Foxcroft Academy named an IB Diploma Program School

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Recently Foxcroft Academy received word from International Baccalaureate (IB) that the school’s candidacy has been accepted to become a full IB Diploma Program school, with classes beginning at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Foxcroft Academy is making this bold move to better its mission and to better prepare students for the 21st-century workforce.

IB was founded on the principles of students using high-level thinking skills and developing an international mindset to better prepare them for post-secondary education. In today’s world, students need to utilize critical thinking skills in order to solve complex problems on a global scale.

“Foxcroft Academy is excited and pleased to be able to offer all students the opportunities that exist in International Baccalaureate,” said Arnold Shorey, Foxcroft Academy head of school. “It is a perfect fit with the mission and vision of Foxcroft Academy as it promotes skills of evaluation, analysis, and creativity, and fits in with all of our current offering including AP, college prep and industrial technology classes.”

Shorey credits Dr. Richard Swett, president of the Foxcroft Academy Board of Trustees, with bringing the concept of IB to the Foxcroft Academy community.

“Members of the board are always looking for ways to help better the student experience, not just in our school halls, but for the betterment of their future,” Dr. Swett said. “IB is a program, that for the right student, will challenge, broaden, and enhance their capabilities, and we will offer this course of study as a part of their everyday education.”

“IB is a pathway to success, not just in high school and college, but for life,” said Jonathan Pratt, assistant head of school for academics. “The demands of an IB candidate student are many, but the rewards are just as great. These students seek the answers to problems, and they are ready to accept new challenges in their young academic lives.”

“The process has been intensive, but worth all the efforts,” Shorey said. “Our teachers are learning more every day, and our students are excited about the opportunities that await them. We look forward to seeing a new crop of FA graduates, both day and boarding, be able to take advantage of this program.”

For more information on the IB Diploma Program, please contact IB Coordinator Donna Newhouse, or visit

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