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MacMillan International becomes International Baccalaureate school

Principal Angela James (third from left) and staff celebrate after learning of MacMillan’s approval as an IB Programme Principal Angela James (third from left) and staff celebrate after learning of MacMillan’s approval as an IB Programme

It's the first elementary school in Montgomery County to earn the distinction, and Friday, after months of preparation and training, the Montgomery Public School System got to celebrate the achievement of MacMillan International Academy at McKee.

The school is officially being authorized to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years Program (PYP).

School officials say PYP is a curriculum framework designed for elementary students that uses international themes, as well as languages and humanities with advanced level coursework. Leaders say the program focuses on the development of the whole child both in the classroom and in the world outside.

MacMillan Principal Angela Kornegay-James said she was thrilled to receive the prestigious honor which validates the hard work done by her students, teachers, staff and parents.

"Our teachers, students, staff and parents are so proud to have achieved this milestone," said James. "IB was a rigorous process. It involved extensive professional development and evaluation by the team from IB who observed in classrooms, reviewed our curriculum, and interviewed faculty, students, parents, board members, and administrators," she said. "The years of preparation were hard, but the MacMillan family was up to the challenge. I believe our students will greatly benefit from this program."

MPS is one of a few school systems in the state to offer IB programs that span all grade levels. MacMillan, Johnnie Carr Middle and Loveless Academic Magnet Program were named IB candidate schools in June 2012 and had been steadily progressing towards authorization.

"Our teachers and administrators have worked diligently, and we are proud to have one of only six Primary Years Programmes in Alabama," said Allen. "I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the process for their hard work. Our students are going to grow and learn in a wonderful new way because of our association with IB."

IB boasts one of the most rigorous and challenging K-12 programs in existence and is recognized around the world as one of the premiere curriculum programs available. IB offers six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

There are over 4,000 IB programs around the world; 19 are in Alabama.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Public School System

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