Created to mark the 50th anniversary of the IB Program, the news and current affairs-style film explores how IB programs help students “develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world.” The documentary features a handful of IB schools around the world, and combines key interviews, case studies, and sponsored stories to explore how IB programs prepare children for life.
George School’s continued success with the IB program, global perspective, commitment to service, and the diversity of the student body appealed to producers of the documentary. “Over the last six years all the IB students at George School earned their IB Diplomas. That’s a remarkable 100 percent success rate compared with a global average of 81 percent.”
British news anchor Natasha Kaplinsky narrated the production. “One of the first boarding schools in America to adopt the IB Program was George School. The school’s ancient Quaker roots and global perspective are in keeping with the modern IB philosophy.”
Head of School Sam Houser, IB Program Director Ralph Lelii, and three IB Diploma program alumni were interviewed—Akobuije Chijioke ’92, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Inna Alecksandrovich Plumb ’07, the director of supply chain strategy and operations at Blue Apron, and Eden McEwen ’17, a sophomore studying computer science and the University of California, Berkeley.
“I’m so grateful I got the chance to try rigorous courses that asked me for my opinion so often and that asked me to think outside the box,” said Eden.
They are learning how to build communities across cultures and across nations,” said Sam. “They are learning how to be cosmopolitan in that real ancient Greek sense of the word—citizens of the world.”