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The Connecticut IB Academy was founded in 1999 with the intention of providing students from East Hartford and the Greater Hartford Area with a rigorous, broad education that meets international standards. As an International Baccalaureate World School®, the Connecticut IB Academy (CIBA) offers an international education that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The Connecticut IB Academy’s philosophy of teaching and learning aligns with the approaches supported by recent research on best practices in education and advocated by the International Baccalaureate. 

As an International Baccalaureate World School © authorized to offer the Diploma Programme (DP grades 11 & 12) and  the Middle Years Programme (MYP grades 9 & 10), CIBA believes that students can achieve to a high level by working closely with their classmates and teachers using a rigorous curriculum that allows them to construct meaning and make sense of the world.   Students at CIBA are highly motivated to succeed and are encouraged to develop themselves as inquiring, knowledgeable, principled and caring people who want to make a difference in the world through a broad understanding of global issues, intercultural understanding and respect.
Teaching and learning at CIBA are centered on the student’s exploration of the world around them through the various disciplines and through interdisciplinary study.  Students and teachers work together to construct meaning through deep conceptual understanding in each subject area.  The International Baccalaureate approach weaves together a depth of content understanding with conceptual study through real-world connections, defined as “global contexts.”   Students not only develop academic skills, but they work on their social, emotional and metacognitive skills through explicit practice in communication, collaboration, self-management, research, reflection, and thinking.  The ultimate goal is to empower CIBA students as caring, ethical young people with a passion for a lifetime of learning independently and in collaboration with others and a well-developed sense of international mindedness. The IB program has a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s leading higher education institutions which results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships and other admissions-related benefits for CIBA students.


Principal / DP Coordinator
Kathleen Simoneau

Assistant Principal / MYP Coordinator
Michelle Galeota

Robert Spiller

Administrative Assistant
Debbie Dolan


  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2011 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2012 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2013 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2016 Award Ribbon
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