notre Dame is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools, 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