Our Visit to Intown Academy Charter, an IB Primary Candidate
Intown Academy Charter School serves 360 students in grades K-8. The school is located in the historic Old Fourth Ward, was founded in 2010 and is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). In the IB design, IB learners strive to be, among other characteristics, inquirers, thinkers, risk-takers, principled and caring students.
Intown currently offers technology classes as well as French language learning to all students. 5th graders are studying bibliographies this week and are using their knowledge from the technology classes to create websites to showcase their learning.
Principal Dunn informed us that teachers spent time this summer in professional development to prepare for the school year and I had a chance to visit their workroom where they hold their planning sessions and a couple of math classes.
This year, 11 teachers will receive Orton Gillingham training that will be used in all classrooms during the 2015-2016 school year, allowing the school to take a multi-sensory approach to phonics. Teachers are also tying fine arts into the curriculum to create a “trans-disciplinary” experience for students.
We took a quick peek into the library where the media specialist was busy unpacking boxes of books as we toured – the school recently received a Laura Bush Media Center grant which allows them to spend thousands of dollars on books and literacy related content.