IB Academy wins regional award

By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Feb. 1, 2013
CIBA Principal Art Arpin speaks to the East Hartford Board of Education about an award the school received. Photo by Evan Pajer.
CIBA Principal Art Arpin speaks to the East Hartford Board of Education about an award the school received. Photo by Evan Pajer.

Earlier this month, the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy received an award from an organization of IB schools known as the Guild of IB Schools. The school was one of the first two recipients of the award, which recognizes the school's performance and standing in national rankings.

The Guild of IB Schools is a regional association that covers New England as well as New York and New Jersey. "They're a professional support organization made up of teachers and administrators who are part of IB schools, but they're not part of the main IB organization," said CIBA Principal Art Arpin. Arpin said that CIBA was one of the first two recipients of the award, which the guild began giving out this year.

"It's always nice to be honored by your peers," Arpin said. "One of the greatest honors is when people look at your school and take notice of what your school is doing." Arpin said the school received the award as an overall recognition of the school's achievement and its place on national rankings. "The ranking is done by their own formulas, but it primarily revolves around test scores, whether they're our CAPT scores or scores on our IB exams. They do evaluate rigorous programs like IB and Advanced Placement, which are value-added things in the rankings," he said.

Arpin said he felt the school was also being recognized for awards it had won in the past. "They're recognizing us for our achievements as a school as recognized by national rankings that we've achieved through our high performance and our status as a magnet school of excellence," he said. CIBA has been listed as a Magnet School of Excellence by the Magnet Schools of America for four years, Arpin said. Arpin said the school's receipt of several awards in the past was likely a factor taken into consideration by the Guild of IB Schools.

"We have a number of honors under our belts," Arpin said, "Last year, the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce recognized CIBA as an outstanding education opportunity for students."

Arpin presented the award to the town's Board of Education on Jan. 19. During that meeting, Arpin said that the school won the award for its performance. "We are a high-performing school, and they are recognizing that," he said at the meeting.

Arpin said that although he does not expect the award to have much of an impact on enrollment, the school will continue to strive for excellence. "We're the only IB school in the area, so we don't have any real competition for enrollment," he said.


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