IB Mission Statement–The International Baccalaureate Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and life long learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
History and Background of Our Program
In 1995, Henrico County Public Schools was authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to initiate a Middle Years Program (MYP) in grades 6-10 and a Diploma Program (DP) in grades 11-12. Years 1-3 (grades 6-8) of the MYP were established at Moody Middle School. MYP years 4-5 (grades 9-10) and DP years 1-2 (grades 11-12) were to continue at Henrico High School. To date, both MYP programs have successfully been reauthorized after the self-study process and site visit in October, 2010.
In 2008-09, we initiated an expansion into two additional middle schools, Fairfield and Tuckahoe, and one additional high school, J.R. Tucker. All new sites were designated IB MYP World Schools in 2011. J.R. Tucker completed the application process to offer the Diploma Program beginning in September of 2011. J.R. Tucker High will undergo a self-study for evaluation of its Middle Years Program in 2014-15. All five sites are members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of IB World Schools (IBMA) and continue to participate in regional, national and international exchange, sharing, and training.
In order to achieve and maintain the status of IB World School, HCPS IB sites must maintain Standards and Practices as well as philosophy, organization and curriculum as outlined by IBO. These standards include IBO teacher training on multiple and continuing levels, review of curriculum, and teacher review of and reflection on results. Our teachers have served as trainers, subject scorers, and program evaluators on the local, national and international level. The Programs are required to have formal assessment, honesty, special needs, and language policies to ensure that all students are treated fairly and ethically. These documents can be found in this publication. The schools must also foster an international atmosphere of tolerance and global awareness. All schools must successfully complete a self-study and undergo re-authorization every five years.
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