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The Imagine International Academy of North Texas, a public tuition-free charter school opening this fall in McKinney, has received approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization to become a candidate school* for the highly regarded International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The Academy also recently received notification of candidate status for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for students in grades K-5 and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6-10. The school is pursuing authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the Imagine International Academy of North Texas believes is important for its students.
Operated by Imagine Schools, the Academy will serve 950 students in grades K–9 for the 2012-2013 school year, growing by a grade each year to become a K-12 school. Once the authorization process has been completed for the three International Baccalaureate Programmes, the Academy will join less than ten public tuition-free schools nationwide which provide all three within a single school setting.
“Offering all three IB programmes is integral to our vision of providing a comprehensive and high quality rigorous college preparatory experience for our students,” said Ann Carrell, Board President for the Academy, adding that “becoming a candidate school is the first step in this process.”
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme comprises the final two years in high school for students in grades 11 –12. In Texas, students graduating from high school with the IB Diploma by law are awarded a minimum of 24 semester hours of college credit at any public institution of higher education.
In order to obtain the IB Diploma, students must take advanced coursework and pass examinations in six core subject areas, along with completing a Theory of Knowledge course, writing an extended research essay of approximately 4,000 words, and participating in activities representing creativity, action, and service.
Out of the top ten nationally ranked high schools in Newsweek’s 2011 list of “America’s Best High Schools,” five offer the IB Diploma, with approximately 3% of high schools in the United States authorized to offer the program.
“Having achieved the status of candidate school for all three International Baccalaureate programmes, we are focusing on completing the authorization process over the next 12-18 months to become an official IB World School,” said Margaret Davis, School Director, adding that “our faculty members eagerly await opening our school in August and introducing students to the unique inquiry-based IB curriculum approach.”
The Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year for placement on waiting lists for all grades.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
The Imagine International Academy of North Texas is a public tuition-free charter school in McKinney, Texas, operated by Imagine Schools, offering an academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The Academy will open in August 2012, serving students in grades K-9, and will add one grade each year to become a K-12 school. For more information, visit www.imaginenorthtexas.org.