Students at Phillips Preparatory School in Mobile just found out their school is now an International Baccalaureate school.
“Because we have always been an advanced program and have taught this way, we knew this was a perfect fit for us,” said 8th-grade teacher Nichol Woodbury.
The IB program is a global one that emphasized personal and academic achievement.
Students say they are embracing the broad, balanced curriculum of the I-B program.
“We go above and beyond and we take the step that some people don’t,” said 8th-grader Braeden Dye.
“I mean it really changes your work ethic and the way you handle issues,” said Kylie McCool.
The advanced curriculum may also give these students not only an edge in high school, but also in college.
“Colleges are starting now to look at their IB scores, look at their IB background to give them admittance into their schools,” said Woodbury.
Phillips began teaching the international baccalaureate program two and a half years ago when this current crop of eighth graders were just sixth graders. With the designation, Phillips becomes only the eighth IB middle school in the state.
“The students are taking what they learn in class and applying it to real-world situations and I’m amazed at what they’ve been able to do with it,” said Principal Brenda Hartzog.