It’s been a long time coming, but finally, the Global Communications Academy in Hartford has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School.
Global Communications, which is moving this summer to a newly renovated school in the former Quirk Middle campus on Edwards Street, would be only the 8th elementary program in Connecticut to receive that distinction after a long accreditation process. Global opened in 2008 and has based its curriculum on the rigorous, “international-minded” IB model.
Global also would be the first Hartford school with an International Baccalaureate program. One of the school’s key features is that students begin learning a second language, Spanish, in kindergarten.
The Geneva-based organization informed Principal Kimberly Stone-Keaton of Global’s acceptance in a letter that arrived in Hartford Wednesday afternoon, according to schools spokesman David Medina. The authorization applies to the Primary Years program for students ages 3 to 12.
“I am extremely proud and pleased,” Stone-Keaton said in a statement.
Other nearby IB elementary schools are Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford and CREC’s International Magnet School for Global Citizenship in East Hartford. Most of the Primary Years programs in Connecticut are in the New Haven, Stamford and Greenwich areas.
The IB acceptance marks some good news for Global. As we reported in May, parents, staff and students were upset after learning that its longtime school partner, the nonprofit Say Yes to Education, was leaving Global.