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International Baccalaureate


These SAISD schools, within the Jefferson and Burbank feeder groups, create a K-12 pathway to an IB education:


Burbank High School
IB World School for Diploma programme and, candidate for Middle Years programme
Receiving school for Harris Middle School

Harris Middle School
Candidate for Middle Years Programme; second year of candidacy
Feeder school to Burbank High School

Briscoe Elementary School
Candidate for Primary Years Programme, first year of candidacy
Feeder school to Harris Middle School


Jefferson High School
Candidate for Middle Years and Diploma programmes; second year of candidacy
Receiving school for Longfellow Middle School and Woodlawn Academy

Longfellow Middle School
Candidate for Middle Years Programme; second year of candidacy
Feeder school to Jefferson High School

Woodlawn Academy
IB World School for the Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme
Feeder school to Jefferson High School


to Burbank HS, Jefferson HS and Harris MS

IB logoSAISD is the city’s only school district offering students at all grade levels the opportunity to earn a prestigious International Baccalaureate (known as IB) education.

The District has the distinction of not only having Burbank High School, a designated IB World School for nearly 20 years, but also Woodlawn Academy, which is an IB World School offering the Middle Years and Primary Years Programmes--the only school in Bexar County to offer both programmes. Today SAISD also hosts the largest number of IB-candidate schools throughout Bexar County.

SAISD’s four candidate IB schools provide programmes for students in elementary, middle and high school.

In order for a school to offer one or more of the IB programmes of education, it must first be approved as a candidate school by the International Baccalaureate Organization, and then must complete the authorization process. The authorization process varies by school and IB programme, but typically takes between two and three years.

About IB Education
An International Baccalaureate education is acclaimed because of its rigorous academic and personal standards. An IB education challenges students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth. The IB concept emphasizes learning how to learn, encouraging students to value learning as an essential and integral part of their everyday lives.

IB learners strive to be:
  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

To that end, IB learners are better prepared for higher education. The IB Diploma represents one of the highest standards in college-preparatory education. Research suggests IB students are more likely than their peers to complete their undergraduate degrees and pursue graduate work; and they are more likely to be engaged in various aspects of university life, and life itself.

A continuum of international education
IB has several programmes of education, with many schools offering more than one.

Primary Years Programme Middle Years Programme Diploma Programme

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) focuses on the development of the whole child, preparing students to become active, caring, lifelong learners. PYP students are encouraged to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, and to participate in the world around them.

Age range:  3-12

Elizabeth Ozuna
Director, Advanced Academics
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Brian Rotunno
District IB Coordinator
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A five-year-long programme, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) can be offered in two, three or four-year formats. The MYP prepares students to undertake the Diploma Programme. Research suggests that the programme contributes positively to the students’ emotional and social wellbeing.

Age range:  11-16

The Diploma Programme (DP) prepares students to succeed in higher education and beyond. Students are encouraged to develop breadth and depth of knowledge and to flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

Age range:  16-19*

*At the end of the programme, students take written examinations for which they may earn up to 45 hours college credit, depending upon their scores.

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