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Ann Arbor Public Schools To Develop International Baccalaureate Program

Jan 15, 2015

Ann Arbor Public Schools looking to join Dexter High School and Washtenaw International High School as International Baccalaureate option.

Ann Arbor students who are currently in eighth grade have the chance to be part of Huron High School's first class to graduate from the IB Diploma Programme. It is an inquiry-based learning model meeting international standards. Washtenaw International High School and Dexter High School currently offer IB programs. Ann Arbor's IB District Facilitator, Kevin Karr, says they are creating the county's first comprehensive effort. Karr stated there will be three programs a "primary years program in kindergarten through fifth grade is designed to lead to success in the middle years program, sixth grade through tenth grade, which is designed to help lead to success in the diploma programme."

The next year and a half will be spent on teacher training, and developing the curriculum. Karr says about 450 students and parents attended a meeting to learn about the program.

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