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May 4, 2013

New Albany, Floyd Central receive International Baccalaureate status

Director of high schools says it’s been a two-year process

FLOYD COUNTY — Floyd Central and New Albany high schools have been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School Diploma Program, according to a news release from the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.

The two schools are the 21st and 22nd schools to receive this authorization in Indiana.

The process has taken two years. The International Baccalaureate program involves more rigorous and comprehensive study in different subjects such as math, world languages and science.

“This is a significant accomplishment and an important enhancement to our curriculum,” said Louis Jensen, director of high schools for the NA-FC School Corp., in the release “There was a very selective application process. Our high schools have been candidates for authorization and working toward it for two years.

“It is a great honor for our high schools to be authorized as IB World Schools. The IB World School diplomas meet international standards and are accepted globally. With this authorization, NA-FC schools is now a leader in international education and thus better able to prepare our students for the global marketplace.”

Both schools will begin teaching the program next year.

The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student which offers high quality international education programs to more than one million students in 144 countries.

“You’ve really got to have an administrative team and teachers that are all on board and working collaboratively together,” Jensen said in a previous interview. “We continue to draw more and more people who want to be a part of it. It’s going to separate us from the other schools.”

Jensen said another important component in getting IB in schools is funding, which is already covered by a donation from the Blue Sky Foundation. The NA-FC Education Foundation helped secure the donation.

Look for an expanded story on these awards in an upcoming News and Tribune and at newsandtribune.com

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