Following the graduation of 450 seniors, Anderson High School announced that students who had earned International Baccalaureate diplomas outpaced the global average passing rate by 17 percentage points.
Ninety-six percent of students who attempted the international standard curriculum in 2015 completed it and earned their IB diplomas; worldwide, the average passing rate is 79 percent.
"Anderson was authorized as the 628th IB school in the world in 1991 and, since then, we have come a long way to be one of the top performing programs," said Anderson High School Principal Donna Houser.
All students in the IB diploma program must complete coursework and take exams in six areas of study, complete an original research project alongside a qualified mentor and complete three hours per week of activities benefitting the community.
Students must apply to be part of the IB diploma program, but they can also pursue select IB classes in lieu of the diploma.
"The IB program is an international standard designed to stimulate and challenge highly motivated students. To exceed the worldwide average by the amount that Anderson has is a testament to the solid work we have going on in Austin ISD," said Superintendent Paul Cruz. "We want to thank our teachers and staff again for their dedication to our students. They've taught them the skills they need to be successful after high school."