As an International Baccalaureate World School, McAuliffe offers students a rigorous, well-rounded liberal arts education that emphasizes character education and international-mindedness. All McAuliffe students take full year courses in mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, engineering/design/technology, world languages (Spanish, French or Mandarin), the arts (visual arts, drama, band, orchestra, choir, journalism, stagecraft, or broadcast journalism) and physical health education. In addition to our robust course offerings, students have the opportunity to participate on 14 different athletic teams, enrichment programming, service projects, field trips, and student leadership groups.
The learning environment at McAuliffe International School reinforces the IB mission by providing:
- Learner-centered classrooms. Students learn by doing. Teacher talk and lecture are limited to providing background knowledge and, when necessary, direct instruction.
- Inquiry-based learning. Students learn by solving real world problems and answering essential questions.
- Interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Students learn by completing performance tasks that integrate skills and knowledge from multiple content areas.
- Depth over breadth. Students form deep understandings of essential learning objectives derived directly from the Common Core State Standards and internationally recognized IB objectives.
- Opportunities for use of multiple intelligences. Students are able to demonstrate mastery using a variety of self-selected performance tasks.
- Service learning projects. Students gain real world knowledge, skills and experience by conducting service learning projects and working to improve their community.
- Mastery for all. Students are not “passed on” with less than proficient skills and knowledge. Students are allowed multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning and be provided additional time and support to achieve mastery.
- Student ownership of learning. Our goal is that each student is able to articulate: What she is learning; What success looks like; Why he or she is learning what she is learning; What she will do if she needs help and what she will do next once she has met her learning objective.
- Capstone projects. Students complete and present a community project at the end of their 8th grade year as a means of demonstrating the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in their time at MIS.
- College visits. Students have the opportunity to visit a local university campus once each school year.