St. Paul, Minn. (February 9, 2011) – Highland Park Junior High School is the latest in Saint Paul Public Schools to earn International Baccalaureate authorization. After a rigorous three-year application process, the school received notification this week from the International Baccalaureate organization that it is authorized as an IB Middle Years Program.
“Student achievement is the number one goal of the district’s Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan,” said Dr. Winston Tucker, principal of Highland Park High School. “The IB Program gives students a global academic credential, prepares them to succeed in a global economy and to be good citizens of the world.”
The IB MYP is for students ages 11 to 16. In addition to Highland Park Junior High School, IB MYP courses will also be offered for grades 9 and 10 at Highland Park Senior High School, which is also authorized for the IB Diploma Program for grades 11 and 12.
Five other SPPS schools also currently offer IB authorized coursework: Benjamin E. Mays Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Ramsey Junior High School, Harding Senior High School and Central Senior High School. The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal includes a plan to submit a request for IB MYP authorization at Parkway Middle School which is scheduled to open in 2013/14 on the east side of St. Paul.
The IB MYP requires students to study a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In the final year, students engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed.
Founded in 1968, International Baccalaureate®, is non-profit educational foundation, that works with schools in 140 countries to develop and offer challenging programs to students aged 3 to 19 years.