For more information on the Forsyth County school system's International Baccalaureate program, contact Brandi Cannizzaro at (770) 781-2264, Ext. 100448, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Forsyth County school system has scheduled two informational meetings on its International Baccalaureate program.
The sessions, set for Nov. 17 at North Forsyth Middle School and Dec. 8 at South Forsyth High School, are open to middle school students and their parents. The start time for both is 7 p.m.
The program for 11th- and 12th-graders is offered only at South Forsyth High School, though the opportunity is open to all students in the school district.
Program coordinator Brandi Cannizzaro said most of those who attend are curious about the offering.
"There are many advantages to the program," Cannizzaro said. "When our students finish, they're well rounded. They're good verbal and written communicators.
"They are very prepared for college, and they are constantly challenged to think outside the box."
Last year, the local program had 54 diploma candidates, 48 of whom completed the program. Their mean grade-point average was 4.96.
"The IB program is inspiring, life-changing and a learning experience like no other," said South senior and IB student Dhrusti Patel. "It is how every class is connected ... you learn so much more than if you took classes that have no connection."
Students in the program must pass six subject exams, complete a community service program and write an extended essay both years.
After finishing these requirements, students receive the IB diploma, which awards advanced college credit at local, national and international universities.
South Forsyth English teacher Dan Spiegel said the program is not "an intellectually elite endeavor."
"What marks the successful IB diploma candidate is his or her desire to learn and the willingness to put forth all efforts necessary to succeed," he said.