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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 7, 2001- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is proud to announce that Marymount Academy has received full International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) authorization and status.

In a letter from IBO headquarters in Geneva, Director General George Walker wrote: "I am pleased to inform you that your school's application has been accepted with immediate effect. From our headquarters in Geneva I extend a sincere welcome to you, your colleagues and your students."

Marymount Academy has been offering an International Program of Studies for five years, and applied to the IBO for full authorization and status last June. This program is based on the educational philosophies of the International Schools Association (ISA) and the IBO Middle Years Program (MYP).

The IBO grew out of the initiatives of the ISA, which began in 1951 when efforts to promote international understanding and to establish curriculum and diploma norms common to all countries were underway. In 1967, the ISA founded the IBO, which is a chartered foundation under Swiss civil code. The IBO Curriculum and Assessment Center is located in Cardiff, Wales, and there are IBO offices and schools in more than 75 schools all around the world.

On October 13, an IBO delegation from the regional office in New York paid a visit to Marymount Academy. They reviewed in detail the school’s implementation of the MYP and interviewed all of the stakeholders: Director of Pedagogical Services Jerry Dunn, Principal Patrick Jennings, Program Coordinator AnnMarie Matheson, the teachers, members of the professional and support staff, parents and students.

The delegation submitted a report to the regional office, which in turn made a recommendation to the Director General in Geneva who formally advised Marymount of its acceptance in a letter dated February 1, 2001.

There are presently 430 students enrolled at Marymount Academy, 125 of whom are in the International Program of Studies. Ms. Matheson says that the program has grown steadily over the last five years, noting that this year there were a record number of applicants. This spring the first class will graduate from the program.

The program provides a curriculum, which allows students to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to participate effectively in the twenty-first century. Fundamental concepts include intercultural awareness, holistic education and enhanced language and communication skills. Five areas of interaction give the program its distinctive core. They are: approaches to learning, community service, health and social education, environment and homo faber. These themes are integrated in the subjects at all five levels through interdisciplinary teaching, projects and special programs.

The IBO report from Geneva commends the teaching staff for their enthusiasm and involvement in the program, the EMSB for its support of the MYP, the school for its efforts in making the MYP an integrated part of the school, and the parents for their overwhelming support.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
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