“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 two most basic principles of the mission statement, creating a nurturing environment and delivering a strong curriculum, promote the legislative philosophy and form the cornerstones of the academy’s program.
1. Nurturing Culture
Each International Academy of Smyrna student is valued for his uniqueness and the cultural diversity of our community and student body are explored and celebrated. The parents/guardians, students and educators, work together to create a positive, warm, caring environment in which students can reach their full potentials, both academically and socially.
2. Rigorous Curriculum
Students participate in instruction that follows the guidelines set by the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP). Incorporated into this strenuous curriculum, and beginning at age five, will be daily instruction (four days per week) in a second language. The goal of this approach is to encourage students to develop into global thinkers and lifelong learners.
The staff of IAS fosters learning that allows students to compete on state and national levels. The curriculum framework is based on Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) objectives and strands. In keeping with the national movement to adopt and implement Common Core Standards (CCS), staff members will begin the process of transitioning curriculum from GPS to GPSCCS as decided by the Georgia Department of Education. The intention is to create exceptional opportunities for all students by delivering the curriculum through an international approach.