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Harris Middle School designated an IB World School

Harris MSHarris Middle School has become San Antonio ISD’s fourth campus designated as an IB World School.  It is now authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme.

An IB education is acclaimed worldwide because its active and engaging framework prepares students for college, and primes them to excel as lifelong learners in our global society.

“IB already has made a positive impact on our students’ lives and self-confidence,” said Principal Carol Velazquez. “IB has not only made our students more aware of the world around them, but also has empowered them to be agents of change. They have learned to be risk takers and, when they see a need, they are able to communicate their feelings and emotions and advocate for what is right.”

Harris started the multi-year candidacy process of becoming an IB World School in 2016. 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.

Three other SAISD schools already have the designation: Burbank and Jefferson high schools and Woodlawn Academy. Five other SAISD schools are in their candidacy phases: elementary schools Briscoe, Huppertz and Woodlawn Hills, as well as Fenwick Academy and Longfellow Middle School.

“An IB education is recognized across the world for its innovative approach to education and its philosophy of placing an equal focus on academics and other transferrable skills,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “Students who participate develop a strong set of problem-solving strategies, think critically, and develop knowledge and skills to apply to new situations or tasks, which prepares them for success beyond school.”

SAISD hosts the largest number of IB and IB-candidate schools throughout Bexar County. SAISD’s nine IB campuses will enable the District to provide this rigorous opportunity to 5,750 students in 2018-19.