B-Spa getting IB

Long application process leads to information session

Ballston Spa High School will be offering International Baccalaureate programming in the fall of 2012 after undergoing a multi-year application process to access the multinational curriculum.

The IB program is a two-year liberal arts program focusing on six subject areas. Beyond coursework, students are also required to engage in community service and complete a thesis essay.

“The addition of the IB program enhances our college and career readiness opportunities for all students,” said Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone in a statement. “With national recognition for student access to our Advanced Placement courses, the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School, and PSAT Growth program for all students, we have a portfolio of recognized programs that prepares students for success in higher education.”

The review process for admission into the IB curriculum lasted two years, and included a “thorough review of academic offerings and completion of professional development for staff members,” according to information released by the district.

Representatives of the IB program visited the high school in the fall for a final evaluation.

“Over 22 of our staff members have prepared to implement the IB curriculum”, said high school Principal Kristi Jensen. “They have spent the last year drafting course outlines, preparing lessons and learning about the rigor of the program. They are very excited that we are now an official International Baccalaureate World School. It is a tremendous accomplishment and a wonderful opportunity for our students.”

Ninth- and tenth-grade students interested in taking IB courses can learn more about Ballston Spa’s IB program during an informational session on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. IB teachers, coordinators and counselors will provide more information about the implementation of the International Baccalaureate experience at BSHS.

Students will be able to sign up for courses during their normal course selection sessions with counselors in late February and early March.

For more information, visit the Ballston Spa High School’s guidance department website at www.bscsd.org or contact Laura Schmitz, IB Coordinator, at 884-7150.

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