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Houston, TX  – July 7, 2010– The Class of 2010 at the British School of Houston has accomplished something that has never happened in the history of the school and something that rarely happens in any school offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program: 100% of students entered for the IB diploma passed.  One exceptional student, Benjamin Ayton, gained 44 out of a possible 45 points on the diploma, placing him in the top 1% of IB students in the entire world.
 
“These results are a credit to the young people who achieved them, to their ability, and to the very high academic standards that they set in all areas at all times,” said Amanda Foxwell, Deputy Head of School at the British School of Houston.
 
The IB Diploma Program is the most academically rigorous post-age-16 educational program currently on offer in the world.  Students study 6 subjects for the full IB Diploma, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level.  They must study math, at least one science, a humanities-based subject, and at least two languages.  Students also choose one more subject, which could be an arts subject, additional science or humanities, or a third language.  They must also take a Theory of Knowledge course, produce a 4,000-word extended essay/research project, and complete 150 hours of extracurricular activities based around Creativity, Action, and Service.
 
The IB Diploma is scored out of 45 points: scores of 35 points or above ensure entry to the most prestigious universities around the world and credits in even Ivy League universities for up to the entire freshman year.  20% of IB Diploma candidates at the British School of Houston gained 40 or more points, placing them in the top 5% of IB students in the world.
Stephen Foxwell, Head of School, remarked, “IB results like these are also a tribute to the exceptional quality of teaching that they have received from the staff at our school and to the support they have received from their families.”
 
Students who achieved the IB Diploma this year at the British School of Houston include Atif Al Harthy, Benjamin Ayton, Elizabeth Butcher, Sebastian Calvache-Mejia, João Pedro de Sousa, Molly Fleming, James Fox, Hidde Gerretsen, Ross Grant, Hannah Harries, Abigail Helmore, Iker Lambarri, Alex Lucas, Nicola Massie, Angela Milanés, Rosario Moran, Erika Sagert, Stefanie Sanches, and Cecilia Turtchetti.
The Class of 2010 gained entry into some of the most prestigious universities in the US, Canada, and UK, including the University of Texas honors program, University of Toronto, and Imperial College, London. 
 
The British School of Houston is a private, pre-kindergarden-12th grade school located in northwest Houston. With a diverse student population, extensive extra-curricular activities, and an internationally-accredited curriculum, the school offers a challenging, broad course of study that culminates with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB).  
The school is a member of World Class Learning Group (WCL), a leader in learning for over 25 years.  WCL schools are located in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Doha (Qatar). For more information on the British School of Houston, call 713-290-9025 or email admissionsbsh@britishschool.org.                ###