The International Prep Academy began in August 2013, with one classroom for newcomers, grades 5-8, at the Columbia/Family Information Center on Bradley and Neil Streets. The continuous growth of culturally and linguistically diverse learners has created an opportunity to expand the offerings of the International Prep Academy. By moving to the eleven acre site of the former Carrie Busey Elementary School on Kirby Avenue, the International Prep Academy now offers Spanish-English Dual Language, Bilingual Education, and Newcomer Essential programs. In 2020/21, IPA began phasing in additional grade levels, starting with 6th, and eventually becoming the district's only K-8 school.

With the passage of the $183.4 million referendum in November 2016, International Prep Academy will undergo an exciting renovation project to build an addition, modernize classrooms and update infrastructure. Construction is scheduled for


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