The International Academy community, through the International Baccalaureate program, instills cultural appreciation and global citizenship while promoting personal development and a passion for learning.
The instruction of the International Academy will be engaging, innovative, student-centered, and inquiry based.
IA staff will demonstrate their enthusiasm for and knowledge of the subject matter, fostering creativity and confidence in a supportive and challenging environment so that each student can make meaningful connections across the curriculum.
The curriculum of the International Academy will be in full alignment with the standards of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs, in addition to state standards.
IA staff will embrace a rigorous curriculum with a central philosophy of making interdisciplinary and global connections while encouraging individual initiatives and multiple perspectives.
The culture of the International Academy will balance the social, emotional, and physical health of our community. We will embrace and value commonalities and individuality.
Through creativity and intellectualism, we will encourage holistic growth within a comfortable, safe learning environment.
Assessments will fairly evaluate the unique and diverse abilities and knowledge base of all students. Formative assessments will be used to strengthen skills, provide practice and feedback to students during the learning process. Summative assessments will emphasize mastery of the skills and content knowledge that students have had an opportunity to learn.
Teachers will validly, reliably and consistently assess student work in accordance with the IB grading criteria and practices. Evaluation criteria will be reflective of curricular goals, supported by professional, scientific and ethical standards and developmentally appropriate. Students will also be engaged in the assessment process through reflection and self-evaluation that leads to goals for learning.
Since June 2020, the IA’s Dismantling Racism Student Association has been working with students, staff and the community to develop an anti-racist statement for the tri-campus International Academy that represents their overall voice while simultaneously supporting the IB’s mission “to create a better and more peaceful world.”
The statement is as follows:
The International Academy condemns all forms of racism and discrimination, both covert and overt, institutionalized and systemic - it stands firmly against all types of social injustices, including but not limited to those on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religious or spiritual beliefs, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and ideology. Additionally, the International Academy community institutes a Zero Indifference approach with respect to discrimination on any basis.
We strive to create an inclusive environment where all individuals receive the respect, support, safety, and acceptance to nurture growth and aid in the development of globally-minded people. The International Academy is committed to valuing the diversity in our community and promoting a growth-mindset, empowerment, and equity for all individuals. Moreover, we are devoted to challenging the historical roots that contribute to the existing framework of oppression and injustice in our society and dismantling racism in our community. It is our ultimate goal to cultivate an inclusive learning community whose members – staff, families, and students alike – hold the tools to dismantle systemic injustices themselves, sharing these skills and tools with others as lifelong learners.