Pursuing and Achieving Excellence! The International Academy of Smyrna (IAS) shall be a leader in promoting student learning and achievement attained through our mission.
“The International Academy of Smyrna is a community partnership with a mission to provide a nurturing environment and rigorous, relevant curriculum that fosters the development of critical thinking skills and produces graduates who are well-rounded, caring world citizens.”
The Academy is governed by the Learning Center Foundation of Central Cobb (LCFCC), Inc, a non-profit, 501(c)3 entity. The LCFCC is a seven member board consisting of 3 parents and 4 community members.
Our intent is to form a “neighborhood school” in which the children go to school with their neighbors and form lasting bonds to their community.
Parental involvement will be required. Parents play a significant role in the education of their children. You generally find that schools that have parental involvement are successful and the students are successful.
We hope to attract families to IAS by providing a unique curriculum, an international program, enrichment after school programs and much more.
The focus of the International Academy of Smyrna will be kindergarten through 8th grade targeting an initial population of 600 and growing to 1000 student over 5 years. IAS will prepare to become an IB World School by applying to use the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate programs. The International Baccalaureate Organization offers a continuum of education, consisting of three programs for students aged 3 to 19. The Primary Years Program (PYP) for students aged 3-12 started in 1997 and is now offered by 260 IB World Schools. The Middle Years Program (MYP) for students aged 11-16 started in 1994 and is now offered by 493 IB World Schools. These programs, which IAS anticipates offering, lead to the Diploma Program for students aged 16 to 19, which started in 1968 and are now offered by 1,384 IB World Schools. Campbell High School is one of these schools. Therefore, IAS intends to grow children in the IB programs in order to lead them to the Diploma Program already offered to them in high school.
It is our hope that the International Academy of Smyrna will set high standards of academic achievement, strengthen our community and develop lasting global partnerships in education.