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Internationally-Minded Program Comes to Cordova High School

 The IB (International Baccalaureate) Program is an advanced and distinguished education curriculum with close to a million students currently enrolled worldwide. Students in the program are taught to think critically and “learn how to learn”. This is done with the implementation of three programs that span the entire course of a student’s education up to college. The IB Program is designed by taking the most successful and innovative techniques of various educational systems throughout the world in order to give its participants the international mindset they need to succeed in the modern world.

Recently, Jim Huber, Vice Principal at Cordova High School has begun coordinating efforts to make Cordova an IB World School. This process, which typically takes 2-3 years to complete, involves three steps: 1) Consideration Phase 2) Request for Candidacy 3) Request for authorization. Cordova High School has completed all three processes and will begin the program in two years, with the Class of 2014 being the first class to be able to graduate with an International Baccalaureate diploma. Mitchell Middle School is also beginning the process towards becoming an IB school, allowing students to begin this curriculum even earlier.

Cordova High School will be undergoing “heavy training this summer and next year”, according to Janie DeArcos, the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

The International Baccalaureate’s curriculum is an entirely unique approach to education that, within its far-reaching scope, covers FCUSD’s requirements to graduate. Students who follow the IB Program will be given the opportunity to learn two foreign languages, take a course in philosophy, and participate in rigorous art and music education.

Janie DeArcos says those at Cordova High are thrilled about the International Baccalaureate because it helps push their goal “to create innovative programs that will attract students”.

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Steven Colson