What is IB? Does my child have to apply to be an IB student?
Your child will not need to apply to the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). MYP is a total school program that includes all students. IB will bring new perspectives and richer concepts to the classes we have in place, making learning more accessible and rigorous for all students. This means that not only will every student, every teacher, and every classroom benefit from being part of the rich, global world of IB learning, but even our hallways, cafeteria, and service work in the community will be supported by and benefit from the resources and perspectives of IB. As part of IB, current honors classes and support classes will continue to be a feature of the Hopkins junior high program.
When does IB start at the junior highs?
As IB candidate schools, the work on IB units of study started at the junior highs in the 2012-13 school year. In the 2014-15 school year, we will be authorized as an IB World School. Over the course of the next three years, more and more IB units will be incorporated into the classes throughout seventh, eighth and ninth-grade. In three years, students will transition to Hopkins High School having the full IB experience. In the 2014-15 school year, at the end of our candidacy period, we will be authorized as an IB World School.
I have heard that there will be a class schedule change to accommodate IB. When will this happen?
Yes. There will be a class schedule change for the 2014-15 school year that will allow students to have all of the courses at the same time. While we have not finalized the schedule framework, one example of a schedule that works is the A/B alternating day block in which students would have all of their classes over a two-day period.
How does IB provide a framework to increase rigor for all students?
The IB framework ensures that students are exposed to the kind of thinking and real world connections that will prepare them to be ethical global citizens. All students will study another language and culture, the arts, and the design process in addition to their core subjects.
Why aren’t we looking at the IB’s Diploma Program for the high school?
The Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (for grades 11 and 12), while complementary, are very different from each other. The MYP aligns well with our existing high school program because it is inclusive for all students. Hopkins High School has one of the strongest AP (Advanced Placement) programs in the state and offers several College in the Schools classes. These rigorously academic classes are also offered to all students.
How will the MYP at the junior high impact AP classes at the high school?
Research shows that students completing an IB program are more likely to take advanced-level classes at the high school. The level of thinking required to be successful in an IB class across all the eight required subjects in a student’s schedule will develop the skills necessary to not only take AP classes, but other advanced elective offerings at the high school.
How will MYP prepare students for the rigors of high school?
All students will take courses from eight different subject areas during the three years of the MYP junior-high experience. These classes include the arts, the engineering design cycle, and a second language. Student learning will be focused on complex, enduring concepts, and the content they learn will help them understand the many different ways they can interact with the world. All students will participate in community service work each year, and ninth-graders will select and complete a collaborative project as a culminating experience of their IB education. Students will use the Learner Profile, which capture the characteristics of an internationally minded person, and will come to the high school knowing and using this language.
What is the timeline for IB to rollout at the junior highs?
In three years, students will transition to Hopkins High School having the full IB experience. In the 2013-14 school year, teachers will incorporate IB units of study into their classes throughout seventh, eighth, and ninth-grade. The number of IB units will expand each year as we move towards full implementation. We will evaluate the complete program of both junior highs in the 2019-2020 school year.