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    Sutton Middle School Mission Statement

    Through the utilization of the International Baccalaureate program, Sutton Middle School aims to develop self-motivated, inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people, who are prepared to thrive academically and socially in high school, college, career and life.

    Sutton Middle School Vision

    A diverse, high performing school that supports our students, educators, and families, rooted in a strong community, working together to improve student outcomes, intercultural understanding and make our communities a better and more equitable place.  

    Sutton is an International Baccalaureate World School
    Sutton Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in collaboration with North Atlanta High School. This program promotes active lifelong learning through interdisciplinary planning. Students are encouraged to question and evaluate information critically, to seek out and explore the links between their classroom subjects, and to develop an awareness of their place in the world.

    In the spring of 2008, Sutton and North Atlanta High School received joint authorization as an IB MYP, becoming the only schools in the city of Atlanta or Fulton County, public or private, to offer this course of study. In addition, all of Sutton’s feeder elementary schools offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Therefore, the North Atlanta cluster currently offers the first fully articulated IB K-12 educational model in Georgia.

    Curriculum and Instruction
    Sutton implements instruction and assessment of the Georgia Standards of Excellence through use of the IB MYP framework. Each student's schedule consists of homeroom and seven courses of study: five academic courses and two Connections classes. The classes are:
    • Connections (Connections classes are taken on a semester basis and some are electives):
      • Arts
        • Band
        • Chorus 
        • Dance
        • General Music
        • Guitar
        • Orchestra
        • Theatre
        • Visual Arts
      • Design
        • Business
        • Introduction to Design
        • Audio, Visual, Technology, and Film
      • Physical Health Education
        • Health
        • PE
    • Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
    • Language Acquisition (World Language)
      • French
      • Spanish
    • Language and Literature (English/Language Arts)
    • Math
    • Science