We are thrilled and proud to inform you that the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization has authorized the Montessori School of Raleigh to offer the IB Diploma Programme beginning in Fall 2018. MSR will become just the third independent school in North Carolina – and the only one outside of Charlotte – to offer the prestigious IB Diploma.
As an IB World School, MSR is now part of a global community of institutions committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people ready to negotiate successful futures and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world.
Obtaining IB authorization is a difficult process that takes three years. Candidate schools are evaluated in great depth to ensure that the proper structures and processes are in place to proficiently run the Diploma Programme. That comprehensive review explored MSR’s philosophy; school organization; leadership and structure; resources and support; curriculum (collaborative planning, written curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment); and faculty and staff training to ensure we meet the extremely high standards of the IB. The review culminated with an on-site visit by an IB Verification Team that met with our students, teachers, parents, Board members, and administration. We would like to commend our educators, administrators, students, trustees, and families for their active roles in reaching this notable milestone.
On our Brier Creek Campus, the new Upper School building that will house our Montessori and IB Programme is well underway. When the project is completed this fall, it will mark the culmination of six years of work and many millions of dollars of investment in MSR – beginning with a new performance stage and soccer field, followed by a new regulation gymnasium and administration building, then the renovation of the Watson Fine Arts Center, and now a beautiful new Upper School for our children. We thank every member of our community for the support and hard work it took to get us here.
The positive impacts of the IB program on the MSR community and our students will be immeasurable. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is among the most-recognized and most-respected college preparatory programs in the world and is a robust pathway to the finest universities. Graduating classes of our Diploma Programme students will go on to engage in meaningful study and work to enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and even internationally – engineers of authentic and fulfilling lives.