Two APS High Schools Earn International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Designation

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Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School and North Atlanta High School have earned the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) designation to offer APS students the opportunity to combine IB courses with CTAE pathways and earn the IB CP Certificate. Both schools join 139 other schools in 23 countries around the world which currently offer the program.

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is an innovative international education pathway that offers a rewarding blend of academic subjects and career-related studies. Tailored to students who want to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of high school, the CP develops applicable, transferable, lifelong skills that prepare them for higher education, apprenticeships or employment.  The CP enables students to:

  • Follow their chosen education and career pathways
  • Combine academic subjects with their personal and professional interests and skills
  • Engage in learning that makes a positive difference to their community
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of situations
  • Effectively work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Consider new perspectives and other points of view
  • Apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios and situations

North Atlanta and Maynard Jackson high schools join 10 other IB high schools in Georgia, where the IB CP Programme is offered in more schools than any other state in the U.S.

The CP offers schools the flexibility to select the career pathways they want to offer. Under the new designation, North Atlanta will offer the following career pathways: Audio Visual Technology and Film; Business and Technology; Graphic Design; Information Technology-Web and Digital Design; Information Technology-Programming; and JROTC-Army. Maynard Jackson will offer: Audio Visual Technology and Film; Engineering and Technology; Graphic Design; Information Technology-Web and Digital Design; and JROTC-Army.

“Receiving the IB CP authorization is a big deal for our students and the North Atlanta community,” said North Atlanta High School Principal Curtis Douglass. “This allows us to serve students through the IB Programme in the 11th and 12th grade who want the academic rigor in preparation for college while focusing on an established career pathway.  Additionally, it will make our programme more diverse and interesting to students that are hesitant to enter the IB Diploma Progamme.”

The IB Diploma Progamme at North Atlanta is the oldest in the southeast, having originated at North Fulton High School in 1982.

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All CP students are required to take at least two Diploma Programme (DP) courses. Typically, the DP courses selected align with students’ chosen career pathways. CP students must also complete four core components—language development, personal and professional skills, service learning and a reflective project—in order to receive the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Certificate. De­signed to enhance critical thinking and intercultural understanding, the CP core helps students develop the communication and personal skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

“We are so proud to offer the IB Certificate Programme in addition to the IB Diploma Programme authorized in 2013 for all interested students,” said Maynard Jackson H.S. Principal Stephanie S. Johnson. The CP provides opportunities for students interested in IB to complete an IB Career Related Certificate in subjects such as Audio Visual Technology and Film, Engineering and Technology, Graphic Design, Information Technology-Web Digital Design, and JROTC-Army. We look forward to our students continuing to take advantage of the variety of rigorous course offerings provided at Maynard Jackson High School.”

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