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BCS 2013-2014 IB School


BCS News & Notes reports:

Ramsay will be IB school in 2013-2014

Birmingham City Schools, and Ramsay High School in particular, got some very good news this week. Ramsay High School has made the grade to be an International Baccalaureate school beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

This culminates two years of hard work for the faculty, staff, students and parents at Ramsay. The school applied for the IB diploma program, which covers juniors and seniors. Students who will be juniors and seniors will be able in the fall will be able to earn IB diplomas.

We anticipate getting the same kind of news soon regarding Phillips Academy’s application for the primary years program, which covers kindergarten through fifth grade. A team from the IB program will visit Phillips in coming weeks to authorize that program.

We anticipate the application for the middle years program — for sixth through 10th grades — to be approved next year.

When that happens, BCS will be only the second district in the state and the only one in the Birmingham metro area to have IB programs from kindergarten through 12th grade.

This is a major step in our plans to have a portfolio of offerings for parents and students who are additional offering including career academies in our high schools.

The IB program is a rigorous undertaking for students, who are required to take not only normal core subjects but also foreign language, technology, arts and other subjects.


Craig Witherspoon
Birmingham City Schools

Coming events:

The Birmingham Board of Education will have a regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of the Administration Building, 2015 Park Place.

The Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Lincoln Professional Development Center, 901 Ninth Ave. North. The committee is open to any parent or guardian who wishes to attend.


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