Clarkston High School is now offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for students who will be graduating in 2011 and beyond. To provide some background, the International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in 1968 and currently works with 1,782 schools in 131 countries. Students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme are involved in a demanding international curriculum that encourages divergent learning. Students share academic experiences which emphasize critical thinking and intercultural understanding. The curriculum coincides with state and national requirements. Students interested in earning the IB Diploma in addition to Clarkston Community Schools' Diploma enter the two-year program as a high-school junior (ages 16 to 19).