In January 2015, Central Middle School and Sunrise Park Middle School achieved authorization as IB (International Baccalaureate) World Schools. The schools are authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme to all students in grades 6-8.
Our world is changing rapidly, and young people today are growing up in an increasingly interconnected global society. Their lives are shaped, and will continue to be shaped, by what happens in other parts of the world. With the new demands of the 21st century, our schools must help young people to meet the challenges they will face now and in the future, both in their own communities and in the wider world.
With the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century in mind, White Bear Lake Area Schools is committed to ensuring students are challenged, excelling academically, and provided with global experiences to increase their understanding of the world. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) was researched and chosen as a framework to ensure challenge and a world class learning experience for students at the middle schools.
IB Middle Years Programme in White Bear Lake.
What are the benefits of IB?
What is happening at the middle schools this year?
All teachers have attended IB training and are teaching several IB units this year. The IB units are organized around questions and concepts that make learning interesting and relevant for students. Teachers also develop challenging assessments for students where students demonstrate their learning through projects, presentations, writing, labs, etc. Changes students and parents may notice this year are more interdisciplinary teaching, more connections between subject areas, and more assessments connected to rubrics and formative assessments. Students also will experience more projects, scenarios, and real-world applications across the subject areas.
Stay tuned for updates on the IB units in progress this year and for other happenings.
If you have questions about the IB MYP, please feel free to contact the coordinator, Ms. Kristen Konop, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-407-7660. You may also find more information on International Baccalaureate at: www.ibo.org