School Info
Central Middle School
4857 Bloom Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phones: 651-653-2888
Fax: 651-653-2885
Attendance: 651-653-2880
School Hours: 8:15am - 3:02pm
Office Hours: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Principal: Timothy Schochenmaier

Webmaster: Carol Midthun

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

International Baccalaureate (IB) Review Update

To read an explanation letter regarding IB review & evaluation please click here.

IB Review Update is located here.

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.

Why IB?

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. 

Click here for the video.


What are the benefits of IB?


  • The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme helps students gain the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that they need to be successful in high school and beyond. Through a balanced curriculum in 8 subject areas [Language & Literature -English, math, sciences, individuals & societies (history, geography, etc.), the arts, world languages, physical and health education, and design],students are challenged to see the connections between different subjects and to see how what they are learning is connected to them, their local community, their country, and other parts of the world.
  • Teachers develop the curriculum and create units based on their Minnesota and/or national standards. In addition, teachers receive ongoing professional development at their schools.
  • The IB program offers a sound education because it involves young people fully in their own learning through the use of a wide range of active and participatory learning methods. Learners are engaged and develop confidence and skills of critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, collaboration, and independence. These are all vital elements in improving motivation, behavior, and achievement in school and in the work world.
  • The program encourages students to contribute to their community through service.
  • The program includes a commitment to developing communication skills in English and a second language.

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 or 651-407-7660. You may also find more information on International Baccalaureate at:

IB Learner Profile
The IB Learner Profile consists of 10 qualities that the school focuses on developing in its students.  IB learners strive to be:
Balanced     Caring
Communicators    Inquirers
Knowledgeable    Open-minded
Principled     Reflective
Risk-takers     Thinkers
See a video at:

  May School-Wide Focus:  Inquirer
  • We nurture our curiosity developing skills for inquiry and research.
  • We know how to learn independently and with others.
  • We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

IB MYP School Guidelines / Policies