International Baccalaureate approved for Smithfield-Selma High
Smithfield-Selma High School, after months of intensive training and screening, has been accepted for the Dipolma Programme as an International Baccalaureate World School.
Drew Duetch, Director of IB Americas, stated, “The school navigated the rigorous authorization process smoothly”. Feedback from the authorization visit has been provided to the school in order for the school to successfully implement the program.
The IB authorization process included meetings involving all stakeholders (parents, students, community members, teachers, etc.). Extensive training for staff, facility updates and the increased focus on rigor and global education have also been necessary steps to complete the authorization process.
One of goals of the IB program is to promote student access to resources for the college-level research they will conduct as IB students. Numerous students will benefit from an alliance developed between SSS and Johnston Community College’s Learning Resource Center (LRC). This collaboration allows students in the IB Diploma Program access to resources available at JCC’s Learning Resource Center, including their books, business center, and remote access to their extensive databases.
Organized by the International Baccalaureate Office based in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a rigorous academic program emphasizing academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service. Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with nearly 3,500 schools in 144 countries to develop and offer challenging programmes to over 1,000,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.
The IB process for Smithfield-Selma High School began 2 years ago and stemmed from the global connections that were already occurring at SSS. SSS has worked closely with the NC Center for International Understanding and welcomes exchange students. The foreign languages classes traveled to France and Spain last year and are scheduled to go to Costa Rica and Quebec this year. They also participate in the Danish/NC Global Partnership. The IB program is another opportunity to promote international mindedness and promote academic rigor for students.
Michael Taylor, Principal of Smithfield-Selma High School, stated, “We appreciate the overflowing support of the community, staff, parents and students during this process. This opportunity for our school will open doors for all of our students, as well as our community. Our work; however, has just begun.”
Dr. Croom, Superintendent of Johnston County Schools, stated, “We are exceptionally proud of Smithfield-Selma High School. This is just one example of the exceptional schools that we have here in Johnston County and another example of the evident passion for education that our teachers and staff demonstrate every day.”
Current 10th grade students will be the first cohort to embark upon a 2 year IB Diploma Programme that will prepare them for future endeavors in post-secondary pursuits as well as develop a future leader in the global world. A major part of the IB program is the opportunity for students to delve into global understanding. College credit will be obtained through many of the courses offered. The application is available on the Smithfield-Selma High School website.
More information regarding the International Baccalaureate program can be obtained at www.ibo.org or on the Smithfield-Selma webpage www.johnston.k12.nc.us/sss
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Front: Kelley Hardin, Kevin Daughtry, Ellen Ennis-Smith, and Kalie Acquarulo
Back: Joey Smiht, Cynthia Hutchings, Dr. Therese Polito, and Peter Kelly.