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Ann Arbor Public Schools Considering K-12 International Baccalaureate Program

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Andrew Cluley
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89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are looking to create a k-12 International Baccalaureate program.  The plan would use Mitchell Elementary, Scarlett Middle, and Huron High Schools. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says it’s uncertain what the proposal will mean in the long run for the Washtenaw International High School.

According to Swift next year will be a planning year although they will introduce Spanish at Mitchell Elementary.  The 2015-16 year will see schools begin to meet the I-B requirements and try to receive authorization the following year.

The program will be filled similar to the way the district is handling the new STEAM program at Northside Elementary.  Priority will be given first to students within these buildings territory, then in-district schools of choice, and then out-of-district schools of choice.

Swift says it’s exciting to introduce the I-B program in schools that have additional capacity.  She believes the I-B programs will be additions to existing educational opportunities instead of replacing them.    

Ann Arbor Public Schools shares more information on the proposal here.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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