Saturday, February 21, 2004

Amelia program accredited

International Baccalaureate offered

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

AMELIA - Amelia High School this week became the fourth Tristate school to earn a designation as an International Baccalaureate School.

The school, one of the 10 small high school programs in West Clermont Local School District, was accredited through the International Baccalaureate Programme in Geneva, Switzerland.

It is a rigorous college-preparatory program of languages, a social science, an experimental science, mathematics, and usually an arts subject. Whenever possible, the subjects are approached from an international perspective.

Amelia High School, which has 93 students enrolled in the program, is now authorized to issue the specialty diplomas.

The International Baccalaureate Organization is a nonprofit educational organization established in 1968. It offers programs for high school, middle school and elementary students.

Amelia's diploma program is aimed at students in the final two years of high school.

Earning the designation is as rigorous as its program. Last year, Amelia was turned down for accreditation because certain requirements were not met.

A Parent Advisory Committee was then created to work with specialty school Coordinator Cheryl Campbell, School Director Gary Leibold and Small Schools Project Director Sue Showers.

The other three Tristate programs are at Holmes High School in Covington, Princeton High School in Sharonville and Withrow International School in Hyde Park.

A reception and open house will be held 6:30 p.m. March 3 at the Amelia High School Multipurpose Room.


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