By: Adrian Allan

Fifteen years ago, Harrisburg Academy’s faculty and administration developed a vision to adopt the best educational program available.  In 2005 they began the process to implement the prestigious and rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the Upper School, realizing that this was the program that would best prepare the Academy’s students for success in college and in their professional lives.  They understood the dynamic changes that were occurring and continue to shape our world:  a demand for conceptual thinkers, creative workers, and collaborative people capable of navigating effectively the fast-paced world of the 21st century.  Academy educators knew that building the skills to become life-long learners was essential for our graduates. They grasped the value of a global perspective in a world dominated by global companies and the need for collaborative skills to work with people from across the globe.  They recognized that sustainability was an important issue that could no longer be ignored.  They chose a program that addressed all these needs: The International Baccalaureate.

This year, the Academy has taken the next important step in completing that early vision.  The school has broadened that forward-thinking decision to include both the Middle and the Lower Schools by adopting the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme.  In doing so, Harrisburg Academy has become the first full International Baccalaureate School in our region.  Our younger students will now be prepared to be even more successful in the Diploma.  They will be learning from a young age the skills necessary to think conceptually, to be creative, to understand the importance of sustainability, and to have a global perspective. Now, our younger students will be positioned to take on the Diploma coursework and complete it successfully.  The fulfillment of the Academy’s vision is one important step closer.