White Bear Lake Area School District middle schools accepted as International Baccalaureate Candidate Schools
Immediate Release: June 14, 2012
Contact: Marisa Vette,
Central and Sunrise Park Middle Schools recently were accepted as
International Baccalaureate Candidate Schools for the Middle Years Program
Under the IB candidate school model, students will experience 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 subject
areas because of the “whole child” nature of IB. Central and Sunrise Park teachers
will still follow the Minnesota State Standards and MCA benchmarks while using
the IB framework.
“Because we have been learning about IB for almost a decade, we
know we will be able to take our already strong schools and make them better,”
said Noel Schmidt, principal of Central Middle School.
The IB organization will now become a key partner in working with
the White Bear Lake Area Schools middle schools through the multi-year
candidacy process. The end goal is for both District middle schools to be
authorized MYP schools before the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.
Matoska International IB World School currently offers families a
White Bear Lake Area Schools elementary IB option.