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Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, novelist, first U.S. Congresswoman from Connecticut, and ambassador to Italy. The Clare Boothe Luce Program stands alone as the single most significant source of private support for women in science, engineering, and mathematics. Clare Boothe Luce appreciated, however, that many women face obstacles in their chosen professions. In her magnificent bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics.

Our Clare Boothe Luce Program Seeks To:
- Identify Young Women with an intellect and interest in math and science.
- Foster in young women a passion for excellence in math and science while at Villanova Prep.
- Enter college or university degree programs in math or science.
- Provide role models for young women in math or science.

A Clare Boothe Luce Scholar at Villanova: - Attends "Women in Math and Science" Career Lectures.
- Receives role modeling from Clare Boothe Luce faculty at Villanova Prep.
- May apply for Summer Study Grants.
- May be eligible for Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships at Villanova Prep.
- Receives assistance with college planning and placement in mathematics or science

Villanova is the only high school listed as a designated institution, one of thirteen institutions specifically identified by Ambassador Luce in the original bequest.

More about the Clare Boothe Program


As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we provide our academically motivated students with the unique opportunity to study university-level courses during their junior and senior year with an emphasis on inquiry, knowledge, and caring. Villanova is the only boarding school in California that offers the IB Diploma Programme. As an IB Diploma candidate, students become globally-minded and discover ways to positively impact the world.

The IB Programme allows for students to choose to take individual courses or to challenge themselves with the pursut of the full diploma. Students graduating with the full diploma are able to study at universities all over the world, often with advanced credit. The university-level courses in the Diploma Programme enable students to be more successful in the university setting by building their skill in research, writing, critical thinking, time management, and self-confidence. Beyond the university years, these skills are lifelong, giving an IB graduate an understanding and respect for other people, cultures, and ecological issues. IB students not only understand concepts at a deeper level, but they also understand their responsibilities towards them.

The Diploma Programme requires students to study six subject groups (three at the standard level and three at the higher level) over two years and to complete three additional core requirements: the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class, the Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) hours outside of class. Additionally, students must earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 points on final assessments which are externally marked, in order to receive an IB diploma.

A partial list of IB courses offered at Villanova:
- Math Analysis & Approaches
- Spanish
- Latin
- French
- Biology
- Environmental Systems and Societies
- History of the Americas
- English Language and Literature
- Psychology
- Visual Arts
- Music

IB Information Night Videos

IB Information Night #1 - Program and the CORE TopicIB Information Night #2 - English/Social SciencesIB Information Night #3 - Math/ScienceIB Information Night #4 - Fine Arts and Foreign Language
Studies in Languages and Literature
- Language and LiteratureHL
- Language and Literature SL
Language Acquisition
- French Ab initio SL
- Spanish SL (one year course)
- Spanish HL
- Latin HL
Individuals and Societies
- History of the Americas HL
- World History HL
- Psychology HL
- Psychology SL (one year course)
Experimental Sciences
- Biology HL
- Environmental Systems and Societies SL
- Mathematics Analysis & Approaches SL
- Mathematics Analysis & Approaches HL
The Arts
- Music SL (one year course)
- Visual Arts HL
IB Advantage for College
and University Applications
IB Course Descriptions
IB Learner Profile