The Imagine International Academy of North Texas, a public tuition-free charter school in McKinney, has received approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization to become an IB World School offering the renowned IB Diploma Programme for students in Grades 11 and 12. Current students in Grade 10 will have the opportunity to become the first class of IB Diploma graduates. The school is pursuing authorization for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme.
Upon successful completion of the authorization process, the Academy plans to join the ranks of less than ten public tuition-free schools nationwide which offer all three prestigious IB programs for grades K-12 within a single school setting. At present, there are 30 such schools in all of North America and the Caribbean. In Texas, students graduating from high school with the IB Diploma are eligible for a minimum of 24 semester hours of college credit at any public institution of higher education.
The IB Diploma Programme cultivates the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable students to excel in higher education, and has gained recognition and respect from the world’ leading universities. Through the IB Diploma Programme, students gain rigorous and balanced academic preparation, an ability to draw on knowledge and understanding of various cultures and histories, and the experience of learning how to think critically and apply what they have learned in different contexts and across disciplines.
The Imagine International Academy of North Texas is currently accepting lottery applications for the 2014 – 2015 school year for placement on waiting lists for all grades.
Notes: Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, 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 opened in August 2012, currently serves students in grades K-10, and will add one grade each year to become a K-12 school. For more information, visit www.imaginenorthtexas.org.
Story submitted by Karen Kimball