Global Communications Academy Certified As an International Baccalaureate School

Global Communications Academy Certified As an International Baccalaureate School


As of Wednesday, July 10, 2013,  Hartford’s Global Communications Academy, which opened in 2008, has been officially designated an International Baccalaureate World School. 

A school-based team focused on instructional excellence had led the intensive, multi-year accreditation process.

In a letter to Principal Kimberly Stone-Keaton, the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, Siva Kumari, announced that the school at 305 Greenfield Street has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students of ages 3 to 12, beginning immediately.

Long noted as one of the most challenging and rigorous education programs in the world, IB’s mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

“This is a day for district-wide celebration.  The IB design was one of several key school design strategies under-taken in 2007 as part of our initial school innovation work. Today we have once again demonstrated that internationally competitive designs can and will be part of the Hartford Public Schools portfolio of great schools!” said Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto. “Our Hartford students deserve a high quality education, and the IB design at Global is increasing the number of quality school seats in Hartford. I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Principal Stone-Keaton, her staff, her students and her parents at Global Communications for this outstanding achievement. Our hard work since 2008 has been recognized and this adds another star to our constellation of high performing schools.”

The school, which will move to a new permanent location in the fall at 85 Edwards St., enrolls students in kindergarten to seventh grade, as well as grades 9 to 11, with eventual expansion to all middle and high school grades. It has been modeling itself as an IB world school since it opened.

Children at Global Communications begin learning Spanish as a second language from the time they enter the school.  The education program also includes Saturday academies, summer enrichment programs, college readiness workshops and college field trips.

“I am extremely proud and pleased,” said Principal Stone-Keaton, who observed that the authorization is likely increase parent interest in having their children attend her school, where enrollment is by lottery.

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