Monticello Middle School achieves IB World School certification
Monticello Middle School has been named an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Middle Years Programme, becoming—along with Roxboro Middle School—part of a diverse, global community of schools offering the program.
Monticello and Roxboro are two of just six middle schools in the state of Ohio to offer the IB Middle Years Programme.
“This is such an important accomplishment for Monticello as we move our two middle schools to the Wiley campus this fall,” said CH-UH Superintendent Talisa Dixon. “With both schools being authorized and also being in the same building, it ensures that our academic offerings will be equitable. Every middle school student in CH-UH will now have the Middle Years Programme experience.
“I commend the students, teachers, and staff at Monticello for this incredible achievement. IB Coordinator Leslie Garrett has done an amazing job leading the efforts for Monticello to gain authorization this year. The leadership of Ms. Garrett and Principal Patrick McNichols has been key in moving Monticello through this rigorous, yet rewarding, process.”
“I could not be more proud of the staff and the students at Monticello for achieving authorization,” said McNichols. “It was important that both Monticello and Roxboro be authorized as we move to Wiley in August. This allows us the opportunity for teachers from both schools to plan innovative and relevant units of study. Our educators will teach students the 10 approaches to learning skills to help them in becoming independent learners.”
The IB World School program seeks to educate students so they become thoughtful, caring, and prepared citizens of the world upon graduation. The goal is to enable IB students to navigate their own futures, while actively contributing to strengthening the world’s social, economic and cultural environments.
“The IB program provides our schools with a comprehensive framework for a rigorous academic experience that benefits every student,” said Dixon. “Increasing these opportunities for our students is a critical part of our strategic plan for the district. It is our goal to have five authorized IB schools by 2020.”
The CH-UH City School District now has four authorized IB schools: Canterbury Elementary, Roxboro Elementary, Monticello Middle and Roxboro Middle. Canterbury and Roxboro elementary schools are two of the 19 schools in the state of Ohio to offer the Primary Years Programme.
Fairfax Elementary School is in the IB School candidacy phase, with the goal of gaining authorization by 2019. Cleveland Heights High School will begin the exploration phase in fall 2018.
Scott Wortman is the supervisor of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.