International Studies and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs
Students in the international studies and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs learn about the societies, systems of government and languages across the world while maintaining a strong sense of their own cultural identities.
International studies and IB have different emphases and requirements. But both offer opportunities for students in kindergarten through grade 12.
How are IB and International Studies Different?
- Students in IB schools are evaluated according to international standards as well as state and local requirements; international studies students must meet local and state requirements.
- Students can enter the international studies or IB magnet programs at any time; however, candidates for the IB diploma must meet the prerequisites to enroll in IB diploma courses.
At International Studies and IB magnet schools,
- Students have a greater opportunity to take foreign languages, with options including Mandarin Chinese, Latin, French, German and Spanish.
- Foreign language instruction is offered at earlier grade levels.
- Technology is used to communicate with students in schools across the globe.Subjects are integrated in ways that encourage students to think critically and become better problem solvers.
The International Baccalaureate Organization works with more than 900,000 students in more than 140 countries to deliver a rigorous course of study based on international standards. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County offers all three levels of the IB program: the Primary Years program (PYP) is for students aged 3 to 12, the Middle Years program (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16, and the Diploma program (DP) for students in the final two years of school before college.
International Baccalaureate Programs are offered at:
Parkland Magnet High School: Diploma Program (Grades 11 and 12)
Paisley IB Magnet School: Middle Years Program (Grades 6 through 10)
Ashley IB Magnet Elementary School: Primary Years Program (pre-kindergarten through Grade 5)
International studies magnet schools offer opportunities for students to study foreign languages, use technology to make connections, and understand how events across the globe affect us locally. At the elementary school level, Konnoak Elementary offers a focus on international themes and technology.
At the middle-school level, Philo Magnet Academy offers students opportunities to study Mandarin Chinese, international business, world cultures and global technology. These courses are unique to Philo. Students can continue in international studies at Parkland Magnet High School. Parkland’s focus on internationalism is closely aligned with the school's IB diploma program. However, students must take IB courses and meet IB requirements to be eligible to earn an IB diploma. IB diplomas are awarded in addition to the regular high school diploma.
Dual Language Immersion Programs
Ashley IB Magnet Elementary and Konnoak Elementary offer the school systems only language immersion programs. The goal for both programs is for children in the classes to become bilingual over time. Students at Ashley are taught the North Carolina curriculum in English and Spanish, while students at Konnoak are taught in English and Mandarin Chinese. Both programs begin in kindergarten. Parents are asked to make a commitment that their children will continue in the classes through grade 5.