Garner Elementary School Becomes International Baccalaureate World School
Children in Garner public schools now have a new academic opportunity: They can attend an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The new option comes after the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) recently authorized Garner's Smith Magnet Elementary as an International Baccalaureate World School. Children in Garner schools now have a complete IB pathway that includes Smith Magnet, East Garner Magnet Middle and Garner Magnet High.
"I cannot be more proud of every stakeholder who has been involved in this journey of re-culturing our school identity, raising our academic direction to the high standards of the IBO's 21st Century vision, and observing the buy-in and commitment from all members of the Smith Magnet community," Smith Magnet Elementary school principal Chris Lassiter said in a statement. "We at Smith appreciate the work of our teachers, staff, and parents for the great partnership, passionate support, and collaborative leadership that made this IBO authorization a reality."
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation that strives to engage students with high-quality academic programs in its international community of schools. Worldwide, more than 997,000 students take part in the IBO program at 3,339 schools in 141 countries. IBO offers a sequence of three programs in schools from elementary through high school: the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. They are designed to help children learn and develop the critical thinking skills needed in a rapidly globalizing world.
For more information about the magnet program, contact the magnet program office at (919) 431-7355 or visit www.wcpss.net/magnet. For more information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) visit http://www.ibo.org/.
This article contains information provided through a press release from Pierson Grant Public Relations