School Info
Sunrise Park MIddle School IB World School
2399 Cedar Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phones: 651-653-2700
Fax: 651-653-2716
Attendance: 651-653-2706
School Hours: 8:15am - 3:01pm
Office Hours: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Principal: Christina Pierre

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme


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.


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 mainstream teachers will be teaching several IB MYP units this year, and special education teachers will be teaching at least 2 IB MYP units. The IB MYP 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 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 other happenings.

If you have questions about the IB MYP, please feel free to contact the coordinator, Ms. Kristin 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 the school focuses on developing in its students.

IB learners strive to be:

  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Communicators
  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Reflective
  • Risk-takers
  • Thinkers

MYP School Guidelines / Policies