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Morris Jeff Authorized by International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization to Offer IB Diploma Programme

Date: November 14th, 2018

MJCS is the only authorized PK-12 IB school in Louisiana.

Morris Jeff Community School is proud to announce that it has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the globally recognized International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) for grades 11-12, said Morris Jeff Head of School, Patricia Perkins.

“This recognition completes our goal of becoming a fully authorized IB school,” said Principal Perkins.  “After years of hard work to get here, we can now say we are the only authorized PK-12 International Baccalaureate school in Louisiana.  We are so excited to expand our unique program and continue the high-quality level of global learning we are known for. Our students can now graduate with a full IB Diploma, which is highly respected by leading universities across the globe, giving our students an edge in college admissions.”

“We are very proud of the school’s leadership team for working very hard to be the first school in the state to receive this academically rigorous International Baccalaureate program,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “As a unified district, these programming opportunities are a testament to our goals as a school board which is to provide an array of choice programs for our students and families to properly prepare them for higher education.”

School board member Ethan Ashley stated, “As a school board member, I am proud of the innovative programming that Morris Jeff offers their students. Their IB programming is truly transformative for our public school system and students. I know several students attending Morris Jeff, including my partner’s children, and throughout my interactions with these extraordinary students, I am always left impressed.”

Morris Jeff high school students are also very thrilled about the certification and rigor of the IB DIploma Programme. Sophomore Tayla Hunter said, “I chose to attend Morris Jeff High School because my previous school was not giving me the academic challenge I am seeking. I am excited that I am able to participate in the IB diploma program because, it will provide me with the rigor needed for entry into higher education.”

Morris Jeff, an IB World School, was previously authorized as an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for grades PK-5 and Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 6-10. The DP completes the program for a full PK-12 International Baccalaureate Diploma.  The three programmes are philosophically aligned, each centered on developing attributes of the IB learner profile.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) was the first programme offered by the IB and is taught to students aged 16-19. The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE).  Through the DP, students develop excellent breadth and depth of knowledge; flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically; study at least two languages; excel in traditional academic subjects and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

Morris Jeff is a top-performing, open-admissions, PK-12 public charter school serving over 1000 students in Orleans Parish.  The PYP, grades PK-5, and MYP, grades 6-10, provide a rigorous framework for academic curriculum that crosses disciplines and aligns with Common Core State Standards for learning.

Morris Jeff is currently accepting applications for grades PK-11 and will graduate its first senior class in Spring, 2021.  Morris Jeff participates in the One APP.  Applicants should go to to apply.    For more information on Morris Jeff Community School : email , call (504)373-6258 or go to:

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