Mandela International Magnet School Receives International Baccalaureate Accreditation

Mandela International Magnet School Receives International Baccalaureate Accreditation
Posted on 12/15/2016
Santa Fe Public Schools is pleased to announce the Mandela International Magnet School (MIMS) has received authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a Middle Years Program, a program that serves students in grades 6-10. MIMS will receive full authorization for the IB Diploma Program for their students in grades 11-12 in the spring of 2017.  At that time, MIMS will be one of three public schools in New Mexico to offer the IB Diploma Program, and the only public school in New Mexico to offer both the IB Diploma Program for grades 11-12 as well as the IB Middle Years Program for grades 6-10.

Tony Gerlicz, Principal Learner at MIMS explained, “It reflects not only my staff's hard and innovative work but also the total team effort from the School Board and leadership team at Santa Fe Public Schools. Our teachers have worked many, many extra hours, most without compensation and I am very proud of them.”     

MIMS pursued authorization to offer both the Diploma Program (DP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP) simultaneously. It is rare for a school to apply for MYP and DP status at the same time. However, the administration and staff of Mandela International Magnet School worked doubly hard as a team to make this happen.  Natalie Martino, a science teacher at Mandela was instrumental in the school’s ability to successfully complete the MYP application for authorization, and Tony Gerlicz, the Principal Learner of Mandela International Magnet School completed the DP application for authorization. 

Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, Superintendent of Schools, said, “This is an extraordinary achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the MIMS faculty and staff. With its unique and balanced geographical lottery, MIMS offers the IB program to all students equitably within the school district boundaries. This will provide an opportunity for an unrivaled high-quality education free to all students in Santa Fe.”

According to the IBO, the International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Once a school becomes an IB World School with Diploma Program accreditation, students will be able to receive the highly prized IB Diploma through the International Baccalaureate Organization as well as receive the even more highly prized IB Bilingual Diploma.