Garner Magnet High School offers two of the four available International Baccalaureate Programmes—the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). These complementary programs provide students with an educational environment that emphasizes intellectual challenge while encouraging them to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. The programmes foster the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. A significant goal of the programmes is to help students see their education in the context of how they live their lives and how they interact with the world around them. To this end the programmes adheres to the core principals of classroom rigor, collaborative and cross-cultural curriculum, and an international-minded approach to understanding course content. The emphasis on these core principals have made the International Baccalaureate Organization a global leader in education.
Classroom rigor is a product of demanding curriculum and consistently high expectations. Both programmes use criteria-referenced assessment for instruct and to evaluate student learning. The Diploma Programme (DP) offers the most widely acclaimed college-prep programme to prepare students for the demands of university and beyond.
Collaborative and Cross-Curricular education means that students and teachers are making connections to material in areas of study across the curriculum. It is an understanding that no single subject matter can exist in isolation from other knowledge and that to study material in connection with other subject areas is to provide the context for how that content impacts us and why it matters.
International Mindedness is the recognition that people from different cultural backgrounds share basic human sensibilities and motivations while nurturing differences culture and viewpoint that makes us unique. It is an understanding that our local and global communities are made up of people with different personal and cultural perspectives that guide the decisions they make that impact the world in which we live. To understand those perspectives is to better understand our own world.
The Middle Years Programme is a whole-school programme for all 9th and 10th graders that provides academic challenge and the building of academic skills. The programme is designed to help students see the connections between the courses they study and their own world. The MYP promotes cross-curricular study, inquiry, and critical and reflective thinking, as keys to 21st century success.
The IB Diploma Programme is an optional programme for Juniors and Seniors. It is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The programme also requires students to engage in community activity and research as an extension of their classroom experience. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.