MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westlake Middle School is in the preparatory stages to gain authorization to serve as an International Baccalaureate middle School.
The school is seeking the designation from the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and has been going through the candidacy and preparation stages required before authorization.
This fall, the school will submit its formal request for the authorization, the culmination of more than three years of planning. The IB program, with its focus on global contexts and concepts, is a natural fit for the district's goals of learner-centered classrooms that encourage deep thinking, collaboration and the application of knowledge and skills for the school's students, said Principal Adam Bronstein.
In order to submit the application, the school must show it is ready, they have done this by having their teachers attend intensive three-day seminars in their subject areas.
"It was amazing," said social studies teacher Courtney Angle. "The instruction was great. We got lots of really great details and tips and tricks for implementing the IB framework into our current practices."
If accepted, the school would officially become an IB school in 2017.