International Baccalaureate Program

Springdale Preparatory School is a certified school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

Together, our academic, residential, and athletic offerings, through our 360-degree life skills program, support lifelong experiential learning and prepare students to meet the challenges and adversity they will face in their adult lives.

An IB Education is world-renowned for its academic and personal rigor. The IB curriculum focuses on learners, develops effective approaches to teaching and learning, works with global contexts by increasing understanding of language and cultures, and explores globally significant ideas and issues.

IB Learners strive to become inquirers, thinkers, communicators who aren’t afraid to take risks. They aim to be open-minded, caring, balanced, and reflective. IB students are well-rounded, principled students with character who respond to challenges with optimism. Confident in their own identities, they make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating a common humanity, and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, and unpredictable situations.

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The International Baccalaureate – How Is It Achieved?

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help 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.

The IB Diploma Program is designed to prepare students for the real-world challenges of college. In order to complete the requirements for the IB Diploma, students must take two years of study. These include the IB core and one course from each of the six subject groups. 

The IB Core consists of three courses: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and Community, Action, and Service. These courses require students to write a 4,000 word Extended Essay, complete and present a project for Theory of Knowledge, and complete Creativity, Action, and Service reflections. The six subject groups are Language A (1), Language B (2), Individuals & Societies (3), Experimental Sciences (4), Mathematics (5), and The Arts (6) and are either standard level (SL, 150 hours) or higher level (HL, 240 hours) classes. Students earn points for IB exams and IB assessments. A minimum of 24 points is needed to earn a diploma, with a maximum of 45 points available.

Students have to take one course from each of the six areas, but may opt to take an extra course from 1-5 instead of a group 6 course. Students must take 3 SL and 3 HL courses, or 4 HL and 2 SL classes.

Contact us to learn more about Springdale Preparatory School, our experiential academic program, and full life skills curriculum.

Springdale Preparatory School is located in New Windsor, Maryland. It is easily accessible from major interstates including I-70 and I-95. In addition, it is not far from airlines via the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Academic Campus | 1000 Green Valley Road, New Windsor, Maryland 21776

Maryland State Department of Education Certification

Springdale Preparatory School is a Maryland State Department of Education approved boarding and day academic community.


Non-Discrimination Policy: Springdale Preparatory School will not discriminate against students or employees on the basis of race; national or ethnic origin; religion; gender; sexual orientation; age; or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions decisions, employment practices, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs and activities.

COVID-19 Response

Springdale will welcome students back full-time beginning September 1st, with five-day in-classroom instruction! Please click below to find out more information regarding our reopening plans or to inquire about the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

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