Chatsworth Hills Academy Accepted as First International Baccalaureate World Candidate School in the San Fernando Valley
Chatsworth, CA– Chatsworth Hills Academy (CHA) is pleased to announce its acceptance by the International Baccalaureate Organization as the first IB World School candidate in the San Fernando Valley. CHA will continue to serve students from preschool through eighth grade with the goal of creating an open-minded community of learners who possess the skills and international mindset needed for success in the future world.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a dynamic inquiry-based and collaborative learning program that uses the current best practices from educators worldwide. IB authorization is typically a 2-3 year process during which schools accepted for candidacy must prove their ability to provide the infrastructure, skills and commitment to delivering the rigorous standards required of an IB School. CHA has been accepted for candidacy in both the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
“This is a major milestone on our path to becoming the first IB World School to serve primary and middle school students in the San Fernando Valley,” said Adrian Allan, CHA Headmaster. “As an IB school, CHA will be uniquely suited to equip our students with the skills and resources they’ll need to succeed in our rapidly changing and increasingly global world community.”
CHA joins an elite group of only 505 schools throughout the United States that deliver the Primary Years Programme and 625 that offer the Middle Years Programme. The IB program is currently taught in 159 different countries and is one of the fastest-growing, most in-demand educational programs worldwide.
Allan has extensive experience with transitioning schools to deliver the IB program. As Principal and Headmaster of Le Jardin Academy, a prestigious K-12 school in Hawaii, where he served 16 years prior to becoming CHA Headmaster in 2014, Allan established LJA as Hawaii’s first International Baccalaureate World School.
By this time next year Allan estimates that CHA will become a fully accredited PYP school with the MYP authorization to come the following year. During the implementation phase he will focus on ensuring that all faculty and administrators complete the rigorous professional development program required of IB schools and that the curriculum continues its transition to the units of inquiry approach utilized in IB.
“I have already seen the impact IB has had on our students and faculty,” said Allan. “CHA families have always benefited from the high quality education, small class sizes and uniquely supportive school environment. In this past year, as we’ve begun to incorporate IB pedagogy, the level of engagement and open-mindedness has significantly increased, bringing an added dimension of learning to the classroom. I am truly excited by all that we have to offer our students.”
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. For more information about the IB, visit ibo.org.
Chatsworth Hills Academy is the first International Baccalaureate World Candidate School in the San Fernando Valley serving students from Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 – 5) through grade 8. CHA is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by both the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For more information or enrollment information, visit chaschool.org