Woodlawn Academy achieves IB World School status
Woodlawn Academy achieves International Baccalaureate World School status
Only school in Bexar County with IB Middle Years Programme
May 23, 2017 – San Antonio ISD today announced that Woodlawn Academy has become an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Middle Years Programme. An IB education is acclaimed worldwide because of its rigorous academic and personal standards, which prepare students for higher education.
Woodlawn’s designation makes it the first school in Bexar County to be authorized to provide the IB Middle Years Programme.
The K-8 campus started the multi-year candidacy process of becoming an IB World School in 2015. Since then, the school has worked with an IB consultant to implement both Middle Years and the Primary Years programmes. A decision on Woodlawn’s authorization to officially implement the Primary Years Programme is expected in June.
Woodlawn is now the second SAISD school designated as an IB World School. Burbank has been a designated IB World School for nearly 20 years.
Three other SAISD schools are in their candidacy phases: Jefferson High School and Harris and Longfellow middle schools.
SAISD hosts the largest number of IB and IB-candidate schools throughout Bexar County and plans to launch more IB-candidate schools in the future.
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 an authorization process. The authorization process varies by school and the IB programme, but typically takes between two and three years.
“The IB framework supports our drive for academic excellence and we are very pleased to be able to expand this outstanding program within our District,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “IB is recognized around the world for its innovative approach and its philosophy of placing an equal focus on academics and other transferrable skills.”