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    J.H.Phillips Academy will go through re-authorziation this year for our Primary Years Program.  The visit will take place on October 12-13, 2017. 
    You may ask the question, " How are IB Schools Evaluated?" Below, you will information that will explain this process in its entirety.

    How are IB World Schools Evaluated?

    There is a rigorous and detailed process to becoming an IB-World school and maintaining World School status. John Herbert Phillips Academy gained its IB authorization in 2013, after a lengthy candidate phase in which the school implemented the IB Standards and Practices. Four years later, we went through our first self-study and re-evaluation.

    Last year, we had the opportunity to take part in our first self-study (required every five years after the first). We surveyed teachers, parents, and students regarding their perceptions of our implementation of the Primary Years Program. At the end of the year, we compiled our findings in a large self-study document and sent it to the International Baccalaureate Organization.

    On October 12 & 13th, 2017 a pair of evaluators sent from the IBO will visit J.H.Phillips Academy to verify our self study, interview teachers, administrators, students, and parents, and give us feedback to improve our program. Parents, if you are interested in being part of this process, we invite you to join us on Thursday, October 12 from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. in the conference room for a luncheon and discussion with the evaluators. Please RSVP to vtatum@bhm.k12.al.us if you would like to attend. 

    Following the visit, the evaluators will give us a detailed report including commendations for standards and practices that we are addressing effectively, as well as recommendations for next steps in our continuous improvement journey. All findings will be shared with all stakeholders.

    What standards and practices will be evaluated at the visit? 

    There are over 100 standards and practices that the IB evaluators will be assessing that address philosophy, leadership and structure, resources and support, collaborative planning, written curriculum, teaching and learning, and assessment. These standards guide the very specific way that JHPA operates to support student learning. Here are a few examples of the specificty of those standards.

    * The school is committed to a constructivist, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning that promotes inquiry and the development of critical-thinking skills.

    * The school develops and promotes international-mindedness and all attributes of the IB learner profile across the school community.

    * The school makes a provision for students to learn a language, in addition to the language of instruction at least from the age of seven.

    * The school has developed and implements a language policy and assessment policy that is consistent with IB expectations.

    * The school ensures access to information on global issues and diverse perspectives.

    * The school allocates resources to implement the PYP Exhibition.

    * The school ensures balance and articulation between the transdisciplinary program of inquiry and any additional single-subject teaching and learning.

    * Collaborative planning and reflection incorporates differentiation for students’ learning needs and styles.

    * There is documented evidence that the curriculum developed addresses the five essential elements of the Primary Years Programme. (Knowledge, Skills, Concepts, Attitudes, Action)

    * The programme of inquiry includes the study of host or home country, the culture of individual students and the culture of others, including their belief systems.

    * There is a system for regular review and refinement of the programme of inquiry, individual units of inquiry and the subject-specific scope and sequences.

    * Teaching and learning addresses the diversity of student language needs, including those for students learning in a language(s) other than mother tongue.

    * Teaching and learning incorporates a range of resources, including information technologies.

    * Teaching and learning empowers students to take self-initiated action as a result of the learning.

    * The school provides opportunities for students to participate in, and reflect on, the assessment of their work.


    Please contact Mrs. Tatum if you have any questions at 231-2016 or vtatum@bhm.k12.al.us