SNELLVILLE -- Students at Shiloh High School will soon be offered a new and unique diploma choice known for its rigor and emphasis on developing skills and character traits,
Staff of the school plan to launch the international baccalaureate program in 2013-14, making Shiloh and Norcross the only two clusters in the district to offer the program.
"This is an exciting time at Shiloh High," said Eric Parker, principal. "For two years, we have worked toward this goal and the announcement that Shiloh will offer the distinguished program is something in which we can all take pride as it will benefit our students and our entire community."
Added Parker: "By participating in this rigorous course study our students will become better communicators, develop college-level research skills, expand their knowledge and experience opportunities to apply their skills to extensive community service activities."
Groups of current ninth graders are taking preparatory classes this year and next and will begin the full two-year International Baccalaureate as juniors in fall 2013.
Scotti McClung, international baccalaureate coordinator at the school, explained the program coursework as "pre-university level class work. They will have in-depth research papers. They will have research and study skills like a college student, and they're expected on exams to reflect on the why and how."
By obtaining IB World School status, Shiloh is able to offer its learners a new and unique diploma choice that leads to an internationally recognized diploma, McClung said.
Added McClung: "This diploma choice allows them to think internationally and be global citizens. It's great when you can think inside your community, but we want to think outside the community as well."
Shiloh High's authorization as an IB school consisted of an intensive two-year process which began with submission of an application requesting candidacy status. The next step consisted of the development of units of inquiry and preparation of another application. The final step consisted of a visit by an authorizing team. Based on the visit, the school was awarded authorization status from the International Baccalaureate Organization.
According to its website, the International Baccalaureate Organization promotes "intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century."
For more information, visit www.ibo.org.