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International School of Columbus
-educating students to contribute and compete globally-
Columbus, Indiana
Type charter high school|charter middle school, International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Candidate School
Established 2009
Grades 7-9 for 2009, expanding one grade a year to 7-12 in 2013International Baccalaureate Programme.<
Number of students 300 max in 2009, 600 max in 2012
Campus small city
Mascot students will choose mascot in 2009

The International School of Columbus, is a public tuition-free charter middle/high school located in Columbus, Indiana. After being approved by Ball State University President Jo Ann M. Gora on December 17, 2008, the school will open in Fall, 2009 and is now enrolling students grade 7-9, expanding one grade a year. Gora made the approval after a favorable recommendation from BSU's Office of Charter Schools, headed up by Dr. Larry Gabbert, and receiving unanimous positive community feedback from a public meeting held in Columbus on December 10th. Like all public schools, the International School of Columbus is tuition-free and open to all students.

The International School of Columbus benchmarks nationally-recognized High Schools[edit]

The International School of Columbus is using as a model Signature Public Charter School of Evansville, Indiana, the state's first public charter high school, and Sturgis Charter Public School. In 2006, Signature Public Charter School was named the 54th best public high school in the United States by Newsweek.[1] In May 2007, Sturgis was ranked 55th in the nation in Newsweek magazine's ranking of "The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. schools".[2]

The International School of Columbus and The International Baccalaureate (IB)[edit]

The International School of Columbus plans, like the Signature High and Sturgis High, to be accepted into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.[3] In 2007, President Bush and the U.S. Congress passed the America COMPETES Act, and one provision of the statute hopes increase the number of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians in the United States by increasing the number of teachers trained in the rigorous IB Curriculum which requires four years of math and science in high school, in order to prepare for the IB assessments given in grades 11 and 12. The International School of Columbus shares Sturgis Charter Public School's philosophy of "IB for All" students.

In 2009, the International School of Columbus will open as an IB Candidate School. The ISC Board is committed to achieving approval as an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the Diploma Program (DP) to students in the 11th and 12th grades, along with an intensive "pre-IB" program in the 7-10th grades. There are no schools in Southern Indiana currently offering IB. Any student in Indiana may cross county lines and enroll at the International School of Columbus tuition-free, and the school expects to draw from the region. Students at ISC will take the full IB Diploma Program and complete a course of studies in six core groups. Courses are offered at the Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) All students at ISC will be required to take IB courses during their junior and senior years. The IB Diploma may be earned by students who earn the requisite scores, and the curriculum at ISC is aligned with Indiana Standards so that all students may achieve an Indiana Core 40 High School Diploma with Academic Honors.

The IB Curriculum is a world-renowned college-prep curriculum with a global perspective, offered by over 2400 schools in 132 countries, since 1968. It is an excellent option for all students who want to prepare for college. An IB Diploma is accepted by universities the world over. Students can earn up to two years college credit through the IB exams, depending on how they do on the exams taken in grade 11 and grade 12. ISC will be an IB Candidate School*, the IB curriculum will be offered to all students enrolling, and students will be offered extra tutoring and support to raise their skills to the level required for the IB curriculum.

The foreign languages offered at the International School will begin as Spanish and the International School hopes to immediately offer Chinese, or Japanese through an online curriculum.

The International School of Columbus Students Benefit from a Small School Environment[edit]

The students at the International School will benefit from a small-school atmosphere, as the maximum number of students per grade will be 100. The school will enroll a maximum of 300 students in grades seven through nine in its first year, and then expand one grade a year to grade twelve, with a maximum 600 students. Research indicates that small schools increase student engagement, increase graduation rates, and increase the number of students enrolling in college after high school.

Diploma and acceptance by universities[edit]

Students who fulfill all IB requirements and earn the requisite scores earn the IB Diploma. Additionally many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad grant credit for students who receive exceptional marks (usually a 6, or 7, sometimes 5 as well) in higher and very occasionally standard level courses, in the same way institutions grant credit for Advanced Placement exams. Students who earn an Indian High School Diploma but not the IB Diploma may still earn college credit by passing individual exams (earning IB certificates), just as students earn credit with Advanced Placement exams.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The ISC will offer sports and extracurricular activities, just like any public school, and a parent committee is already forming to decide what clubs, activities and sports to offer in the first year, as well as to plan membership in the IHSAA.

  • Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programs, visit


  1. ^ "The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools". Newsweek. Retrieved 2006-11-03. 
  2. ^ "The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. schools", Newsweek. Accessed October 8, 2007.
  3. ^ "Signature School". International Baccalaureate. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 

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