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SAISD to host informational meeting for parents about expansion of International Baccalaureate offerings

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What:        SAISD to host informational meeting for parents about expansion of International Baccalaureate offerings

When:       Wednesday (Feb. 24), 6-7p.m.

Where:      Burnet Center, 406 Barrera St. (in Board meeting room)

San Antonio ISD will host an informational meeting for parents of students at four schools that are either in candidacy or are applying to become candidates for the rigorous International Baccalaureate program, as a part of the District’s effort to increase the number of students performing at an advanced level.

Parents at Woodlawn Academy, Harris and Longfellow middle schools and Jefferson High School, or parents at elementary schools that feed into these campuses, are invited to attend the meeting, which will be led by Jeanette LaFevers. LaFevers is a member of the IB Educator Network who helped build the IB program in the McAllen Independent School District, making it the largest IB district in nation.

IB is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university program widely recognized around the world − and among colleges and universities − for high academic standards and preparation for higher education. Great emphasis is placed on intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Woodlawn Academy’s application already has been approved, and it is in Year 2 of candidacy for the IB Primary Years Programme and the Middle Years Programme. If applications for the other three schools are approved and all the campuses are subsequently authorized, SAISD would become the largest IB district in San Antonio, with five campuses. 

Harris and Longfellow are seeking authorization for the Middle Years Programme, and Jefferson High School for the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme.

Currently, Burbank High School offers the IB Diploma Programme and was authorized as an IB World School in 1998. SAISD wants to expand its IB offerings so that more students have the opportunity to participate in the college-preparatory program.

SAISD has set 10 academic goals to achieve by 2020, among them to increase to 50 percent the percentage of students taking either Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.

 

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