Historical Overview


Reagan IB began in 2003 as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Small High School Initiative with only 127 students and six faculty members. Now, enrollment reflects more than 1,250 students and sixty five faculty members. Student population has increased over time due to the school’s sterling reputation and growing demand for the challenging IB academic program.


Affiliation with the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) Diploma Programme was achieved in 2006 and the Middle Years Programme affiliation followed in 2009.  Reagan IB has received numerous awards since its inception including:  Wisconsin School of Promise (2009), Wisconsin School of Merit (2012), America’s Most Challenging High School (The Washington Post, 2012/2013), and America’s Best High School (US News & World Report, 2009 Bronze/2012 Gold). Reagan IB is also a founding member of the Wisconsin Association of International Baccalaureate Schools (WAIBS), actively working to increase professional development, communication and advocacy for IB schools across the entire state.