All students enrolled at the College are expected to complete the Atlantic College Diploma. TheDiploma has two constituent parts. The Atlantic College Mission Initiative (ACMI) and theInternational Baccalaureate 16-19 Curriculum (IB). These two components are interlinked andshare a common educational heritage in the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn, the history of the United World College movement and the International Baccalaureate.
The Atlantic College Mission Initiative(ACMI)
ACMI represents the mission of the college in action. Students are required to follow a broadand balanced curriculum, described in seven strands, that embodies the school's mission and prepares them for a life of service and leadership.While students have to participate in all of the seven strands they are expected to specialize intwo. Depending on their interests students select two strands and are expected to show moredepth of engagement, individual initiative and leadership in these areas. They must specializein at least one strand that relates directly to the College Mission [1,2,3 and 4 on the list below].Students follow a development plan which is individually tailored to their own interest andaspirations. The development plan is constructed by the student in collaboration with their tutor. The curriculum, calendar and timetable at the college are designed to enable students tofollow an individual development path within the structure of the IB and ACMI so that theygraduate with the AC Diploma. Some components are compulsory, others are voluntary andstudents are also expected to show individual creativity and initiative in developing their ownusing the summer break between year one and two, project/mission focused weeks and studentinitiated activities.Students are required to reflect on progress in individual meetings with their tutor. Theseconsider growth and suggest future options based on the student's experiences and interests asthe student progresses through the two years. All students complete a final interview in April of their graduating year with their tutor as one person on the interviewing panel. The panel willdecide if the student has completed the requirements or not. There will be no levels of attainment. Each student is encouraged to record their progress in any creative way they want[written journal, blog, artistic pursuit etc] although successful completion is determined bywhat students have done rather than a judgement of any work resulting from the experiences.The academic qualifications are determined independently of the ACMI experience accordingto the rules of the International Baccalaureate organisation.