Published: Aug 29, 2011 8:43 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla - A new school year is bringing new accolades for Fort Myers High School.  The school recently received word that it’s one of the nation’s top International Baccalaureate programs in terms of number of IB diplomas earned by students!

In keeping with the motto, “Fort Myers High School, Where Excellence Is A Tradition,” Fort Myers High IB seniors were awarded the fifth-most diplomas out of 72 IB schools in Florida.In addition, Fort Myers High was awarded the sixth-most IB diplomas out of 753 IB high schools in the United States. This places Fort Myers High in the top 1% of IB programs in the nation.

“This accomplishment could not have been possible without the efforts of the entire Greenwave family,” said David LaRosa, Fort Myers High’s principal. “Our faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and community can all share in the pride that comes with this tremendous honor.”

The school consistently rates as one of the nation’s top high schools, earning numerous recognition and honors, including Newsweekmagazine (72nd best high school in the U.S.) and The Washington Post (raking as the 91st best high school in America.)