Part of the beauty of an International Baccalaureate program is how the curriculum engages and challenges its students, often in non-traditional ways.
Two Tuscaloosa city schools are well on their way to becoming fully authorized IB programs. The Tuscaloosa Board of Education approved implementation of the program.
Full authorization takes awhile. There are several steps, including that all important verification visit from an international baccalaureate team member.
Kristi Thomson is principal at Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Middle. She says the curriculum dictates students ask questions related to several different subjects, based on one central question.
Thomson says her school is well prepared to meet the IB requirements. More importantly, her students will be prepared to be on par with students from around the world.
"International' to me says it all to me. If you enter another country and attend that IB school, their curriculum is the same as ours is. So it makes our studies very global," she said.