Three county elementary schools have reached the top of the International Baccalaureate ladder by earning designation as IB World Schools. Germantown, Manor View, and Southgate elementary schools have each received the official authorization, marking the end of a lengthy process of self-study and extensive preparation by the schools and their communities.

“We are thrilled to see the first three of our IB Primary Years Programme schools earn this distinction because it completes the cycle for students and families in our county to experience the IB curriculum from prekindergarten through 12th grade,” said Mary Austin, IB District Coordinator for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. “There are few school systems anywhere that are doing what we are with our IB program, and the accolades we have received are a testament to the incredible work of the employees at our schools.”

To earn the IB World School designation, each school underwent a three-part process in which it was required to examine the IB philosophy and curriculum, and prepare staff to implement it, and provide the program to students for at least one full year.

The program implementation was then reviewed by a team of IB educators to evaluate the school’s preparedness to implement the program and ability to deliver it.