Magellan International School was founded in 2009 to offer a new, accredited International Baccalaureate program with language immersion to the Austin, Texas community. Since inception, the school has expanded the scope of grades served to age 3 through 8th grade, grown its student body and faculty ten-fold and enlarged its physical plant to three campuses to serve our students.



To prepare the next generation of innovative, globally minded, culturally curious students who thrive with purpose and will contribute to building a better future for us all.


To be the preeminent multilingual International Baccalaureate School in the US.


  • We live the attributes of the IB learner profile in all that we do.
  • We are individually and collectively committed to developing an abundant, equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world.
  • We strive for academic excellence so that we are ready to address the challenges of an increasingly complex world. 
  • We are open, curious, respectful, conscious, generous, inclusive, supportive, and kind.
  • We celebrate diversity in our community and our perspectives.

Approaches to

The same six approaches underpin teaching in all IB programs. The approaches are deliberately broad, designed to give teachers the flexibility to choose specific strategies to employ that best reflect their own particular contexts and the needs of their students.

In all IB programs, teaching is:


Based on inquiry

A strong emphasis is placed on students finding their own information and constructing their own understandings.

Focused on conceptual understanding

Concepts are explored in order to both deepen disciplinary understanding and to help students make connections and transfer learning to new contexts.

Designed to remove barriers to learning

Teaching is inclusive, values diversity, affirms students’ identities, and aims to create learning opportunities that enable every student to develop and pursue appropriate personal goals.

Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration

This includes promoting teamwork and collaboration between students, but also refers to the collaborative relationship between teachers and students.

Developed in local and global contexts

Teaching uses real-life context and examples, and students are encouraged to connect learning to their own experiences and to take action as agents of change.

Informed by assessment

Assessment plays a crucial role in supporting, as well as measuring and learning. This approach also recognizes the crucial role of providing students with effective feedback.